On May 12, 1692 accuser-turned accused Mary Warren was questioned by the magistrates in Salem jail, during which she named the wealthy 70-year-old widow Ann Pudeator as a user of witchcraft. Observing the Warren examination were the Reverends Higginson of Salem and Hale of Beverly. Warren claimed that Pudeator‘s specter had given her poppets in jail, telling her to torment Mercy Lewis and Mary Walcott. She claimed Pudeator had killed her two husbands, had thrown John Turner from a cherry tree, and had tried, together with Reverend George Burroughs, to bewitch the magistrates’ horses to prevent their reaching court in Salem Village. Arrested immediately at her home just a short distance from Reverend Higginson’s home, Pudeator was held in Boston jail.
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