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The Strange Case of Hellish Nell By Nina Shandler

The Strange Case of Hellish Nell

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Shandler resurrects explores the unanswered questions surrounding the witchcraft trial of "Hellish Nell," Britian's most notorious psychic in the 1940s. Did she channel spirits of the dead who gave away wartime secrets, or was she a calculating charlatan, or perhaps the innocent target of obsessive wartime secrecy?

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The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The True Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II by Nina Shandler

On March 23, 1944, as the Allied Forces were preparing for D-Day, Helen Duncan--"Nell" to her six children and four grandchildren and "Hellish Nell" to her detractors--stood in the dock of Britain's highest criminal court accused of: witchcraft! At the time of her arrest, Helen Duncan was Britain's most controversial psychic, a celebrity medium with a notorious reputation. During her seances, she channeled spirits who spoke from the world beyond, and on a few occasions, her "spirit" seemed to know too much: Helen's seances were accurately revealing top-secret British ship movements. Intelligence authorities wanted "Hellish Nell" silenced. Using diaries, personal papers, interviews, and declassified documents, Nina Shandler resurrects this strange episode and explores the unanswered questions surrounding the trial: Did "Hellish Nell" channel spirits of the dead who gave away wartime secrets? Was she a calculating charlatan or the innocent target of obsessive wartime secrecy? Why did the Director of Public Prosecutions try her as a witch, and not a spy? Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, The Strange Case of Hellish Nell is a true crime tale laced with psychic phenomena and wartime intrigue.

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About Nina Shandler


Nina Shandler, Ed.D., a licensed psychologist and family therapist, is the author of Estrogen: The Natural Way and Ophelia's Mom. She lives in Massachusetts.

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GOR002173389
The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The True Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II by Nina Shandler
Nina Shandler
Used - Very Good
Hardback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
2006-11-02
304
0306814382
9780306814389
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