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.