Why did people in the past believe in witches if nobody of the convicted used witch powers to escape?

curiousnorway
Today most of us knows there were natural explanations behind these events that happen in the past. But I'm wondering why humans in our history actually believed in witches if nobody of the convicted were able to escape in a supernatural way. If witches existed and had these magical abilities people claimed them to have, they would probably be able to escape in a supernatural way with magic. E. g. fly away. If you were suspected and knew you would be arrested if you're a witch, you would just fly away from the trouble.
Why did people in the past believe in witches if nobody of the convicted used witch powers to escape?
In real life they couldn't escape in a supernatural way and many didn't manage to escape at all.
Why did people in the past believe in witches if nobody of the convicted used witch powers to escape?
But this is a illustration of how a witch could escape if they existed and had magic powers.
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Another questions people:
Did they who believed in witches think witches were humans or a own species? I know the believers knew they could execute the witches. But they also knew they had human needs like food. They ate in the prison, behaved like humans and everything about them were humans. What was the difference between a witch and a human according to them?
Why did people in the past believe in witches if nobody of the convicted used witch powers to escape?
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