Strikingly cold winters and dry summers were common in these decades. Abigail Hobbs was already mentally unstable when she was charged with witchcraft. The colonists believed that he employed witches and warlocks, and that Satans evil could manifest itself in visions.
Symptoms of being afflicted of witchcraft included strange behavior such as diving under furniture, hissing, scratching, and saying things that made no sense.
Some of the girls who read these books formed small groups to use the divination techniques that they had read about.
One of these accusers pointed several times at one Captain Hill, there present, but spake nothing; the same accuser had a man standing at her back to hold her up; he stooped down to her ear, then she cried out.
Scholars have attempted to answer these questions with a variety of economic and physiological theories. No one can be sure of the exact numbers, but well over people were accused. Innocent people were killed, and families were destroyed.
In Europe, tens of thousands of people were executed on the grounds of witchcraft.
Most popular, were Books about fortune telling and prophecy. Spanos, Nicholas P.
There is little doubt that some individuals did worship the devil and attempt to practice sorcery with harmful intent. The number of trials and executions varied according to time and place, but it is generally believed that somepersons in total were tried for witchcraft and between 40, to 60, were executed.
The mass hysteria had many causes, such as the religion and belief systems of the town.