The Salem Witch Trials are formally launched when Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and the slave Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, interrogated, then sent to jail.
These three women are the first to be accused, but they won't be the last. They are, however, outcast women whose descriptions are typical of those who will be accused.
Sarah Good is a homeless beggar who survives on the charity of neighbors. Good's reputation among the Puritans is terrible and she is accused of witchcraft because she fails to uphold the Puritan values of self-control and discipline.
Sarah Osborne doesn't attend church services as much as she should, at least according to Puritan standards, and is regarded by the community as selfish and not a little bit greedy.
Tituba, an African slave Samuel Parris, is looked down upon by the Puritans both because of her status as a slave and because of her racial heritage. She tells young girls stories influenced by her own cultural heritage, something that upsets the strict Puritan cultural standards.