That Churchill used astrologers and mediums for advice is well known,
and advised by devout spiritualist R.A.F. leader Lord Dowding, sought out several well known mediums such as Joe Benjamin and Leslie Flint.
But Churchill became the victim of one of Spiritualisms greatest frauds, which is said to have thrown him into deep depression.
When people rang for an appointment, he would research who they were, in the newspapers, births marriages and deaths section, and notes kept from graves at local cemeteries, and an accomplice would call at their house on a pretext, and elicit information, and when they called at his home, an accomplice would take their bags and coat and ask them to empty their pockets, saying the contents would influence the medium.
The waiting room contained another accomplice who would chat to those inside, while a peep hole and ear piece, gave more info.
He had a small microphone behind his ear, covered by ear long hair, and a copper rod glued to the bottom of his shoe, and when he stood on a rod inserted between the floorboards, contact would be made, and the accomplice would read from the bags wallets and coats, the personal information straight into his ear. He would scour the papers each day, and was bang up to date with the news.
He set up again in another area as “Bill Silver, talks with god for you “ and again conned many consumed with grief from their savings.
His death in 1977, meant that the Scotland Yard took possession of all his trickery, his memory cards, tickets, miniature microphones etc for their museum and training center, Many of the American T V evangelists use these same tricks today, to trick many out of millions.
The government claimed that Duncan was prosecuted for being a fraudulent medium, yet said that she could give out real secrets involving the D day landings, how, if she was a fraud? Even by government standards this is total lying rubbish. Why were no other fake mediums prosecuted? Duncan was only prosecuted because she was genuine, and to silence her. The law on fraudulent mediumship is being changed this year, the changes are ill thought out, but public safeguards are very necessary.
T Stokes lecturer in paranormal studies