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Author tells of moment he confronted the spirit world

Richard Hoskins, a senior lecturer in African religions at Bath Spa University, was called in to help police with the 'Adam torso' case ten years ago.

The torso of a young boy was found in the river Thames in what was to become a witchcraft investigation.

More recently, he was a key witness in the recent Kristy Bamu in which a couple were found guilty of murdering a teenager they had accused of using witchcraft.

Mr Hoskins told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast's Nicky Campbell that he drew on personal experiences of magic and superstition that he encountered when his twin girls were born in South Africa.

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  • 07 Jun 2012