by Jo-Anne Rowney 21 October 2017 | Excerpted from The Mirror UK
As The Exorcist returns to the small screen we look at the terrifying true tale behind the story and how close it is to the movie
The cult film The Exorcist terrified the world more than 40 years ago, but the 1973 movie about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, held more truth than we realised.
It is a story that has gone on to inspire films and TV shows alike – the latest being Syfy’s The Exorcist, where two priests attempt to purge another girl of her demons 40 years after the events of the movie.
We have William Peter Blatty to thank for bringing the tale to the masses. In 1949, the author sat reading the Washington Post when he saw an article about a Maryland boy, named as Roland Doe to protect his identity.
The story grabbed his attention, so much so that he went on to write his novel, which in turn became the cult movie we all know and love.
But what actually happened to Roland Doe?
It all began with a 13-year-old boy, Continue reading