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During Tituba’s confession, she talked of red rats, talking cats, and a tall man dressed inblack. She stated that the man clothed in black made her sign in a book, and that SarahGood, Sarah Osborne and others, whose names she could not read, had also signed thisbook. It is not exactly clear why she confessed to witchcraft. She might have thoughtthat she was guilty since she practiced fortune telling, which was considered a form of"white magic," or perhaps thought that the judges would be lenient if she confessed. Whatever her reason, a confession was not likely obtained from her by torture. Althoughphysical torture was employed in Europe to elicit confessions from accused witches, thereare no confirmed cases of it being used in Colonial America for the same purposes as NewEngland law did not sanction it. When Tituba finished her lengthy confession, she, SarahGood and Sarah Osborne were taken to a Boston jail. Sarah Osborne would later becomethe first victim of the Salem witch trials when she died two months later of natural causeswhile still in jail.

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