The Salem Witch Trials took place in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. When it was all said and done, 20 people, predominantly women, had been executed for consorting with the devil, using black magic, and being witches.
Others were imprisoned and died in prison, some were tortured until death because they would not admit to being involved in witchcraft, and a spare few were released without punishment.
What can only be called a production of "the rule of law" took place over the course of 10 months. What stands out today is that most of the accusations came about as part of family feuds due to the fact that most of the residents were related to each other through either blood or marriage.
Everyone knows about the Witch Trials, but very few remember who the innocent victims of this purge. Those who forget history are too often bound to repeat it...