Thomas Allen http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heard-exorcist-st-louis-event-inspired-it <p>The mattress began to shake. &nbsp;Arms and legs flailing.&nbsp; For hours he fluctuated between frenzy and calm.</p><p>The following phrases describe an exorcism that took place in March and April of 1949.&nbsp; A cadre of Jesuit priests affiliated with Saint Louis University, led by Father William S. Bowdern, the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, undertook the exorcism of a 14-year-old boy. They took turns praying over the boy, working to cast out the demon believed to have possessed him.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:56:26 +0000 Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 31043 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It