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Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project
  • Podcast Episode: Connecticut Witch-Hunts and John Winthrop, Jr. with Dr. Scott Culpepper

    On our third episode of Thou Shalt Not Suffer: The Witch Trial Podcast, we discuss Connecticut Witch-Hunts, the satanic pact, the Witchfinder General, John Winthrop Jr, spectral evidence, and the Satanic Panic with Dr. Scott Culpepper.


  • Podcast Episode: Should Connecticut Witch Trial Victims be Exonerated?

    On our second episode of Thou Shalt Not Suffer: The Witch Trial Podcast, we discuss why we believe Connecticut’s witch trial victims deserve to have their names cleared.


  • Podcast Episode: Connecticut Witch Trial History

    Podcast Episode: Connecticut Witch Trial History

    The first full episode of Thou Shalt Not Suffer: The Witch Trial Podcast released October 6. Hosted by our own Sarah Jack and Josh Hutchinson, the podcast asks how and why we hunt witches and seeks solutions to the age-old problem. Episodes 1 to 3 are dedicated to Connecticut’s witch trials. You can listen in your favorite podcast app, right here, or at thoushaltnotsuffer.com.

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  • Connecticut Witch Trials, an Infographic


  • The Accused, by Location

    The Accused, by Location

    Easthampton 1658 Elizabeth GarlickFairfield 1651 Goodwife BassettFairfield 1692 Mercy DisboroughFairfield 1692 Mary HarveyFairfield 1692 Hannah HarveyFairfield 1692 Goodwife MillerFairfield 1692 Mary StaplesFairfield 1653(?) Goodwife KnappFarmington 1663 Mary BarnesHartford 1662-3 Rebecca GreensmithHartford 1662-3 Nathaniel GreensmithHartford 1662-3 James WakeleyHartford 1662 Goodwife AyersHartford 1662 Mary SanfordHartford 1662 Andrew SanfordHartford 1662 Judith VarletHartford 1665 Elizabeth SeagerHartford 1665 James WakeleyHartford […]


  • Families Seeking Exoneration of Relatives Convicted of Witchcraft During 1600s

    Supporters say the reasoning behind witchcraft convictions were unjust and are hoping to have names cleared. A Windsor representative who was contacted by a constituent is taking up the task. “[Former CT Sen.] Doyle said today’s climate is different and a may provide the movement more fertile ground – something that gives supporters inspiration. ‘I’ve […]


  • They were hanged as witches in Connecticut. Why 375 years later their descendants want these ancestors cleared. – Hartford Courant

    https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-witch-exonerations-20220705-mylzgsibwjc6za6oe2tzlygrn4-story.html


  • Our Goals

    At the Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project, we are seeking a full acknowledgment of the innocence of all accused of witchcraft. This includes a state apology to each victim, a full pardon for those convicted, and a state memorial to all accused. You can support our effort by signing our petition, or if you’d like […]


  • 46 Victims

    The following 46 people are known to have been accused of witchcraft in the Connecticut and New Haven colonies. Alice YoungMary JohnsonJoan CarringtonJohn CarringtonGoodwife BassettGoodwife KnappElizabeth GoodmanMary StaplesLydia GilbertNicholas BaileyGoodwife BaileyWilliam MeakerElizabeth GarlickKatherine PalmerMargaret JenningsNicholas JenningsJudith VarletJudith Ayers*William Ayers*Rebecca GreensmithNathanial GreensmithMary SanfordAndrew SanfordMary BarnesElizabeth BlackleachJohn BlackleachJames WakeleyElizabeth SeagerMary HallRalph HallHannah GriswoldWilliam GravesKatherine HarrisonSarah DibbleGoodwife MessengerGoodwife […]


  • Please Sign Our Petition

    We have created a Change.org petition to clear the names of all accused of witchcraft in the Connecticut Colony. To date, 227 people have signed. Our next goal is 500 signatures. Please sign today and share. https://www.change.org/p/exonerate-wrongfully-accused-of-witchcraft-in-colonial-connecticut