The deaths occurred through executions, people dying in prison, and one dude was killed because he wouldn’t confess. Intense, right?

I had an awesome history teacher waaaaaay back in 7th grade. He did a semi-traumatic demonstration of the Salem witch trials by taking a few of us one by one (including me) and telling us that he knew we cheated on a test and asking who was in on it.  He was an actor too, so it was pretty intense. Things I won’t forget: the Salem witch trials.

The craziest part of the Salem witch trials was how doomed it was to be a self-perpetuating panic. People were forced to admit to being a witch and then give names in order to have any hope of not being killed, so people did it. Then the cycle repeated.