Growing up, I always heard stories about the Bell Witch. Legend had it if you went into the bathroom, turned the lights off, and said, "I hate the Bell Witch" 13 times, you'd get a scratch on your face.
Today the Bell Witch is said to be the only ghost to have ever killed a human being. The ghost is thought to be Kate Batts, whose grave is located in this spooky cemetery:
In the early 1800s, the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee dealt with a series of strange events. Most of them centered around their teenage daughter, Betsy Bell, who is depicted in this creepy artist's depiction (from 1894):
The legend begins in 1817, when John Bell supposedly saw an animal in his field that had the head of a rabbit and the body of a dog. Soon after, the family began hearing an obnoxious pounding on the outside walls of their farmhouse each night.
|John Bell's Farmhouse|
Soon crazy things began happening inside that house. Most of the activity centered around Betsy Bell, who reportedly dealt with being scratched and having her hair pulled regularly. This has led some to conclude that the Bell Witch was actually a poltergeist, since poltergeists are often associated with teenage girls.
Over the years, the story has been questioned by several experts--especially one part of the story that has Andrew Jackson visiting the home. While the former U.S. President's home was in Middle Tennessee, experts have found no evidence of him stopping in Adams, Tennessee during that time. Maybe he never did--this sign indicates he retreated to Nashville after his coach wheels stopped mysteriously.
In 1817, John Bell developed a strange illness that lasted for three years and eventually led to his death. The legend says the Bell Witch poisoned him. Poltergeist theorists say Betsy Bell poisoned him herself. But scientifically-minded people believe he had a neurological disorder that was just unknown to doctors at the time. Still...the legend lives on.
In January 2015, Ghost Adventures became the first paranormal TV show to visit the Bell Witch Cave:
It has to be true if Zak Douche-Bagans says it is, right?
Come back next Friday for the next stop on my ghost tour: