The stone is part of the Salem Witch Trials Tricentennial Memorial (dedicated in 1992) in Salem, Massachusetts, USA.
BACK in 1692, a group of teenage girls claimed to be possessed and began accusing neighbours of practising witchcraft.
Every day, Nancy also drives past the scene where 14 women and six men were hanged for apparently practising witchcraft.
She said Salem was where the term ‘witch hunt’ originated.
Why would they accuse their friends and neighbours of being in league with the devil? “It’s a tragic story, but it’s an endlessly interesting story.
And, of course, it happened here — where I live in downtown Salem.” Nancy lives opposite the spot where victim Giles Corey was pressed to death for refusing to go to trial.
His wife Martha was accused of witchcraft when she publicly questioned the accusations of the girls who claimed to be possessed with the devil.
Giles believed his wife was innocent and spoke out, questioning the legitimacy of the Salem witch trials.
Courts and judges were the ones who sentenced the accused victims to suffer (either in jail or be executed by hanging, burning, etc.)BIBLOGRAPHY: HTTP://salemwitchtrials.com/(online)HTTP://library.Digitally restored version of Commons file File: Giles Corey.jpg: Old drawing of the death of Giles Corey (Sept.
19, 1692) by being pressed with heavy stones for failing to enter a plea to the charge of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567860785" English: The stone commemorating the death of Sarah Good, hanged as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.