William Friedkin‘s The Exorcist (1973) was based on the popular novel also titled The Exorcist and written by William Peter Blatty. This video covers the entire story from a diary found detailing every account of the demonic possession and demon exorcism of “Ronald Doe” (aka Robbie Mannheim). A priest was tasked with keeping detailed records of all that transpired. True horror stories always freak me out, and I hope you watch the entire video as it is a little over 40 minutes long and provides a lot of backstory to the true story that inspired The Exorcist movie. Linda Blair did an interview for this feature video documentary with a bizarre story of her own.
Official Synopsis: In the late 1940s, in the United States, priests of the Roman Catholic Church performed a series of exorcisms on an anonymous boy, documented under the pseudonym "Roland Doe" or "Robbie Mannheim". The boy, born circa 1935, was the alleged victim of demonic possession, and the events were recorded by the attending priest, Raymond Bishop. Subsequent supernatural claims surrounding the events were used as elements along with the Loudun possessions in the 1971 novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and the 1973 film adaptation.
During the exorcism, the boy allegedly slipped one of his hands out of the restraints; broke a bedspring from under the mattress, and used it as an impromptu weapon, slashing the priest’s arm and resulting in the exorcism ritual being halted.
The Exorcist (1973)
Synopsis: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Directors: William Friedkin
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: William Peter Blatty
Producers: William Peter Blatty, Noel Marshall, David Salven
Editors: Norman Gay, Evan A. Lottman
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