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Helen with her husband, Henry.

Helen with her husband, Henry.

My grandmother was a materialization medium. At sittings, she produced ectoplasm which formed into spirits. These spirits were sufficiently clear for their physical characteristics to be recognized. They would often converse about things only the deceased person and the sitter knew about – sometimes in foreign languages.

In this way, Helen Duncan brought comfort to many by proving to them that their departed, loved ones were still in some form of existence and watching over them.

However, in 1944, during World War II, my grandmother was convicted of conspiracy to ‘pretend to conjure up the dead’ under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.

To this day, debate rages as to whether she was fraudulent or genuine.

Twenty years ago, I decided to find out all I could from family members and sitters as well as the official records.

My research has convinced me that Helen Duncan was a genuine materialization medium – the like of which had never seen before or since.

I believe her gift was so accurate that, with D-Day looming, the British government felt it necessary to imprison a woman who they feared might unwittingly betray wartime secrets. Helen had already done this on two occasions by materializing spirits of sailors from HMS Hood and HMS Barham – before the loss of those ships was made public.

If, having read the accounts of what took place at her sittings, you also believe a miscarriage of justice took place, please sign the on-line petition to exonerate Helen Duncan – an extraordinary woman and a wonderfully caring mother and grandmother.

My family and I thank you.

Margaret Hahn

Billy Remembers

Keep up the good work, it is so wonderful to see a celebration of one of the World’s greatest materialization mediums, full disclosure, I am a grandson by marriage, my dad married Lillian Duncan one of Helen’s daughters. Prior to the marriage I would be allowed to attend some of her seances in Dunfermline, Scotland. My dad was a friend of David Scott who would arrange her sittings for 7 shillings and sixpence each, this might have seemed a lot in 1946/47, however, there was no shortage of sitters and I was allowed to sit for free as I was a juvenile. With the arrangers cut of the deal the take was much less for her, but the sitters were in for the thrill of a lifetime. The sitting would start with Helen behind a curtain in the cabinet, a hymn would be sung, usually Abide With Me and Albert Stewart would appear and wish everyone well. With a brief statement he would then announce there is someone who wishes to come through for so and so and it would continue, short, tall, fat, thin, bowler hatted man with a mustache carrying a Scottie dog, my mother and everyone came away more than satisfied. I would like to say that this poor woman, Helen Duncan, was persecuted just for having a unique gift from God that benefited people on this side having a brief contact with loved ones on the other. The biggest perpetrator was a Luddite called Harry Price who made it his life’s work to destroy her, never mind the British Government complicity in sentencing her as...

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