I want to ask for some help with my story about the Salem witch trials (if anyone knows anything about that here). A disclaimer, there are some facts, but there are many things that are unknown about these people, so I am using the unknown stuff as blanks to fill in about their personal life and drama. The main character of my story is Mary Warren, and I characterize her as an anti-hero who is socially awkward and spazzy girl in her late teens/early 20s. The historical fact is that her entire family, consisting of at least a mother and a sister, died somehow when Mary was very young, but nothing is known about them so far as I've researched. Mary believed that a girl/woman (this wasn't clarified either in documents) named Alice Parker killed (at least) her mother, and accuses her of that and witchcraft to the court, causing Alice to have an "inspection", eventually leading to her hanging in Sept. 22. Though it is unknown how the family died, I'm going to assume in my story that Alice was involved in the killing of both the mother and the sister. (Of course I've been doing a ton of research on these characters) Throughout my story, the initial conflict is between Mary (the protagonist) and Alice (the antagonist), where a series of events leads to Mary getting revenge on Alice by accusing her in the court and getting her hung. I'm having an extremely hard time coming up with a fictional motive for Alice's killing. Keep in mind this was before the Salem witch trials when it happened. My first idea was to make up that Mary's family was rich and wealthy, and for Alice to kill them and steal their money for herself. However, I'm not sure that would make sense in this time period, since Puritans were very strict to themselves about materialism, and tend to focus a lot more on Christianity than on things like money and personal possessions. I suppose it's possible that there are some who are greedy, but I think of greed as an unlikely motive for a character from this time period. Correct me if I'm wrong about the greed thing and if it would make sense for money to be a common enough desire to kill someone. I thought of a romantic twist, jealousy, but then again, Alice is said to be married to John Parker, so that wouldn't make sense. Any ideas of motives for Alice to kill Mary's parents? Another thing is I also need a good estimation of Alice's age. (during the witch trials) I'm not sure if she was a girl in her late teens, early 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, the sources never clarify her (possible) date of birth at all, nor her age. Due to other background info, I'd say she was likely at the VERY least in her 20s, probably more like 30s or 40s, but I could go as low as 20s if I wanted to I suppose. I have this big idea of a conflict that I could make up being that Alice was the best friend of Abigail Williams (pretty much the most notable accuser), but I don't even know if that would make sense if Alice was in her 30s or 40s. Also keep in mind that Abigail is 11-ish years old, so I have to consider even a girl in her early 20s would be pretty hard to be your "best friend". I want the twist to be that the "reason that Abigail accused Mary of witchcraft" would be that Abigail is mad at Mary for causing Alice's death. That is all my original plan for this story, initially, but I'm struggling with final decisions. Please help me out?