18968THE BELL WITCH
- Aug 5, 2010THE BELL WITCH
Located in sleepy Adams, Tennessee is the former location of the John
Bell Farm, one of the most famous haunted spots in American History.
This sinister case involved spectral creatures, disembodied voices,
poltergeist activity and even resulted in the death of John
Bell. . .all at the hands of the infamous Bell Witch.
THE LEGEND OF THE BELL WITCH
According to the annals of supernatural history, the story of the
Bell Witch started in 1817 when the Bell family, prosperous farmers
from Tennessee, began experiencing strange phenomena in their home.
First, the house was plagued with knocking and rapping noises and
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Blankets were pulled from beds, family members were kicked and
scratched and their hair pulled. Particularly tormented was a 12-year-
old Betsy Bell, who was slapped, pinched, bruised and stuck with
pins. At first, John Bell was determined to keep the events secret,
but soon confided in a friend , who then formed an investigative
committee. John Bell's friends soon learned that the strange force in
the house had an eerie intelligence. It soon found a voice and from
that day on. . .was seldom silent.
The spirit identified itself as the "witch" of Kate Batts, a
neighbors of the Bell's, with whom John had experienced bad business
dealings over some purchased slaves. "Kate" as the local people began
calling her, made daily appearances in the Bell home, wreaking havoc
on everyone there. People all over the area of soon learned of the
witch and she made appearances, in sounds and voices, all over
The ghost became so famous that even General Andrew Jackson decided
to visit. He too experienced the antics of the witch and his carriage
wheels refused to turn until the witch decided to let them.
John Bell fell victim to bouts of strange illness, to which "Kate"
claimed responsibility. While he was sick in bed, the spirit cursed
and prodded him, never allowing him to rest. One day, he went to bed
and never recovered. He was found senseless in his bed one morning
and a strange bottle was found nearby. Bell's breath smelled of the
black liquid in the bottle, so a drop of it was placed on the tongue
of a cat. . .the animal dropped dead. John Bell soon followed suit
and "Kate" screamed in triumph. She even made her presence known at
his funeral, laughing, cursing and singing as the poor man was buried.
"Kate" didn't vanish immediately after the death of her proclaimed
enemy though. She stayed around, threatening Betsy Bell to not
marry the man that she truly loved, Joshua Gardner. The witch would
never say why, but she did allow the girl to later marry the local
schoolteacher, Richard Powell. "Kate" soon left the family but
promised to return in seven years. She did come back and plagued the
family again for two weeks. Before departing, she appeared at the
home of John Bell Jr. and made a number of predictions that Bell
recorded. The warning proved true, reflecting the Civil War and the
later World Wars of the next century. "Kate" said that she would
return again 107 years later, in 1935, but the year came and went
Who was the Bell Witch? Was she really a ghost, who claimed to be
connected to a living person? Or did the resentment and the hatred of
the real Kate Batts create an entity of it's own? Or could the
haunting have been poltergeist activity linked to Betsy Bell? No one
will ever know for sure. . .but whoever, or whatever, the Bell Witch
was, many believe that she has never left Adams, Tennessee at all.
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