The movie “The Exorcist” was based on a true story from 1949. A boy was diagnosed as being possessed by the devil, and the Roman Catholic Church believed this enough to assign multiple exorcists to this case.  A supposed total of 26 people have been said to have witnessed the horrible things that happened during these exorcisms, and it was apparently so terrifying to those who were involved that books were written about it, and movies were made.It is considered today as one of the scariest movies ever made, and so many stories borrow and steal directly from this story that it is hard to see where one begins and another ends. Also, in my experience from the research I have been conducting over the past year or so, the events which unfurl in the story below seem to coincide with what quite a few books also confirm. There is a book, written by a Father Malachi Martin called “Hostage to the Devil“. This is not a ‘questions & answers’ book or a ‘procedural’ book like the other ones I usually quote. This book tells you five stories in extreme detail about five individual cases of possession. These stories all, in some part or another, bear a resemblance to the story told of “R”. So, with that being said…

This is the true story behind “The Exorcist”.

“The first time I prayed for a truly possessed person, I put the crucifix on that person’s head and they slithered right out of the seat like a snake.”

-Reverent Thomas J. Euteneuer, Roman Catholic Exorcist

The setting is 1949, in Cottage City, in Maryland.  It involved a 13-year old boy called “R”, whose identity has been kept a secret for many decades. It was not, in fact, a female as the movie suggests.  To this day, the boy has never spoken publically about what he went through.

For a little bit of background, neighbors and friends such as a Dr. Alvin Kagey, who lived in this area and went to the same school as this boy, described him as quiet, unpopular, not very athletic, but he was very studious. He was also slightly withdrawn. To the outside world his family was very pleased to be a part of the working class. All in all, Dr. Kagey claims that the family was a plain, old, normal family when all was said and done, nothing to speak of in regards to nuances or peculiarities. But in the summer of 1948, their lived would be forever changed, because it was this summer that the boys aunt decided to teach him how to play with a Ouija board. This in itself does not seem as if anything could happen, but after a few weeks of constantly toying around with this Ouija board, the aunt who had taught the boy unexpectedly died due to what could only be classified as “natural causes”. Keep in mind, this being 1949, that phrase could encompass a very wide array of things. A person could be walking down the street and get hit with a bus, and the coroner would claim death by natural causes because naturally, when you get hit by a bus, you’re going to die. Times that far back had a different sense of logic than they do now, so what this boy’s aunt actually died of may only be revealed through your imagination. Not many people mention how bad messing with a Ouija board it, but from personal experience, I have seen with my own two eyes that sometimes the things you call to talk to you are not friendly, and when you invite them to come talk to you, they definitely view your invitation to them as just that – an invitation.

Shortly afterwards, this boy and even his family started to notice strange occurrences. Unusual sounds, such as unexplained thumping, tapping and banging coming from an otherwise empty upstairs, or objects moving on their own such as the chandelier swinging, or portraits of Jesus Christ banging against the wall as if moved by some invisible force. Additional sounds heard included a frantic scratching and/or knocking from under the floor boards, but in their denial the family blamed this on rodents and attempted to call in pest control, who in turn discovered absolutely nothing.

As time went on, the family began to believe that maybe these strange events were happening because the aunt was attempting to communicate with them from the afterlife. As nights went by, the intensity of these noises only grew and grew, and the house echoed with the noises of what could be described as a large group of people marching. Like a soldiers cadence of sorts. And even after that, events took a shocking and powerful turn – the mother walked in once to find the entire bed, with her son in it, shaking and rattling violently. This changed the entire game. Suddenly, it was not a “fun” or “cute” little communication from the afterlife, and the family began to have doubts that this was from the aunt at all.

This was not the only thing that was recorded, either. Additional pieces of furniture around the house began to move of it’s own free will as well, such as dressers, night tables, coffee tables, etc.  As mentioned above, Dr. Kagey had another story that will make your brain freeze for a second as well. While Dr. Kagey’s father, in 1949, was in this boy’s house, he vividly recalls an instance where the boy was sitting in a chair, and then quickly, without any warning whatsoever, he was thrown completely out of the chair, and landed multiple feet away. This was the first time that someone outside the family had witnessed an event such as this and began to suspect that something abnormal was going on here.

Now, another thing to take into consideration is that back in 1949, you would slit your own throat before you let your personal – negative – information get out around town. People absolutely hated rumors, especially about themselves. So in this time period, people would do everything they could to keep events such as this “hush, hush” so that they wouldn’t be viewed as the town lunatics.

It was also said that once night fell, the boys behavior became dramatically, intensely, and increasingly disturbing.  Marks, bruises, scratches and welts began appearing on the boy’s body without any indication that something had been done to physically react the way his body was. To this day, these markings have and probably never will be explained.

As most people will do, the family of the boy began to exhaust their options. They obviously went to doctors, and then to the county psychiatric evaluation professionals as well. More or less, they were trying to rule out certain aspects of the vast array of things that could potentially be wrong with “R”. Surprisingly enough, shrinks found nothing, so they contacted the Catholic Church as a last resort. There, they were put into contact with a Father Albert Hughes. Father Hughes died in 1980, but close friend of his and a confidant as well, Father Bober has spoken about the events which took place.  Father Hughes first met the afflicted boy in February of 1949, and Father Bober explains that Hughes mentioned to him that upon the moment of meeting the boy, he noticed a very “dark stare, almost as if there were nothing behind the eyes”.  He also noticed that immediately, the boy seemed to be staring hard at the books Father Hughes had placed across the table, one of which being The Bible. This is a classic symptom of possession, as the person afflicted with this seems to have a deep seated aversion or hatred to all things sacred, including the books of scripture, crucifixes, clergy members, idols, icons, medals, and so on. During this event in which the boy stared at the books, Father Hughes’ chair, with him still inside it quite literally lifted up and levitated, forcing him backwards against a wall. It was this exact instant that Hughes knew he was dealing with something preternatural and diabolical, and from that point on, he addressed the situation as properly as he could.

Immediately, Father Hughes asked the boy, in Latin, “What is your name?”. The boys response is classic. He clearly stated “I am legions.” As I have previously mentioned in my dissection of the movie “The Rite”, and cited quotes from Chief Vatican Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth and exorcist Father Antonio Fortea, it is beneficial to speak to someone who may be possessed in a language that they could not possibly know, such as Latin, or Greek. This way, the actual person is unaware of what the priest is saying. That way, when the Priest addresses or questions the person/demon, if they respond to those questions, then it is a safe bet that the person has a diabolical presence sharing the vessel.  The reason “I am legions.” Is such an intimidating response is because it immediately indicates that there are multiple demonic entities within the same vessel, which means that the priest will have to fight so, so much harder to absolve the afflicted person. Imagine it like this: You, the priest, are walking down a dark alley. You see someone, the demon, in front of you and you prepare yourself for a conflict. But then, you turn and see 5 more people/demons behind you. That is exactly what it is like in the situation I described above. It is perceived at first as an unfair fight, and is extremely intimidating.

While the belief of demonic possession is a shared one that spans many religions and cultures, it is most closely tied to Christianity, and more closely with the Roman Catholics. The actual rite of exorcism is an ancient one. It dates back to officially being formally written in the 16th century, but exorcisms have been performed for thousands of years, most notably by Christ himself. Almost all of the prayers involved are in Latin, though the more I seem to unearth about the topic, the more it seems that successful exorcists follow the “formula”, but slightly modify it in miniscule and often unnoticeable ways. Each exorcist is different, and each one will use different techniques.

At the time that Father Hughes had met this boy, he was not extremely familiar with the rite of exorcism. As a matter of fact, this 13 year old boy would be the first exorcism that Father Hughes would ever perform. The boy was admitted to a hospital in Washington, D.C., run by Jesuit brothers (monks) who oversaw the events.  The boy was already in a violent and volatile state by this point, shaking and rocking, spitting, screaming and having aggressive outbursts. At some point, the nurses at the hospital made the choice to physically restrain him to try to get him under some type of control.  By now, Father Hughes had been reciting the exorcism prayers for 3 consecutive nights, to no results. In fact, the boy became increasingly violent. He would foam at the mouth, shout, insult the priest and attempt to break his constraints. Eventually, “R” succeeded in getting one of his hands free, and with that free hand he reached under the bed, physically broke/ripped off one of the springs under the mattress, and sliced Father Hughes with the spring, in a gash that went from the inside of Hughes’ wrist all the way up to the nook of the elbow when bent. To an untrained eye, it looked as if it could have been an attempted suicide, but there were witnesses who could document this account of attack.

Hughes was forced to take time away from the event to heal. He felt as if he had failed the boy, and the boy eventually returned home. The family remained in a constant state of fear for their son. He continued to exhibit unexplained cuts, bruises, scratches and welts. This had become common, but one night, the boy’s mother thought she saw something astounding – the words “Saint Louis” appeared to be literally branded into the boy’s chest. After that night, the family moved in with relatives who lived within the city. They gave the excuse that they had moved to St. Louis to obtain medical treatment for their son. This would be the exact opposite of good – because at this point, the move was the worst thing that they did. With doctors coming up with zero, the family yet again turned to the church, this time, meeting a Father William Bowdern, a senior priest from St. Louis Diocese. He was a very street smart priest who had spend time in the US Army, and was known for being observant and not easily swayed.

Upon meeting with the boy and the family, Father Bowdern also decided that he believed that the boy was possessed, but decided to approach the situation with caution because he already knew of the outcome of the previous exorcism in which Father Hughes had become seriously injured. He believed that he was going to be the person who would finish the fight that Father Hughes had started.

Shockingly, every single detail of the exorcisms performed over the next six weeks were kept in a detailed diary by the priests. After the events had concluded, an author named Thomas B. Allen published these diaries in their entirety. This book can be found here:

Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism”, by Thomas B. Allen

At this point, Father Bowdern was having serious doubts about his own ability as well. He was unsure if he could complete the rituals successfully, but in the end, all he wanted to do was help a child fight off the demons who were taking up a residence in his body, quite literally ruining every aspect of life from the inside out. During these exorcisms, Father Bowdern chose to enlist the help of several priests and a young seminarian whose only function would be to help everyone hold “R” down once things intensified during the ritual.

Almost from the start, this child began to forcefully spit at the priests, threatening them with violence, commanding them to leave, and making vulgar sexual propositions towards the clergy present. But not to be deterred, Father Bowdern and his priests recited the exorcism prayers every night straight for a full three weeks. Pinning the boy down frequently due to his violent outbursts was not uncommon, and actually became rather common, in fact. One of the priests recorded in the diary that the blows this boy was physically delivering were far beyond the strength of an ordinary boy of his age. He was seriously injuring large, grown men. As an act of desperation, at times the priests even held a pillow over the boys face to stop him from swearing. In my opinion, this may not have been the best way to go, as I figure “The hell with it, just use a ballgag!”. Before you judge me, it’s actually safer as it leaves the nose completely free. J But moving on from S&M, back to the tale…

The marks continued to appear sometimes forming words, sometimes not. There were more frequently appearing periods of lucidity, when the boy would appear calm and cool, but still calculating. While they were becoming more frequent, they would never last. At this point, the priests all agreed that in order to give the family some peace, they would move the boy again, this time to a hospital run by an ancient order of Catholic monks. This was more of an exile. The boy was confined to a room in where no one could hear him during these outbursts, and where everyone could work as intensely as they needed to without raising the concerns of outsiders. It was in fact the same type of room that a mental patient of the time would be assigned to. The windows did not open, and you could not open the door from the inside. Everything in there was regarded as “safe”, or otherwise unable to assist the afflicted in harming themselves, so on and so forth.

By this point, people were beginning to become concerned with the health of Father Bowdern. It must be noted that priests are also responsible for their daily assignments while they take part in special assignments, so while Bowdern was conducting these exorcisms, often times into the early morning, he was spending most of his time at his “dayjob”, where he ran a parish. He had been losing massive amounts of sleep, he was feeling exhausted both physically and mentally, and at one point he even broke out in boils. This was not turning out how he had hoped, but he still kept at it and continued to put up a good fight with everything he had in him.

There was one night in particular that brings some things into question. A priest had his nose broken by the boy during one of his outbursts. This was a period when the priests were going through a growing sense of doubt and despair, feeling as if they were not able to make a dent in the boys salvation. They decided that the best course of action would be to baptize the boy in an effort to strengthen his resistance through the sacraments. The belief was that once they anointed this boy as a converted catholic, he would be subject moreso to the spiritual power of the Catholic church and its priests, thus assisting the priests with progress towards liberation. When they attempted to force the boy to take communion by accepting the communion wafer, it was said that this was one of the fiercest bouts of resistance that the boy had ever put up, and he fought tooth and nail against this.

Finally, the boy did wind up ‘accepting’ the communion wafer, but the results were not as expected – this only increased the resolve of the demons within. But then, days later, in an event that shocked all those who were present, in the middle of one of the worst displays of violence and hatred the priests had ever seen, “R” for the first time in many days spoke in a clear voice, and declared:

Satan! Satan! I am Saint Michael, and I command you, Satan and the other evil spirits, to leave the body now. “ – “R”

Now, to go into further detail about why this is significant, according to the Catholic belief, Saint Michael is the Chief Archangel in Heaven. He is the angel whom God gave power over Satan, and he is also the angel who threw Lucifer from Heaven and exiled him. He is literally one major bad-ass, but for the side of good. As a matter of fact, in every book I have read on Exorcism, the priests all mention that they pray for intervention from Saint Michael himself because it is quick, decisive, and  absolute. Assistance from Saint Michael is like walking into that alley I described above, finding out that you’re against 6 assailants, and then literally unleashing an entire army against those 6 assailants. Demonic entities do not stand a chance against this archangel. As a matter of fact, for literary purposes, I will post the Roman Catholic prayer of Saint Michael here, for you to read over and review. This is the prayer that you are supposed to recite for protection over any type of evil you may feel building or brewing. For your believers out there, if you have ever experienced a malevolent presence such as a poltergeist or just a spirit/entity which you feel intends you harm, this is the prayer that you are supposed to say, as it alerts the Archangel to your situation.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -

by the Divine Power of God -

cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,

who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen

I will be posting yet another article to explain to you what made me finally, after 28 years of being alive, believe that there are higher powers out there. I will never force my beliefs on anyone, and other than this blog, I rarely speak about them. I am not posting the article here, right now, because I don’t want it to take away from the story, plain and simple.

After what was believed to be the intervention of Michael, “R” attended mass finally, and for the first time, he seemed at ease.  Only a few days after, the family returned home to Cottage City, and quietly slipped back into the way things used to be, entering their old routines, taking part in their old life, and moving on. The parents were a bit more reserved now than they had before, and things began to get back on track for the family. The boy went back to school, and never exhibited any strange behavior such as what was previously seen again. He eventually went on to work for NASA, and even now, the boy chose and requested the priests and authors to keep his identity a secret. As of the current time, he claims that he does not have any recollection of these events, and this is also common amongst possession victims. This usually means that whatever had control of them was stronger than the average diabolical entity, as only the stronger demons seem to rob the afflicted of the memories which occurred while the vessel was occupied by the diabolical entity.

This is the story of the true ordeal behind “The Exorcist”.  This movie was responsible for spawning an intense debate of religion versus science. It was nominated for 10 academy awards and was a blockbuster hit. While many of the scenes in the movie “The Exorcist” were exaggerated, within the small world of actual exorcists, they all claim that the movie is strikingly accurate. Exaggerations aside, the content and many actions of Reagan in the movie are claimed to be rather identical to some things that real life exorcists have seen, minus the buckets of shooting pea soup and full 360 degree had turning.

I want to be clear on one thing – this entire article is nothing more than a basic summary of the events that conspired. I would recommend for everyone interested in the topic to read the book I mentioned above, “Possessed”. It will give you all of the details you could want about the details in this case. The records kept are meticulous. The detail is something that will blow your mind. But ultimately, the choice about whether or not you believe is completely up to you.

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  1. [...] the true story that The Exorcist was based on, the tale of Robbie Mannheim (which can be found on this site) also includes at the beginning of the story a tale of a holy man treating the situation as [...]

  2. johnpaul says:

    Reblogged this on Johnpau's Blog and commented:
    just read it…

  3. I’m confused. The title names Robbie Mannheim but a couple of times in the article it says he has remained anonymous. (not criticising just curious)

    • LVCIFER says:

      No problem. The name “Robbie Mannheim” is fictitious, his real identity has not yet been revealed by the church, and most likely won’t be for up to 70 years after his death.

  4. Lil C says:

    I read somewhere that Robbie’s aunt, was most likely a medium. He got really interested in what she was doing and also she introduced him to the Ouija board, as you mentioned. I am wondering, if there’s any truth to her being a medium, if this had anything to do with the strange things that were happening and making little Robbie more susceptible to possession.

    Anyways, your site seems to have some very interesting topics. Will be sticking around to read it and probably link from my own.

  5. pdf says:

    Hey! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
    I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • LVCIFER says:

      Unfortunately, I’m using WordPress as well. *chuckle*

      I use it for all my sites, including the professional sites I own or write for. Truthfully, WordPress IS the best but you’re right, I’ve been the victim of Russian and Chinese hackers on numerous occasions on my pro sites. I could ask around, talk to other writers and see their opinions of platforms. Let me know.

  6. Fahaad Humayun says:

    this was an interesting read

  7. will i am been an enthusiastic of exorcism since i was little read my bible i have read on mark about demon possesed man sounds like a heroion addict but i found my self on a conclusion of studing about lucifer i find interesting storys about the exorcist now i need to know the power of the ouija board and the game bloody mary i fell in love with the devil born 1975 and got saved 2005 i ask my self this question if i did seen exorcism already on other people why did i run and why i kept myself to ask question in how and why he is in the body of the man what is the real purposed
    of being in man

    • Fernando, you will never know the power of the Ouija, it is one of the most deadliest games inviting forces none of us can comprehend, just accept God’s command to stay away from it. Like a good parent who tells children to stay away from a fire, hot stove, boiling water, electricity, swift rivers, etc etc., so is God our Father in heaven warning us to stay away. If you must, and if you must must must know about the Ouija, it is because of your temptation to the evil powers. I was saved when I was very young, and thought I could play with the Ouija and other things out of curiosity, past experience when very young to witchcraft and occult items, and the fact that I was saved I felt “protected”. Worse, I had some bad experiences with the Ouija board and new its power so I came up with a “valid” excuse to play it, I simply “justified” it. By this, I came up with a valid argument with myself to play the Ouija with non-christians and atheist to “prove” God and angels existed. God does not and will not have us do evil and commit sin to further His “will” and His kingdom (note that God can use a sinful action as a learning experience but that is different). Bottom line is, YES, as a christian you are protected to an extent, but playing with evil is unGodly and we become fools who keep running away from God (as He does not leave us, rather we leave Him), He will allow it because He loves us so much that He gave us all a free will as He did with His angels. If, you are like me, extremely, and I mean EXTREMELY interested in this type of activity, run away from it. They know your history, they know your family’s history, they know the pre-history of our world and you want to screw with them? They like to pretend to be family members and will confuse with things only the two of you would know, or bring some type of success, or powers (don’t want to say much and tempt some poor fool by accident). The Bible tells us we have a certain amount of “authority” over them due to the blood of Jesus Christ and further tells us that we absolutely should not be “proud” or “boast” of this authority as it is not our own power but the power of Jesus, God in the flesh born to Mary through the Holy Spirit, conquered life as a human living perfectly without sin, died innocently for our sins, conquered death before the evil ones, rose back from the grave, spent some time on earth, elevated before a population of people into the clouds and was replaced by “one greater than” Jesus, which is the Holy Spirit.

      Now, the reason why you ran is because demons, devils, etc (they have different authority, jobs, rank, assignments, etc like a military)….are absolutely terrifying and horrific in the dullest way to explain their unadulterated, vile, evil, tormented, twisted mines for blood sacrifice and torture. They take great pleasure in tormenting you, your family, your pets, and your grandchildren on through several generations if you screw with them. God is patient, merciful, and patient but He never says you can screw with angels who are greater than us and expect not to get our butts handed to us. If, if, if you must must must be involved, you need a real Christian church who believes in demon possession, and understands how to deal with them. This means you, must read your Bible, replace your TV programs, your listening habits, your reading habits, your eating and drinking habits, and change according to scripture. Even Legion was not cast out by the very prophets of the Bible and Jesus had to do it, and explained why.

      Beg God for mercy, forgiveness, and I don’t mean sitting at your table as if you are going to eat some food…I’m talking about shoving your face into the dirt in tears and crying out to God for your sins…ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence, and help you seek out everything in your life AND house that offends the Holy Spirit (God). Nudity, pornography, drunkenness, etc etc, and remove it. Get closer to God, and then you will realize by fearing anything but God Himself is sinful and you will know the BIble verse “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”. God trumps all, Satan found out the hard way along with 1/3 of all angels who fell/were cast out of heaven. Isaiah 37:36 tells us that one angel killed 186,000 military men. One angel, unharmed, killed 186,000 soldiers prepared for war…and you want to call the bad ones to yourself?? This is bad at so many levels, I just hope you’re still alive….Stay in His light. Feel free to contact me at this website http://www.carodelcastillo.com

      Lastly, your final question of their purpose of possessing us…are many. They are our tormentors, to defile us, our families, our pets, our objects, mock God, and use the possessed person to cause further damage to others. Rape, murder, child abduction, child sacrifice, blood drinking, suicide, and more. Our evil behavior is their drug. Especially when we worship them as gods and start sacrificing. Blood, spells, chants, are huge at giving them more authority and power of one’s self spinning the person into a deeper abyss of a zombie-like, remote-controlled demon seed.

  8. Lulu says:

    I’m seriously OBSESSED with this story & movie!! I really wanna watch it with my little sister & my little brother. Neither of them have seen it & I think my brother would love it. Does anyone know if it’s on Netflix?

    BTW this is really interesting…

  9. Pamela says:

    I would really like to see “The Exorcist” remade, and this time I’d like to see the TRUE story of the BOY who was possessed, not a girl. I have never liked the way the truth was not told in Blatty’s book nor in the film that was based on it.

  10. […] Read more on the original 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe: http://diabolicalconfusions.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/the-story-of-r-the-real-life-story-that-inspire… […]

  11. Ron says:

    The true story is that the excorcism took place at Alexian Bros Hospital, in the physiatric wing, in St. Louis. I happened to meet one of the original Jesuit priests who showed me many of the relics in their private archives 15 years ago, in Itasca Illinois, in the Alexian Bros hidden archive room. We were their design consultants, and I had met someone on staff that made the introduction because of my historical background & interests. The relics in there goes back to the 1500’s during the Plague. The wing was torn down back in the old days, but several relics still exist in that locked room. The most chilling is the statue of Michael the Arch-Angel, the only thing that was untouched in the room during the “stormy” exorcisms on the poor boy. I reached to touch it and he told me “NO”. It is black in color and he is looking down with a spear on the the demon at his feet. The statue is particularly memorable because of the expression on the angel’s face, and it is from an era of the distant past…

  12. Ron says:

    The priest was in his late 80’s. He told me two unforgettable stories that happened in that famous room in the hospital wing in St. Louis, things that you can’t see in the movie or books, or anywhere. Chilling beyond anything. No blood, no gore. Just real supernatural events that he bore witness to during the actual exorcism sequence. Stuff you can’t make up.

    We were only in that back archive room in Itasca for maybe 5 or 8 minutes. It wasn’t like a museum, it was more like a dark storage room. No one really went in there. It was a back room connected to the main archive, locked separately. The archive room itself had a lot of medical instruments, priest robes, all kinds of of stuff dating back to the 1500’s. I think it all has been subsequently moved.

    One of the things that they saved from that hospital room where it all happened were the exterior window panes and frames by the boy’s bed. They were stacked and leaning against the wall. I was told to touch nothing in this room, and it didn’t.

  13. ellie Gonzalez says:

    a priest from a Catholic Church are not the only one who could do a exorcism I’m a christian on my pastor did an exorcism on one of my family member who was possess and whatever he did it work so I believe not just a priest from Catholic Roman Church are the only one who could do an exorcism

    • LVCIFER says:

      Hello Ellie. Actually, the Roman Catholic Church must approve any exorcism, and it is always done by a priest – but this only applies to the Catholic / Christian religion. Most Christians will perform a lesser ritual called a “Deliverance”, which is why a lot of them choose the words “deliverance ministry” within their church’s description or name. Only a properly trained Roman Catholic Priest-Exorcist can perform an exorcism on a Catholic / Christian. Just as in the Hebrew religion, only a properly trained Rabbi can perform an exorcism upon a Jew, and in the Islamic religion, only a properly trained Imam can perform an exorcism on Muslims. Ceremonies performed by “unauthorized” people are considered “lesser rituals”, but they can also be extremely effective as well.

  14. Robbie says:

    Wow. You are ALL very naive. Read the EXCELLENT investigative journalism piece that Mark Chorvinsky wrote. It’s the cold hard facts about this “possessed” boy and the story behind it. Here’s the link if you want the truth…

    http://www.strangemag.com/exorcistpage1.html

  15. That is so crazy it makes you think….. is this fake or is this real? Well at first I didn’t know if it was real! But…..then when it said that after the exorcism happened in 1949, that is why they wrote books about it and once they said that’s why they made that exorcist movie is because its based off of the true and real live exorcism. That’s when I thought this is real what happened in 1949. I mean this happened way before the movie was made. I mean come on this is not about the movie this is reality. And before I read this I thought ok this is fake exorcism is not real they just say that to scare you. But once I read this it completely blew my mind. Now I know there is another world outside these walls.

  16. saimir says:

    There is One GOD, ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY, you make me sick with your false religions . anyway your veil shall be remmoved when you die and you will know the truth then, but will be to late in that day , so return to the true religion .

    • Jordan says:

      You fool! Catholic is the first religion. Its been around crenturies before “ALLAH” existed, so “fake” doesnt seem a nessasary word to describe the worlds first known religion. Roman catholics are the religion that your precious karan stole its scripture from. Get a religious history lesson twit or dont comment on here

      • LVCIFER says:

        Actually, Christianity and Catholicism were also built upon the Hebrew faith, which came first as well. Paganism was around before the monotheistic religions, as well. AND even before that, there were the Assyrians, the Babylonians, etc… So, aside from polytheism being much older, on top of it all, Christianity / Catholicism is a “new religion” by comparison.

        Oh, to the other poster, and regarding Islam, even the Djinn can worship other religions. IN ISLAM, your people also recognize Christ as a prophet, just not the Son of God. So maybe before you talk shit about Him and His religion(s), you should delve deeper into your own religion before blaspheming against your own faith as well… Just sayin’.

      • nassa says:

        The meaning of Allah is god we al believe In the same god but we quarrel about which religion is the true religion.

  17. valerie says:

    what the real name of this film please??

    • LVCIFER says:

      Hello Valerie:

      There are actually two of them. The first one was “The Exorcist”, and the second one was a Showtime original movie called “Possessed” from 2001.

  18. Mike A. says:

    In 1978 a Carmelite priest showed us 8 mm movies of an actual exorcism. while the footage was very shaky, the young boy “peed” a grand piano through a wall. The priest who shared the video with us was a classmate of the priest who assisted in the exorcism. Both priests received injuries form the young boy that required hospitalization. Knowledge of ancient languages, multiple voices, … knowledge of things that the person cannot have knowledge of, inhuman strength, the ability to move objects with the mind, levitation, … along with other “signs”, are all considered proof of possession. I was told that the movie the exorcist was, in part, based on the experiences of these two priests, but that the boy was changed to a girl, and a number of other things were changed to prevent direct correlation with the actual events.

    What I saw was very compelling in that what was displayed was exceedingly realistic, and was beyond anything I viewed until many years later with the creation of CGI. By comparison with the movie the Exorcist, the movie looks fake and contrived.

    Joliet Catholic High School (Now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet Illinois was where I viewed the film. Perhaps there are other classmates who will be willing to collaborate this. Fr. Kevin McBrien was the priest who shared the film with us.

  19. Laughing Out Loud says:

    Dude, it’s called a spell check. Find one before publishing this amateur crap.

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