A finger pointed in your direction could mean death in Salem, Massachusetts, during the town’s year-long witch hunt. Of the 200 people accused of practicing the Devil’s magic, also known as witchcraft, officials executed ten percent of them. But it may have been for nothing; now, experts point to a shocking source for all of the witchcraft accusations. Simply put, it may have had nothing to do with magic.
Against some of the other events in U.S. history, the Salem Witch Trials may seem relatively insignificant. But the town’s battle against supposed magic continues to grab the interest of people everywhere. More than one million visitors trek to Salem each year to relive the creepy, dramatic events that went down more than 300 years ago.