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“Yes, He Did Break My Nose” – The Real Life Exorcism That Inspired ‘The Exorcist Movie’. 

“Yes, He Did Break My Nose” – The Real Life Exorcism That Inspired ‘The Exorcist Movie’. 

A haunting exorcism that occurred in St. Louis, was a true life event that inspired the popular 1973 film. 

In 1949, a young 13-year-old boy in Maryland was hearing and seeing strange things in his house after playing with a Ouija board. His family didn’t know what to do, so they contacted their Lutheran pastor.

According to an historical account of the events, the pastor said, “Go to a Catholic priest; the Catholics know about this kind of thing.”

They visited a local priest who later asked permission to perform an exorcism at Georgetown University Hospital. It didn’t end well, with the boy breaking off a spring from the mattress and slashing the priest.

Supernatural events persisted and so his parents felt they needed to do something more. The boy’s mother was from St. Louis and thought it would be good to find a priest there who could help.

The family ended up staying at a relative’s house, who graduated from St. Louis University. They were familiar with the Jesuit priests at the university and asked them for advice. After getting permission from the local bishop the Jesuits performed an exorcism that spanned almost 2 months.

Initially the exorcism was performed at the house, but it was later moved to St. Louis University as well as the Alexian Brothers Hospital.

According to a Jesuit seminarian at the time, “I got in on the business with the prayers of exorcism, and the little boy would go into a seizure and get quite violent. So Father Bowdern asked me to hold him … Yes, he did break my nose.’

The Jesuit exorcist who was chiefly responsible for performing the Rite of Exorcism fasted on bread and water throughout the entire span of events and took his role very seriously. It was a spiritual battle and he was poised to do everything necessary to defeat the assaults of the evil one.

Surprisingly, many of the events portrayed on film did happen, including a vomit that shot across the room at one of the priests. Yet, the boy never remembered any of it and woke up in the morning with no recollection of the great struggle that happened the night before.

St. Louis University relates on its website, “The exorcism continued on almost a nightly basis, even though the boy seemed to be get­ting worse. The priests asked his family for permission to teach him about Catholicism and con­vert him as a way to strengthen the fight against the supposed demonic possession. As he got closer to conversion and making his first holy Communion, his episodes become increasingly violent.”

Everything culminated with the celebration of Easter, when the priests were finally able to expel the demonic influences.

The day after Easter Sunday the extraordinary events ceased and the boy went on to lead a normal life, getting married, having children and a successful career. The Jesuits believed the exorcism was a success.

While The Exorcist may seem like a work of fiction, it was inspired by real-life events and remind us all that the devil is real and the only way to defeat him is through a life of prayer, united to the sacraments of the Church.

The True Story Behind The Movie ‘The Exorcist’

The True Story Behind The Movie ‘The Exorcist’

A boy of 10 years, from Maryland, fond of the ouija board.


There is hardly anyone that hasn’t seen the movie “The Exorcist”? We are talking about a true cinematographic and cultural phenomenon. William Friedkin’s film has become a cult title for anyone who asks about these issues and who feels called to question about good, evil and mystery.

What few viewers of the movie know is that the movie “The Exorcist” has a real case behind it. A case of exorcism with similar characteristics and that would be published in August of 1949 in “The Washington Post”. There begins the germ of what would be the novel by William Peter Blatty and the subsequent film script.

The Spanish newspaper ABC recalls the story of the so-called Mannheim case, the story of a 14-year-old boy, a resident of Mount Rainier, Maryland.

As he explains: it all starts when the youngest Robbie heard some noise in the basement. He searched the house and began to see strange things: a representation of Jesus in the grandmother’s room twisted and began to move as if someone hit the wall from behind. “Eleven days after that strange event, an aunt very loved by Robbie who was fond of the Ouija game passed away. He himself was a child,” explains the report.


After this experience paranormal phenomena began: 


 Robbie’s bed mattress  moved violently at night, blows from the basement were constant, a smell of excrement filled everything and ordinary objects – like a jarrón- is they suspended in the air. ” 


The family, knowing what was going on, asked for help from a Lutheran pastor who was so frightened that he advised a Catholic exorcist to take charge of the case.


It was investigated and finally proceeded to grant the license to perform an exorcism. What happened can be seen in the movie. The child attacks the priest, there is an unprecedented aggressiveness and a disturbing force. All the symptoms of what is cataloged demonic possession.

Multiple exorcism was performed and the young man was admitted to a mental institution in Baltimore to control it. Finally one fine day, explains ABC, “the word came out in his body and the next day, with the same speed with which they had emerged, the events ended and the child returned to his normal state.”

Its history continues being an enigma and still nobody has been able to explain that behavior. His story and his life is the germ of what has subsequently become one of the most terrifying films in history.

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