Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Bell Witch Returns

Note: This is not a political post about Hillary Clinton.

Growing up in Nashville, there's a "dare" we would issue each other. "Go into the bathroom, turn off the lights, and spin around 13 times while chanting 'I do not believe in the Bell Witch'". Supposedly when you turned on the lights you would see her, in the mirror, standing behind you. A reporter was told the same thing while doing a story on the legend.

The story of the Bell Witch dates back to 1817, involved a future president, a man's death, and is still around today in the form of a ghost story told around Boy Scout campfires.

"I’d rather fight the entire British Army than to deal with the Bell Witch" - Andrew Jackson
In 1817, a farmer named John Bell noticed a strange animal in his field. He tried to shoot it, but missed. That evening, the Bell's started hearing a "beating" noise outside their house. They had stirred "The Bell Witch". The witch would torment the family until 1820 when John Bell died of a nervous system disorder. The witch visited the family in 1821 and vowed to return in 7 years. She returned in 1828 and promised to return in 107 years. She has not been heard from since. Her story is one of America's best known ghost stories and was even taught to us in elementary school. I got a chill just writing this post, read the rest of her legend here.

Any Tennessee bloggers that would like to add to this story, please post a comment or email me.
Other Links
The story of the Bell Witch will soon be released on the big screen in a movie called Bell Witch: The Movie.
Official Bell Witch Cave website
Official Bell Witch website