John Hoffman also often known as 'Roland Doe' is
the young boy whose demonic possession is said to have become the basis
for the notoriously scary movie 'The Exorcist'.
It is unknown which if either is the real name but
he was said to have been a 13-14 year old boy that was reportedly freed
from possession by a catholic priest in the late 1940's.
All known information regarding the exorcism of
John Hoffman has been taken from a mysterious diary believed to have been
kept by one of the priests in attendance.
Extracts from the priests diary tell of:
Unexplained dripping noises, a picture of Jesus
being shook on a wall, scratching noises under floor boards, and
footsteps. Soon after this began John Hoffman's Aunt died (The Aunt
with which he lived who had also previously instructed John in the use
of the Ouija board).
Soon after his Aunts death scratches began to
appear on the young boys body, this went on for several days, and then
words began to appear on John Hoffman's body, words which appeared to have
been made by claws.
A Catholic Priest named 'Father Bowdern' was
called and permission was obtained to perform an exorcism. John
Hoffman was over the next few months transported back and forth between his
home and a nearby church as the exorcism continued.
The Roman Ritual of Christian Exorcism reads:
"I cast thee out thou unclean spirit, along
with the least encroachment of the wicked enemy and every phantom and
The exorcism initially met with
repeated failure, with one priest being slashed with a bed spring, and
an image of the devils face appearing on John Hoffman's leg. The
Catholic Priest Bowdern however refused to give up and dressed in
religious talismans and holding a crucifix repeatedly performed the
The possession of John Hoffman came to an end
when during the final session the young boy unexpectedly cried out
"Satan! I am Saint Michael! I command you to leave this body now!"
John Hoffman's body then with a massive violent spasm uttered "He is
John Hoffman later claimed to have seen a vision
of Saint Micheal expeling the demon.