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Kin say 11 executed after trials for witchcraft deserve justice

HARTFORD — Descendants of some of the 11 people executed on charges of witchcraft in mid-1600s Connecticut are hoping that Governor Dannel P. Malloy will issue a proclamation clearing their distant relatives’ names and condemning the prosecutions and killings.

Over the past seven years, descendants and their supporters have been trying to get state officials to denounce the Connecticut witch trials, which began in 1647, three decades before the more infamous trials in Salem, and ended in 1697. About 45 people were prosecuted, according to a 2006 state report.

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