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Witch Hunt in the Colony of Connecticut, 1647–1670

WithLawrence B. Goodheart

This chapter examines in detail the extraordinary circumstances in which nine women and two men were hanged for witchcraft. There are three parts: “convictions and execution, 1647–1654,” discussing a time during which there were seven executions; “acquittals, convictions, and executions, 1658–1668,” discussing a time when there were contentious acquittals as well as four convicts who went to the gallows; and “acquittals during the 1660s,” notably discussing that of Katherine Harrison. The clash between the cultural belief in demonic supernaturalism and the rationality of the rule of law was untenable.