Three hundred and twenty-three years ago today, John Proctor, the real life protagonist of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, was hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, along with George Burroughs, John Willard, George Jacobs, Sr., and Martha Carrier.
Proctor’s third wife, Elizabeth was also accused, convicted, and sentenced to death, but because she was pregnant at the time, her sentence was postponed until after the child was born. By that time, the trials had ended.
A house where Proctor is said to have lived still exists as a private property at 348 Lowell Street, in Peabody, MA, although some archaeologists believe that it was built c1700 by Proctor’s son, Thorndike. What is indisputable is that it sits upon land that was once the 700 acres that John Proctor farmed.
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