Justice at Salem: Reexamining the Witch Trials
by William H. Cooke

Was there actual witchcraft practiced in colonial New England?

Were some of the accused Salem witches actually guilty?

Why have the facts been ignored for so long?

Find out the answers and more in Justice at Salem: Reexamining the witch trials

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For too long the accepted view of the Salem witch trials has been that the events were caused either by fraud and/or hysteria and that no witchcraft was practiced by the accused. The religious leaders of the day stirred up zealotry and the justice system was either too corrupt or blind to properly administer justice. As a result, all of the convictions were a grave miscarriage of justice. However, there was actual witchcraft practiced in colonial New England and it is likely, although impossible to say with certainty, that its effects were more than merely psychological. And while miscarriages of justice were carried out, especially when the judges abandoned traditional legal protections in order to satisfy the wishes of the masses, guilty people were still among the condemned. As for the religious leaders, for the most part they generally advocated caution in the prosecution of suspected witches. Much of what people know, or think that they know, about the events at Salem in 1692 is wrong. Self-styled experts often make mistakes about many of the basic facts and draw conclusions that are not justified. The witch trials may hold a special place in the imaginations of many people, however, often imagination warps judgment, understanding, and memory. Justice at Salem attempts to set the historical record straight and using the evidence available draws new conclusions about what happened that fateful year in Massachusetts.

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About the author:

William H. Cooke is an attorney who lives in Annapolis, MD.
He also published a book of short stories called North Pole Lost

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What we can learn from the Salem witch trials today.

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