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In Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy, join author Katherine Howe as she embarks on a historical journey to bring you the truth behind the world's most famous witch-hunt.

Of the over one hundred people charged with witchcraft, five died in jail, 19 died on the gallows and one was crushed to death.

Each of these deaths was the result of an overwhelming religious hysteria, and even to this date historians are uncovering more about what really occurred.

One of the first victims was a British born ancestor of Katherine, who revisits the site of the trials to examine fascinating new research and delve into Salem's horrific past.

By studying the sermons of the village's Puritan minister Samuel Parris, historians have deduced that a chilling plot could have been the cause of the frenzy that followed.

Parris was at the very heart of Salem's terror, and it was the supposed possession of his own niece and daughter that led to the first arrest.

From studying his hand-written notes, which have been preserved to this day, it seems he believed his ministry was under attack. But was his true enemy the devil, or his own employers?

Find out in the Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy: Episode 1
    Join writer Katherine Howe as she revisits the site of the infamous 1692 trials, exploring a chilling plot that might have caused the hysteria.
  • Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy
    Join writer Katherine Howe as she revisits the site of the infamous 1692 trials, exploring a chilling plot that might have caused the hysteria.
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