The Salem Witch Trials began in June 1692 were presided over by Chief Justice William Stoughton. The first to go to trial be hanged was Bridget Bishop. 13 women 4 men, would follow. An additional man Giles Corey was "pressed," crushed to death with large heavy stones, as he steadfastly refused to plead guilty to the witchcraft. In October 1692 trials ended, when the court was dismissed by the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Phipps ruled "spectral evidence" was not allowable.
The Flip Wilson Show ~ I loved his sketches! I'm not sure they would fly in today's overly-sensitive world but Mr. Wilson was a comic genius and I enjoyed many a belly laugh thanks to him. A shame we can't laugh at ourselves like we used to anymore.