The Bell Witch Cave is a cave located in Adams, Tennessee close to where Bell Farm once stood. It is around 490 feet and whilst it is privately owned there are tours that are organised to allow some entry to the place. The cave is more famously known thanks to a legend of a witch there. Betsy Bell and her friends had gone to explore the cave and whilst doing so once of the boys got themselves stuck. A voice cried out, “I’ll get him out” the boy felt hands grasp at his feet and was pulled from the hole. The witch (invisible) proceeded to lecture the adventurers.

The Bell Witch legend brought the inspiration for the Blair Witch Project, a cult movie from the 1990’s.  The film whilst many are likely to disagree with me, does have an appeal that’s fairly unique but sadly poorly copied over the years forcing into the hammy styles of any predecessor, like Lost Boys now being nothing more than a vampire comedy for some.

I was one of the fortunate people, no one ruined the fact it was a movie not based on the truth so I saw it with the fresh eyes that made it appealing I guess. I don’t count the second film when I talk about considering it to be a good one either, in the same way I consider Highlander 2 to be a bad dream. Either way the legend of the Blair Witch (closely linked to the Bell Witch) are that a hermit, named Rustin Parr, kidnapped seven children in the area in the 1940’s and brought them home to torture and murder them. He confesses and pleads insanity saying that the witch Elly Kedward was tormenting him and promised to leave him alone if he murdered the seven children.

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  1. Neil says:

    Reading this about Rustin Parr reminded me of the excellent film Changeling, I thought it may have been based on the same kidnapper/murderer but a little investigation revealed that to be Gordon Northcott and the Wineville Chicken Coup murders of 1928.

    • Archard says:

      Thanks for reading 🙂 Yeah I think there’s plenty of murderers that make for scary films, more scary when you realise they are based on reality.

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