In this photo provided by St. Louis University, Thomas B. Allen, author of Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, speaks during a panel discussion at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Tuesday about the month-long 1949 demon-purging ritual at the school's former Alexian Brothers Hospital. The treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy formed the basis for the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, and the film of the same name two years later.
In this photo provided by St. Louis University, Thomas B. Allen, author of Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, speaks during a panel discussion at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Tuesday about the month-long 1949 demon-purging ritual at the school's former Alexian Brothers Hospital. The treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy formed the basis for the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, and the film of the same name two years later.
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published Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University junior Zach Grummer-Strawn has never seen "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film considered one of the finest examples of unadulterated cinematic terror. He's only vaguely familiar with the month-long 1949 demon-purging ritual at his school on which the film and William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel were based.

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