The Survivors

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Author’s Note

In 1692, in the rural farming village of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-four people died accused—and some convicted—as witches. Though there are over five hundred existing documents that tell the story of the massacre of the famed Salem Witch Trials, there are no official transcripts of the trials of the accused witches, and there is evidence to suggest that even the limited unofficial documentation recorded only segments of the process in order to conceal the sordid truth about the unjust trials. The deaths of the twenty-four victims of the witch trials were never recorded into the public record, likely in an attempt to expunge the existence of these individuals entirely. Because of this, the exact number of accusations, trials, convictions, and deaths, as well as the identity and fate of all of the accused, is entirely unknown.

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