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Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures Investigates St. Louis Exorcist House; Hears Demons

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Ghost Adventures stars Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans and Nick Groff outside the St. Louis "Exorcist House."
Ghost Adventures airs its 100th episode October 4 with an examination of the St. Louis "Exorcist House." And for the stars of the popular Travel Channel program, the investigation was more than just a milestone. It was one of their eeriest filmings to date.

"For me, personally, this is one of the scariest things we've encountered or captured," Ghost Adventures Nick Groff tells Daily RFT. "I still get chills."

For those unfamiliar with the back story of the Exorcist House, in 1949 a thirteen-year-old boy from suburban Washington D.C. traveled to St. Louis after experiencing hallucinations and fits. Doctors thought a change of scenery might help. It didn't.

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The stairway leading up to the bedroom where the exorcism took place.
While staying with relatives in St. Louis, the weirdness continued, including household items floating about the room and strange welts forming on the child's skin. Eventually the boy's family called in priests from St. Louis University who performed an exorcism on the child at his relative's home in Bel-Nor and at the old SLU rectory and Alexian Brothers Hospital. Notes the clergy kept during the six-week ordeal would later be used by author William Peter Blatty to pen his best-selling novel-turned-film The Exorcist. Today the home where the boy stayed, on Roanoke Drive in Bel-Nor, is the only physical structure in St. Louis that remains from the 1949 possession. (For an in-depth account of the exorcism in St. Louis, see RFT's 2005 feature, Hell of House.)

Zak Bagans, host of Ghost Adventures, tells Daily RFT that he and his crew were drawn to the home after another investigator (Greg Myers of the St. Louis-based Paranormal Taskforce) had an unworldly experience a few years ago.

See also: 5 St. Louis Ghost Stories That Just Won't Die

"He was in the boy's room where the exorcism occurred, and the left side of his face got very hot and he got quote-unquote disoriented," says Bagans. "There was another woman there who was a nurse. She noticed the left side of his neck started forming white blisters and within blisters was a white cross. There are photographs of it, and we have footage from the investigation."

Bagans says that he and his crew wanted to know if what Myers experienced was the re-emergence of the demons that possessed the boy or just some residual spiritual scarring from all that took place in the home some 60-plus years ago.

Continue on for details of the Ghost Adventures investigation of the Exorcist House.


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Paranormal Task Force
Paranormal Task Force

It will show again this Friday before the new one ... believe at 7 p.m. on the Travel Channel

Deanna Marie
Deanna Marie

going to have to catch this episode on repeat, I'm interested!

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

I hope these guys remainEd Hardy and steadfast in the face of this demonic presence, and don't suffer any long-standing mental or physical Affliction as a result of their experience.

Elizabeth Dale
Elizabeth Dale

recording it for sure. Having a GAC Themed party tonight to watch! we love u guys.

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

I watched it on YouTube....it's not that interesting...I've watched paint dry on a wall that was more entertaining than this story.

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Sean Jones

Kellye Jones set ur DVR for this

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billj598
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Too bad they weren't able to interview any of the actual Alexian Brothers who worked at the old Hospital Building back in 1949.  I'm sure all are deceased by now.  My Dad used to make sales calls at the Hospital in the 60's and early 70's and got to know several of the Brothers quite well.   They recounted what happened every time the Priest who performed the exorcism would enter the Hospital with stories of all the pharmacy meds flying out of their cabinets and being scattered across the floor of the on-site Pharmacy.  They had no reason to lie about the events of that year and said it was an awful mess to clean up and re-stock. 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Whoa dude! You mean to tell me that the Douche bag ghosthunters were in town and I missed them? Bummer dude! 


I look forward to the show where some demon or ghost throws this guy and his fauxhawk through a wall. Now THAT would be entertaining!!

glidewell1
glidewell1

My Dad used to own this house!  Bought it at a foreclosure sale not knowing its history.  Wish I would have know GA was going to be here!

Amy Dildine
Amy Dildine

No, the wing of Alexian brothers hospital was torn down. The house was up for sale 9 or 10 years ago.

BigChris528
BigChris528

@NickGroff_ Nick that house is crazy I swear the GA team has brass balls cuz that house is no joke. Kudos on that bro cant wait for oct 4th.

BillHannegan
BillHannegan

@billj598 , I am sure some are still around. Can you give us any more detail? What else did your dad say?

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@BillHannegan @billj598  He said just what I posted.  The religious Brothers in charge of the Pharmacy at the old Hospital told my Dad that they knew that every time the appointed Jesuit exorcist walked into the Hospital, all the cabinet doors in the Pharmacy would fly open and the pills contained in the Pharmacy cabinets were scattered across the floor creating a mess and necessitating expensive re-order and re-stocking.  As the record states, the Hospital is the site where the exorcism was finally successful.  I seriously doubt any of those Brothers are still living as none of them were young men in the 70's.  My Dad sold them janitorial and cleaning chemicals and called there about once a month. 

BillHannegan
BillHannegan

@billj598 , last year I talked to a brother who is current head of the hospital. I believe he did say all the brothers present were dead. He also said he had the report concerning the case, but did not sound like he had ever read it.

sanity_911
sanity_911

One of the brothers that was present in the hospital during the exorcism (he was not in the room) died just five or six years ago.

On the night he died the chapel bells rang continuously for over an hour. It was around eight at night when they started.

They are activated by a breaker and a switch, and no one knows who turned them on. None of the chaplains could be located inside the hospital. The brothers, no longer owners of the hospital but still having a residence on site, didn't have keys to where the the fuse box was located.

I was there the night the bells rang and was charged with turning them off. It took me an hour to make contact with someone that knew how. It was the following day I discovered the same brother had died. Still sends chills down my spine.

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