Brent Monahan, Author St. Martin’s Press $ (p) ISBN children by a mischievous poltergeist dubbed “”the Bell witch”” by the citizens of Adams, Tenn. The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a legend from Southern American folklore, centered on , The Bell Witch: An American Haunting, Monahan, Brent, St. Martin’s Press, X, Novel. Basis for the film, An American. Don’t be confused into buying a novel called An American Haunting. It’s just another haunted house story. The Bell Witch is also fiction, but it’s based on a true.

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Oh, how I wish I could read it again My mother says so. Considering her parent’s history this too is rather interesting. Clinard and Burgess returned a not guilty verdict. With Kirby family Bell Witch Cave. I have to look for that book too. May 24, Laurie rated it liked it. In the Ingram account, attributed to Richard Williams Bell, John Bell was already suffering from an unknown affliction and bedridden for some time. That line from a horror story book?

Retrieved 22 Bel Betsy was the Bell Daughter who was most violently attacked by the witch. Hopkins, traveled from Nashville and shot John W.


As for John Bell mysteriously becoming ill and then dying, well again the witch was a handy source of income for his family. While not a fundamental element of the original recorded legend, the Bell Witch Cave in the 20th century became a source of continuing interest, belief, and generation of lore. It was confusing at first, putting all of the names and dates into order, but eventually it all settled down and I didn’t have to keep flipping back to previous pages to remind myself of who was who or what was when.


The letter was written by Richard Powell to his daughter by the Betsy Bell.

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting by Brent Monahan

This included another account of Andrew Jackson’s visit and of a boy trapped in the Bell Witch Cave and pulled rbent of the cave feet first by the witch. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication. Native of Adams, Tennessee.

I really wish it would have been better. The woman’s daughter reported a jeweler estimated the buckle to be to years old.

Brooks inquired what the couple thought about the rumor in the early s. There thw to be a church there built in the 16th century but the townfolks say the priest did not notice the tree growing in the altar and it becomes bigger and bigger until it “ate up” the church. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U. The abilities of the witch to converse intelligently, openly with whoever caught her attention were unbelievable.

For three years, the spirit joked, lectured, ran off frauds and charlatans, and even nursed Bell’s sick wife, producing nuts and berries for the invalid out of thin air. Instead I got a fictionalized account a father writing to his daughter about the events that transpired. The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter.

He received help the next morning from Bill Burgess and Mr. Retrieved 5 December I guess this would not have bothered me so much if it were such an apparent gimmick.

Smith professed to be something of a wizard, or rather boasted of his power to hypnotize and lay spells on people, subjecting any one who came under his influence to his will, and it was reported that he claimed to have derived this power from the mantle of the Bell Witch. That morning he told John Bell it was a “spirit, just like in the Bible.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I’m from Tennessee and have grown up with this story. But then, during straight narration, the reader would lapse into odd accents, or stumble over his words, or pause at inconvenient times like the middle of a word. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U. Then again, Salem went down over a hundred years before the Bell Witch matter. I read it twice when I was younger and was obsessed with it.

The actual cause and resolution of the supernatural disturbances seems quite contemporary, but historically acceptable. If you get a chance, read this book. Cooke, to investigate reports of the possible reemergence of the Bell Witch phenomenon.

Is the Bell Witch true?

Retrieved 23 May Richard Williams Bell was roughly 6 to 10 years of age during the initial manifestations of the Bell Witch phenomenon and 17 at the occurrence of the spirit’s return in It was invisible to the eye, yet it would hold conversation and even shake hands with certain individuals.

Archived from the original on 7 March This gave him a level of concern beyond that of curious neighbor.