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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Nashville Union and American. As the haunting first makes its presence known and begins harassing the Bell family, there is some pretty chilling stuff. Two family members endured more beatings or being roughed up more than the others. So great was the excitement that people came from hundreds of miles around to witness the manifestations of what was popularly known as the “Bell Witch. They brnt have coronaries when listening to their politicians. Even the Witch’s calling John “Old Jack” as Lucy did – Betsy had in a way been elevated to the position of her mother as her father’s “bedmate”, so the Witch takes to calling him by the familiar title in a vicious parody to remind him of his sin.

Cross cites a column from the Nashville Banner where it mentions the paper had sent a reporter to Robertson County in the s, John C.


Several accounts say that during his military career, Andrew Jackson was intrigued with the story and his men were frightened vrent after traveling to investigate. For those who are fascinated after reading my account, I suggest reading the two family diaries and the Ingram collection and then drawing your own conclusions.

I heard something like a Scottish accent, hints of a Spanish one, a little bit of Minnesotan, etc. Even up to now, you can still see the remnants of the church wall in between the barks of the tree trunk. Archived from the original on 10 March Retrieved 29 November After some time playing professional baseball and working at other newspapers, Willett became the first managing witcu of the Nashville Tennessean in while teaching himself law.


The Bell Witch: An American Haunting – Brent Monahan – Google Books

The author took the documented cases of the Bell Witch and tried to turn what happened into a made for tv movie that would appear on Lifetime with an older Richard Powell in love with Betsey but heartsick over their age difference and the fact she was in love with a local boy more her age.

I live a stone’s throw away from this! Naturally, his was not a pathway strewn with roses beent his was an aggressive nature, a bdent which often brought him into serious collision with those with whom he took issue.

When the men went to retrieve the sack, a voice was heard, “You won’t touch this sack anymore. The Clarion-Ledger Volume 33, Number My mother says that the giant dude wants her to go with him in his “world”.

Retrieved 23 November Get to Know Us. I stand ready to debate anyone on my version of the story. Johnson started home on his horse and something jumped on the back grabbing his shoulder as he tried to restrain the horse.

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

Retrieved June 9, — via Newspapers. The article reported that Smith claimed the powers of witchcraft while working near Adam’s Station, chopping wood on a farm with the defendants.

Dec 24, Paige rated it monahn was ok Shelves: Sep 08, Egenartet rated it did not like it Shelves: John Bell’s son, John Bell Jr. What is missing, however, is believability – not so much in Monahan’s premise or in his ability as a ditch, but rather in his packaging.

About thirty years ago Robertson county had a sensation similar to this known as the “Bell Witch,” and people came witfh all parts of the country, even as far as New York, to hear or see her. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Rhe lie for a living – and their readers willingly suspend their disbelief as much as they can for satisfying entertainment, education or both.


The matter, however, was settled without litigation, the paper retracting the charges, explaining how this version of the story had gained credence, and the fact that at the time the demonstrations commenced Betsy Bell had scarcely advanced from the stage of childhood and was too young to have been capable of originating and practicing so great a deception. Author founder of the American Ghost Society. I found the voice of the Bell Witch interesting.

MacmillanJun 19, – Fiction – pages. Had the beginnings of a good, frightening story.

Madeline recorded a song titled “The Legend of the Bell Witch” in Richard Powell was a Tennessee schoolteacher when he first encountered the Bell Witch. There is much that can and should be learned from here. And so, in a way, helped to bring about this haunting.

May 24, Laurie rated it liked it. The Legend of the Bell Witch in Retrieved 19 December According to legend, fromhis family and the local area came under attack by a mostly invisible entity that was able to speak, affect the physical environment, and shapeshift.

Whether you brenf or doubt the story, it will certainly enthrall you…and most likely keep you up at night, too. Bonnie Haneline, inrecounted a time during her childhood in when she was exploring the cave. The Englishman quickly left that morning and later wrote to the Bell family that the entity had visited his family in England.

This fictionalized story is told in the first person by Richard Powell.