Giles Corey accuses Thomas Putnam of reaching out for land because Ruth Putnam accuses George Jacobs of witchcraft. Mr. Jacobs is the Putnams' neighbor, who owns 600 acres next to their property.
After Martha Corey is arrested, Giles Corey storms into the court, hoping to prove that the girls are lying, pretending to see spirits. He gets resistance from the court, and Thomas Putnam.
He says that he has information about the case against George Jacobs, that he knows for a fact that Thomas Putnam has instructed his daughter to accuse Jacobs of witchcraft. In fact, Giles Corey tells Danforth that he has it on good authority, from a reliable source, who overheard Putnam instruct Ruth to accuse Jacobs.
However, when Danforth demands that Giles name the source, the man who overheard Thomas Putnam instruct his daughter to accuse George Jacobs, he refuses to name him. He refuses to give the man's name, and is hauled off to jail, and later executed by being pressed to death.