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The Bell Witch: An American Haunting - Brent Monahan

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting - Brent Monahan

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Long before the Blair Witch was fabricated to scare audiences, the Bell Witch did it for real in Tennessee. An American Haunting tells her story--the basis for the 2005 horror film starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek.

Known throughout Tennessee as Old Kate, the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.

With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man's death.

The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication. Members of the Bell family have previously provided information on this fascinating case, but this book recounts the tale with novelistic vigor and verve. It is truly chilling.
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