One Woman Show

Bell Witch One-Woman Show

Bell Witch book and show

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons is a professional storyteller and published author. In addition to a book-signing, she performs a One-Woman Show called "The Bell Witch Unveiled" based on her book entitled "The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist" written under her pen name of DJ Lyons.

This One-Woman Show attempts to clear the name of Cate Williams Batts (often spelled Kate). This was the woman wrongly accused of being the poltergeist who haunted the family of John and Lucy Bell from 1817 to 1821. Debbie tells this story in first-person perspective, portraying the part of Cate Batts herself.

This carefully researched and investigated performance piece (told from Cate Batts’ perspective) for middle school, high school, college, and adult audiences, reveals at last the true identify and motives of the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee. This is most appropriate for ages 11 to 111.

Further Details:

Have you ever heard of the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee? I am referring to one of the most widely-documented ghost stories of all time. To put it simply, a strange spirit haunted the family of John and Lucy Bell starting in 1817. After three years of this poltergeist-type activity, John Bell mysteriously died. The spirit claimed the credit for killing off John Bell. Then it continued its tortuous activities until Bell's teenage daughter, Betsy, finally agreed to break her engagement to Joshua Gardner. Only then did the poltergeist leave. It returned to resume its haunting for a two-week period in 1828 and then promised to return in 107 years. It never did keep that promise. Or did it? Some people in Adams, Tennessee, feel that the spirit who came to be called the Bell Witch resides there yet.

Many Middle Tennesseans are still fearful of the Bell Witch as it was commonly believed that a poltergeist randomly selected a pure of spirit, God-fearing man upon whom to inflict its venom. Until now, no one knew why the Bell family was the one chosen for this dubious honor. As this performance suggests, there was actual rhyme and reason to this haunting for John Bell allegedly murdered two men and provoked a third into not being able to rest in peace. Strangely enough, it was not these three men who received the credit. Instead, a woman still living at the time, Cate Batts, often spelled Kate, received the blame.

Cate Batts possessed many psychic abilities including that of being a healer. She never used her spiritual gifts for anything but good. So why did she get the finger of blame?

Wouldn't it be incredible if Cate Batts herself could briefly return to the earth plane and answer that question and many more? Wouldn't it be astounding if all the key characters who played a role in this saga, (i.e., Cate Batts, John and Lucy Bell, and the three poltergeists), could actually tell you from their perspective what happened in those long ago years? This first-person performance piece, told in the words of Cate Batts, will give an alternate viewing point of what could have truly taken place. The performance will theorize who the actual perpetrators were and why.

I invite you to delve into the world of the Bell Witch. It is possible that you will never view life or death quite the same again.

One-Woman Show by
Professional Storyteller
Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons:

One-Woman Show by Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons

Performance Fee: Negotiable.
Get either of these show options for the same flat rate,
whether you choose Option #1 or Option #2:

Bell Witch performance option #1


Bell Witch performance option #2

Burger King performed at Yeomen's in the Fork on October 15, 2010 in Franklin, TN

To book or to get more information,
E-mail or Call Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons 
(423) 422-9728 

Performance Option #1 -One Show of 'The Bell Witch Unveiled'
was selected by the following places:
  • 10-28-1993  Central High School, Knoxville, TN

  • 10-31-1993  Lightworks, Bristol, TN

  • 10-27-1996 TarSide Tales, Rocky Mount Storytelling Festival, NC

  • 4-29-1997  Cheatham County Public Library, Ashland City, TN

  • 5-01-1997  Gorham-MacBane Public Library, Springfield, TN

  • 5-15-1997  Elmer Hinton Memorial Public Library, Portland, TN. Click HERE to read Press Release from Portland Leader by Julie Durbin.

  • 1-07-1997 Zephyr, Knoxville, TN

  • 5-07-1999  Green Spring Tales in the Cemetery, Greeneville, TN

  • 5-07-1999  Green Spring Tales in the Cemetery, Greeneville, TN

Please note: BOOK GOT PUBLISHED IN 2008

  • June 14, 2008 - Folk Life Tent at Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tennessee. Show times were from 2:30 to 3:20 and again at  6:00 to 6:50. Click HERE to read Charlotte Underwood's Press Release in the LaFollette Press.

  • July 12, 2008 - Maury County Public Library in Columbia, TN. 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Program included 45-50 minute performance followed by a question and answer period. Click HERE for more details about the Library Performance and to read Adam Southern's Press Release in the Daily Herald.

  • October 27, 2011 - Kingsport Renaissance Center in Kingsport, TN

Performance Option #2 -Family Showcase 
followed by 'Bell Witch Unveiled' Show 
was selected by these places:
  • Program included a 30-minute Family Showcase of gentle ghost and spooky tales for all ages, a 15-minute intermission, a 45-50 minute performance of 'The Bell Witch Unveiled' followed by a question and answer period.

  • Oct. 24, 2008 - Art Circle Public Library in Crossville, TN. 6:30-8: 45 p.m.  Click HERE for more details about the Library Performance.

  • Oct. 15, 2010 - Yeomen's in the Fork in Franklin, TN. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 29, 2011 - Obion Public Library in Union City, TN

  • Oct. 22, 2011 - Halloween Ghostly Gathering at Historic Rugby in Rugby, TN

  • Oct. 29, 2011 - Halloween Ghostly Gathering at Historic Rugby in Rugby, TN

  • "Great performance.  The storyteller was animated, played many characters in her stories and was a great storyteller.  We really enjoyed her. " (Feedback received from an audience member at Historic Rugby, TN)

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

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons is available for performances and book signings throughout the USA. For more information or to book Debbie for a performance, call Debbie at (423) 422-9728, e-mail Debbie at or, or explore this website. 

* Click HERE to buy paperback version for $9.95 (sometimes $12.95).
* Click HERE to buy soft cover version for $29.95.
* Click HERE to buy eBook version for $9.95.
* Click HERE to e-mail Debbie about a book-signing or one-woman show based on the book, or you can call her directly at (423) 422-9728.
* Click HERE or HERE to watch YouTube video about the book.