A Salem politician accused of witchcraft has described the investigation as ‘...just another bloody witch hunt,’ as he faces increasing pressure to resign and be burned at the stake. John Grigson, 29, has argued these accusations are ‘groundless,’ and ‘just a pathetic attempt to slander my good name.’
Last year, in December 1692, allegations of witchcraft first arose against Grigson, Deputy Sheriff, and father to a small family of nine children. After increasing community pressure, the Salem Commission Against Corruption and/or Witchcraft (SCACW) launched a comprehensive investigation into the allegations, with the local priest appointed as Special Counsel. The report of the SCACW is expected to be presented sometime this month.
However, as further witnesses have come forward with distressing accounts of Grigson’s alleged witchcraft, many have called for his resignation. Local blacksmith, Peter the Pious, argues ‘...even if the accusations are untrue, he is systematically destroying the institutions which are so critical to the Salem justice system. He should burn himself on a stake - or toss himself in the river and see if he drowns!’
Whilst many in the community have been vocally against Grigson, his loyal supporters have rallied against the SCACW’s investigation. “This is a sickening conspiracy,” suggests pro-Grigson supporter, Chris the Contrarian.
“The elites hate him because he tells it like it is. They hate we elected him to Deputy Sheriff of Greater Western Salem. Now they’re trying to bring him down - just because a few of the local girls who worked for him might have been turned into frogs!”
The SCACW report will likely be released on March 17th, 1693 (approximately two weeks away).