Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Witchcraft: 1940s style

Here's some information on the 'witch', Helen Duncan, who was imprisoned in 1944 under a little-known clause of the Witchcraft Act of 1735. At a seance she revealed information about the sinking of HMS Barham, an event that was at the time kept from the public. Contrary to what is often believed, she was not convicted for being a witch but for falsely claiming to be able to procure spirits.

She is considered a martyr in spiritualist circles.