Scio Occultus Res
Mary Dyer was a Puritan turned Quaker who repeatedly refused to obey an edict banishing her and her husband from Boston. Despite legal orders, and her husband’s pleading, she returned to the city numerous times, trying to convert others to the Quaker faith. She was sentenced to death on her third visit to the city, but released due to her husband’s friendship with the Governor. On her third visit, even this could not save her, and she was hanged in Boston Common.
Rumours that she had given birth to a monstrous, stillborn child were certainly a factor in the decision to execute her, but most agree that she was hanged mainly as an example to other Quakers that Massachusetts took their Puritan faith very seriously.