From Iwatchstuff, "The trailer for An American Haunting was released this weekend. It's looks like another shock-you-to-death horror, but this one's trying to set itself apart by bragging that it documents the true story of the only documented case of "death by spirit" in U.S. history. What takes away from the believability for me, though, is that it's set in the 1800's. They blamed almost everything on the supernatural back then. I'd imagine that attributing the death to a spirit was probably just as a substitute for witches, which had been overused to the point of suspicion. The scene in the police department probably went something like this:
Lieutenant: Detective Johnson, about this last murder...
Johnson: Yes, sir?
Lieutenant: I noticed you, again, called this one a "witching."
Johnson: Yes, sir. I'll try to get the wench drowned by sundown.
Lieutenant: Right, right. Don't get me wrong, you've been doing a great job catching witches. Your methods--the weighings, drownings, blind accusations--they're all top notch. It's just that you've been calling a lot of murders witching lately. The last 30, actually. People are beginning to talk that maybe--and I don't believe this--you're just not bothering to investigate anything. I mean, the last murder several people actually witnessed. And it appears you still blamed the death on witching, then drowned the witnesses as "accompwitches," which I acknowledge as being clever, but still. Do you see what I'm saying?"
Watch the trailer here.