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Unsolved History is history the way it was! Through detailed examination of archaeological and forensic evidence, existing photographs, authentic artifacts, and carefully selected interviews from eyewitnesses and experts events are reconstructed and historical questions are finally answered.

When a strange epidemic swept through the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, doctors were dumbstruck. Symptoms like repeated convulsions and the constant uttering of strange, alien phrases seemed to point to only one answer witchcraft. What followed was one of the most notorious and darkest years in early American history. More than 100 people were imprisoned and 37 were killed because of their purported involvement with witchcraft.

Investigators examine the 17th century groundswell of anti-witch sentiment from a scientific viewpoint, testing some of the theories that have been proposed over the years. Researchers test whether mass psychosis triggered by moldy bread could have been responsible for the hysteria, or whether an outbreak of encephalitis an inflammation of the brain that often causes fever and delusions could have been the culprit. Historians point to severe stress among the populace caused by the repressive Puritan way of life, while others suggest a more mundane cause: The witch trials may have been an attempt to seize land from the wealthy accused.

Finally, experts examine some of the "tests" and "interrogation methods" used to extract confessions from the accused, revealing the ineffectiveness of these methods and more importantly what their savagery says about the ability of the human body to withstand undue stress.

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Running Time: 50 minutes
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Adrienne from Mickleton, NJ

I am an English teacher. This is a great tool to use as an introduction for teaching Miller's The Crucible. The kids were really interested in the material. Great Job!

Robert McKinnon from Scottsdale, AZ

I agree with the other two people. Loved the episode. Liked the stunt man and the stone segment. Hypnotist was like a real blaire witch project. He freaked me out a bit too much. Not sure if there really were ghosts there and he didn't know. Sure glad I wasn't around then. I'd be dead right away. Thanks for making this on DVD too.

Maria Birch from Austin, TX

I watched it on Discovery and happy to own it on DVD now. The hypnotist, John Pullum was the best part of it for me. Well worth the money to see it. Thanks.

William Holzkopf from Bolingbrook, IL

I watched the Unsolved History: Salem Witch Trials, on Wed Oct. 22nd. I feel the show was well researched and brought forward some excellent Ideas and facts. Thank you for presenting this to us viewers,

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