In January 1692, the nine year old daughter of the village minister Samuel Parris, Elizabeth, began having fits, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming. So did his eleven year old niece Abigail Williams. After a local doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed bewitchment, other young girls in the community began to exhibit similar symptoms.
Because of these outbursts more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft. Thirty were found guilty, nineteen of whom were executed by hanging by May 1693.
Most of those executed were from the poor and lower class side of the village. Those who were socially odd or awkward were specifically targeted.
When I wanted to Remote View this event several years ago I decided to start with the two little girls from which all this trouble sprang from. In many ways I would love to tell you that the devil had taken possession of them and caused them to behave in such a manner. But I can’t.
I took a look at each of the two girls both Elizabeth and Abigail on separate occasions. Unfortunately these two little girls raised in such a strict religious environment were motivated entirely from boredom and vindictiveness. This malevolence started the hysteria which led to the 200 accusations of witchcraft. At no time did these little girls do anything to stop this.
The devil does exist. But he, nor any of his henchmen, had anything to do with what happened in Salem Village. No, this was entirely the responsibility of human beings.
And while many people might look at these two little girls with sympathy, I do not. They spitefully perpetuated this insanity with constant lies, dramatic acts, and manipulation. And if that is not epitomize evil itself, I do not know what does.
Just don’t blame the devil for this one.