William S. Bowdern

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Father William S. Bowdern, S.J. (February 13, 1897 - April 25, 1983) was a Catholic priest[1] of the Society of Jesus in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He was the author of The Problems of Courtship and Marriage printed by Our Sunday Visitor in 1939. He was a graduate of and taught at St. Louis University High School; he also taught at St. Louis University. Bowdern participated in an exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949. The incident became the basis of William Peter Blatty's novel, The Exorcist.

Exorcism[edit]

In 1949, Bowdern was assisted in the exorcism of an anonymously-named boy by fellow Jesuit priest Walter Halloran. Author William Peter Blatty contacted Bowdern as part of his research for his novel, The Exorcist. In a 2000 TV-movie titled Possessed, Bowdern was played by Timothy Dalton.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roman, James W. (2009-02-17). Bigger than blockbusters: movies that defined America. ABC-CLIO. pp. 200–. ISBN 978-0-313-33995-0. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Opasnick, Mark. "The Cold Hard Facts Behind the Story that Inspired "The Exorcist"". Strange Magazine #20. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  3. ^ Thomas B. Allen (11 November 2013), Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, BookCountry, ISBN 978-1-4630-0367-8 

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