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'Spooks' Bothering Boy Cast Out after Visits of Clergy WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (/P)—An "evil spirit" which a Washington couple said "possessed" their 14- year-old son appeared today to have been cast out. This information was relayed to the society for parapsychology by a Washington clergyman who said the family had obtained for the boy "the ritual of exorcism" from clergymen of different faiths. The minister told the society that mysterious noises, creeping furniture and violent rocking of the boy's bed were observed by the family beginning last January. He said he took the boy to his home where he witnessed these "phenomena": . The mattress on the boy's bed "vibrated." He was then placed in 'a chair. The chair crept back against a wall and "when it couldn't move any further, it started to tip slowly, with a slow motion." Then the boy was placed on a blanket in the middle of the floor. "The boy and the bedding slowly moved under, the beds arjd there was nc/-e,vidence of : Gf ' moving," Then last March the boy's father took him for a visit to a mid-western city. This was shortly after he tajd his parents that "mysterious writing" appeared on his chest saying "no school," his parents said. During the visit, Roman Catholic priests were asked to see him. They placed a statue of St. Michael in his room. Afterwards he said he had seen "a vision of St. Michael chasing the devil away." Clergymen of different faiths called in later gave the exorcism rituals, the minister reported, and the strange goings-on stopped. Name of the boy was not given. The society said it was interested in the case because parapsychology "is a borderline science concerned with extra-sensory perception (such as clairvoyance and mental telepathy) and other paranormal (unusual) phenomena."

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  1. The Rhinelander Daily News,
  2. 10 Aug 1949, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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