Old Witch Gaol and the Second Witchcraft Hysteria


House which held prisoners during the Witchcraft Hysteria

Old Salem Gaol where the victims of the Witchcraft Hysteria were held was torn down in the year of the Second Witchcraft Hysteria in 1811. The ground was broken for the new jail that year. We’re they expecting a larger turnout?

A woman coming from Boston was staying in a house on Northey Street was complaining about someone tormenting her and bewitching her remotely. A thousand people gathered in front of the house and the preachers were meeting on the Common. The Second Witchcraft Hysteria came to an end when the overseer of the Poor House confronted the woman who had no occupation with residency in his house or the choice of removing herself from town. She left.

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Salem House Press.

The Men Bribed in 1811 by the British to Build the Second Bank of the United States and Their New Manions

Things Never Change…

First National Bank of the united States Boston Branch.
First National Bank Boston Branch built by Charles Bulfinch.

The First National Bank of the United States charter was let lapse in 1811. The bank Alexander Hamilton fought for proved to be only a boon for the British. For they might of lost the Revolutionary War, Hamilton sold 70% of our treasury to them in shares of our new national bank. Which is the reason the bank was let to dissolve as its charter expired. In the same year of the closing of the Old Witch Gaol, the groundbreaking of the new prison, and the second Witchcraft Hysteria agents of Britain entered Salem and bribed Thomas H. Perkins, Senator Nathaniel Silsbee, the head of the Massachusetts Whig Party Stephen White, Senator Daniel Webster, Associate Superior Court Justice Joseph Story, and Joseph White to restore a new national bank so England can control our treasury once more. All of these men will erect or build new mansions that year.

The Rothschilds proclaimed that their investments in the First National Bank of the United States to be restored or they would bring us to a most disastrous war to force us to create a new national bank to handle the war debt, in which they did. A year after the bank’s closure the War of 1812 started. After the war in 1816 we chartered the Second Bank of the United States. Silsbee, Perkins, Crowninshield, Webster and Story would join Salem’s William Gray  (who served in the first bank) as directors in the new bank’s Boston branch. Story and Silsbee would be directors in  the main branch in Philadelphia as well.

Below are the faces and mansions they built:

Benjamin Crowninshield a mjor figure in th enovel Sub Rosa.
Benjamin Crowninshield
Benjamin Crowninshield House
Opium dealer Thomas Perkins featured in th ebook Sub Rosa.
Opium Dealer Thomas H. Perkins. Went from slave trader to opium dealer.
Thomas Perkins House at 7 Ash Street.
Possibly Captain Joseph White or Captain Joseph “Jr.” White his nephew who preceded him in death.
Joseph White Murder Salem MA
Captain Joseph White being murdered by his nephew Steven White in 1830.
Joseph White bought this house in 1811 which would be the house he was murdered in during the year 1830. This is the mansion from the game Clue.
Senator Nathaniel Silsbee.
Nathaniel Silsbee House.
Daniel Webster a character in Sub Rosa.
Daniel Webster. His son marries Stephen White’s daughter and his brother-in-law marries the other daughter. Webster prosecuted innocent men for Stephen White to get away with murdering his uncle. The two would go on to assassinate President Harrison.
Joseph Story Smuggler in Salem MA
The man who shaped the Constitution, Associate Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Brother-in-law to Stephen White. He is the most responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution we follow.
Judge Joseph story a character in the book Sub Rosa.
Judge Joseph Story House.
Ground was broken in 1811 for the new jail that was to replace the one from the Witchcraft Hysteria. None of the above would ever spend time here besides Stephen White who was on the state prison commission.

The Second Bank of the United States would lose its charter in 1836. In 1833 Stephen White was visited by President Jackson at his home off the Common during the Bank Wars. Jackson visited the banker behind Webster, the country’s most powerful senator, and explained to him he was to lose his shares in the bank when the charter lapsed in 1836 because once again the British had over 70% of the shares in the bank. Soon after leaving White’s house he would suffer a failed assassination attempt in name of saving the bank. Secretary of State James Knox Polk would survive a typhoid poisoning, but will later succumb to a similar poisoning 3 months after leaving the White House. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and Stephen White would later promote William Harrison for president and poison him by typhoid a month into office for refusing to create a third national bank. Stephen White will die a few months afterward leaving Clay and Webster to poison Polk and once again raise another to president to create the third bank and poison him when he refuses. Zachary Taylor,  the only Whig president after Harrison, will die 16 months into office of typhoid. During his successor Millard Fillmore’s term Webster and Clay will both die in 1852 without ever seeing a third national bank created. The Whig Party that Clay, White, and Webster created to build the third national bank will fold after their deaths.

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. Official release is July 4th 2017.

Salem Jail and the Second Witchcraft Hysteria

Salem JailIn 1811 the Old Witch Gaol was set to be closed as they started construction on the new jail up the road on St. Peter Street. 1811 was the Second Witchcraft Hysteria. I assume they were expecting a bigger turn out this time.

A woman had come from Boston and stayed with a friend on Northey Street, up from Joseph Story’s new mansion on Winter Street. She claimed she was being harassed remotely by a woman in Boston and she was having fits. A thousand people gathered in front of the house that day.

Rev. Bentley explains, “3/03/1811 The fanaticism of this town has had a new aggravation. A Girl named Bancroft came from Boston to a house in Northey street, Wind mill point, & had terrible convulsion fits, was tormented, had outcries, & complained of a woman in Boston who bewitched her, was troubled only in the night & prophesied the death of the woman, besides endless circumstances which report had aggravated into all the extraordinary things of 1692. The public mind long disturbed by fanaticism took the alarm like tinder. The house was crowded day & night by priests & people. A thousand were assembled this evening & the subject was debated among the multitude just as it would have been in 1692 & as extravagant fears betrayed. A firm policy is our salvation. Mr. Lambert shews us the extacies of the Negroe in Charleston & the boundless eccentricities of the Camp Meeting. Not a traveler passes the country but he has his remarks to make upon the fanaticism, folly & prevalence of little sects in our County. Mr. Kendal says he went from the Stafford Springs to Wilmington, & after giving an exact picture of the house & assembly he gives a sermon or sketch in the true style of the better sort of Anabaptists when not in camp & extacy. It might be judged an illnatured ridicule did not the preaching on the Common, the exhortations of women & children, the singing in the street, the tales of changes, & the irregularities of their Assemblies, furnish, even in Salem, all the means to verify these accounts & to confirm this dismal description of our fanaticism. The overseer of the poor ordered her to the work house or leave town. She moved on to Maine. One thought they seen an invisible specter torment her. She was from the poor neighborhoods of Boston.”

In 1811 as General Derby is selling off his mansion and leaving town, John Gardner is facing bankruptcy, The First Bank of the United States is loosing its charter, the Whites and Story are moving into grand mansions along with Thomas H. Perkins as they start laying the foundation for the new prison. One that will never be the residence for our Salem locals who got away with murder, protected the bank that sold America away, or helped over 80% of the youth in China to become dependent on opium. My friend was friends with one of the Sheriff’s in town and he came about a good stack of intake document from the nineteenth century. Many of the people who resided in the prison then were arrested for being drunkards. The real criminals went on instead and shaped our nations history.

The Salem Jail had many illustrious/infamous convicts. Bobby Hebb who had the hit Sunny in 1966 that led to a successful tour with the Beatles spent a few years inside after shooting his wife which survived. She was one of Laurie Cabot’s first student witches. They might of met in the West India Good Shop when it was owned by my friend Charles Wellington who gave me those intake documents. He would get customers looking for readings in his shop and he would call Laurie Cabot to come by. Bobby Hebb and him would drink together in the building upstairs where he lived.
Albert Desalvo resided in the prison for a short period. Although he never was convicted of the murder and rape of 11 women, most know him as the Boston Strangler. Later he would be killed in Walpole. My friend worked on a commission for Dukakis in the 80’s doing outreach in the prison mentioned that at that time area police had assassin squads to kill those people they could never gather enough evidence to convict. One of these squads he had said killed the real strangler.
Also tales of people in Witness Protection, people caught by the FBI, and any other high profile convicts would be kept on the top floor in secret. At one time the floor below would house the women prisoners. They were forced to move to another women’s prison after they bared their breast once too often at the men below during Sunday services. On this floor was also the eye loop for the hangman’s rope and the trapdoor which would drop the condemned into the dining area below. In the basement behind the boiler was the tunnel leaving the building with shackles on the walls. My friend who was a bit of a scamp as child could go through the tunnel from his house to the prison, but was stopped by an iron door from keeping from entering the property from below.
There were stories that Bobby Hebb and others could escape for the weekend and come back on Monday. Sherif Cahill called the jail porous when he became warden. Two tried escaping through some lose slates on the roof, but when they realized how steep the roof was…they called for help.
The conditions were so rough inside the warden tended to cut most prisoners stays in half. There was no plumbing in the cell and prisoners got to empty their bucket once a week. Sometimes they emptied them on their jailers. My friend also explained that the only difference at times between the inmates and the guards was one escaped long enough through military duty to not become a criminal when their friend from the neighbourhood did not. The jail would be open without plumbing in the cells to 1991 for regular population and then be used as holding cells for the county court till 1993. It was closed after 850 prisoners sued the state and won a shared settlement for $1,395,000.
In 1811 Joseph Story would rise to the bench of Superior Court and will be in complicity of the murder of Joseph White when in belief and proof his brother-in-law committed the murder. Also he would be in complicity to the assassination of one president if not three. He would side with The Second Bank of the United States against all comers as they sold control of our treasury to England. He remained all of his life behind the bench, but if you had a little drink too much you landed inside the Salem Jail.


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