Buying a house can be a frightening endeavor. You are taking out a mortgage, have to adapt to a new environment, and need to move all of your belongings. While this is all frightening, it probably isn’t as scary as accidentally purchasing the house that inspired the classic horror film “The Exorcist”.
According to an interview with NPR, Danielle Witt and Ben Rockey-Harris purchased the house in Cottage City, MD without knowing the interesting history. Prior to making an offer on the house, Danielle Witt performed extensive research on some aspects of the house. She looked at old building permits, researched what contractors performed what work, and so on. However, not wanting to get over-excited about this home, she didn’t research the neighborhood. Well, the offer was accepted and the couple quickly learned the history of the house.
In 1949, a teenage boy was possessed by a demon in the house. All of the classic elements of demonic possession occurred in the house. You know, furniture flying across the room, gnarly scents, manifestations of the demon, Catholic priests trying to exorcise the demon. The 1973 film depicting these events may not hold up in 2021, but at the time it was chilling and ground-breaking.
Even skeptics can appreciate the fact that this could be unsettling. Whether or not demonic possession is real, we can all agree that we’d prefer not to live in a house where exorcisms were performed.
Images from: The Exorcist Facebook Page