In 1642 Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, was the first person executed for witchcraft in America. As crazy as it sounds, witchcraft was considered a capital offense and punishable by death in Connecticut. The crime was thought to be backed by biblical references. Young was hanged at Meeting House Square in downtown Hartford (what is now the site of the Old State House).
Young was not the only Connecticut resident hanged for witchcraft. Records show at least six more executions. Witchcraft was last listed as a capital crime in 1715 and it disappeared from the list of crimes when the laws were printed again in 1750.