February 28, 1692

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1692 the first official Salem witch hunt began. Hunters were not limited to sex or age limits of their prey, but it was considered bad form to accuse and then execute anyone under the age of 10 for witchcraft. Before the season started, all hunters were reminded that while placing their sights on a well-connected leader of the Salem community could result in a trophy catch, it could also very well result in the hunter being accused of witchcraft and finding themselves on the dunking board. This first witch-hunting season lasted until May 1693 with over 70 witches caught and 20 put to death. The other 50 were set free in the first ‘catch-and-release’ witch conservation movement of its kind.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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