In the town of Salem, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, several girls who were listening to the voodoo tales of a West Indian slave,
Tibuta, said they were possessed by devils. They then proceeded in saying the names of three innocent women.
Under the Puritan rule of the colony at the time, the existence of witches was accepted as clear fact on scriptoral grounds. In accordance with Exodus 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live," witchcraft was criminalised and considered a capital offense.