Couple shocked to discover Exorcist-inspired bargain house
A young couple were elated when they got a new home for almost $ 70,000 below the area’s average price. Then they found out why.
A couple who thought they had bought their dream home for a bargain later discovered that it was the scene of actual “demonic possession” that inspired The Exorcist.
Ben Rockey-Harris and Danielle Witt were elated when they found the three-bed Maryland home for US $ 50,000 (A $ 69,000) below the typical price for the area.
The couple closed the house, located in Cottage City in the United States, last August after months of searching for affordable homes.
But it wasn’t until they bought it that they learned about the house’s haunted history after a deep dive online.
“Literally that night when our real estate agent called us and told us we got it, I wentogle it – and I think I screamed,” Witt told NPR.
In 1949, a 14-year-old boy was reportedly possessed by a demon in the Maryland home, The Washington Post reported.
According to reports at the time, a Catholic priest performed a rare exorcism on the boy to drive away evil spirits.
Priests who visited the house claimed to have seen furniture mysteriously overturned as the teenager shouted Latin phrases – a language he apparently never studied.
Years later, a Georgetown University student heard about the event and wrote a cult novel based on the events.
It was released in 1971 and two years later it was made into a film which became a smash hit.
Learning the history of the house, Witt said, “Honestly, the first thing I thought about was, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is going to drive down our resale value.’
“And then the next thought I had was, ‘Maybe I better review this, start to find out more about what we just bought. “
“And also, I didn’t know it was even based on a true story.”
However, the couple said they were not afraid of the house’s past and would adopt it for Halloween this year.
“I think I’m going to get a Catholic priest Halloween costume this year and get an amplified speaker and have The Exorcist soundtrack looping on our porch for trick-or-treaters,” said Rockey-Harris.
Even if the couple is not without reservations.
When a friend asked Witt if they needed to bring a ouija board to recreate some scenes from the movie, she said no.
“The last time someone did that they made a movie about my house,” she joked.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reprinted with permission