...The Cock Lane or Stockwell Ghost...
At the premises of 33, Cock Lane, Stockwell, London (1760 & 1761) an imposition practised by
Mr Parsons the owner, his wife and daughter by means of a female ventriloquist
whereby the ghost of a certain Mrs Kent was heard, whom (he wished people to suppose) had been murdered by her husband.
All London was agog with this story; but it was found out that the ghostly sounds were produced by one Anne Robinson
a servant girl employed by the Parsons, made by her rapping on a board which she took with her into bed.
The scam being detected both parents were condemned to stand in the pillory and then imprisonment.