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The Exorcism in Indiana - What in the Hell Happened?

Devan Sagliani | 18 Jun 2014 13:00
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The kids were taken into custody by Child Services, Ammons was evaluated for mental illness and found to be of sound mind, but the occurrences didn't end. The house raged on. Ammons packed up her things but was forced to return to the residence to meet with DCS for an interview. Gary police Capt. Charles Austin and another officer oversaw the meeting Washington had with Ammons and her mother during which time he claims his police audio recorder malfunctioned and died despite having fresh batteries. Later while listening to the recording, he claims the sound of a voice whispering "hey" could be heard. Photos taken in the home's basement purportedly reveal a cloudy image that when enlarged resembled a human face. The Captain now claims he believes in spirits and refuses to return to the house.

Enter Rev. Michael Maginot, a Catholic priest who was called by the hospital chaplain and asked to perform an exorcism on the boy. Maginot eventually performed several exorcisms on Ammons family members. His request to the Catholic Church, who generally frowns on the practice nowadays and must be convinced it is absolutely necessary, is filled with a laundry list of supposedly supernatural activity. It can be read online.

DCS filed a petition for temporary custody of the Ammons kids, which was immediately granted. During that time, all three children were given evaluations by separate psychologists. Each evaluation's report concluded that the children's behavior was reinforced by their mother or relatives. According to their assessment they found "no demonic presences or spirits in the home" despite what the Captain and other witnesses claimed. Charles Reed, the owner of the Indiana home at the time, told the Star that he had never heard of such problems before the family moved in. Reed rented the house again right away and according to him the next tenant never filed a single supernatural complaint.

So what really happened in Indiana? Speculation has exploded on the internet about the real cause of the Ammons' purported demonic escapades, including one guy suggesting that the kid in question was secretly a Parkour master, but does that explain why both the DCS case worker and the registered nurse would invent such a whopper of a tall tale? What could the Captain of the police get out of going on record that he now believes in evil spirits because of the incident, other than the ridicule of his disbelieving friends and coworkers? Is this a case of religious hysteria and the power of suggestion, especially on the minds of small children or does this really prove once and for all that spirits and demons exist? Your guess is as good as mine. One thing is clear, however. The people who experience this first hand one hundred percent believe it really happened. To them it is all too real.

Rev. Michael Maginot has grown famous since the events occurred in part because of selling his movie rights to one of the producers of Insidious. He's been on television to talk about his role in the fight against evil, ironically on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News. In a recent interview with Catholic to the Max, Maginot stated that he believed exorcism was part of Jesus's gospel, related to healing the sick, and that he is engaging in spiritual warfare. The good father has also purportedly closed a deal with Zak Bagans, host of "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel, to make a documentary about his experience in the home. Bagans purchased the home for $35,000 and plans to live there while filming. He told TMZ that if the house truly is a 'portal to hell' he wants to capture it all. There's no word whether Ammons or her family members will be involved in the project. Personally I can't wait to see how this bizarre tale translates onto the big screen. After all, Insidious is one of the best horror series of all time. I can't wait to see what Tony DeRosa-Grund does with it. It is after all a fantastic story, and, as the old saying goes, why let a little thing like whether or not it's really true get in the way?

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