Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Chasing the Devil: How Not to Have an Exorcism

Exorcisms first captured the attention of Americans in 1971 with the release of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist. Many since have tried their hand at casting out demons that they believe are possessing their loved ones, resorting to violence and inflicting psychological and physical damage. The following cases present some powerful examples of ways not to perform and exorcism, unless you want to go to jail.