Between 1450 to 1750, an estimated 35,000 to 100,000 witches were killed in Europe with burning being the preferred method of execution. Carried to the New World by the Puritans, witch hysteria culminated in the spring of 1692, when a group of girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, accused several locals of witchcraft. As hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, 150 more men, women and children were accused over the next several months. Hanging rather than burning was the preferred means of execution for witches in the New World. Nineteen were hanged while one was pressed to death and as many as seventeen died in prison. Scholars have speculated on the cause of the hysteria ranging from teenage boredom and angst to economic and political jealousy, ergot poisoning and Huntington’s Disease. Not all traditional practices brought from Europe were positive. Join us as we examine one that definitely was not.