Images: 1) An artist's etching of the Bell home, originally published in 1894. 2) An artist's drawing of Betsy Bell, done
around 1894 and published in M. V. Ingram's book about the Bell Witch. 3) An artist's drawing of John Bell's death,
originally published in 1894. In the foreground one can see a couple of men feeding the family cat with some of the
The Bell Witch is a ghost story from American Southern Folklore. The legend of the Bell Witch, also called the
Bell Witch Haunting, revolves around strange events allegedly experienced by the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee,
in 1817–1935 when the witch was said to return. John Bell Jr. also wrote a book on the hauntings that took place around
The story is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006), The Bell Witch Haunting (2004) and may have
The Bell Witch is based on true events that will send a cold chill down your spine and make the hair on the back of
your neck stand up. When you try to sleep tonight, just remember that I warned you about the Bell Witch.
Just like in the movie "The Ring", once you look into the darkness, it looks back at you. Your life will never be the
same once you know about the Bell Witch and your thirst to know more is never quenched. Are you ready for a
"True Ghost Story"?
According to the Legend, John Bell was the only person recognized by any state to have been killed by a spirit.
The Legend dates back to the time of General Andrew Jackson, in the early 1800s. The story has a special interest
for me, because I live in Tennessee. Nice to know the Bell Witch is not too far away!
How would you like to visit the Bell Witch location in Tennessee? Bring your camera, because you never know what
you will see. You can even visit the hidden Bell Witch cave, which lies on the property of the ill-fated Bell family.
Imagine being home alone at night and the lights have been dimmed. Your relaxing and all of a sudden you hear a
rapping noise. Next, you hear knocks and scratching sounds, and no one is there. Have you ever heard unusual
noises while you where sleeping? Maybe some breathing in the corner of your room and no one was there?
You look into the darkness and see what you think is a human figure, or is it? It gets very cold and you feel this dark
forceful presence upon you. You know your not alone; You begin to think your mind is playing tricks on you. Is it all
in your head?
You see a shadow out of the corner of your eye, and you know not to be so curious. It realizes you are afraid and it
can smell your fear. You want to run, but there is no where to run. You want to scream, but it is too late.
The Bell family knew what terror was and even Mr. Bell tried to keep it a secret. It was to be exposed by the Bell
Witch! She had to make her voice heard and physically attacked a family to make her point!
According to the Bell Witch Legend, The spirit of Kate Batts terrorized the Bell family. Sticking the daughter with pins
and pulling her hair. There were physical manifestations and bed sheets flying off the beds. Again, whats makes this
chilling, is that it is not some fictional story or one of Stephen King's best sellers, it is a "True Ghost Story".
The Bell Witch legend is a part of history and if you are as curious as I am, you will seek more answers to this
"True Ghost Story". Perhaps a visit to Adams, Tennessee, why not see if you can touch the presence of the Bell
Witch's eerie past, and if fate allows maybe more.
The new owners have reported strange ghostly shapes and have heard unexplained sounds. Imagine taking a tour
and hearing eerie sounds coming from the hidden corners of the cave. Picture yourself with a camera taking pictures
and you just happen to capture a shadowy figure on your camera.
Just think, you could experience the past of this "True Ghost Story". Imagine the look on your friends' faces, when
you tell this story around a camp fire.
There is a road sign about the hauntings located on Highway 41. This scary tale has tours and a Bellwood cemetery,
all of it located in Adams, Tennessee. Call ahead for tour times at (615) 696-3055.
"Will you visit Adams, Tennessee. Or are you too scared!"
This amazing story continues to grow stronger then ever. Are you fascinated by scary fiction(Stephen King)?
A "True Ghost Story", will keep your interest and compels you to know more! The Bell Witch is waiting. Will you be
By DeWayne Strickland
Copyright 2006 DeWayne Strickland
DeWayne H. Strickland has been a Film Freak since the time he could walk. He is a webdesigner and is the crazy