On today’s spellbinding installment, Tom and Jenny are discussing an interesting and not-very-well-known witchcraft trial from the 17th century. Swedish immigrant Margaret Mattson, suspected of cursing the neighbors’ livestock, was brought before a judge and jury in what was the state of Pennsylvania’s only official witchcraft trial, and one that took place nearly a decade before the much more famous events in Salem. Presided over by state founder and Quaker William Penn, the trial was notable for its outcome, which was quite different than the tragic results of later trials. Hop onto your broomsticks and get ready for the magical journey into colonial American history that is episode 223.
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