As we approach Halloween and the dark and stormy nights of late autumn, our thoughts start to turn to ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night.
This time of year, it’s hard to resist a scary story, and, naturally, the true stories are the scariest ones of all.
When it comes to truly spine-tingling tales, it’s a simple matter of reaching back into history, and learning about spooky events that actually happened, like the mysterious disappearance of 115 souls at the lost colony of Roanoke.
And, while Roanoke is one of the most chilling stories from the early days of American history, it’s still surpassed by one other terrifying true tale: the story of the Salem witch trials.
The trials are one of the darkest and most famous episodes in American history, and are still remembered today as a fearsome display of what can happen when terror and uncertainty run amok.
Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about how the frightening events of the witch trials reallyunfolded — and the strange substance that may have set off the very first accusations of witchcraft.