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Burn, Witch, Burn
A woman is sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft. However, Judge Cotton Mather, a notorious Puritan attempts to save the woman's soul by inviting an Episcopalian minister perform an exorcism on her.
Air Dates:
First Run - December 15, 1975
Repeat - May 22, 1976
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6 Responses to Episode 0396

The story of the oppressive puritan times in Salem featuring an accused witch, the judge who has accused and sentenced her, and two men of god, both of whom are strong in their convictions though both are on different sides of the issue.

I've always wanted to write a sequel to this story. The characters would have been a lot of fun to follow as they settle in th Rhode Island area. Think of the historical people they would have encountered. It would make a enchanting novel. Except that some of the church history depicted here is a bit off the mark.

Is it my imagination or is Judge Cotton Mather "possessed" by the spirit of the Great Gildersleeve?

A pretty good story of following the letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law (with some basic morality thrown in for good measure). Some comments in the story about the views of the different churches would be interesting to follow up on as well.

@Michael W.: that sounds like a cool idea. I've had thoughts myself to write adaptations of some of these CBS Radio Mystery Theater episodes with characters from TV shows I like(Scooby Doo and other similar shows mostly).

They got history wrong right from the start. "Hundreds were arrested and tried" & "Thirty one were hanged or burned." No, just over 150 were accused. Of those, 29 were convicted. Of those 29, only 19 were taken to the gallows and hung, while five died in prison. NO ONE WAS BURNED IN SALEM VILLAGE FOR WITCHCRAFT! - I can sort of overlook that historical faux pas and enjoy the story for what it is.

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