Salem graveyrd ghost photo Salem is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The Salem witch trials, which began in 1692 , resulted in the execution of 20 people and the imprisonment of between 175 and 200 others. Many say it is their ghost haunting the quiet town. Restless ghost seeking revenge for crimes that they were not guilty of. Many believe the most haunted Salem hotspot is the Old Burying Point Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Massachusetts.