Most Witches were never burned at the stake. The most common images of the Witches depict a hysteric group of villagers chanting " BURN THE WITCH!!! " while they surround the guilty party on a burning pyre. During the Salem Witch Trials no one was ever recorded as " burned to death". Most parties who either confessed or were found guilty were hanged. With the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death.