The Devil Came to St. Louis

Almost everyone has seen or read the book by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist. The Exorcist story of a mother who needs help from two priests to exorcise a demon. I cannot forget the Spider-walk, the scene when Linda Blair walks like a spider down the stairs, and when Linda Blair’s head twists around her neck. Based on actual events, Or was it? Enter Troy Taylor, a resident of Illinois, author of over 130 books. Troy writes about the paranormal and things that go bump in the night, both the legends and the history. Troy wrote a book about the most famous exorcism in the United States, but his book is not fiction. It is a true story about what happened in St Louis in 1949. The movie has a girl as the main character in real life, it was a boy named Robbie to protect his identity (someone else released his name Troy, true to his word, kept the identity a secret). We follow Robbie’s tortuous journey from the Washington D.C./Maryland area to St. Louis and back to Maryland. While in St. Louis, Missouri, Robbie heard strange scratching noises on the floor, and his bed would levitate. His demeanor would change, and he often became violent. His parents looked for help and, as they did so, scratches would appear on his stomach. Robbie had his good days and was like any other child, playing games and being happy. He could not sleep at night, and strange things would occur. A Jesuit priest battled to save his life. The battle was intense and disturbing. While reading the accounts of this story, many people may find it hard to sleep at night. Troy interviewed the witnesses who were still living and went through countless records, articles, and other documentation to find the facts of the story. However, Troy presents the facts and lets the reader decide what is and is not accurate. The debate will probably continue forever, but one thing we do know is that this horrific event left a scar on everyone involved and maybe on everyone who reads this book. I highly recommend it.

#Exorcist #devil #st.louis #troytaylor

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A freelance writer and blogger who has spent 30 years in library service. A ghost hunter at heart and a lover of the macabre. I'm a writer of plays, monologue, and poetry for community theatre. Most importantly, be positive and love life.

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