My second visit to the Bell Witch cave last Sunday went alright until we went deep into the cave where many visitors from afar crowded among the the rock formation with little space in between.
It was breathtaking to say at the least. I experienced shortness of breath as the tour guide discussed her experience talking with a geologist about the world ending events with rising temperatures, her theory on the Native Americans haunting on the Bell property and John Bell’s sons getting stuck in the cave until something of the unknown freed them.
One thing the tour guide mentioned is that the “witch” had spiritual moments where she would hum and speak about different Biblical hymns and subjects regarding religion.
In regards to who or what the witch was, the media twisted facts about the Bell Witch and Kate Batts. Batts was John Bell’s neighbor who made a bargain with him and he broke his promise to which she sought for in the court of law. From that point forward, the unknown presence despised Mr. Bell to the core and ensured that he would get a taste of his own medicine.
Betsy was tortured as well until she married Professor Richard Powell and moved to Mississippi until her death in 1888.
For more information, please visit The Bell Witch website or Pat Fitzhugh’s website. Both sites have more clarification concerning about the witch and the town’s historical significance in regards to the Bell family and their descendants.