Friday, March 11, 2011
Witch Hunts in America: America's Time of Darkness
As most everyone knows today, during the three centuries of witch hunts in Salem and in many other parts of the American colonies, hundreds of innocent men, women, and even children, were put to death. According to official documents available to the public, once the accusation of "witch" was made, a process began during which the accused was confined and tortured, and it was only a matter of time before they were ultimately strangled, drown, or burned to death. Once branded a "witch," tests were administered to prove guilt and allow the accused the opportunity to confess. Among these tests were swimming, strappado, thumbscrews, the boot, and the Black Virgin. These methods represent by far the more humane tactics used to extract confession, the more severe involving the tearing off of women's breasts, penetration of women's anal cavities, and spreading of the vagina using metal torture devices designed especially for this purpose. Read more . . .