Until I see a reference to the movie The Exorcist I forget that there is an excellent piece of research on the actual story on which the movie is supposedly based. So, when I saw yeterday's blog post that included a pic from the movie, I thought I would relay this to everyone for future reference.

Ten years ago an article was published in Strange magazine by Mark Opsasnick which outlines in detail his research. He has since published a book.

The article, titled The Haunted Boy of Cottage City, is long and detailed. But if this kind of thing interests you, taking the time to read it would be worthwhile.

Basically, he debunks the story's 'facts' and tells us what actually happened. I won't tell any more and spoil it for those who wish to read it.

A couple of things:
The author is a childhood friend of mine.
He self-publishes his books (he has several), but unlike many self-published authors, Mark Opsasnick is generally respected for his work, which centers on specific historical stories of the Washington, DC area, the place where we both grew up.

Tags: Exorcist, Opsasnick

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