Fresh effort to secure a pardon for Scotswoman convicted of witchcraft

Mysterious Times

CAMPAIGNERS are launching new efforts to have the last woman in Britain imprisoned under the ­Witchcraft Act pardoned.

Helen Duncan, from Callander, near Stirling, was convicted at London’s Old Bailey under the Witchcraft Act in 1944 after she revealed Second World War military secrets during a seance.

The medium was arrested in Portsmouth after holding a seance in 1941 in which she claimed to be contacted by a dead sailor from HMS Barham. The battleship had sunk after being torpedoed off the coast of Egypt just days before – but news of its sinking was not officially revealed to the public by the military until 1942.

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