Bell Witch Secrets

Bell Witch Secrets:
* Book Summary

Bell Witch book

Introduction: Who Was the True Bell Witch of Tennessee?

John Bell, of Adams, Tennessee, died on December 20, 1820. Why not? He was old. He was sick. He was comatose. Yet dozens of newspaper articles, a handful of published books, movies, videos, websites, and countless amateur and professional storytellers all erroneously claim that John Bell was killed by a poltergeist.

Who was this poltergeist many called the 'Bell Witch'? Newspapers, books, websites, and countless people familiar with the 1817-1821 haunting gave the finger of blame to a neighbor woman, Cate Batts. Her alleged guilt was purely circumstantial. This breakthrough publication reveals for the first time the actual identities and motives of the three poltergeists. These three male entities followed John Bell from his former home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Adams, Tennessee, seeking their revenge. Within the covers of this book, the Bell Witch is unveiled at last.

* About the Author

Debbie Dunn telling Bell Witch at Historic Rugby in 2011
Debbie Dunn telling Bell Witch at Historic Rugby in 2011


Debbie Dunn telling Bell Witch tale at Yeoman's in the Fork in Franklin, TN
Debbie Dunn telling Bell Witch tale at Yeoman's in the Fork in 2010


About the Author: DJ Lyons:

DJ Lyons (pen name for Debbie Dunn) earned her masters degree with a specialization in storytelling from East Tennessee State University in 1989. She has been a professional storyteller and writer ever since.

To make a very long story short, the storytelling professor requested that DJ research and write the story of the Bell Witch for a Halloween exclusive entitled “Special 1990 Halloween Edition: Appalachian Ghostlore.” DJ wrote the story from the point-of-view of Betsy Bell, the teenage daughter. DJ refused to perform the story at the ETSU Halloween Storyfest as she found the story way too depressing.

Three years later, a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school art teacher hired DJ to tell scary stories at her school. This very insistent teacher wanted DJ to tell the story of the Tennessee Bell Witch. Initially, DJ refused. Then a whole series of events transpired that literally changed the whole course of DJ’s life. The end result? Not only did DJ perform the story of the Bell Witch at this high school in late October of 1993, she spent the next two years of her life researching and writing this book called “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist.” Her goal? She wishes to empower the reader, alleviate superstition and fear, and to bring light to a story that has been shrouded in fear and mystery for far too long. Happy Reading!


The book will answer all your questions and more.

Have you ever wondered ... ?

  • Who was the Tennessee Bell Witch?

  • Why did the poltergeist choose to haunt the family of John and Lucy Bell?

  • Why was the poltergeist known as the Bell Witch?

  • Is the Bell Witch Cave haunted by 'Kate' or by some other spirits?

  • Is there a connection between the Trail of Tears and the Bell Witch Cave?

  • Why did the people of Adams, TN wrongly accuse Cate Williams Batts of being Kate - the poltergeist?

  • How did the poltergeist, also called the Bell Witch, learn to talk?

  • Why did the Bell Witch rarely give the same answer twice when asked, “Who are you? Why are you here?”

  • Why did the people of Adams, Tennessee, mostly choose to call the poltergeist, the Bell Witch, by the name of Kate?

  • What connection does Kate aka the Bell Witch aka the Poltergeist have with Cate Williams Batts?

  • Why was the teenage daughter of John and Lucy Bell tortured for dating Joshua Gardner?

  • Why was the poltergeist, also known as the Bell Witch, the scapegoat for every bad thing that happened in Adams, Tennessee?

  • Did Andrew Jackson really have a run-in with the poltergeist, also known as the Bell Witch? If so, what happened?

  • If Cate Williams Batts was really the niece of Lucy Williams Bell and John Bell (by marriage), why do most or all of the archives state that Cate Williams Batts was just a neighbor?

  • Why do the archives state that Cate had no living descendants when she actually had five daughters and one son, many of whom had children and grandchildren of their own?

  • Just why was there this elaborate cover-up perpetuated by the descendants of John and Lucy Bell and the descendants of Frederick and Cate Batts?

All these secrets and more are revealed about the Bell Witch in the book 
entitled “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” 
written by DJ Lyons (a pen name for Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn).

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