If this book was made into a movie it would be scary as hell! My special guest is author Gare Allen who's here to discuss is book based on the real-life paranormal experiences of a veteran detective.
Paranormal activity isn’t limited to missing household items, strange knocking on the walls and glimpses of transparent images out of the corner of our eyes. Sometimes, the activity is aggressive, harmful and even fatal. Thanks to paranormal investigators, psychics and mediums and people willing to openly share their experiences, our awareness of other-worldly beings has expanded. Over the years, law enforcement personnel have experienced their share of paranormal encounters but weren’t always willing to face potential ridicule at their admission. Today, the occurrence of the unnatural is so prevalent that official police cases have a designated code to define a crime’s paranormal element.Ghost Crimes chronicles the crime investigation cases of Detective Burke. Residing in central Florida, Burke is driven by his sworn duty to protect the innocent, especially children. A possession case in June of 1996 finds him face-to-face with the paranormal world. He struggles to make sense of the unbelievable event and many more to come. Paranormal author Gare Allen is the author of the best-seller, The Dead: A True Paranormal Story.
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The Bell Witch: Did It Really Kill John Bell?
John Bell (farmer)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search John BellA woodcut illustration from "The Authenticated History of the Bell Witch" (1894) by M.V. Ingram, depicting the death of BellBorn1750
Edgecombe County, Province of North Carolina, British AmericaDiedDecember 20, 1820 (aged 70)
Robertson County, Tennessee, U.S.Resting placeBell Family Cemetery, Adams, TennesseeOther namesJack BellOccupationFarmerSpouseLucy Williams Bell (m. 1782)Children6, including Richard
John Bell (1750 – December 20, 1820) was an American farmer whose death was attributed to supernatural causes. He is a central figure in the Bell Witch ghost story of southern American folklore. In 1817, Bell contracted a mysterious affliction that worsened over the next three years, ultimately leading to his death. According to the story, the Bell Witch took pleasure in tormenting him during his affliction, finally poisoning him one December morning as he lay unconscious after suffering a number of violent seizures.
Born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (now part of Halifax County), Bell was an apprentice barrel maker during his formative years and later pursued a career in farming. He married Lucy Williams in 1782 when she was 12 years old and he was 32, and settled on the farm he had bought previously. The Bells prospered over the next eight years and were among the area's most successful planters. In the winter of 1804–1805, Bell and his family embarked on a journey over the treacherous mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee that took them to an area called "Red River," settling in the northwest section of present-day Adams, Tennessee.
Bell became a successful farmer and gained prominence in his new abode. It is said that sometime late in 1816, John and his daughter Betsy Bell began to be plagued by a goblin-like entity that came to be known as either the Bell Witch or Kate Batts Witch (after Kate Batts, a neighbour of the Bell family). The Bell Witch apparently appeared to John one day when he was inspecting his fields. It took the form of an animal, but ran off before he could shoot it. The entity then began attacking family members and even visitors to the house, and began haunting the community. The witch became known far and wide, and even Andrew Jackson visited the Bell household in 1819 to experience the Witch at first hand.
Bell's subsequent affliction was most likely a neurological disorder. Very little was known about such disorders in the early nineteenth century, and few treatment options were available, although the Scottish anatomist Sir Charles Bell discovered a neurological disorder that yielded symptoms almost identical to those displayed by John Bell at the onset of his affliction.
John Bell died on December 20, 1820, at the age of 70. After his death, the witch was no longer reported as attacking Bell's family. The Bell Witch is said to have disrupted the funeral service, singing bawdy drinking songs.
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