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(NYPost)   Identity of boy who inspired The Exorcist is revealed. No word on the whereabouts or occupation of his mother   (nypost.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Exorcism, Demonic possession, Ronald Edwin Hunkeler, Priest, 29-year companion of Hunkeler, William Peter Blatty, demonic possession of a 14-year-old boy, St. Louis  
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2021-12-20 7:27:17 PM  
'Poltergeist' or 'Poker-priest'? Sounds like an abused child trying to square religious indoctrination with a horrible real life trauma. It's starting to make more sense.
 
2021-12-20 7:58:18 PM  
"The family was Lutheran and they went through all the stages you see in the film: They went to doctors, clinics and finally went back to their own pastor in the Lutheran church, who recommended they see a priest," the movie's director, William Friedkin, told Entertainment Weekly in 2012.

Well that's a new one on me, someone needs to explain how the Catholics took over. Until recently, exorcism was not something Lutherans believed in, and turning your kid over to the Catholics would be like a Presbyterian turning their kid over to a Lutheran. Or, depending on the area of the country, a Baptist turning their kid over to a Mormon.
 
2021-12-20 8:19:25 PM  

Lsherm: "The family was Lutheran and they went through all the stages you see in the film: They went to doctors, clinics and finally went back to their own pastor in the Lutheran church, who recommended they see a priest," the movie's director, William Friedkin, told Entertainment Weekly in 2012.

Well that's a new one on me, someone needs to explain how the Catholics took over. Until recently, exorcism was not something Lutherans believed in, and turning your kid over to the Catholics would be like a Presbyterian turning their kid over to a Lutheran. Or, depending on the area of the country, a Baptist turning their kid over to a Mormon.


Per TFA, they went through the same thing as the mother in Exorcist:  no one had been able to help them and they were ready to try anything.  The mom in Exorcist was an atheist.
 
2021-12-20 8:38:00 PM  
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2021-12-20 9:26:57 PM  
Ronald Edwin Hunkeler was a NASA engineer who patented a special technology to make space shuttle panels resistant to extreme heat,

Of course he knew how to make things resistant to extreme heat, the demon in him is from Hell!
 
2021-12-20 10:01:02 PM  
Wonder if the reveal will trigger a "I Am Spartacus" event with a bunch of people claiming to be the true inspiration of the book and movie.

But this article makes me want to see The Nth Configuration again.
It has an Exorcist easter egg or link in it.
 
2021-12-20 10:06:36 PM  
The film was edited at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.  Yes, Jared Kushner's building.
 
2021-12-20 10:31:17 PM  

Lsherm: "The family was Lutheran and they went through all the stages you see in the film: They went to doctors, clinics and finally went back to their own pastor in the Lutheran church, who recommended they see a priest," the movie's director, William Friedkin, told Entertainment Weekly in 2012.

Well that's a new one on me, someone needs to explain how the Catholics took over. Until recently, exorcism was not something Lutherans believed in, and turning your kid over to the Catholics would be like a Presbyterian turning their kid over to a Lutheran. Or, depending on the area of the country, a Baptist turning their kid over to a Mormon.


Never heard of subcontracting?
 
2021-12-20 10:34:39 PM  
Spoiler: We all know where she is and what she's doing there.
 
2021-12-20 10:50:23 PM  
This makes more sense now, still a good film.
 
2021-12-20 10:50:35 PM  
TFA: Ronald Edwin Hunkeler was a NASA engineer who patented a special technology to make space shuttle panels resistant to extreme heat, helping the Apollo missions of the 1960s that put US astronauts on the moon in 1969.

I'm pretty sure that's not quite right.
 
2021-12-20 10:50:57 PM  
Local legend is that the drive-in theater screen got struck by lightning the night the movie was going to be shown...
I need to ask some old timers here to see if that's true or not.
 
2021-12-20 11:01:21 PM  

Lsherm: turning your kid over to the Catholics would be like a Presbyterian turning their kid over to a Lutheran. Or, depending on the area of the country, a Baptist turning their kid over to a Mormon.


Now I want to see a zombie apocalypse show where the various denominations have their own ideas about what's happening, and some of them treat zombies like Jesus and some treat *some* zombies like Jesus, and they bicker and argue about who resurrected who.  With exorcisms and lots of fire.
 
2021-12-20 11:10:34 PM  
As fun as it would be to believe the Devil exists and there are demons that possess little children, none of that is true. This dude suffered from a psychological issue.
 
2021-12-21 1:02:11 AM  
Did he ever regain his fondness for pea soup?

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2021-12-21 2:04:16 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: TFA: Ronald Edwin Hunkeler was a NASA engineer who patented a special technology to make space shuttle panels resistant to extreme heat, helping the Apollo missions of the 1960s that put US astronauts on the moon in 1969.

I'm pretty sure that's not quite right.


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2021-12-21 3:01:47 AM  

neeNHA: Spoiler: We all know where she is and what she's doing there.


Cooking socks in hell.
 
2021-12-21 7:46:24 AM  

Candygram for Mongo: neeNHA: Spoiler: We all know where she is and what she's doing there.

Cooking socks in hell.


I was under the impression that she was a seamstress who dealt exclusively in smelly footwear.
 
2021-12-21 7:50:05 AM  
Woe to you, oh, earth and sea...
 
2021-12-21 9:33:47 AM  
sewing socks in hell?
 
2021-12-21 1:48:34 PM  

Mulchpuppy: Candygram for Mongo: neeNHA: Spoiler: We all know where she is and what she's doing there.

Cooking socks in hell.

I was under the impression that she was a seamstress who dealt exclusively in smelly footwear.


Yup...
 
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