Author / Historian Discusses Tennessee's "Bell Witch" Legend at Clarksville Public Library

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Author Pat Fitzhugh discusses an epic tale of terror on Tennessee's early frontier that remains unsolved to this day.

In the early 1800s, Tennessee's Red River settlement was plagued by a series of frightening and unexplainable events that changed the lives of its citizens forever and drove a man to his death. The events, allegedly caused by an invisible entity, centered around the family of John Bell. Strange animals were seen in the area, bedcovers were yanked, disembodied voices were heard in homes and fields, and the seemingly invisible entity even quoted Scripture and predicted the future.

These remarkable events were documented by physicians, lawyers and preachers of the day, as well as ordinary citizens. No plausible theory as to the origin and purpose of the disturbances has been offered to date.

Pat Fitzhugh has been researching the Bell Witch legend for over 25 years and has written two books and numerous articles on the subject. In addition to lecturing at schools, libraries and conventions, Fitzhugh has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. He is also owner of the popular web site,

Fitzhugh will retell the legend, discuss his research, and and answer questions on October 30th from 6:30-8 PM CENTRAL at the Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library in Clarksville, TN. Admission to the event is free.


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