June 10th, 1692: First Salem witch hanging. In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.
England's most famous witch trial took place in Lancashire in 1612. Ten of the so-called Pendle Witches were hanged at Lancaster Castle after being deemed guilty of witchcraft. Their ghosts reputedly haunt the village of Newchurch which is where one of the witches is said to be buried.
As Halloween approaches, Agnes "Ginger" Esty doesn't plan on decorating her Salem End Road home with silhouettes of black cats and witches riding broomsticks. A lifetime Framingham resident and outspoken selectman, she lives with the painful legacy of a distant relative hanged as a witch in 1692 in the final spasm of hysteria that convulsed Salem.