An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch [NOOK Book]

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The Bell Witch Haunting is a poltergeist legend from Southern United States folklore, involving the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. The legend is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006) and The Bell Witch Haunting (2004). It is also said that the Bell Witch may have inspired the "Blair Witch Project". According to the legend, the first reported manifestation of the haunting occurred in 1817 when John William Bell Sr. encountered a strange animal in a cornfield on his large farm in Robertson County, on...
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An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch

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Overview

The Bell Witch Haunting is a poltergeist legend from Southern United States folklore, involving the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. The legend is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006) and The Bell Witch Haunting (2004). It is also said that the Bell Witch may have inspired the "Blair Witch Project". According to the legend, the first reported manifestation of the haunting occurred in 1817 when John William Bell Sr. encountered a strange animal in a cornfield on his large farm in Robertson County, on the Red River, near Adams, Tennessee. The animal, described as having the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit, was shot at by John William Bell Sr. At a later date the Bell family claimed to hear knocking and gnawing noises on the outside walls of their house. These noises eventually moved inside the dwelling. Some time after the noises began Betsy Bell, the family's youngest daughter, claimed to have been assaulted by an invisible force. The legend continues with the poltergeist gaining strength, moving various objects about, speaking and having conversations with the family and guests. It identified itself as "Kate Batts", a neighbor of the Bell's that John had apparently upset in some way. John Bell Sr., later in life, suffered frequent facial seizures, often rendering him speechless. He died on December 20, 1820. A small vial containing an unidentified liquid he allegedly ingested was found near his body. When some of the contents were force-fed to the family cat, the animal died. The vial was then disposed of in the fireplace.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012121905
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Ebooks
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 662,237
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Van Buren Ingram (1832-1909), better
known as M. V. Ingram, was a pioneer journalist of Middle Tennessee. 
In the town of Springfield, Robertson County, he helped to found the
Robertson Register in 1866.  Three years later, in 1869,
he moved to Clarksville in Montgomery County and started the
Clarksville Tobacco Leaf.  In 1880, Ingram sold his
interest in the newspaper, now called the Clarksville
Leaf-Chronicle, but continued to write columns for the newspaper
and also performed free-lance writing.
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