‘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:
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.
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:
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey