GREAT BRITAIN: There Was Ectoplasm

A British high court last week upheld the conviction of a Scotswoman charged with practicing witchcraft. To jail for nine months, technically as a violator of a 1735 law forbidding "conjuration of the devil and evil spirits," went 46-year-old Mrs. Helen Duncan, a spiritual medium.

At her seven-day trial last April, a policeman testified that he attended a Duncan seance, tried to grab a ghost, instead caught Mrs. Duncan stuffing a white cloth down her bodice.

Ardent defense witnesses included the egocentric gossip columnist of the London Daily Herald, Hannen Swaffer, whose story was that he and...

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