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Season 1 Episode 42

Witch Hunt

Aired Unknown Oct 30, 2006 on The History Channel
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Witch Hunt
Devils, witches, ghostly apparitions, spectral disturbances... Whether real or imaginary, the end result proved ghastly--20 people tortured in 1692. Mass hysteria? Psychological stress brought on by the brutal Indian Wars? A devious act of personal revenge? Drug-induced psychosis? Demonic possession? Meld with the world of 17th-century New England Puritans--to whom witchcraft was real, dangerous, and a capital crime--vivid, sometimes shocking, recreations reveal the horrifying hardships of life and how superstition filled inexplicable dark corners. Period transcripts, diaries, and letters bring to life the infamous trials and executions.moreless

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