Paranormal TV: The R.I.P. Files

I just finished watching season 1 of the ghost hunting show The R.I.P. Files on Prime Video and really enjoyed it. It includes many EVPs captured during creepy investigations. I particularly like that the locations they visit are accompanied by historical facts and stories, and they usually have a tour guide with them who shares stories of having encountered ghosts. I also like that, when a location does not have much ghost activity, they do another type of paranormal exercise like a seance. There are two more seasons on Prime that I look forward to watching all at once!

Famous Accused Witch: Tituba

“It is likely you have heard this name from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, but like many other characters in the play, Tituba was inspired by a real person. Although it’s unclear which South American country she originated from, Tituba was brought to the American colonies as a slave to Samuel Parris. During the 1692 Salem witch trials, Tituba was the first person accused of witchcraft by Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams.

“Initially, Tituba denied any involvement, but like so many of the accused, her will was quickly broken. Tituba admitted to the participation of an occult ritual, saying that she had baked a witchcake in an attempt to help her mistress, Elizabeth Parris. Tituba embellished her confession by adding details about her service to the devil, riding on sticks, and being told by a black dog to harm the children. Her testimony was both bizarre and frightening, as Tituba stated that she pinched the girls and had signed a devil’s book. Tituba, along with many others, was imprisoned for nearly a year, but managed not to be one of the women hanged for witchcraft.

“Tituba languished in prison for a year, as her [slave owner] would not pay her jail fees. Eventually, in 1693, an unknown individual purchased Tituba from the prison for the price of her jail fees. After this, the woman’s path disappeared from history.”

From 9 Famous Witches Throughout History