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Who was really re­spon­si­ble for the witch tri­als in Salem, Mas­sachusetts? New ev­i­dence re­veals a tale more shock­ing than any­one sus­pected. In Jan­uary 1696, two girls – the daugh­ter and the niece of a Pu­ri­tan min­is­ter, Sa­muel Par­ris – start to dis­play strange be­hav­iour. The town’s physi­cian di­ag­noses pos­ses­sion, and a mass witch­hunt en­sues. Across Es­sex County, 144 peo­ple are ar­rested, five die in jail, and 20 peo­ple are ex­e­cuted for deal­ings in witch­craft. But who was re­spon­si­ble for this mass hys­te­ria and the most no­to­ri­ous witch tri­als in Amer­i­can his­tory? New ev­i­dence points the fin­ger at Sa­muel Par­ris him­self, and sug­gests this em­bit­tered Pu­ri­tan min­is­ter man­aged the witch-hunt in a des­per­ate rear-guard ac­tion against his en­e­mies.

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