On This Day, March 1, 1692 – Massachusetts Begins Salem Witch Trials

1692 – In Salem Village, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Salem witch trials began. In January of 1692, the daughter and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris of Salem Village became ill. When they failed to improve, the village doctor, William Griggs, was called in. His diagnosis of bewitchment put into motion the forces that would ultimately result in the death by hanging of nineteen men and women. In addition, one man was crushed to death; seven others died in prison, and the lives of many were irrevocably changed. To understand the events of the Salem witch trials, it is necessary to examine the times in which accusations of witchcraft occurred. There were the ordinary stresses of 17th-century life in Massachusetts Bay Colony. A strong belief in the devil, factions among Salem Village fanatics and rivalry with nearby Salem Town, a recent small pox epidemic and the threat of...

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Woman Runs On Foot From Officer Who Shoots and Kills Her After Traffic Stop

by MBD – Late Friday night, neighbors heard gunshots near the scene of what seemed to be a common traffic stop. Now they are demanding answers from police who have so far refused to explain what happened when an officer shot an unarmed 25-year-old woman. Salem, Oregon Police are saying only that an officer stopped Jacklynn Ford, 25, just after 10 p.m. on Friday. Ford then allegedly ran away from the officer and without any explanation given thus far, the officer opened fire on her. “I heard three gunshots and a scream,” a neighbor who lives near the park said, on the condition of anonymity. Now, after days, Salem Police are claiming that they found a gun in the park that they “think” belonged to Ford. All of this has led to the Oregon State Police opening their own investigation. But Ford’s family said they are not waiting for the...

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