Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes

Father Edward Albert Hughes (August 28, 1918 - October 12, 1980) was a Roman Catholic priest who served as an assistant pastor from June 16 1948 to June 18 1960 at 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 Lutheran boy, 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 board and William Peter Blatty was 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.

External links

* [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!]

Related Books

* "Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism", Thomas B. Allen, 1993, ISBN 0-553-47177-5

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