Originally posted by no1marauder to Suzianne
He's the victim of the "worst witch hunt in US history" don't ya know.
"The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women,
and all but one by hanging. Five others (including two infant children) died in prison."
"After being arrested, Corey refused to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. He was subjected
to execution by pressing in an effort to force him to plead — the only example of such
a sanction in American history — but instead died after two days of torture."
"According to the law at the time, a person who refused to plead could not be tried.
To avoid persons cheating justice, the legal remedy for refusing to plead was "peine forte et dure".
In this process the prisoner is stripped naked, with a heavy board laid on his body.
Then rocks or boulders are laid on the plank of wood. This was the process of being pressed."
"After two days, Giles was asked three times to plead innocent or guilty to witchcraft.
Each time he replied, "More weight." More and more rocks were piled on him, and the Sheriff
from time to time would stand on the boulders staring down at Corey's bulging eyes."
"It is unusual for people to refuse to plead, and extremely rare to find reports of persons who have
been able to endure this painful form of death in silence. Since Corey refused to plead, he died
in full possession of his estate, which would otherwise have been forfeited to the government."
Martha Corey (his wife) was convicted of witchcraft and hanged.
"The community was surprised to see [Martha] Corey accused, as she was known for
her piety and dedicated church attendance. She had never shown support for the witch
trials, since she did not believe witches or warlocks existed."