Curse of the Bell Witch
Posted 29 September 2009 - 10:56 AM
Shortly thereafter, the haunting began. It began when John Bell saw a bizarre animal in his garden. He fired a shot at it, but it disappeared. The Bell children were also seeing strange animals in the woods near their home. The Bell household began to experience loud noises such as the rattling of windows, and the house shook. At first they believed they were earthquakes, but when no one else reported these strange occurrences, this theory was put to rest.
John Bell was a private man, and so he decided to keep these occurrences a secret. He was also ostracized by some in the community stemming from his expulsion from church. Many people might think that God was "gunning for him," and thus make his situation in the community worse. However, about one year after the noises began, John Bell became ill. At this point he was forced to tell his friend James Johnson about the problem. Johnson and his wife agreed to stay at the Bell house for a night, and they too reported the same things the Bells had experienced.
Bell Witch Cave
Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:16 PM
Okay, do you think there was something more going on between Miss Blatts and John Bell? I mean a curse that spanned for several generations seems to be kind of extreme for overcharging interest on a slave
Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:29 PM
Who knows, she was said to be an odd, eccentric lady with a temper so maybe she really did hold onto a grudge that strongly.
Posted 30 September 2009 - 08:43 AM
Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:27 PM
As in life so in death, Amiga, maybe she was that ornery
A very intriguing question, Silver, did cadet branches of the family change names to avoid the stigma of a Witch's curse or was that chapter of the family history blotted from the records
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