I know Murf. I was being facetious. I've been to the Bell Witch site. I was stationed at Ft Campbell near Clarksville and went over to Adams several times, and met a few people who told me a few a stories.
The Red River had some great fishing in it, and I kept going back to fish and every time I went I heard a little bit more.
I played football against MTSU back in 1979, btw.
My point is that depending on where you live in the US, it often dictates what kind of ghost stories you hear. Very often the best lie has a grain or two of truth in it.
For example. Off the Georgia coast is the island of Saint Simmons. Many ghost stories come from the island and I spent a few weeks there visiting family and doing a little research.
One story tells of a slave ship that docked at Goulds Inlet and was offloading a large number of slaves who had been sent to the island to work the rice fields that were abundant cash producers back in the day.
The story says how these slaves had come straight to St. Simmons from Africa and upon reaching the island, were offloaded at Goulds Inlet. The story continues to say how these slaves, men, women and children refused to be subjugated and so despite being chained they all joined hands and waded into the ocean singing gospell hymns and drowned themselves en mass.
Very sad and touching story, and to this day, on nights of the full moon, you can see the ghosts of these people and hear them singing gospell hymns as they wade into the ocean and drown themselves.
So there I was. Sitting up in the sand dunes of Goulds inlet on Saint Simmons island, Georgia waiting under a full moon to see the ghosts.
Never saw any ghosts although a young couple showed up and decided to get VERY WILD about 10 feet from where I was sitting. In between their moans and passion, I began to realize how stupid I was.
One, because I was sitting all alone looking for ghosts on a very beautiful island, when I could walk about 3/4 a mile to a real swinging nightclub and maybe find myself some passion too!
Two, because I began to FINALLY remember my history and a little thing called common sense. Slaves were NEVER brought to St. Simmons Island. They would have been taken to Savannah or Charleston. There they would have been taken off the ships and sold.
As horrible as slavery was, there was a very strict protocal that was followed. There is no history of slaves EVER having been brought straight to Saint Simmons Island from Africa.
Three, these would have been slaves from West Africa, which guarantees they were not Christian. So they would have not been singing hymns as they were drowning themselves.
Four, the fact they were West African also ensured they did not speak English and would have not being singing a hymn to a religion they did not follow, in a language they did not speak.
Five, regardless of where these slaves were brought. Regardless of what language they spoke. Regardless of what religion they followed; they were property now. Very valuable property. There is zero chance the slavers would have stood idly by while their money walked into the ocean and drowned themselves.
They would have been stopped long before they could have done this. If people bother to put forth the effort and look, they will find there is no record of a mass suicide anywhere in Georgia by slaves during this period.
See. Take a few facts. Add some EMOTION, despite it not being true. People will believe it.