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3 Nov 2023

The Crucible (1996) Continued

Just the Hosts

It's February 1692 and a mysterious illness has befallen two young girls in Salem, Massachusetts. Eleven-year-old Abigail Williams and nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris have been having violent fits, and bouts of catatonia. A doctor declares the cause: Witchcraft! Three women of low social standing are accused. But it is not long before the accusations start to spread. Paranoia overtakes the community. Witches are seen everywhere. Over 150 people are accused, and 25 dead before this infamous witch-hunt finally comes to an end. How could this all have gotten so out of hand? Was it all superstitious nonsense run wild, or does this episode carry important lessons for us today?


Join us in this second and final part of our 2023 Halloween Special as we explore the historical backdrop to Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1996).


If you haven't yet listened to our first episode on The Crucible & McCarthyism, we suggest you do so first.


Witch Hunt -

The searching out and persecution of people accused of witchcraft.

Used colloquially to refer to a similar search for and persecution of people thought to hold subversive or unpopular views.  

“In times of uncertainty and upheaval witchcraft accusations would increase, and so there were often more witchcraft accusations during times of war and famine. General fears of witchcraft within society could also feed into specific accusations that originated within local community so that somebody disliked by their neighbours might be more vulnerable to being accused.”

Spectral Evidence -

"Spectral evidence refers to a witness testimony that the accused person's spirit or spectral shape appeared to him/her witness in a dream at the time the accused person's physical body was at another location. It was accepted in the courts during the Salem Witch Trials. The evidence was accepted on the basis that the devil and his minions were powerful enough to send their spirits, or specters, to pure, religious people in order to lead them astray." via 

Halloween - 

A festival associated with chocolate, pumpkins, and costumes (or, fancy dress). But also with darkness, the dead, and general spookiness. There are many various names for similar festivals observed in different cultures around the world, with roots in Celtic practices, Catholic traditions, and perhaps a little devilry. 

Learn more about the origins of Halloween and it's connection to Christianity:

Episode Credits:

We don't have a guest joining us for this episode, but you can find the hosts on Bluesky @DrKatieTurner and @JosephScales



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