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Sarah Osborne (also variously spelled Osbourne, Osburne, or Osborn; born Sarah Warren, ca. 1643 – May 10, 1692) was one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Early life and first marriage[edit]

Born Sarah Warren, she married a prominent man by the name of Robert Prince. He was the brother of a woman who married into the prominent Putnam family. She moved with her husband to Salem Village in 1662, where the couple had two sons and a daughter: Joseph, James, and Elizabeth. Robert Prince died in 1674.[1]


Sarah became one of the first persons accused of witchcraft at the beginning of the year 1692, when Betty Parris and Abigail Williams became ill with an unknown sickness. Both girls claimed that Sarah Osborne, along with Tituba and Sarah Good, had been afflicting them. Elizabeth Hubbard also accused Osborne of afflicting her, describing it as her pinching and poking her with knitting needles. All three women were considered social outcasts, albeit for different reasons. Osborne had not attended church in almost three years due to a long illness, and was still dealing with legal issues with the Putnam family. The accusations against Osbourne likely were the product of powerful suggestions from the Putnam family.[2] The warrant for Sarah Osborne's arrest was written for March 1, 1692.[3] She was to be placed in the Boston jails for the duration of her examinations and trials. She died in jail on May 10, 1692, believed to have been 49 years of age.[citation needed]


  • Osborne is mentioned in the original version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible but does not appear as a character. Miller added her (along with other characters) into a courtroom scene when he wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film adaptation. In the drama, her name is spelled "Osburn". She was portrayed as a very pathetic character by actress Ruth Maleczech, an impoverished and obviously deranged beggar but also aware that she is in grave danger. As no evidence indicates that Osborne was mentally ill, her movie depiction may be a composite character of Osborne and Sarah Good, the latter of whom was known to mutter and insist she was reciting the Ten Commandments, as does the Osborne character in the movie.
  • "Goody Osburn" is mentioned in episode 5 of True Blood's season 3.


  1. ^ Charles W. Upham. "Witchcraft at Salem Village". Salem Witch Trials, Vol. 2. Williamstown, Massachusetts, Corner House Publishers, 1971 p. 4
  2. ^ Marilyn J. Westerkamp. Women in Early American Religion, 1600–1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions. London: Routlyyedge, 1999. p. 66
  3. ^ Frank W. Thackery. Events that Changed America Through the 17th Century. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000. p. 160

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:08:04 -0800

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0800

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:18:45 -0800

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Sussex Express
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:49:53 -0800

I feel it is somewhat disingenuous of District Councillor Sarah Osborne to call me a hypocrite in her letter last week. She knows as well as I do that over the past four years, the Coalition Government, (that's Conservatives and Liberal Democrats ...

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:52:31 -0800

Cllr Sarah Osborne (letters, February 13) writes about a Conservative councillor complaining about the Tory cuts to bus services. This would be the party with which Cllr Osborne's party (the LibDems) so eagerly jumped into bed with to form the Coalition.


Sun, 08 Feb 2015 05:18:45 -0800

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:07:26 -0800

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