The Possession of Roland Doe

1346 Words Jul 10th, 2018 6 Pages
Levitating beds, loss of memory for long periods of time, loss of bladder control, speaking in tongues, these are all symptoms known to be associated with possession. A possession is having control or owning (Farlex). When a person is possessed they have no control over their feelings or actions a majority of the time. The reason it is called a possession is because, when one is possessed, the spirit or demon has control over that person. The possession and exorcism of Roland Doe is one of the most documented possessions in history. Many still believe the case as fictional, but there is significant evidence of Doe’s possession. The exorcism of Roland Doe was an unusual and frightening experience. The movie, The Exorcism, is a movie …show more content…
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, depart and vanish from this creature of God…. Seizures, outbursts, cursing, vomiting, and scratches on Doe’s body were all effects that occurred during the final exorcism. Then at 11p.m. that night the boy interrupted Father Bowdern as he said in a voice much deeper than his own ‘Satan! Satan! I am St. Michael! I command you, Satan, and the other evil spirits to leave this body, in the name of Dominus, immediately! Now! Now! Now!’ Doe had one last spasm, then became very quiet and said, ‘He is gone’ (Opsasnick). (Mark Opsasnick’s, A Haunted Boy, is a reliable source that did extensive studies on Roland Doe. The author helps one get an understanding of what is most known to have happened to Roland Doe. Opsasnick has a five part paper that describes what happened to Roland Doe during his possession and exorcisms, reasons why Roland’s behavior could not be medically explained, excerpts straight from Father Gallagher’s diary, where Doe is now, a list of known, “facts”, that are either proven true or false, along with much more information. It is apparent by reading Opsasnick’s work that he put in a great deal of hours research in Roland Doe’s possession.

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