19 September 1692 – Giles Corey
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.