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The Bell Witch

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« on: April 09, 2007, 10:02:00 pm »


This incident was quickly followed by a series of strange beating and gnawing noises manifesting around, and eventually inside, the Bell residence. After this the Bell children said that their bedclothes were being regularly pulled off and tossed onto the floor by an invisible force.

The family then reported a voice choking and making low, guttural noises. Betsy Bell, the family's younger daughter and the only daughter still living at home, was soon after violently assaulted, her hair pulled and her face slapped by an invisible force.

An artist's drawing of Betsy Bell, originally published in 1894These events continued for over a year before John Bell reported them to his neighbours, James Johnston and his wife, who later said they witnessed them. At this point the strange events experienced by the Bell family became well known in the Red River community, especially reports of a voice conversing loudly and clearly, singing, quoting from the Bible and accurately describing events taking place miles away.

Another major development in the story is the involvement of future U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who heard of the disturbances and decided to observe them in person, in 1819.

On approaching the Bell property, Jackson’s entourage encountered an invisible presence that stopped his wagon in its tracks, until he acknowledged that the witch was responsible, upon which the wagon was able to proceed unhindered.

One of the men in Jackson’s entourage declared himself to be a witch tamer who intended to kill the spirit. The man began screaming and contorting his body immediately after making these statements. Jackson and his entourage left the Bell property by midday the following day. He is quoted as later saying “I’d rather fight the entire British Army than to deal with the Bell Witch.”
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