As 1692 passed into 1693, the hysteria began to lose steam. The governor of the colony, upon hearing that his own wife was accused of witchcraft ordered an end to the trials. However, 20 people and 2 dogs were executed for the crime of witchcraft in Salem. One person was pressed to death under a pile of stones for refusing to testify.
She was that afternoon committed to Salem prison; and after she was in custody, she did not so appear to them and afflict them as before."
Lawson, Deodat, A Brief and True Narrative of Some Remarkable Passages Relating to Sundry Persons Afflicted by Witchcraft at Salem Village(1692) [reprinted in Commager, Henry Steele, The Heritage of America (1949)]; Starkey, Marion, The Devil in Massachusetts (1989); Trask, Richard, "The Devil Hath Been Risen" (1997).
620:188:19 The Salem Witch Trials in Literature and History
Eerie memorabilia associated with the trials, such asthe "Witch Pins" used in the examination of witches and a small bottlesupposed to contain the finger bones of the victim George Jacobs can be foundin the Clerk's Office in the Essec Superior Court House, Salem.