This Real Wisconsin Case of Demonic Possession Inspired The Exorcist

In the first episode of the new podcast Wisconsinology, historian Frank L. Anderson tells the story of Father Theophilus Riesinger, a Capuchin monk from Appleton who was known as America’s foremost exorcist. In 1928 Father Riesinger performed a brutal 23-day exorcism on a Wisconsin woman, a disturbing case which eventually inspired the novel and film adaptation of The Exorcist.

Listen to the podcast below for the story.

via The Most Horrific Case of Exorcism in American History

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