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Connecticut ‘witches’ exonerated by Senate lawmakers

BBC News

By Bernd Debusmann Jr
May 26, 2023

Connecticut lawmakers have voted to exonerate 12 people more than 370 years after they were convicted of witchcraft in colonial America.

Eleven of the 12 were hanged after trials that the state Senate now acknowledges were a “miscarriage of justice”.

It follows a long-running campaign by descendants to clear the names of those wrongfully accused of being witches.

Dozens were executed for witchcraft in the US in the 17th Century.