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Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism

By Thomas B. Allen
Doubleday, 259 pp, 1993

This chilling true story recounts an exorcism performed by Society of Jesus priests in 1949. It received some press attention at the time, which was seen by a young William Peter Blatty, who used it as his inspiration when he wrote The Exorcist.

This true story is much scarier than the fictional one. "Robbie," the victim, suffered greatly during the ordeal, which lasted about four months. I won't share the details here - read the book and see for yourself. It's creepy.

Is it really true? The author, an agnostic who grew up Catholic, seems to think so. Several witnesses agree, although a few disagree. I don't care much one way or another. Regardless, it's a great story about good triumphing over evil, and there can never be enough stories about that.

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