Sep. 19, 1692 Salem Essex County Massachusetts, USA
Accused of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Giles Corey was never convicted of witchcraft. He was being pressed by the court because he refused to plead to the charge (at that time, if he refused to plead, he had, in essence, not submitted to or recognized the authority or jurisdiction of the court). He was being pressed to force him to plead guilty or not guilty. He refused and died after about 3 days of pressing. Corey's only statement during this time was to demand more weight be placed upon him. There are twenty benches in the memorial, one for each of the victims actively put to death (not counting those who died in prison).