The Judges’ Line of Salem, Massachusetts, by Fiona Broome
Patterns emerge when we study profoundly haunted areas. Consistent patterns may indicate energy paths. We can use those patterns to find and confirm haunted places.
In my 2007 book, The Ghosts of Austin, Texas, I talked about two major patterns connecting almost all hauntings in downtown Austin.
In Salem, Massachusetts, I’ve found different kinds of patterns.
One pattern follows intriguing lines. I’m not sure how other researchers overlooked these eerie connections that leave ghostly tracks across Salem and Boston’s North Shore. However, paranormal patterns are among my specialties, and Salem’s landscape confirms these connections between scenes of violence (and ghostly energy).
I’m calling one of these lines “The Judges’ Line.” It seems to be a ley line.
[Ley lines are lines or paths that connect sites with unusual energy. They could be major churches or temples, sites of violence and tragedy, or have some other unusual connection. Some speculate that energy flows along those paths, and the energy was there even before the church was built or the violence occurred. That energy may magnify the emotions or affect the thinking of people when they are on or near a ley line.]
Oddly, when I map the significant homes and businesses related to the judicial side of the Salem Witch Trials, they follow a line. Even stranger, that line also indicates where modern-day Salem judges have purchased homes.
The line extends directly to Gallows Hill Park, the most likely site of the 1692 hangings during the Salem Witch Trials.
Here’s what the line looks like, related to the entire Salem, Massachusetts area:
In most cases, this line is ruler-straight, and it’s feet wide, not miles.
Here is a peek at my preliminary, hand drawn map of the main locations:
Here are my notes. Numbers represent sites related to accusers. Letters are related to victims of the trials.
1. Chestnut Street (represented by a heavy black line) – Many modern-day judges and elected officials choose this street for their homes.
2. Judge Corwin’s home, also known as “Witch House” since he condemned so many witches during the Salem Witch Trials. The house’s original location was closer to the line. Later residents moved it.
3. Judge Hathorne’s home, also associated with the Salem Witch Trials. (Nathaniel Hawthorne changed the spelling of his own name to avoid any association with this ancestor.)
4. Sheriff George Corwin’s home – George Corwin was the son of the judge (#2) and benefited by seizing the property of convicted and admitted witches.
5. The home of Samuel Shattuck, whose testimony helped convict Bridget Bishop, one of the first Witch Trial victims.
6. The home of Massachusetts Bay Colony’s Governor Simon Bradstreet (1603 – 1697).
7. John Higginson Jr. lived here. He was the local magistrate. The Hawthorne Hotel was later built on this property.
8. Jacob Manning, a blacksmith, forged the shackles worn by many Witch Trial victims.
9. Thomas Beadle’s tavern, where Witch Trial inquests were held.
A. The home of Bridget Bishop, a Witch Trial victim who may be among the ghosts at the Lyceum Restaurant, now on that site.
B. Ann Pudeator, a Witch Trial victim whose specter was seen walking along Salem Common, even before her execution.
C. The home of John and Mary English, one of the wealthiest families in Colonial Salem. They were accused but escaped to New York.
D. Alice Parker’s home, owned by John and Mary English. Ms. Parker was accused of witchcraft and put to death.
The slightly triangular area near 7 and B represents Salem Common.
Gallows Hill Park is indicated on the far left side of the map. The “Judges Line” — generally indicated in yellow — points directly to it.
The small green areas near points 6, 7 and 8 represent sites with paranormal activity or they are scenes of violence in the 19th and 20th century… or both.
As I continue my research, I’m finding even more sites that will be represented with red dots. Most of them are along the Judges Line.
It’s a little chilling. I wonder why these people felt so drawn to this particular energy path.
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