This week, we’re exploring a classic bit of American folklore. From 1817 to 1821, the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee experienced one of the most bizarre and terrifying stints of poltergeist activity ever recorded. In fact, it is generally agreed upon that this story is the source point for a large portion of the tropes that we associate with poltergeists to this day. From unexplained noises and missing household items to violent physical attacks that ultimately led to the first US death to ever be attributed to a paranormal force. Join us as we embark on a journey to unravel the haunting events surrounding the Bell Witch and the profound impact they had on the lives of those caught in its clutches.


Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 


This week’s episode includes descriptions/sound related the following sensitive subjects. 


Mental Health Issues

Violence Against Children



Enslaved People

Violence Against Women

Religious Discussion


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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.