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Justice for witches

Bernice Mable Graham Telian, 82, doubts she'll live long enough to see the name of her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother and 10 others hanged in colonial Connecticut for witchcraft cleared. Telian was researching her family tree when she discovered that her seventh grandmother, Mary Barnes of Farmington, Conn., was sent to the gallows in 1663. Connecticut executed suspected witches some 40 years before the infamous trials in Salem, Mass. But unlike Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia, Connecticut has yet to acknowledge those executed.


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