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News Briefs: This week’s Clown Show

My stars, it was a busy news week! We can’t cover all the doubtful news rolling out every day. Here are a few extra links from the Doubtful News Twitter and Facebook feeds related to themes and past stories we’ve featured. Feel free to throw in additional information in the comments. Send suggested stories to…

Zak’s Demon House docu gets delayed (UPDATE: House destroyed)

Nearly two years ago, Zak Bagans, flashy ghost investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, bought the “demon” house in Indiana days after it made sensational headlines in the tabloids and even in more reputable news outlets. The story of Ammons family who lived in the house was that of a woman and her three children who claimed they…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Helene and Bobby McGee’s tragic ending: Was it the demons in her or those in his mind? (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (2-Nov 2015) The verdict is in. McGee was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. No parole. The argument from his attorney that “He did not believe that he was mentally ill; he believes he’s doing God’s work,” did not wash with the jury who concluded it was premeditated. Originally published…

Practitioner treating spirit possession stabbed to death

A faith “healer” was stabbed to death at a spiritual centre for treating black magic and demonic possession in East London. Father-of-three Zakariyya Islam was killed at the Ruqya Therapy Centre’s base in Whitechapel. Source: Whitechapel murder: Faith ‘healer’ stabbed to death at black magic treatment centre A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene. Mr…

Suffocation death by rosary

Francesca Martire, 61, is accused of stuffing a rosary down her the throat of her 93-year old mother in an attempt to ‘cleanse’ her of evil spirits on May 27. Source: London art dealer arrested in Italy for suspicion of murdering her mother with rosary beads – Telegraph Italian-born Francesca Martire, 61, who ran a…

Today in Exorcism for July 31, 21st century

I am unclear why today has delivered me three stories on exorcism. It’s a hot topic, damn it. Maybe because The Vatican Tapes is showing. But the rite of exorcism is no more relevant or non-fictional than it was centuries ago. As an enlightened society, we probably should get over the whole demon possession scapegoat thing… it’s modern…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil

Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has…

Bad spirits raised after health care home calls in an exorcist

Seriously, NOT a good move. Norway care home hired psychic for exorcism. A municipal care home in Norway has been slammed for “poor judgement” after managers hired a clairvoyant to drive out evil spirits because staff were spooked by random flickering lights. Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official from the local Agder County governor’s office, ruled…

Doctor prescribes religion; the devil is in the details (UPDATED)

There is an update to this story from 2013. The doctor, Thomas O’Brien has been struck off the register. Stoke-on-Trent GP struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct. The chairman of the panel, Prof Tim Hendra, said Dr O’Brien demonstrated “harmful, deep-seated personality or attitudinal problems” and “repeatedly breached professional boundaries”. Prof Hendra said: “Dr O’Brien shows…

Exorcism classes in Delaware

Exorcism is a more common subject than ever these days. The Lighthouse Church in Wyoming, Delaware is teaching about “deliverance” from Satan and his demons. They propose that everyone should know about it and it’s the root of many problems. Oh really…? Enlighten Me: Exorcism classes come to the First State Gore says Jesus Christ and his…

The story behind the story behind the stories of the Ammons exorcism

Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski wrote the story about the “Hell House” exorcisms of Latoya Ammons and the trouble she had with her home and children in story from January 2014. That story was huge garnering international coverage. It became the most popular story the paper covered. Ever. And interest continues. Exorcism: The story behind…

Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents

This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville…

Exorcism suspected in India after doctor notices injuries to dead woman

A college student was brought dead to the hospital in Kerala, India. When the doctor noticed injuries on her body consistent with an exorcism, he called police who are investigating. Kerala: 18 year old girl dies during exorcism. In the recurring exorcism killings in Kerala, a college student, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta…