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胆小者勿入 美国十大闹鬼城市

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5. Salem, Massachusetts

In 1692, Salem, Mass. became the sight of a series of infamous trials after three local women were accused of using witchcraft to terrorize a trio of young girls. The trials soon escalated into mass hysteria, with townspeople vehemently accusing neighbors and acquaintances, almost all of them unmarried women, of being witches. Over 150 people were arrested and charged, and as may as 19 were eventually executed by hanging. Today, the town of Salem encourages its reputation as “Witch City, USA” and has one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country. Alongside the tourist shops and museums, though, stand several infamous ghost stories related to the witch trials. One in particular concerns Gallows Hill, the site of several hangings, which is said to be haunted by the spirits of the 19 people lynched for being witches.

五、塞勒姆,马萨诸塞州

1692年,马萨诸塞州的塞勒姆在三个当地妇女被指责使用巫术恐吓三个年轻女孩之后,成了一些列恶名昭彰的巫婆审判之地。审判很快升级为集体歇斯底里,市民激烈地指着邻居和熟人是巫婆,特别是没结婚的妇女。大约150人被捕和受指控,最终有19人被判处绞刑。今天,塞勒姆获得了“美国巫婆城”的名声,并拥有全国最大的万圣节庆典。除了游客商店和博物馆之外,此处还有数个与巫婆审判有关的邪恶的鬼故事。其中特别提到绞刑山,即几个绞刑的执行地,据说那被指责为巫婆而私刑绞死的19个人的鬼魂经常在那里出现。


Most Haunted Place: Joshua Ward House

Known as one of the most haunted houses in America, Joshua Ward House is built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin, the man who served as Sheriff during the Salem witch trials. Corwin is infamous for his role in the death of Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. When Corey refused to enter a plea in court, Corwin used an old English legal precedent and placed him under a board piled with rocks in order to coerce him into talking. Corey never relented, and was eventually crushed to death under the massive weight. To this day, many claim that Corey and Corwin, who is rumored to be buried beneath the foundation of his old home, haunt the Joshua Ward House.

最恐怖之地:约书亚病房

约书亚病房被认为是美国最闹鬼的房子之一,它建于乔治·科文家的地基之上。乔治·科文在巫婆审判时期担任塞勒姆的治安官,他因为谋害贾尔·斯科里而恶名远扬。科里是一个被指控使用巫术的本地人,当科里拒绝在法庭认罪求情,科文援引一个旧式的英国法律先例,把他放在一块堆满石头的木板之下,以迫使他认罪。科里没有妥协,并最终因负重过大而被压死。传闻说科文死后被埋在他的老房子的地基之下。到今日,许多人称科文和科里还在约书亚病房里出没。

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