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Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch

The Bell Witch legend is one of the most recognized examples of the unexplained in Southern American lore. How did the legend take hold of and define a small town in Tennessee?

The Death of John Bell, 1894, An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch: The Wonder of the 19th Century, and Unexplained Phenomenon of the Christian Era by M. V. Ingram

Episode Sources

Bell Witch lore spins dark tale, but could science explain it all?. The Tennessean. October 28, 2021
Tennessee Myths and Legends. Tennessee State Library and Archives.
The Year of the Witch. Tennessee Historical Society. October 13, 2017
John William Bell. Findagrave.
The Mark of the Bell Witch (Documentary). Seth Breedlove, Small Town Monsters. 2020
Historian, descendant recount Bell Witch legend. Associated Press. November 4, 2018

Episode Music

Industrial Music Box. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use