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Killing The Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Martin Dugard is an author living in Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County, California. His works include: being the New York Times #1 bestselling author for the Book: Taking Paris, and has written books like, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assasination That Changed America Forever, and Killing Jesus: A History. 

This story revisits one of the most frightening times in early U.S. history where the events of 1692 and 1693 took place in Salem, Massachusetts. This all began as a mysterious affliction of two young girls who suffered violent fits and exhibited strange behavior that soon spread to other young women. Soon, several hundreds of women were accused of witchcraft, others were executed, and others died in jail. Killing the Witches presents the history of how the Puritan tradition and the power of early American ministers shaped the origins of the United States, influencing the founding fathers, the American Revolution, and even the Constitutional Convention.

This book was originally published September 26, 2023

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Originally aired on September 17, 2023

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
John Martinez was an intern assistant producer on ACT Radio, Science Studio, and The Book Club with Louie Saenz. He enjoys pop culture, sporting events, and listening to various types of music.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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