The prosecution were determined to prove Helen Duncan was a fraud. Her trial took
place barely a few months before the famous D-
The true story of a Scottish housewife who found herself in the centre of a WWII legal battle which ended with her being convicted under the Witchcraft Act.
During the second world war Helen was in great demand from anxious relatives, especially those who had lost close family on active war service.
Two second degree burns were found across Helen's stomach. She was immediately taken back to her Scottish home and later rushed to hospital.
Helen was sent back to London's Holloway prison, that Victorian monstrosity for female prisoners still being used today.
The Prime Minister had been ordained into the Grand Ancient Order of Druids and was a client and also a keen supporter of Helen Duncan.
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He was a Spiritualist Medium for the last three decades, a former British Fleet Street
An irate Prime Minister, Winston Churchill reveals his anger over Helen Duncan's treatment in his memo to his wartime Home Secretary Herbert Morrison.
But was this stern outburst just his frustration at legal 'tomfoolery' at a time when all national and international efforts were focused on the looming Normandy Landings?
Some maintain that Churchill, a natural psychic in his own right, who had been ordained as a Druid during a special ceremony at his ancestral home of Blenheim Palace at the turn of the century and no stranger to Spiritualism, was actually defending a religious freedom.
And is it also significant that on his return to power following the immediate post-
To see the memo in full click the image on the right.