Twenty people accused of witchcraft were executed during the series of incidents known as the Salem witch trials, which actually took place in the communities of Salem Village, Andover and Ipswitch in colonial Massachusetts. But it's estimated that dozens more were killed, usually by hanging, in various American colonies in the 17th century -- and still more died while awaiting "trials" in jail.
The first execution of a suspected witch in the American colonies occurred in 1647, when Alice Young was sent to the gallows in the town of Hartford, Connecticut. The colonial government of the time listed witchcraft as a capital crime, citing Biblical authority: Leviticus 20:27 (“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”) and the infamous Exodus 22:18 (“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”)
Colonial Settlements That Failed