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Duncan, Helen (November 25, 1897 Callander, Scotland - December 6, 1956)
Institution / Country:England

From the official pardon site for Helen Duncan:

Mrs. Duncan was a Spiritualist Materialisation Medium through whose ample body, milky ectoplasm flowed and formed into complete human figures, which could walk and talk and greet their living relatives with intimate secrets known only within their families.

This is the true story of a woman sent to prison accused of being a witch when she was a well-known and proven psychic. During WWII Helen's accurate 'death notices' were verified countless times. When she materialized the full form of a sailor with the name H.M.S. BARHAM on his cap, a ship which the English government denied had been sunk; she was arrested and jailed as a spy and then a witch. Even after she was proven correct, she was held as a witch. Helen Duncan was destined to 'go down' to appease an establishment terrified that she might accurately discern the date of the D-Day Normandy Landings.

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From "A sťance with Helen Duncan" by Medium Mavis Smethurst on the site of the Bolton Spiritualist Church:

It was just after the war in the late forties or early fifties. The night before [the sťance], I had seen, clairvoyantly, my spirit helper Jack, smiling at me, and by his side stood a lovely young lady saying "Isn't this wonderful, isn't this wonderful." I did not understand the message until I saw them both appear at the materialization. I was amazed! They were exactly as I had seen them clairvoyantly. My father who was sitting at the side of me called out "Hello Jack" and Jack said "Hello Bill." I had no idea they knew one another, but Jack said "I have come to the young lady by your side" meaning me "and you have come from Bolton in a car." The lovely young lady I had seen the night before also appeared and she was saying "Isn't this wonderful, isn't this Wonderful," just as she had when she had appeared to me the night before.

The sťance was conducted in a good red light. The entities appeared just as if they were still in the flesh. The clothes they wore were quite normal and in good colours. There were ten sitters and we all sat in a row about six feet from where the spirit forms built up. There was nothing in front of us so we all had a very good view. After the spirit entities had finished speaking to their loved ones I was astonished to see them collapse on the floor and quickly disappear.


Below: Helen Duncan