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No Women Were Burned At The Salem Witch Trials And I For Suuuuure Thought They Were

History was never my strong suit.

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Now, no one is 100% sure how this myth really started, although it may be the result of a little ~confusion~ with other historical events.

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The inspiration for this popular myth could have come from Europe, where execution by fire was fairly common for people who were thought to be witches. It happened in areas like Germany, Italy, Scotland, France, and Scandinavia. And, according to The Washington Post, a 19th century magazine in the Southern United States said (after Lincoln won the election), "The North...having begun with burning witches, will end by burning us!" This could've easily help start the Salem myth.

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In more recent pop culture history, the myth of witches being burned at the stake in 17th century America has been popularized by shows like The Simpsons, too.

They were hanged. (Yes, Hocus Pocus got it right!)

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Although, there was one exception — a man named Giles Corey, also accused of being a witch, was actually crushed to death with stones over a period of several days.

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