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And I bid you all do likewise. In an ordinary crime, how does one defend the accused? One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime, is it not? Therefore, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim. None other. Now we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted?

Therefore, we must rely upon her victims - and they do testify, the children certainly do testify. As for the witches, none will deny that we are most eager for all their confessions. Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out? I think I have made my point. Have I not?

What fundamental truth does Danforth's speech (above) reveal about the trials?


Danforth believes the majority of those accused are witches.


The accusers in the trials were almost always believed over the accused.


Confessions are clearly relied upon to elicit convictions.


In the end, witchcraft is difficult to prove because of the way the court has been set up.


Witchcraft is common in Salem and considered ordinary.

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