C. JoyBell C., a leading female thinker and writer in our world today, once said “There are those whose primary ability is to spin the wheels of manipulation, it is their second skin in which they cannot function without”. This is a quote describing a 17 year old girl, who by manipulation started a horrible tragedy known as the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem Village between January of 1692 and May of 1692. It started with a group of young girls, who believed they were possessed by the devil and accused local people of witchcraft. More than 200 people were accused of practicing, and 19 were executed at Proctor’s Ledge and 1 tortured to death, 4 people also died in prison awaiting trial. My theory is that in the beginning the young girls did this to seek attention, and when the execution started they couldn’t come clean or they would be executed and tried as witches. In order to prevent that they continued to lie. Elizabeth “Betty” Parris was the first afflicted girl and one of the chief accusers during the Salem Witch Trials. Betty was born in Boston on November 28, 1682, she then moved to Salem with her family and slave Tituba in November of 1689 when her father was appointed the new minister of Salem Village. During the winter of 1692 Betty and her cousin Abigail participated in fortune telling techniques, such as a “venus glass” where the girls dropped the egg white into a glass of water, to see learn about their future husbands and social status, even though this was copied red to be a demonic activity. Not long after, the young girls began behaving differently, complained of fever, hid under furniture, and screamed and cried out in pain. Many other girls after these two young girls began to act out and accuse others of being witches. Sarah Churchill, was a 25 year old woman from Maine who went from being the granddaughter of the wealthiest man Major Philips to a servant of low status to a country farmer, so it is unimaginable how her life changed. She was said to be a victim of physical abuse so she was quick to accuse her employer, as well as his granddaughter stating that they made her sign the Devils book, after the other afflicted girl accused her of doing it on her own to avoid being torture. Soon after two people confessed and they weren’t hung, so Sarah figured out it was the ones who denied the witch craft that were executed and she confessed and saved herself. In the end she led a normal life like any other person would in those times. Another one of the original girls to begin these accusations was Elizabeth Hubbard, her lonely childhood where there was little hope for a future and her amazing imagination and fascination with the devil contributed to how she acted, like her tantrums in the courtroom that she said were brought on by the accuser, and all the unjustified accusations of thirteen, who were hanged, and two others who died in jail.