Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism

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For 40 years, the truth about the exorcism of 14-year-old Robbie Mannheim remained a mystery. Then a priest's diary, hidden in a locked room in the mental ward of a St. Louis hospital, came to light -- a diary written by one of the Jesuit priests who witnessed the bizarre and harrowing events firsthand.

Over the period of several terrifying months, the Mannheim family was caught in a titanic struggle while physicians, psychiatrists, and clergy fought for the soul of their child...

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For 40 years, the truth about the exorcism of 14-year-old Robbie Mannheim remained a mystery. Then a priest's diary, hidden in a locked room in the mental ward of a St. Louis hospital, came to light -- a diary written by one of the Jesuit priests who witnessed the bizarre and harrowing events firsthand.

Over the period of several terrifying months, the Mannheim family was caught in a titanic struggle while physicians, psychiatrists, and clergy fought for the soul of their child against a power that identified itself with Satan. In POSSESSED, acclaimed author and journalist Thomas B. Allen reveals what he found in the priest's diary as well as his interviews with witnesses to the exorcism of Robbie Mannheim. The evidence Allen uncovered in his investigations is so shocking, so chilling and so totally credible, it will challenge everything you believe -- or don't believe -- about the forces of good and evil.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385420341
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

Prelude viii
Chapter 1 "Is This You, Aunt Harriet?" 1
Chapter 2 Hunting a Poltergeist 14
Chapter 3 "But Deliver Us from Evil" 25
Chapter 4 The Scratches Said St. Louis 39
Chapter 5 A Priestly Blessing 48
Chapter 6 The Nights of the Priests 61
Chapter 7 The Archbishop Gets the Case 78
Chapter 8 "I Cast Thee Out" 91
Chapter 9 "He's going! He's going!" 116
Chapter 10 The Sign of the X 126
Chapter 11 Messages 149
Chapter 12 A Search for a Quiet Place 169
Chapter 13 The Demon on the Fifth Floor 184
Chapter 14 The Secret Unlocked 216
The Exorcist Diary 243
Case Study 245
Author's Endnote 292
Bibliography 297
Sources 299
Chapter Notes 305
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    Ignore the critics

    There are few people who have belittled this book because the author did not wish to answer some personal questions about Robby. This book is good in showing that the few Roman Catholic priests who are actual regular exorcists are the priests who seem best in their success in expelling the devil. The first exorcism attempt by an ill-prepared priest in this book ends badly.

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