Salem was a bucket list destination for me.  One of my ancestors, Lydia Gilbert, was hung in Connecticut in 1654, well before the Salem witch trials of 1692.  Very sad, as she obviously had children.  She was in a group of townspeople watching a few soldiers maneuver and march with their guns.  One of the soldiers struck the butt of his gun on the ground, at which point it misfired and killed him. She was accused of bewitching him.

In Europe, about 40,000 people were accused and executed for supposed witchcraft.   With historical perspective, we now know that contagious hysteria and misguided religion was to blame.