In March 1962, the group of girls even accused honorable people in the Puritan congregation, one of whom was Martha Corey. (Goodbye Martha! ) No. That would be sad… Salem Witch Eventually, the girls accused Tituba, a slave, and 2 others commoners named Sarah but the 2 Sarah’s denied committing witchcraft. Tituba, however, confessed that the Devil had appeared to her “sometimes as a hog and sometimes like a great dog.”
Martha was thrown into jail to await for her trial. The people of Salem attended her trial. She was then asked to confess working for the Devil. (I feel bad for her. Her husband Giles was pressed under stones to death not long before.) (But of course an honorable woman like her would tell the truth at all times.) Many people were shocked at this. This made them think that anyone could be working for the Devil, even the most respected people in Salem.
She denied ever committing witchcraft or even contacting the Devil. She was thrown in jail again as the people of the town decided what to do with her. Still, she was asked to confess her partnership with the Devil.
Others say that it was because of a combination of stress, asthma, guilt, boredom, child abuse, epilepsy, and delusional psychosis. No one really knows what the cause is. These are only theories— and to think this tiny “sickness” caused so many deaths… Some people say that the “witches” experienced “convulsive ergotism”. This is when you ingest ergot (a fungi) and experience symptoms like those that the “witches” experienced. This is believed because the people of Salem regularly ate rye, a type of wheat that was harvested during the time of year when it was warm and damp for ergot to develop into rye.