February 29, 1692 in the town of Salem, sixty years after the founding of the first here in the Massachusetts colony, began a witch hunt, which ended the trial, in which the prosecutor acted pastor Samuel Parris. As a result of accusations of witchcraft in the year were hanged 14 women and 5 men, one could not resist torture, and 17 people had died in prison. All in all prisons were about 150 people, but after the "epileptic girl diviners" accused of witchcraft wife of the governor, the witch-hunt was terminated.
These events formed the basis of Arthur Miller's famous play "Seylemskie witch" that went round almost all the scenes in the world. In turn, the play was filmed with Yves Montand and Simone Signoret in the lead roles.
Ironically, it was this tragic story was in the twentieth century and continues to be in the twenty first source of prosperity of the city, living by the influx of tourists who are interested in every kind of hell: pop occultism, ghosts, witchcraft and metempsychosis, reports portal Creed. "Do you want to witchcraft — come to Salem" — calls the inscription on the t-shirts that are traded on almost every corner.
In the top ten, at least, the city's museums exhibit dedicated to the events in 1692. All the museums are extremely expensive, the cost of visiting (sometimes it is a short thirty-minute tour) ranges from five to eight dollars. The facts as presented in museums is very contradictory. For example, no one is quite certain to say which of the hills surrounding the city, went down in history as the Gallows, was the one in which women accused of being witches were hanged. However, some of the museums claim that they know where the final chord sounded raging for more than three centuries ago, the drama. And in one of them can even become the owner of a piece of the bark of a tree with Gallows Hill used to accomplish the verdict.
Especially popular among tourists museum "Witch Dungeon." Here, in a former church on the street Lind, professional actors perform, based on the extant records, the trial of the accused to a resident of Salem witchcraft. After the sentencing, give visitors the opportunity, if not the full MPE pochuvstovat what was languishing in the dungeons of female prisoners: they are shut down in a dark wet basement with cameras varying degrees of comfort — if I may say, in this case about convenience: general cameras, individual, in which the female prisoners were given blankets and bedding — almost suites, the cells in which prisoners could only stand and the prison in which the defendants were tortured in order to wrest from them the recognition of being a satanic cult.
Salem — is the unofficial capital of witchcraft and black magic. Here it is practiced openly, and as arts and crafts, and as a religion. Here and there a street parapets decorated with pictures here crone on a broomstick, and buses painted again, flying witches. The local shops sell the attributes of pagan cults. Two thousand five hundred people living in the town, practice witchcraft modern offshoot of Sciences "wikka", making emphasis on the power of the forces of nature and the ability to manage them.