ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 31, 1978
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(Studio) Report with regard to actor John Wayne's son Michael's denial that father is about to undergo heart surgery after checking into Massachusetts General Hospital; and beginning of murder trial in West Germany for 2 priests accused of exorcism and death of young girl. Movie, "The Exorcist" mentioned.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Background of attempted exorcism and eventual death of Anneliese Michel and chgs. brought against Father Arnold Renz, another Priest and Michel's Parents for her death given. Audio tape played; photo shown. Priests' use of Catholics' Roman ritual, legal in West Germany, to attempt exorcism, physicians' statements that Michel had epilepsy and challenge of legality of ritual by prosecutors outlined. Film of attempted exorcism, broadcast by German TV, shown. Growing popularity of exorcisms in US, with use of Caribbean ritual instead of Roman, mentioned. German prosecutors* absolution of bishop's blame in Michel's death due to lack of knowledge of extent of her illness cited.
REPORTER: John Martin
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