...The Cock Lane or Stockwell Ghost...

 

This is a tale of terror quoted from Haydn's Dictionary of Dates 1889

 

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.