Project Description

Infamous America | Season 1 – Salem

INFAMOUS AMERICA explores the wildest and darkest chapters of American history. Season One features the tale of the Salem Witch Trials.

S1 | E8 — Salem Interview: Elizabeth Peterson


Elizabeth Peterson is the Director of the Witch House and Pioneer Village in Salem. The Witch House is the home of judge Jonathan Corwin and has been preserved as a museum to give visitors a rare glimpse into the life of a judge of the Salem witch trials. We met Elizabeth in the house to hear about the lives of Puritans, the perspective of the judges during the trials, and much more.

S1 | E7 — Salem Interview: Rachel Christ


Rachel Christ is the Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum. We met at the museum for a great discussion about the history of witchcraft, the Salem crisis in context with the witch hunts in Europe, and modern witch hunts, as well as many other things.

S1 | E6 — Salem Interview: Emerson Baker


Professor Emerson Baker is an authority on the Salem witch trials. His book, “A Storm of Witchcraft,” was a vital resource for this show. In this episode, he shines a light on many aspects of crisis, including his thoughts on the biggest question of all: How did this happen?

S1 | E5 — SALEM: “Legacy”


The Salem witch trials reach their darkest point as more innocent lives are lost. When the crisis touches the highest level of government, the governor finally stops the trials. The outbreak slowly fades away, but it haunts all involved for the rest of their lives. For the next 300 years, family members, scholars and historians try to understand it all went so horribly wrong.

S1 | E4 — SALEM: “The Rope”


The Salem Witch Trials finally begin, and they produce scandalous moments that no one will forget. The results are predictable and the executions begin. And even as the accused are condemned to hang, the afflicted girls name new witches. But doubts about the trials slowly creep into the public’s voice…

S1 | E3 — SALEM: “Wildfire”


Witchcraft spreads rapidly through Salem Village and the surrounding towns. The number of afflicted rises, and so does the number of accused. Fear races through the community as it becomes clear that anyone could be a witch. No one is safe as the afflicted girls are now haunted by ghosts of the dead. And the crisis claims its first life.

S1 | E2 — SALEM: “Deceivers”


The crisis escalates beyond the afflictions of four girls. Numerous people in Salem Village have frightening experiences with witchcraft, and the girls name four women as the sources of the devilry. Magistrates hold the first public examinations of the accused women and the results are explosive.

S1 | E1 — SALEM: “The Devil”


When two girls fell ill in January 1692, no one suspected the affliction would lead to one of the most infamous events in American history. The Puritans of Salem Village believed the Devil had attacked their community and they would stop at nothing to find the witches who were Satan’s minions.

Infamous America | SALEM — Sources and Music


“A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trails and the America Experience,” by Emerson W. Baker. Oxford Press, 2015.

“The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem,” by Stacy Schiff. Bay Back Books/LIttle, Brown and Company, 2015.

“The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege,” by Marilynne K. Roach. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2002.

“In The Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692,” by Mary Beth Norton. Penguin Random House Publishing, 2003.

“Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft,” By Paul Boyer and Steven Nissenbaum. Harvard University Press, 1974.


All tracks courtesy of Pond 5

Tension Echoes” — Anthony Alleeson

Creepy Drone 02” — Erick McNerney

Dark Soundscape Drone” — Erick McNerney

Atonal Madness Drone” — Erick McNerney

Strange Dark Drone Ambience” — Erick McNerney

Spooky Drone” — Erick McNerney

Scary Ambiences Drones and Impacts” — Erick McNerney

Strange Dark Soundscape 005” — Erick McNerney

Strange Dark Soundscape 010” — Erick McNerney

Strange Dark Soundscape 011” — Erick McNerney

Ambient Strings 3” — Erick McNerney

Ambient Strings 6” — Erick McNerney

Intimate Cello 1” — Erick McNerney

Intimate Cello 2” — Erick McNerney

Slow Dark Chant Soundscape” — Erick McNerney

Low Intriguing Synth Drone” — Erick McNerney

Dark Low Cinematics 2” — Erick McNerney

Creepy Cinematic Music Box” — Erick McNerney

Dark Menacing Drone” — Erick McNerney

Deep Regret (Version 2 with strings)” — Erick McNerney

Strange Dark Background Ambience Version 2” — Erick McNerney