- Edward Hughes
Father Edward Albert Hughes (
August 28, 1918- October 12, 1980) was a Roman Catholic priestwho served as an assistant pastor from June 16 1948to June 18 1960at St. James Church in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. He also served as an exorcist.
He attempted his first exorcism in 1949 at the Georgetown University Hospital on a thirteen year old
Lutheranboy, and it was unsuccessful as the boy broke out of his restraints and used a spring from the bed to attack Hughes. The boy cut Father Hughes' arm from his shoulder to his wrist with te spring and the exorcism was ended. The boy became possessed after using a Ouija boardand William Peter Blattywas inspired by a newspaper article about this case to write his novel " The Exorcist".
In 1973, Father Hughes returned to St. James Church and became pastor until his death of a heart attack on
October 12, 1980.
* [http://www.beliefnet.com/story/42/story_4274_1.html Movie 'Exorcist' Got It Right, Say Priests Who Cast Out Demons]
* [http://www.prairieghosts.com/exorcist.html The St.Louis Exorcism Case!The Story that Became the Exorcist!]
* "Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism", Thomas B. Allen, 1993, ISBN 0-553-47177-5
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