‘Dangerous’ exorcism airs on US television

‘Dangerous’ exorcism airs on US television

Police and paramedics have been enlisted to help anyone affected by ‘evil entities’ who may not like being targeted today by Catholic exorcist Bishop James Long, above, and a bunch psychic ‘experts’ for a TV reality show entitled Exorcism: Live!

Destination America, according to this report, is streaming the live exorcism from the fabled The Exorcist house in St Louis on the eve of Halloween. And things, according to Destination America’s Jodi Tovay, could get hairy.

The worst-case scenario is that one of these entities will attach to someone. It is dangerous.

Luckily, Tovay says, the physical symptoms are usually obvious when such am “attachment” occurs: nausea, scratches, and superhuman strength.


The two-hour telecast tasks the bishop and “a Southern gay Catholic psychic and medium” called Chip Coffey, above – plus the team from the network’s Ghost Asylum series – to go into the spooky suburban St Louis home that inspired William Blatty’s 1971 horror novel The Exorcist and movie that followed. Ghost hunters insist that the house is filled with a dark, sinister energy, and Exorcism: Live! is determined to cleanse it.

The Exorcist was based on the “real-life” case of a Maryland teenager known as “Roland Doe/Robbie Mannheim”. The story goes that in 1949, Doe became violently ill, screaming in languages he was never taught, and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Eventually, religious leaders decided that Doe was possessed by the Devil. Through exorcism rituals, a Catholic priest freed Doe of his demons. At the time, The Washington Post called it:

Perhaps one of the most remarkable experiences of its kind in recent religious history.

But, by all account, the Doe case was pure bullshit, and in his 1993 book Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, author Thomas B Allen offered “the consensus of today’s experts” that:

Robbie was just a deeply disturbed boy, nothing supernatural about him.

Author Mark Opsasnick questioned many of the supernatural claims associated with the story, proposing that the “possessed” boy was simply a spoiled, disturbed bully who threw deliberate tantrums to get attention or to get out of school.

Destination America explains on its website:

Ever since the attempted exorcism of Roland Doe rumors have swirled that the house is still possessed by an evil entity.

Bishop Long is the founder of the ­Kentucky-based Paranormal Clergy Institute, which assists homeowners who think that their house has a demonic infestation. He says he hopes the TV special will give hope to people suffering with infested houses, letting them know that they’re not alone.

Still, he knows there are sceptics.


I know for a fact that demonic possession exists, I know that without question. If I didn’t know, I would be doing something else.

Coffey, the psychic, checked out the house in advance to see whether it was haunted. He immediately felt something evil lurking, he said. Afterward, Coffey told the bishop:

James, this is going to be a very intense ritual.

Long revealed:

Everybody will be signing a waiver, and they know the activity could be very violent. I can’t guarantee anyone’s safety when I walk into this place. [We’re] going against a demonic entity.

I’m betting that the two-hour progamme will be like watching paint dry. But I’m willing to eat, in a single sitting, all 24 of the pancakes that I made earlier today – drenched in liquid soap and topped with all the fur I clippered off Bijou, our pet terrier –  if one of the ghostbusters starts foaming at the mouth, looks directly into the camera and delivers, in a throaty voice, that classic line from The Exorcist movie:

Your mother sucks cocks in hell.

Hat tip: Ivan Bailey

15 responses to “‘Dangerous’ exorcism airs on US television”

  1. Broga says:

    ” He immediately felt something evil lurking.”

    This tells you all. “Something” is undefined so it could be anything including an open window causing a chill. “Evil” means what? And that “lurking” is chosen to suggest menace. There is nothing there and yet the gullible will be convinced.

  2. Dan Brown says:

    Priceless. You can’t make this shit up.
    Few things in life are as fabulously stupid as demon possession.
    Thank you theism, for this enduring chestnut of cultural retardation.

  3. Marcus says:

    Hop across to Destination America’s exorcism webpage ( and in the “chat” column on the right is a warning from some numpty that watching the programme may be just as dangerous as entering the house:

    “A television can be an albeit Technologic counterpart to the concept of the [awaji (sic)] board, but just as effective in transference of spirit energy. Possibly more so because of the element of electricity as a conduit. Portals come in many forms, problem is They also know this!”

  4. L.Long says:

    Some people are so gullible and delusional you cannot call them stupid because that would be too great a compliment!!!!

  5. barriejohn says:

    According to the Mail, “Vatican exorcists” have once again condemned Hallowe’en as an evil influence on children:

    There was an almost identical report at this time last year, suggesting that the festival be renamed “Holyween”, or some such nonsense (it was the Church that invented the bloody festival, FFS!), and that children dress up as saints (whatever that might entail). For an evil organization like the Catholic Church to profess to be concerned about the mental welfare of children absolutely takes the biscuit!

  6. Broga says:

    I listened to Thought for the Day this morning. The bishop there was burbling on about Halloween but admitted he had never seen a ghost. However, he had been called to houses where a ghost was present. He warned the listeners about the dangers. This, mark you, on the supposedly objective and mature BBC.

    My two grandchildren, both pre school age, are loving Halloween and have the pumpkin hollowed out and a candle inserted. There were squeals of delight when the lights were switched off and they could see the pumpkin with the lit candle. They both have costumes and delight in these.

    So much fun and all denied to children by the bishop and his depressives.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Broga: It’s people like him who frighten me! Let’s hope the following scares the shit out of the bishop and his chums:

    (Sorry, Barry – I’m a cat person too!)

  8. barriejohn says:

    BBC2 aired Witchfinder General again last night, with typically spine-chilling performance by Vincent Price, as the self-appointed functionary Matthew Hopkins (allegedly responsible for over 300 deaths in a couple of years). Not quite in the same class as The Crucible, but much more frightening than all the usual Hallowe’en fare because it actually happened (and these idiots remind us that we’re only a hair’s breadth away from it all even today) .

  9. Angela_K says:

    I understand it now, these religious types are admitting their all powerful god can’t do the business and must send in a charlatan – who probably wants money – to do the job for him/her. Not much of god then.

  10. dennis says:

    demons have a lot of power, brought the church and gay folks together.

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  12. Laura Roberts says:

    @DanBrown: “Thank you theism, for this enduring chestnut of cultural retardation.” — very nicely stated!