The Exorcist House

St. Louis, MO   /   8 Reviews

8435 Roanoke Dr, Bel Nor, MO 63121

The Real Exorcist House in Bel Nor, Missouri

There are some movies that everyone has heard of, and The Exorcist is one of them – a classic horror movie that tells the tale of 12-year-old Regan who is believed to be possessed by the devil. The movie was released in 1973 and quickly became wildly successful, and has since been recognized as one of the best horror movies of all time.

The Exorcist Movie

While the movie was based on the 1971 novel by William Blatty, it was a real-life story that was the original inspiration for the chilling tale. Instead of a 12-year-old girl, it was a 14-year-old boy who was believed to have suffered from demonic possession, and 8435 Roanoke Dr. was his home during the peak of his bizarre activity.

The Exorcism of Roland Doe

Roland Doe, the pseudonym given to the young boy at the center of this tale, was born in 1935 to German Lutheran parents in Maryland. An only child, Roland spent time with his Aunt Harriet, a spiritualist, who he was very close to. It was she who introduced him to a Ouija board, and he would play with it from time to time, either with his Aunt or by himself.

It was around the late 1940s when Roland was 14 that some unexplained activity began to take place in their home – dripping, rapping and scratching sounds, the source of which couldn’t be located, and a picture of Christ that was said to be shaking for no apparent reason. It was 11 days after this strange activity had started that Roland’s Aunt Harriet passed away, that poltergeist activity began to be experienced in the home. It is said that in an attempt to contact his Aunt, Roland took to the Ouija board once more, and it was through this attempt at contact that he became possessed by a demonic spirit.

Roland Doe - Ouija Board

It was then that the inexplicable activity began to escalate, with furniture moving seemingly by itself, objects levitating, and more frighteningly, scratches appearing on Roland’s body and bizarre activity following him wherever he went.

The family first turned to medical and psychiatric doctors, who could find no explanation for his changed behavior. Now frightened and confused, the family contacted their Lutheran priest for guidance. The clergyman, Rev. Luther Miles Schulze, had Roland spend the night with him for monitoring, and what he witnessed led him to conclude that evil forces were at play: unexplained sounds of vibrating and scratching, and an armchair in which Robbie was sitting tilting and tipping over with no human intervention, furniture moving by itself. This is when the exorcisms began, both Lutheran and later Catholic.

Exorcism of Roland Doe

It was during an exorcism by a Catholic priest that Roland slipped free of his restraint, broke a bedspring from underneath the mattress and used it to attack the priest, halting the exorcism and leaving the priest needing stitches. It was around this time that the family decided to move to St. Louis to seek further help, and where 8435 Roanoke Dr. became their new home.

Through a cousin, the family obtained help from two priests – a college professor and an associate of College Church. They visited the home on Roanoke Dr. and witnessed the terrifying activity taking place in the home and to Roland himself. Reports say they heard Roland speaking in a voice not his own: deep and guttural, objects flying around the room and shaking furniture.

Permission was obtained from the archbishop to perform another exorcism. Another priest was asked to assist, and he stated that marks inexplicably appeared on the boy’s body, along with words such as ‘evil’ and ‘hell’ – he also had his nose broken by Roland during the violent exorcism.

Is The Exorcist House Haunted?

It is said that following this final exorcism, Roland went on to live an unremarkable life, but it is clear that the walls of Roanoke Dr. would have some disturbing tales to tell from this part of Roland’s life.

The house itself still stands, and can be found in a suburb of St. Louis called Bel Nor. A two-level brick house, it’s privately owned so it’s not possible to visit inside, but you can take a casual stroll down the residential cul-de-sac and observe the home where this spooky paranormal activity took place.

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8 Reviews

  1. Sheryl

    This movie scared me to the bones when it came out. I live near here. It’s all too real. I just drove by this Halloween and then watched the Exorcist again with the family. So scary.

    January 3, 2019 at 10:08 am
  2. Ron

    Is Roland Doe still alive today?

    November 6, 2019 at 11:04 am
    1. admin

      We can’t find information to corroborate Roland Doe being alive or dead. However, he is said to have moved back East and started a family. As of 2019, he’d be in his eighties.

      November 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm
  3. Meera

    Hi I am meera wall and i love this m, i k. I love. This movie

    April 2, 2021 at 2:44 pm
  4. T

    As of 2020, Roland was alive. I’m
    Not putting last name out there. You can find it, but I’m not comfortable with that

    April 23, 2021 at 6:22 pm
  5. Joseph

    Ronald Hunkeler is his name he has passed away

    April 4, 2022 at 12:08 am
  6. Bug

    I used to live next door that house. My great aunt Ceci is still currently living there. I still visit her but I hear strange things. My room at her house looks directly into the window of the exorcist room. Sometimes if I’m not fully concentrating I’d swear up and down that I saw something pass by that window. Anyway what a great way to spend the 6th year of your life, right?

    July 4, 2022 at 9:44 pm
  7. DominionCinemas

    The Exorcist House is an absolute must-visit for horror enthusiasts! From the moment I stepped foot into this iconic location, the chilling atmosphere sent shivers down my spine. The attention to detail in recreating the eerie scenes from the movie is absolutely remarkable. The guided tour was incredibly informative, and I was captivated by the stories and history shared by our knowledgeable guide. This experience left me both terrified and in awe, making it an unforgettable visit. Thank you for providing such an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the terrifying world of The Exorcist. Count me in for another visit!
    – Gary Ford

    September 22, 2023 at 3:18 am

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