Remember the white witch who cursed the Loch Ness monster?

Scotland is famous for its myths and legends, and this Halloween season it only seemed right that we celebrate the queen of them all – the Loch Ness monster.

STV have reported on several Nessie sightings over the years, but never quite managed to find the conclusive proof that we've all been waiting for. So you can imagine our enthusiasm when white witch Kevin Carlyon announced that he was to blame for her absence back in 2003.

In our daily Pick of the Archives, Carlyon reveals that he'd cast a spell on Nessie in 2001, to protect her from Swedish scientists.

Fortunately for Nessie, the spell was a complete success – the Swedes found nothing in the Loch's otherwise tranquil waters – but in 2003 Kevin decided that he may have gone a bit too far.

"I'm very confident," he said at the time. "I think last time my spell worked a little bit too good and she's disappeared altogether. I do have a very good success rate.

"On this occasion, and the last time, I do feel there is something in that loch, be it a ghost, spirit or a physical creature."

Local bookmakers had such confidence in the witch's ability to reverse his spell that they slashed odds from 1000/1 to 10/1, but they needn't have worried. Kevin had expected Nessie to show herself during the summer solstice, but if she did raise her head out of the water there was nobody there to see it.

Which isn’t to say we haven't, come close to catching her on film, once or twice. In 2009 there were suspicions that she was seen on Google Earth, and earlier this year a seasoned Nessie hunter thought he'd found the conclusive proof.

We even managed to film her on the Clyde, passing our very own offices here in Govan. On closer inspection, however, there definitely seemed to be something fishy going on.

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