A Witch in the Family: The Salem Witch Trials Re-examined in Light of New Evidence by Stephen Hawley Martin (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

Title: A Witch in the Family: The Salem Witch Trials Re-examined in Light of New Evidence

Author: Stephen Hawley Martin

Published Date: March 29th 2017

Genre: Non Fiction / Historical / Occult


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Findings by University of Virginia researchers have compelled award-winning author Stephen Hawley Martin to reconsider what led to the 1692 witch hysteria that ravaged the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hence this new edition of his Amazon 4.5-star-rated book first published in 2006. Martin writes that now, after 325 years, the discovery by U.Va. provides the missing piece of the puzzle that causes the others fall into place.

Nineteen were hanged, including the author’s seven-times-great grandmother, one was crushed to death, and five died in prison. Why? Were the so-called “afflicted” faking their symptoms as many historians maintain? Martin didn’t think so in 2006, and he does not think so now. He pursues several avenues of investigation that include the remarkable power of belief, the possibility indicated by quantum physics experiments that thought creates reality, and arrives at an explanation thought to be impossible until the U.Va. findings were released.

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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
I have long been fascinated by the actual history of the events of the Salem witch trials and have read several accounts and studies relating to it in the past, so when the opportunity arose to review this book I jumped at it.

Coming into the research from a more personal perspective, the author is particularly invested in getting to the real facts behind the well publicized events.  That being said I was impressed by the rational arguments presented, with unbiased and detailed explanations offered for all the findings.

The only thing that stopped this getting 5 stars was the rather unusual presentation of the findings.  The book reads more like a long conversation with the author, rather than clearly being broken down into clear chapters etc.   As the book went on I found this less disconcerting as I became immersed in the findings, but it is definitely not what I would consider the norm for a book suck as this and it did detract from the experience for me at least in the beginning.

A solid 4 stars from me and a recommendation for anyone with an interest in the real history of the Salem witch trials.



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