HELEN’S STORY 1897 - 1956

Helen 2nd World War

The Second World War

The prosecution were determined to prove Helen Duncan was a fraud. Her trial took place barely a few months before the famous D-Day landings.

The Trial

The Witchcraft Trial

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.

About Helen Duncan

During the second world war Helen was in great demand from anxious relatives, especially those who had lost close family on active war service.

Imprisonment Churchill

Winston Churchill

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 Passes to Spirit

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.


The Official Pardon Site

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CHURCHILL’S MINUTE - A druid’s anger

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-war Labour Government the ONLY tranche of legislation he permitted to be carried over from the previous administration was the private Parliamentary Bill replacing the archaic 1735 Witchcraft Act under which Mrs. Duncan was 'convicted' by the Fraudulent Mediums Act?

To see the memo in full click the image on the right.