• History February 1, 2023 11:09 am

    Connecticut Considers Exonerating Accused Witches Centuries After Hangings

    Decades before the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, Alse Young was killed at the gallows in Connecticut, becoming the first person on record to be executed in the American colonies for witchcraft. The Windsor town clerk registered the death on May 26, 1647, in a diary entry that read: “Alse Young was hanged.” Young was the first of nine…

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