Connecticut Witches

Witchcraft trials in Connecticut? Why, yes, there were.

New Haven, CT, September 6, 2013—The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Panic has forever shaped the public perception of New England witchcraft trials. Witchcraft trials are widely seen as simplistic morality plays with two dimensional players. What happened in Connecticut during its colonial history is both more complex and more interesting. To place ourselves in the shoes of the participants in these trials, we need to understand both the accusers and the accused as real, flesh and blood people. In his new book Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut, Richard G. Tomlinson offers a definitive history of witchcraft prosecution in Connecticut in the 17th and 18th centuries, cover over 40 cases and featuring original court documents and historical profiles of key persons. On Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm at the New Haven Museum, Tomlinson will discuss his book and present “What Were Connecticut Witchcraft Trials Really Like?” Admission is free; donations are welcomed. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Richard G. Tomlinson has enjoyed a varied career as a research scientist, management consultant, telecommunications expert, corporate director and author. He is a founder and director of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. (CSG). He created the CSG Literary Awards and the CSG magazine, Connecticut Genealogy News, and has published many articles on family history and genealogy. Tomlinson is a trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society. He is a descendant of Henry Tomlinson who settled in Milford, CT in 1650. He is also a contributing author to several books and the author of three histories, including Tele-Revolution: Competition at the Speed of Light, Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut, and Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut.

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