07 December 2006
Helen Duncan is Innocent?
Following on from my recent post about Helen Duncan , the last person to be tried under the Witchcraft Act, there is now a campaign to have her pardoned.
According to the BBC Duncan’s grand-daughter "When she first came back home after prison she was never the same. She always had a bit of a glow about her but she seemed to have lost that. Some people said it was treason. My grandmother had two sons and two son in laws in the forces ... and there is no way she would have given anybody information."
Campaigners to pardon Mrs Duncan have set up an online petition. The campaign is backed by the British Society of Paranormal Studies.
Helen Duncan was a charlatan but her sentence was ludicrous, the result of paranoid times. I doubt the campaign will have any effect though.
My thanks to Hak Mao for drawing my attention to this story.
Helen Duncan medium witch