The Salem Witch Trials occurred in and near Salem, MA around 1692. 19 people were executed by hanging, while one was crushed to death. Some of the most popular explanations for the behavior of those "afflicted" include a childish game that went too far, land disputes, and what seems to be one of the most prominent theories, hallucinogens in the food. The ordeal can be described as a case of guilty until proven innocent, but very often, that proof never came. Many of the women who were accused were outcasts in their community. They were unmarried, childless, or participated in activities that Puritan society deemed sinful or unnatural.