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Old 07-24-2017, 02:14 PM
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Are you "Exorcist" fans aware that the novel was based on a real case, but of a young boy, not a girl? In both reality and fiction, it was the Ouija board that started things off...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_of_Roland_Doe

I've seen an interesting television program about this case. From the article at the above link, under "Literature and Film":

"This exorcism case inspired the 1971 novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, which in turn was adapted into the classic 1973 horror film of the same name.[11] The case also inspired the 2000 movie Possessed, which is said to be closer to the story in Allen's book.[11] A documentary was also made of the case, titled In the Grip of Evil.[12] Another documentary movie was made in 2010 named "The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist" where a group of investigators travels to the location in question and uncovers the diary that is said to be kept by William S. Bowdern.[13]"
Hi PC
I just read your link-I thought the boy lived in Georgetown DC?
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Hello Abby,

My understanding is that the boy lived in Maryland. Author William Peter Blatty lived in Georgetown which is probably why he used it for the setting of the book.

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And the film is geographically correct about the location, too. That staircase was indeed only a few feet from the house, so that a person could actually fall from a window down to it, just as depicted in the film. But I believe the house has since been renovated, and a large portion closest to the staircase has been removed.
I don't know about renovations but as it stands now the house is close to the steps but not close enough so that a person could fall from the window to the steps.

The house is only the exterior that was used in the movie. The inside was shot in Hollywood.

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I saw the television program some time ago but I seem to recall that the priest who did the exorcism said that he was walking down the hallway in the hospital where the boy was when he heard a loud bang that sounded like a shotgun. He rushed back to the boy's room and found that the boy had returned to his normal self.

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This makes me want to get that movie thread back up and running again

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I don't know about renovations but as it stands now the house is close to the steps but not close enough so that a person could fall from the window to the steps.

The house is only the exterior that was used in the movie. The inside was shot in Hollywood.

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The house was indeed modified as shown in the photos below. The area where Regan's bedroom used to be was completely removed. Instead of a few feet away from the staircase, the house is now about 50 feet away.


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Hi PC
I just read your link-I thought the boy lived in Georgetown DC?
Hi, Abby,

No, Cottage City, Maryland was "Roland Doe's" home.
It was reported the boy was admitted to Georgetown University Hospital, but no evidence of this being true has been found.
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I have seen the documentaries on the "actual possession" but they don't really interest me... as someone who doesn't believe in "demonic possession" , I do believe in mental illness... and sadly these documentaries never seem to talk about that angle... just go straight in for the religious mumbo jumbo...sorta like the stuff on Anneliese Michel's "exorcism" that killed her... the courts pretty much held the church and family responsible for her unfortunate death....yet still the "documentaries" wanna blame the devil....I love the fact that you never hear of an Atheist being "possessed", you would think they would be an easier target for Satan wouldn't you...put up less of a fight anyway... but no....

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Why don't they just ignore the demon instead of trying to exorcise it? I would have to imagine that it would get bored pretty quickly and depart on its own.

I wonder if demons talk among themselves. "Hey, I haven't seen Bob lately, I wonder what he is up to?" "Last I heard he was on earth possessing somebody." "Yeah, that sounds like old Bob all right. Always trying to get attention."

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Hello Abby,

My understanding is that the boy lived in Maryland. Author William Peter Blatty lived in Georgetown which is probably why he used it for the setting of the book.

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Thanks cd.
So the house , steps whole g town setting is BS?
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