Edward Hughes (exorcist)

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Father Edward Albert Hughes (August 28, 1918 - October 12, 1980) was a Roman Catholic priest who served as an assistant pastor from June 16, 1948 to June 18, 1960 at St. James Church[1] in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. He also served as an exorcist.

He attempted his first exorcism in 1949 at the Georgetown University Hospital on a thirteen-year-old Lutheran boy, Robbie Mannheim, who was referred by Rev. Luther Miles Schulze, the boy's Lutheran pastor.[2][3] The exorcism was considered unsuccessful as the boy broke out of his restraints and used a spring from the bed to attack Hughes.[4] The boy cut Father Hughes' arm from his shoulder to his wrist with the spring and the exorcism was ended.[4] Years later Hughes recalled that the temperature of the room decreased when the boy entered it and that the boy growled at him while speaking Latin.[1][5] He also stated that his telephone went flying off his desk.[1] It was believed that the boy became possessed after using a Ouija board. William Peter Blatty was inspired by a newspaper article about this case to write his novel The Exorcist.[6][7]

In 1973, Father Hughes returned to St. James Church and became pastor until his death of a heart attack on October 12, 1980.


  1. ^ a b c Evil: Satan, Sin, and Psychology, Terry D. Cooper, Cindy K. Epperson, page 24.
  2. ^ "The Cold Hard Facts Behind the Story that Inspired "The Exorcist"". Strange Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-31. "He turned out to be Reverend Luther Miles Schulze and in this article his experiences with the boy were reported in detail." 
  3. ^ A Faraway Ancient Country. Lulu. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  4. ^ a b Evil: Satan, Sin, and Psychology, Terry D. Cooper, Cindy K. Epperson, page 25.
  5. ^ The Dark Side of God: A Quest For the Lost Heart of Christianity, Douglas Lockhart, page 107.
  6. ^ Washington Times, "Writers exorcise fiction from tale of demon possession, `Exorcist' based on saga of PG boy," October 12, 2000.
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times, "Metamorphosis of 'The Exorcist'," Robert R. Kirsch, July 29, 1974, page E8.

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