The true story behind the inspiration to one of the greatest paranormal horror movies of all time, The Exorcist started in Washington D.C with a young boy, believed to be named Ronald, but later became known as Roland Doe.
In the 1940s, the thirteen-year-old boy lost his auntie who was into spirituality and had taught his how to use a Ouija board.
Shortly after, Roland started to experience paranormal activity, such as water leaking from the walls, scratching sounds, and even the mattress moving.
Eventually, Father E. Albert Hughes, the local Catholic priest at the time, was given permission to perform an exorcism on the boy to ward off the negative spirits.
Suffice to say, it didn’t work and a few days later, red scratches started to appear on his skin, forming the word ”LOUIS”. Having family there, the mother believed they had to visit in order to cure their son.
During the exorcism which lasted a couple of months, the boy received many scratches on his skin as well as the mattress of the bed rocking violently. He had an ”X” appear on his chest, leading priests to the conclusion he was possessed by 10 demons.
During the exorcism, he entered a trance-like state in the evenings when he went to bed, but seems normal in the days.
The priest in attendance called on St. Michael who shouted at the boy, trying to reach the demon within, stating he would battle him for Roland’s soul. Just seven. minutes after this, the boy came out of his trance and announced that the demon that possess him had gone.
That was the end and Roland never experienced any kind of possession again. The possession and exorcism were over, but the story wasn’t.
In 1973, the story was made into a movie of the same name which became the greatest paranormal-horror movie of its time, possibly the best horror movie of all time.
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