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Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B Allen Online



Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism

Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism

  • Title: Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism
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  • ISBN : 9780595132645
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 348 pages


The Exorcist , a 1973 movie about a twelve year old girl possessed by the Devil, frightened people than any horror film ever did Many moviegoers sought therapy to rid themselves of fears they could not explain Psychiatrists coined the term cinematic neurosis for patients who left the movie feeling a terrifying presence of demons At the Washington premiere, a you The Exorcist , a 1973 movie about a twelve year old girl possessed by the Devil, frightened people than any horror film ever did Many moviegoers sought therapy to rid themselves of fears they could not explain Psychiatrists coined the term cinematic neurosis for patients who left the movie feeling a terrifying presence of demons At the Washington premiere, a young woman stood outside the theater, trembling I come out here in the sunlight, she said, and I see people s eyes, and they frighten me Among the few moviegoers unmoved by the horror were two priests, Father William S Bowdern and Father Walter Halloran, members of the Jesuit community at St Louis University Billy came out shaking his head about the little girl bouncing on the bed and urinating on the crucifix, Halloran remembers He was kind of angry There is a good message that can be given by this thing, he said The message was the fact that evil spirits operate in our world Bowdern and Halloran knew that the movie was fictional veneer masking a terrible reality Night after night in March and April 1949, Bowdern had been an exorcist, with Halloran assisting Bowdern fervently believed that he had driven a demon from a tormented soul The victim had been a thirteen year old boy strangely lured to St Louis from a Maryland suburb of Washington Bowdern s exorcism had been the inspiration for the movie.The true story of this possession, told in Possessed, is based on a diary kept by a Jesuit priest assisting Father Bowdern The diary, the most complete account of an exorcism since the Middle Ages, is published for the first time in this revised edition of Possessed


Author Thomas B Allen

Thomas B Allen s writings range from articles for National Geographic Magazine to books on espionage and military history.He is the father of




Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism Reviews (31)

  • This was fascinating, as I ve lived two blocks from the house for 25 years where this incident first took place I did a lot of research into the incident because I love local history I also knew about Father Hughes, who attempted the first life threatening exorcism at Georgetown University Hospital [..]

  • OK, I m not reading any After 40 pages I couldn t get to sleep last night The kid plays with a ouija board and the next thing you know the family s hearing scratching sounds in the walls and bloody claw marks are spelling words on the kid Forget it [..]

  • I often find it difficult to rate nonfiction books This is one of those How do you rate a book of this type Is it based on accuracy Maybe it should, as in my reviews of most fiction books be based on the enjoyment factor Possibly I could just base it on the writing and readability I m sort of going [..]

  • Frightening true account of an adolescent boy s possession as it was handled by St Louis University priests over 65 years ago Be prepared to keep your lights on when you go to bed after reading this disturbing story. [..]

  • I was looking for a different, really out there read and this definitely met the criteria, but not in the ways I expected Allen writes in a matter of fact style, not at all sensationalized The book reads like a report at times not in a bad way Of course, the subject matter hardly requires additional [..]

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