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What caused the Salem witch trial hysteria of 1692?
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On September 19, 1692, 81-year-old Giles Cory lay beneath several rough-sawn boards piled high with rocks. A tough old man, Giles had refused to testify on his own behalf in the Salem witchcraft trials. As another stone was added, his last words are believed to have been ""More weight!"" Something had gone terribly wrong. Why in the summer months of 1692 was Giles Cory pressed to death and 19 other Salem, Massachusetts, residents hanged?"