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After Hours AM Author of "Confrontation with Evil" Steven LaChance

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Join us for a plunge down the rabbit hole on After Hours AM/America's Most Haunted Radio — with Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — as we discuss the notorious 1949 St. Louis possession with author Steven LaChance, whose CONFRONTATION WITH EVIL book casts new light on the iconic case that inspired THE EXORCIST. We will talk with Steven in hour 2; In hour 1 Joel and Eric will cast a light into the gloom and review the week's paranormal news. One of the most disturbing, influential and famous cases of demonic possession in America, the story of possessed child "Roland Doe" was immortalized in the groundbreaking novel and film THE EXORCIST. Much has been written about the case, but the truth has been elusive, until now, with the publication of Steven LaChance's CONFRONTATION WITH EVIL: AN IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE 1949 POSSESSION THAT INSPIRED The Exorcist. The horror began ramping up in January 1949 with a dripping sound behind the walls of a Cottage City, Md., house. Then a crucifix on the wall began to shake unnaturally. The dripping sound gave way to a scratching noise beneath the floorboards in one of the bedrooms, which in turn yielded to high-pitched squeak and then a violently shaking bed. Within a few weeks, 13-year-old "Roland Doe" became possessed, his body battered, bruised and nearly torn broken by a spirit, leading to a brutal, extended struggle to free him. St. Louis 1949 possession house Author and haunting survivor Steven A. LaChance shares the shocking evidence for how a family's grief over the death of an aunt progressed into a full-blown demonic possession. While the conventional story is that Roland Doe brought the demonic infestation upon himself, LaChance suggests an alternative interpretation, and provides new insights into the nature of possession itself. The events of 1949 culminated in grueling exorcism rites, but the story doesn't end there as LaChance guides readers through the stunning aftermath that forever changed the Catholic church and the cit