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

3.15 avg rating
( 54 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780306815751: The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

On March 23, 1944, as the allied forces prepared for D-Day, Britain's most famous psychic, Helen Duncan- Nell” to her family-stood in the dock of Britain's highest criminal court accused of...witchcraft. It was a trial so bizarre Winston Churchill grumbled, Why all this tomfoolery?” But the Prime Minister was not privy to the Military Intelligence agenda fueling the prosecution: Duncan's séances were accurately revealing top-secret British ship movements. The authorities wanted Hellish Nell” silenced. Using diaries, personal papers, interviews, and declassified documents, Nina Shandler resurrects this strange courtroom episode and the shadowy world of wartime secrets and psychics. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, The Strange Case of Hellish Nell is a true crime tale laced with supernatural phenomena and wartime intrigue.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

From Publishers Weekly:

In April 1944 as Allied forces were prepping for D-Day, the British press made headlines about a Scottish mother of six who was being tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Obese and lower-class, Helen Duncan apparently had a gift of second sight that was exploited by her idle husband, who taught her to be a proper medium and sent her act on the road. In addition to communing with the dead, the famed spiritualist had a knack for divulging ship movements and losses, and Portsmouth Chief Constable Arthur West, ordered to protect Britain's premier naval port during wartime, was duly alarmed. But how do you silence a medium without giving away the fact that she had accurately forecast military secrets? West nabbed her as a fake who defrauded innocent victims. Despite an excellent defense, Duncan got nine months and served six; after the war she happily embraced her powers even though she had sworn to retire. Unfortunately, family therapist Shandler (Ophelia's Mom) displays a penchant for overheated, amateurish prose (the red ink from Churchill's note to the home secretary "dripped with disdain") and conjures a tedious tale from an intriguing subject. Photos. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 16.00
US$ 8.11

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 9.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780306814389: The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The True Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0306814382 ISBN 13:  9780306814389
Publisher: Da Capo Press, 2006
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Shandler, Nina
Published by Da Capo Pr (2007)
ISBN 10: 0306815753 ISBN 13: 9780306815751
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Sandy Douglas Books
(Elgin, N/A, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Pr, 2007. Soft cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Good clean tight unread copy. Seller Inventory # E01475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Nina Shandler
Published by Da Capo Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0306815753 ISBN 13: 9780306815751
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0306815753

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 53.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Shandler, Nina
Published by Da Capo Press
ISBN 10: 0306815753 ISBN 13: 9780306815751
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0306815753 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0075334

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Nina Shandler
Published by Da Capo Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0306815753 ISBN 13: 9780306815751
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0306815753

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 86.86
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds