Connecticut Was Obsessed With Witchcraft in the 1600s
"Are you a good witch or are you a bad witch?"
According to Britannica.com., Witchcraft is defined as, "The exercise of invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people and events involving sorcery or magic." Back in the 1600s, it would be an understatement that Connecticut didn't take too kindly to witches.
When settlers traveled to New England in the 1600s, they had a firm belief in God and harshly rejected anyone who didn't believe, especially those who practiced black magic. New Haven colonial records indicate that,
If any person be a witch, he or she shall be put to death according to Exodus, Levitcus, and Deutoronomy.
In 2011, Connecticut state historian, Walter Woodward told the Litchfield County Times that Connecticut brought numerous suspected witches to trial and each one that was found guilty was put to death. The first hanging of a witch in New England was in 1647 of a Windsor woman named Alse (Alice) Young.
Suspected witch, Mary Johnson of Weathersfield was executed in 1648 after confessing that she had entered a pact with the devil. To dive into greater detail of Connecticut's witch hunts from 1647 to 1697, click on countytimes.com. Are there modern-day witches? I would say so.