The Cottage City Poltergeist / The True Story Behind The Exorcist -
The story of the possession of Roland Doe in the 1940s is believed to be the real life inspiration behind the film The Exorcist. The boy’s real name was never disclosed by the church in order to protect him after the events of the exorcism. The story was collected for the diaries of a bishop and the testimony of Father Walter Halloran who was one of the surviving eye witnesses to the exorcism and strange events surrounding it.
When Roland’s aunt died when he was 13 he attempted to contact her using a oujia board. After that strange events started happening around the house. Squeaky and marching footsteps would be heard about the house, furniture would move of its own accord, a vase flew across the room, images of Jesus rattled as though they were being punched on the other side of the wall and containers of holy water would mysteriously smash if placed near Roland. His frightened family turned to Rev. Luther Miles Schulze for help. He had Roland examined by both medical and psychological doctors who could not find anything that would cause the strange occurrences. Schulze arranged for the boy to stay with him on the 17th of February. During the night the priest witnessed several strange events. He was awoken by vibrating sounds coming from the bed and scratching sounds behind the walls. An armchair the boy was sitting on raised into the air and tipped over, and blankets flew around the room hitting people in the face. After that night Schulze concluded that an exorcism should be preformed on Roland.
Roland was taken to Georgetown University Hospital for his first exorcism but it had to be stopped after he inflicted a wound on one of the priests that required stitches. He was then sent home, but after strange welts started appearing on the boy’s body his parents sent for the priests again. It is then they discovered that Roland had developed an aversion to anything sacred and holy, he was causing the bed to shake, objects would fly around the room and he had started speaking in a strange and guttural voice.
The priests gained permission to preform a second exorcism on the boy and he was taken to hospital again. During the exorcism words such as “evil” and “hell”, along with other marks started appearing on the boy’s body. He broke one of the attending priest’s noses and it wasnt until they preformed the exorcism rights 30 times, over a period of several weeks, that Roland was finally considered cured. Many witnesses in the hospital claim to have heard a loud noise the moment Roland was finally free from his demonic possession.