19 September 1692 – Giles Corey

Giles Corey

Giles Corey

In the grip of the Salem Witch trials, Giles Corey was sentenced to be squashed to death in 1692.

The naked 80-year-old was laid down and covered with a board, then stones were heaped on top until the life was crushed out of him.

Corey was the one and only man in Massachusetts to be killed in this way.

So what was his heinous crime? His wife was awaiting trial for witchcraft and he’d had the audacity to speak out against his wife’s incarceration and the nonsense going on.

Of course, the harpie-like accusors then mendaciously turned on him accusing him of being a wizard. Naturally he knew he had no hope of being acquitted, so he chose to refuse to stand trial for crimes he had not committed.

The punishment for contempt of court was death by pressing, a slow, painful death.

Not something you see every day

Not something you see every day

Also on this day

19 September 1941 – Eli Richards

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2 Responses to “19 September 1692 – Giles Corey”

  1. ASHJOSH Says:


  2. Corey’s also thought to have refused to plea because he knew as soon as he did his property would be seized. Since he died before making a plea, his family was able to keep their inheritance.
    During the crushing, he was asked several times if he wanted to make a plea. Each time he answered, “More weight.”

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