Fifty years after the death of psychic Helen Duncan, the last person in the UK imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act, her family is calling for her to be pardoned. She was imprisoned after she channeled the spirit of a sailor from a specific sunken warship, several months before the loss of the ship was made public. From the BBC News:
She was arrested in 1944 and sentenced to nine months in prison at the Old Bailey for crimes under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.Link to BBC News article, Link to the Official Helen Duncan Pardon Site
While in prison she was visited by Winston Churchill.
When he was re-elected in 1951 the Witchcraft Act was repealed and three years later spiritualism was officially recognised as a religion.
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