(circa 1935- )
Also referred to as Roland Doe
Doe and Mannheim are both pseudonyms
Resided in Garden City, Maryland
Was allegedly possessed by Satan
Underwent exorcism at the psychiatric wing of the St. Louis University hospital (1949)
News stories about the case inspired William Peter Blatty to write 'The Exorcist'
'True' story described in 'Possessed' by Thomas B. Allen (1993)
Why he might be annoying
He was introduced to the ouija board by his aunt Harriet; after her death, he tried to contact her spirit and weird things began happening.
He scratched one exorcist with a bed spring so badly the priest needed stitches.
He broke another exorcist's nose.
Accounts of what happened have been embellished so often over the years that trying to find the true story is nearly impossible.
He allegedly spoke languages he had never heard before, but according to one of the priests, he was merely mimicking their Latin.
Skeptic Joe Nickell said that none of the verified events were beyond a teenager's ability to do.
Why he might not be annoying
As many as 48 witnesses reported poltergeist activity in his vicinity, ranging from furniture moving to scratches and words such as 'hell' appearing on his skin.
He claimed to have a vision of St. Michael driving out the Devil at the climax of the exorcism.
Some psychiatrists have suggested his behavior was the result of Tourette's syndrome rather than demonic possession.
After the exorcism, he reportedly went on to become a well-adjusted adult.
He inspired one of the scariest movies of all time.
Credit: C. Fishel
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