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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2005
I don't really believe in possesion and stuff but I can tell you he didn't fake what he did. He married my fathers sister Nancy.

I have seen home video of the changes taking place during an Exorcism, watch his face boil and more. And when it was over he went back to normal like nothing happened.

But this man was sick in more then being "possesed". He was a sex offender and a wife beater. My Aunt Nancy was scared to death of him. And when she finally left him it nearly cost her, her life! She went back to the house he went after her. He was in the house when she came home from shopping and shot her with a shotgun. Blew her arm off. He then dragged her into the house and out the gun to her head and told her he was going to kill her. Instead turned the gun on himself and blew his head off. She thanked God that Frenchy did it. Tell me know what you believe? Either way you look at it he was a sick man.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2004
When the events of 1985 took place in Warren, Massachusetts, recounted in Satan's Harvest, I had already moved to the Midwest from Massachusetts earlier in the year. When I moved back to Massachusetts a few years ago I took up residence in a town close to Warren. It was then I heard about the Theriault family when a friend brought me to see the Theriault's Warren farmhouse.
I recently decided to read Satan's Harvest to satisfy my curiosity, and because it dealt with local lore. It was interesting to see the names of places that were familiar to me from my youth. Also, my background in theology predisposes me to an interest in the world of unseen things. I believe in angels, and I believe in the Devil. I also believe that the demonic powers can take over living beings, rational and dumb.
Following my reading of the book, I spoke with area residents who remember vaguely the 1985 media reports that captivated the local imagination. Those with whom I spoke recalled not having any particular feelings one way or another about the claims of demonic possession that were being made, in spite of the intense media coverage. My sense is that because the investigation was largely covered in the Boston Herald, a tabloid newspaper well known for its journalistic sensationalism, the news accounts in the Warren case were more easily dismissed locally.
My personal feeling as to whether or not there was true demonic possession in the Warren case is formed from the writers' own recounting of the involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in this matter. The writers point out, somewhat conspicuously, that the Roman Catholic Church prudently moves very cautiously when it comes to evaluating claims of demonic possession. Cases of alleged demonic possession brought the Church are examined carefully using prayer, fasting, and the contributions of the sacred sciences (moral and dogmatic theology) and of medical science and the social sciences (psychology, etc.). If, in the Warren case, the Church would not confirm there was sufficient cause to believe there was a true demonic possession, it means the Church could not make such a finding based on its ancient criteria. I am quite satisfied the findings of the Roman Catholic Church based on its experience in these matters dating from apostolic times.
Using Bishop McKenna (a renegade priest who had earlier separated himself from the unity of the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself bishop) to perform the ancient rite of exorcism suggests to me that those who wanted this rite had to resort to him because (a) he was convenient, (b) he knew the ritual, and (c) they could not persuade the Roman Catholic Church, a legitimate authority in such matters, that there was sufficient evidence of a true demonic possession, thereby justifying ritual exorcism.

Is it possible that the McKenna exorcism calmed Mr. Theriault to a point where he could live a less traumatic life? Yes, of course. It is well known that the use of ritual can help assuage mentally disturbed-even psychotically disturbed-individuals. Because the writers say that some of Mr. Theriault's symptoms did continue to manifest themselves after the McKenna exorcism, albeit to a lesser degree, I am inclined to regard the events of 1985 as having more to do with psychological disorder than with demonic possession. Whatever may have been the cause of the pain in the lives of the Theriault family, I pray that they have found some measure of peace.
Without meaning to trivialize or disrespect any real suffering the Theriault family endured, for whatever reason, it is my opinion that this book makes for, at best, a good campfire story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2015
i have heard alot about my grandfather...im not sure what is true and what is not but i can say my brother loved him and my mom has yold alot about him im not sure if everything said was true but he did have problemsthat can not ne explained...you can think what you want but he wasnt just sick....i have seen the videos and have heard the stories from his daughter (my mom) and from my brother and sister he wasnt all bad just missunderstood and sick...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
I was shaking and cold after reading this book, I live a few towns over from this one, that alone was terrifying. The split in the man's body: two of him, really got to me. Why did no- one bring him to a doctor? That would have been my first stop. Then, the church, then the Warrens if the church couldn't help or both. Scarier than "Amityville"!(without knowledge of the murders). If you want to be scared to your immortal soul, read this book! I'm not telling you all the details.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I live in fort kent maine and i've actually been to Satan's Harvest. The field is now haunted and i have pictures to prove it. whether it is maurice or not i dunno but there is something up there. My aunt is actually married to maurices brother and she has witnessed some of this stuff happening as well. very good story and VERY creepy place
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on September 15, 2009
I have been searching for this book for at least a decade now. I first heard of it over a campfire when I was a child. My friends family took me camping one summer and a member of the family was reading the book. I remember vaguely, but he spoke of a man being haunted by satan in a town close to my home and to a man that, if I remember correctly, they somehow knew. I had trouble sleeping that night.
I finally tracked the book down on Amazon many moons later. I have to say, the book reads a bit more like a story than a compilation of factual events. Probably my biggest problems with the book are moments where sensationalism seems to take over, merely with the use of punctuation and excitement by the author. Events documented in this book need no extra attention if we are to assume they are factual. In addition, there is a section with photographs centered in the book. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the stories I read, which these photos document, and the photo credits listed on each picture. (ie, Photo taken by: (a "character" that was not present at the event, according to the story).
Overall, I am happy to have finally tracked this book down. It takes place rather close to my home, and in some points in the book, actually IN my current town of residence. I find enjoyment in reading about mysteries and unexplained events and matters of spiritual presences. Depending on how much you believe in this stuff, if nothing else, its an interesting read. Draw your own conclusions.
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on September 30, 2010
This would be a good book to read if your someone who doesn't know much about exorcism. I myself am not sure what I think about this story. I guess I'm more of a seeing is believing sort of person, but I really don't want to see something like this if it does in fact exist so I guess I'll never know.The things described in this book are truelly frightening. I must admit I lost some sleep while reading this book. Although I have some strange fear of the dark I don't usually sleep with my light on, but I did last night!
This book leaves me with many questions, but I'm not sure these questions of mine are the sort that I really want answers to. I'm an inquisitive person, but I do remember that saying "Curiosity killed the cat " so I think this is one subject that I'll read only for the sensationalism. I know some people may think it wrong of me to read these types of books for the thrill factor, but let's face it I'm no demonologist nor do I plan on becoming one!
One thing that really bothers me about Maurice's story is the fact that there were some major crimes being committed. Did this man somehow trick all those who witnessed the paranormal phenomenon, or was there something truelly evil lving inside of Maurice Theriault? You read the book and be the judge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2014
Very good book and a very interesting read going to purchase the next one. I haven't read one yet that didn't hold my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2014
A good read regardless of your beliefs. If you like a good horror story you will enjoy reading this book!
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