by Simon Black
In the spring of 1692, Giles Corey was 80 years old when his wife was accused of witchcraft.
The entire town was in such a frenzy that even Giles started to believe that his wife might be a witch.
Soon after, another person in the town was accused of witchcraft. Then another. And another. And another.
It wasn’t until Giles Corey himself was accused of being a wizard that he realized the whole thing was a scam.
But it didn’t matter. The Puritan preachers in this small New England town (Salem, Massachusetts) took every accusation seriously.