There are nine main rumors and facts about the
Tennessee Witch, a poltergeist who haunted the family of John and Lucy Bell from 1817 to 1821. Bell
Here are the details about Rumor #5 of 9:
Rumor: Way back before I moved to
, I had several discussions with a Knoxville-based storyteller who also had been performing the story of the Tennessee Bell Witch for years. She had always given Cate Batts, often spelled Kate, the blame in her rendition of this story. She told me that the lights would frequently flicker or go out as she told this tale. Sometimes, her sound system would malfunction. Twice, a psychic approached her at the conclusion of her performance to report that she saw the Bell Witch looming over her during the part of the performance when the storyteller announced that Cate was the perpetrator of the haunting. Knoxville, Tennessee
Fact: I never witnessed any of these performances; however, this storyteller agreed to revise the story altogether. When she went to this one particular park to give one of her annual performances, several members of the audience requested she tell the story of the Tennessee Bell Witch. She explained that she could not tell the story at that time as she had learned some new facts that changed the entire focus of her tale. A question and answer period followed. After the performance was over, two best friends approached her. One was a direct descendant of John and Lucy Bell. The other was a direct descendant of Cate and Frederick Batts. They thanked her for revising her story. They had been aware about the cover-up perpetrated by many of the friends and relatives of both families. They were relieved that justice was finally going to be done for Cate Williams Batts and all the past, present, and future members of her extended family. For more details about what really happened, please read my book entitled “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” written under my pen name of DJ Lyons.