Salem witch trial: February 1692 - May 1693. Betty Parris (9) and Abigail Williams (11) started behaving wired. There was nothing physically wrong but diagnosed the girls as under an evil hand. As news swept through the village, symptoms appeared to spread. Accounts describe 12 so called afflicted girls contorting their bodies having fits and prickling skin. 4 of the girls soon accused 3 local women of tormenting them. All 3 of the accused were considered outsiders in some way. February 29th the authorities arrested sarah Good(a poor pregnant mother of a young daughter), Sarah Osborne (who had long been absent from church and was sewing the family of her accusers and Tituba (an insulated woman in Betty Parris' home, known by her first name only). Tituba denied the accusations at first but then she confessed to practising witchcraft on the devils orders and charged Good and Osborne for forcing her. But the two women maintained their innocence but Osborne died in prison, while goods husband turned against her in court testifying she was a witch or would be one very quickly. Goods 4 year-old daughter was imprisoned and eventually gave testimony against her mother. Meanwhile, Good gave birth in jail but her baby died and was shortly after convicted and hung. Tituba stayed in custody until May and then released. As accusations multiplied, like Tituba, people made false confessions to save themselves (if you confessed, asked for forgiveness and promised not to engage in any more witchcraft then you were set free, even if you were guilty).