BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:10 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The Wicked Witch of the Hamptons

The word "witchcraft" may bring one place to mind: Salem, Massachusetts. As a city that is especially recognized for its rich history of witchcraft, witch hangings and tales of dark magic, Salem is most famously known for the historical and chilling 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Under English law in 1641, witchcraft was established as a capitol crime in the colonies. Nineteen people were accused and found guilty of dabbling in or showing "suspicious" behavior, and were ultimately led to the gallows to hang.

However, not far from Salem is a town that is probably one of the least likely to be associated with witchcraft and rather, more likely to be known as an upscale summer getaway for the rich and famous: East Hampton, N.Y. Yet, in 1658 a young woman named Elizabeth "Goody" Garlick went to trial because the majority of the townspeople in East Hampton accused her of being a witch. Edgar B. Herwick III looks at Goody Garlick's surprising fate and the evolution of witchcraft in New England on a Halloween Eve edition of Boston Public Radio.

GUEST:

  • Walt Woodward, associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut state historian, author of "Prospero's America"

And an old favorite scene of witches in popular culture ... in England:

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