Adult Titles

Six Women of Salem: the Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in

Six Women of Salem: the Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. DaCapo Press, 2013, paperback, and by MJF Books, hardbound edition.

“Biographical Notes,” a glossary of 1,400 plus names that identifies the large cast of characters in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Bernard Rosenthal, editor in chief. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege
The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege. Cooper Square Press, 2002, and Taylor Trade Publishing, paperback edition.

Besides the Salem related titles for adults, Roach has also written and illustrated several books for younger readers (now out of print):

In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials

In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, Houghton Mifflin, 1996, paperback edition, 2003, presenting the normal life interrupted by the witch scare.

— “Intriguing.” Booklist

Down to Earth at Walden

Down to Earth at Walden, Houghton-Mifflin, 1980, nonfiction, 1981, the daily life of Thoreau at Walden Pond. Displayed at the English-Speaking Union’s Books-Across-the-Sea 1981 exhibit.

“By rights it will be a classic.  . . . Own this book!” — Jane Langdon, The Concord Saunterer

Presto: or The Adventures of a Turnspit Dog

Presto: or The Adventures of a Turnspit Dog, Houghton-Mifflin, 1979, fiction, a terrier’s picaresque adventures in the world of 18th-century London encountering street performers and literary icons Samuel Johnson and Horace Walpole.

“. . . stylishness and honest delight in storytelling.” — Leon Garfield, Bookworld

Dune Fox

Dune Fox, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1977, natural history of a Cape Cod beach.

“An effective blend of precision and grace.” — Kirkus

Encounters with the Invisible World

Encounters with the Invisible World, T. Y. Crowell, 1977, short stories on New England themes, earned a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 1977. One story, “The Ghost in the Shed,” appeared in Cricket, October 1977, and aired as a cartoon on a CBS Library Special in 1980. Another, “The Orchard Murder,” became a live-action film by John Hoover in 1979.

 “With vivid descriptions and salty conversations, she tells of witchcraft, piracy, and bargains with the devil.” — Horn Book

The Mouse and the Song
The Mouse and the Song, Parents’ Magazine Press, 1974 (illustrated by Joseph Low; re-issued 1984 by Sassafras Grove, with illustrations by the author). From an incident in Thoreau’s Walden. Displayed at the 1974 English-Speaking Union's Books-Across-the-Sea exhibit.

“Simply and beautifully told in the spirit of HDT.” — Walter Harding, Thoreau Society Bulletin

Two Roman Mice

Two Roman Mice, T. Y. Crowell, 1975, published in England 1977 by Kaye & Ward, the city mouse and country mouse story translated from the Latin of Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), an ALA Notable Book in 1975.

“A little gem of a book . . . worth every denarius.” — The Guardian, UK

Historical and Genealogical Articles

“Gallows Hill Project: (Re-)Discovering Proctor’s Ledge,” American Ancestors, Spring 2017. The evidence for Roach’s identification of Proctor’s Ledge as the 1692 hanging site.

“Where was Giles Corey pressed to Death?” American Ancestors, Fall 2014. Roach discovered a more probable site than the cemetery pointed out to tourists.

“Where Did Accused ‘Witch’ Bridget Bishop Live?” American Ancestors, Fall 2013. Using probate, deeds, and trial evidence, Roach verified Bridget’s home site at the time of her arrest.

“A Genealogical Perspective on the Salem Witchcraft Trials,” New England Ancestors, Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring 2008. Lessons learned from forty + years researching the individuals involved in the trials.

“The Corpse in the Cellar,” New England Ancestors, Vol. 8, No. 4, Fall 2007. Might a sensational tale have some measure of truth in it?

“Records of the Rev. Samuel Parris, Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1688–1696,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, January, 2003. Vital records kept by the controversial minister.

“Poisonous Thoughts,” The Lizzie Borden Quarterly, July 2000. Did Lizzie try to buy poison or was that testimony a matter of mistaken identity?

“Choosing the Borden Trial Jury,” The Lizzie Borden Quarterly, October 1999. The jury pool, the trial jury, and the news reporters’ opinions of them.

 “That Child Betty Parris: Elizabeth (Parris) Barron and the People in Her Life,” Essex Institute Historical Collections, January 1988. The rest of the life of the first supposed victim of witchcraft.

Miscellaneous Historical Consulting Includes:

Timeless, NBC

Who Do You Think You Are? Shed Media US, TLC

City of Salem, Mass.

Historical Society of Watertown, Watertown Mass.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown & Cambridge, Mass.

The Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass.

Goodwin-Proctor LLP, Boston, Mass.

Town of Watertown, Mass.

© Marilynne K. Roach