"In Salem Village, Elizabeth (Betty) Parris and Abigail Williams, ages 9 and 12, both living in the home of Rev. Samuel Parris, Betty's father, began exhibiting strange behavior, making strange noises, and complaining of headaches."
"Based on the accusations of Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, arrest warrants were issued in Salem Town for the first three accused witches: Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne..."
As many people were accused, arrested, hung and killed such as Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wildes, a man by the name of Giles Cory was pressed to death (heavy rocks were placed on his body) to make him plead guilty or not guilty. He refused to plead, and died due to being pressed
As time went by, many cases began to be cleared. "The Superior Court tried Sarah Buckley, Margaret Jacobs, Rebecca Jacobs, and Job Tookey, who had been indicted in September, and found them not guilty of the charges. Charges were dismissed for many others of the accused".
"The Superior Court dismissed the charges against still more of the accused, and found Mary Barker, William Barker Jr., Mary Bridges Jr., Eunice Fry, and Susannah Post not guilty of the charges against them."