Alse Young of Windsor was executed on May 26, 1647, condemned as a witch, some forty odd years prior to the Salem Witch Trails. The evening’s talk will focus on Ms. Caruso’s research which utilized the archives of the Town of Windsor and other primary sources. The overwhelming factors that led to the beginning of the witch trials in colonial New England will be discussed as well.
A resident of Windsor, CT, Ms. Caruso made it her aim to investigate the early witch trials of CT which saw eleven people executed by 1662. She is one of the founders of the CT WITCH Memorial, a Facebook endeavor, dedicated to educating the public about Connecticut’s witch trials and working to exonerate the names of CT's executed and accused. Ms. Caruso was instrumental in providing information to the Windsor CT Town Council prior to their historic February 6, 2017 vote to clear Alse Young and Lydia Gilbert of the charges of witchcraft leveled against them in the 1600s.