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Please don't pity him
on October 14, 2007
If you are calling the people that knew this man personally "skeptics", you are right. We are very skeptical about whether or not he was actually "possessed". Most believe it was just an act. I grew up with this man. He was my mother's brother. My uncle.
He grew up poor in a family of 14 brothers and sisters, with him being the oldest. Naturally, more work was expected of him, being the oldest and a male working on the farm. He was expected to lead the younger kids, and when one of them messed up, he was responsible for it. That's just the way it was on the farm 60 years ago.
From my earliest memories, he was an evil man. I am not going to disrespect anyone by giving detailed events I witnessed with my own eyes and what was told to me by his family or include any names. But I will say, my family visited with his families(he was married a few times) as far back as I can remember. I've see him be very violent to his wives and children, he molested children and one admitted it to my face, I've seen him beat and kill animals, etc.
Now, there was a sweet side to him also. He never overstepped his boundaries with me. My mother was not afraid of him and let him know he'd better think twice about raising his hand or voice to her or her kids. I do have some memories of laughing and joking with him. But after this whole so called "possession" episode, I have lost complete respect for him as my uncle.
I started to read this book, but couldn't make it past a few chapters. The way he trashed my grandfather's name and image by the vicious lies he wrote about him and portrayed himself as an innocent victim made me sick to my stomach. I regret buying it to give a profit of its sale to the people associated with its writing.
If you do end up reading it, please read it with a grain of salt and don't believe 85% of what's in it. Have no pity for him, but have pity for his wives, children and grandchildren that had to endure years of abuse because of him. His "possession" came at a convenient time when he was facing home and legal issues and it gave an excuse for his actions. That's all I have to say about it.