Tonight, my special guest returning to the show is author Rebecca F. Pittman to discuss the infamous Salem Witch Trails.
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In 1692, a small village in Salem, Massachusetts, was suddenly attacked by the specters of flying witches and all manner of evil. A group of young girls began "crying out" against their neighbors and family members. By the time it was over, nineteen people were hanged, one man crushed to death, and five succumbed to the ordeal of imprisonment. Today, despite the plague of witchcraft that had inflicted England, we still look at this one isolated incident of hysteria and madness, and ask "How did this happen?" This book offers answers to that question, along with exclusive interviews with the Salem Witch Trial's top experts. The book includes never-before-seen photographs and information about Proctor's Ledge from the experts and historians who located the actual site of the hangings. A focus on the paranormal activity happening in Salem is offered in The Haunting section. You will also find a nod to Hocus Pocus and other movies. Spotlights on the best lodging, restaurants, and tourist attractions are also listed, along with maps, and websites for further study. Rebecca F. Pittman is a best-selling author of 13 books, including The History & Haunting of Lizzie Borden, The History and Haunting of Salem, and many more. Her love of mysteries has found her on multiple TV and radio programs. Her website is www.rebeccafpittmanbooks.com, where you can sign up for her free Ghost Writings newsletter.
I was raised in a rather unusual environment. My mother owned a successful modeling agency in Salt Lake City. I was on a runway by the time I was 5, teaching modeling by age 16, and helping women find confidence and a core of self-worth, by my early 20's. The fashion industry also gave me a background in creating special events.
I have made my living as a professional muralist, motivational speaker, TV Talk Show Host, and author. I majored in journalism and art in college, and find joy in creating, using both brush and keyboard.
Writing about historic places with paranormal activity is a passion of mine. Their history is fascinating...what I call the "bones" of the place. From there you begin to understand the hauntings that typically list the places I write about in the top 10 most-haunted venues in the world. I research them extensively, spend the nights in their shadowed bedrooms, and interview the owners, staff, and customers to create the most comprehensive book I can.