Almanac: The Salem witch trials
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: October 29th, 1692, 325 years ago today … a day of belated justice in a bewitched, bothered, and bewildered American town.
For that was the day colonial Massachusetts governor William Phips disbanded the special court he'd set up several months earlier to conduct the Salem witch trials.
It all began the preceding January, when some folks in the Puritan village blamed the odd behavior of several young girls on witchcraft.
Dozens of townsfolk were then put on trial in a courtroom gripped by paranoid visions and panic, as depicted in Arthur Miller's famous play, "The Crucible" -- and in a 1996 screen adaptation starring Daniel Day Lewis.
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