The Blair Witch - The Real Story

The Blair Witch - The Real Story

by Alannah Loughridge

The Blair witch goes under many names depending on what you read such as; Ellis Abaigeal Kedward, Elizabeth or Elisabeth Abigail Kedward, or the most popular one being Elly Kedward, so for the sake of this write up we will call her Elly.

Elly was born in 1729, in Glengarriff, Cork in Ireland. Elly although feared by many in her afterlife had a heart-breaking life. In 1766 she married Richard Steuben, a German businessman and suffered through seven miscarriages before her husband died of severe pneumonia in 1770. They lived in the town of Blair in Maryland near the Black Hills forest, a place where no native tribal Indians dared to venture even before the town of Blair was founded in 1634. After her husband died, Elly was asked by the local magistrate's wife to cure her husband (Jonah Steads) of pneumonia, this is what led to Elly being accused of allegedly evil witchcraft. The following are the methods she used; · Treatment with St John’s Wort extract · Herbal juice of chamomile, lemon balm and chives. · Potion of apple and pear juice with the blood of children – this may have been the thing to have signed her life away so to speak.

After being accused of witchcraft one story claims she was convicted and banished to the woods in the middle of one of the harshest winters known.
Another story tells a very different tale though, after being convicted, as if being accused of a witch wasn't enough she was also accused of being a dirty prostitute, a recluse and the townspeople used her religion against her (Elly was a catholic, the townspeople of Blair protestant), the townspeople blindfolded her and led her into the woods, where they tied her to a tree.

They then set about abusing her by doing the following; they cut signs into her that labeled her as a witch, after which the citizens of the town would press their palms into her wounds, they then finally left her by the tree. The townspeople would still come out into the woods to see if she was dead and would keep on physically abusing her. After they saw she was still alive, they set their dogs on her which tore at her flesh. After they had then saw that she had survived every form of human torture she could undergo, they finally left her hanging by her neck in the branches of her execution tree.

In the following winter, it is said her spirit abducted half the towns children as well as those who accused her of witchcraft, and then a year later kids would randomly disappear in the woods, so fearing a curse, or the return of Elly's spirit, the town fled as soon as weather broke leaving Blair to become a ghost town.

In 1824 the ghost town of Blair was bought, renovated and renamed as Burkittsville. In 1828 Eileen Treacle disappeared in a stream near here during a picnic. For several weeks after her disappearance, several stick figures appeared in the creek bed, and the water itself became oily and contaminated for months.

Another name connected to The Blair Witch is Rustin Parr. An orphan before the age of 10, he moved to Burkittsville to live with his aunt and abusive uncle. His uncle was a carpenter and taught Parr everything he knew. While Parr was a recluse, he also loved nature so as soon as he could he built a hillside home, about a four hour walk from Burkittsville in Black Hills forest. Rustin Parr killed seven children, but released Kyle Brody who would have been his eighth victim. Parr used to make Brody face the corner and each time after Parr killed a child he would ask Brody “Do you hear her? Do you hear the woman's voice?” Parr would lure his victims to his isolated home with the promises of candy, before he mutilated and killed them.

After Parr killed the seventh child, 'the woman' (who he used to see in the woods surrounding his home), said Parr was done and would leave him alone, but only if he went into the town and admitted to the murders, so Parr let Kyle go.

After doing my research, I have to say I actually feel sorry for Elly, she was a woman trying to help save a friends husband and just made the wrong choice. It is also understandable she wanted revenge on the townspeople if that is what really happened.

With this I conclude this little writing, I hope it was helpful.

Editor's Note: This a fine example of work provided by fellow investigators. All work is Alannah Loughridge. and I have not checked facts. If you have questions or comments send them to me and I will forward them to Alannah personally. Thank you for sharing this information, I didn't know the history. Awesome.