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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

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Mather, Cotton (1663-1728) A minister of Boston who was notorious for his merciless persecution of accused witches in Salem, New England. He presided at the trials and executions.


Cotton Mather, the clergyman/zealot who sent witches to their deaths in Salem.

      See also Increase Mather and Salem witch trials.



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