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She denied having familiarity with evil spirits and said she had made no pact with the Devil.

The children accused Good to her face of tormenting them at a distance, appearing in spectral form. She denied it. The magistrates asked her what she muttered against people, and she replied that it was a psalm. No one believed her—everyone thought her to be muttering curses against others.

Even William turned against Sarah, apparently because their relationship had soured prior to the hysteria. William said he was afraid that Sarah either was a witch or would become one rather quickly. He admitted that he had no hard evidence of witchcraft practiced by her, but said that he considered her a witch because of "her bad carriage" to him. "Indeed," he said, "I may say with tears that she is an enemy to all good."

Tituba confessed to witchcraft and named Good and Osburn as two of four witches who were causing the afflictions and fits of the hysterical girls. Both women had signed marks in the Devil's book and rode on a pole through the air with Tituba to witches' meetings with the Devil.

Good and Osburn were sent to jail in Boston to be held for trial, along with a growing number of others accused by the girls of witchcraft. Dorcas followed Sarah by about a month, landing in jail with her mother after having testified against her.

Good and others were tried on June 29 and were sentenced to death. The executions were carried out by hanging on July 19. Prior to her hanging, Reverend Nicholas Noyes urged Good to confess, saying that she was a witch and knew she was witch. Good shot back, "You are a liar. I am no more a witch than you are a wizard; and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink."

Her words sounded like a curse, and strangely her prediction came true. Noyes later died of a hemorrhage in his throat, blood pouring from his mouth. See Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

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