In the late 1940s, in the United States, priests of the Catholic Church performed a series of exorcisms on an anonymous boy, documented under the pseudonym “Roland Doe“. The 14-year-old boy was the alleged victim of demonic possession and the events were recorded by the attending priests. Subsequent supernatural claims surrounding the events were used as elements in William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel The Exorcist. Could this boy have really experienced the presence of evil living inside him? Was it simply a case of misdiagnosed acute mental illness? Has this whole thing just been the exaggeration of a fictional narrative to begin with? We won’t get the the bottom of it, but we’ll have a great time trying! Enjoy!
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Extreme Graphic Violence
Violence Against Children
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