Abagail Williams

Abagail Williams

The Life of Abagail Williams

Hi, my name is Abagail Williams. You have probably heard of me from the Salem Witch
Trials. I was twelve years old when the out break of witchcraft terrified the residents living in
the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Hundreds of people were accused, the majority forced to
deteriorate in jail while their cases were studied and considered for trial. Accused witches were
forced to confess to witchcraft, under the fear that if they did not, they would be executed. The
trials were usually brutal and unfair with the doctrine, ?the charged were guilty before proven
innocent, and the only option for their survival was to confess and name their charge. In reality,
there never were any real witches in Salem, it all began with the lies and stories I told.

You might ask yourself ?Why did this travesty of justice occur? Salem was the prime
spot for an event of this capacity. The unfortunate combination of economic conditions,
congregational strife, teenage boredom, and personal jealousies account for the spiraling
accusations, trials, and executions that occurred in the spring and summer of 1692.

The Salem Witch Trials was a dark time in American History. Neighbors became
suspicious of one another. The

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