The 1735 Witchcraft Act was used for the last time in Portsmouth in 1944. The accused was Helen Duncan, a plump Scotswoman, convicted as a fraud yet believed by hundreds to possess the power to speak to the dead. This is her extraordinary story.
Malcolm Gaskill teaches History at Cambridge University where he is Fellow and Director of Studies at Churchill College. He specialises in the history of witchcraft and popular beliefs, and is the author of CRIME AND MENTALITIES IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND.