It was the year 1692. Bridget Bishop was pulled from her house and brought to trial in Salem Massachusetts. where she was accused of bewitching her second husband Thomas Oliver to death, bewitching a 14 year old to death and also a next door neighbor who’s chickens wandered into her orchard.
Bishop was no ordinary woman. The mother of three had been married three times, had inherited a house and 10 acres of land with an apple orchard as well as some animals from her second husband Thomas Oliver who had died. She was said to have a tavern in her home where shuffleboard was played and minors were served. She apparently dressed differently than everyone else (in a trademark red tunic) and was very outspoken.
During her trial Bishop was examined in Salem Village by Judge John Hathorne and Judge Jonathan Corwin. Hathorne wasted no time bringing up Bishop’