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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Bell Witch
on April 25, 2001
"The Bell Witch-The Full Account" lives up to its name in that the author, Pat Fitzhugh, tells not only the classic folktale of Tennessee's infamous "Bell Witch," but provides the reader with in-depth and well-researched information about the people who were involved, their lifestyles, and religious convictions. The book doesn't stop there either.
Fitzhugh provides a detailed "then and now" discussion of the area where the story took place, including its Native American roots and how the area as a whole has evolved over the years. In the latter part of "The Bell Witch-The Full Account," Fitzhugh gives a detailed and well-documented discussion about many previously published material concerning the story, as well as numerous accounts of fairly recent paranormal phenomena in the area.
Rounding out the book is a superb and informative collection of appendices dealing with everything from true-life biographies of the story's characters to detailed and organized discussions of Fitzhugh's paranormal and religious beliefs, which ultimately formulates his opinion about what the Bell Witch really was.
The only negative aspect I found about this book was that a small number of the pictures appear to be light and somewhat hard, but not impossible, to discern. But, the fact that this book contains real pictures that the author/researcher took himself easily makes up for the few pictures which came out fuzzy.
Nothing more substantive has been written about the Bell Witch, and based on the heavy research of extant records and other data, I doubt anything more substantive will ever be written about the Bell Witch.