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

Shandler, Nina

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ISBN 10: 0306814382 / ISBN 13: 9780306814389
Published by Da Capo Press, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0306814382 289 pages. Illustrated with B&W photos. Tan boards with a green spine with red foil titling on the spine. Fine condition with very light edge wear on the covers. Dust jacket is Fine with light edge wear and an 'Autographed Copy' sticker on the front panel. Signed by the author in ink on the title page. Pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is tight. A nice clean copy. First Printing. Jacket Condition: Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4 in - 9 3/4 in Tall. Year: 2006. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-067674

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Title: The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The True ...

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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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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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