The concept of witch trials originated during the middle ages. According to the definition at the time, a witch was someone (male or female) who was known to practice witchcraft by using magic spells in order to alter something or someone against their will. Most witches were thought to be
Matthew Hopkins began his career as the Witch-finder General in 1644 when he moved to Manningtree, Essex. Hopkins was adamant that a group of witches were practicing the dark arts near his home. He also claimed that he had overheard a group of women discussing their meetings with the Devil.