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The Case Of Roland Doe

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Anyone who has seen “The Exorcist” was probably terrified. But is real? Residents suburban D.C. claim it really happened to a boy in Mt. Rainier, Maryland in 1949. The claims first appeared in The Washington Post on August 10, 1949, in article titled ” “Pastor Tells Eerie Tale of ‘Haunted’ Boy.”

Legend has it, that Roland Doe’s Aunt Harriet introduced him to the Ouija Board before she passed. They would “play” on it. Big no no. After Harriet’s death, strange things started to occur in the house. Things would levitate near the boy. They also heard dripping and scratching sounds. During one of the scratching fits, the boys mom asked the spirit “If you’re Harriet, knock three times!” And wouldn’t you know it..they heard three knocking sounds.

Things got worse rapidly. Objects would fly across the room, such as fruit, or bottles of holy water and not break. Huh? Markings started to appear on the boys chest and body. The family turned to a Lutheran pastor, who was also a parapsychologist. He wanted Roland to spend a night with him at his home to study him. That night, the pastor witnessed furniture moving on its own, as well as the boy levitating. The pastor then suggested his parents contact a Catholic priest.

The boy was exorcised several times at Georgetown University Hospital by Edward Hughes. During the exorcism, the boy allegedly broke off a bed spring, and sliced Hughes’ arm. The ritual was halted. The family traveled to St. Louis, where one of Doe’s cousins contacted a professor of his to help. Raymond J. Bishop and his colleague witnessed the boy speaking in deep gravely voices and foreign languages, as well as having aversions to anything sacred. Flying objects and shaking furniture also persisted. They were granted permission for another exorcism.

Two more priests were called in: Walter Halloran and William Van Roo. During this exorcism, “hell” and “evil” began appearing on the boys chest. Reportedly the boy broke Halloran’s nose during this exorcism. The demon revealed itself as “one of the fallen angels.” Shortly after 11pm, Roland interrupted the ritual in a new deep voice:

“Satan! Satan! I am St. Michael! I command you, Satan, and the other evil spirits to leave this body, in the name of Dominus, immediately! Now! Now! Now!”

Roland had one more spasm..and he proclaimed the demon was  gone.

So was Roland really possessed? Maybe. Some experts and close friends say he was not. He was a spoiled brat, essentially who couldn’t get his way, so he started to act out. But some people believe he WAS possessed. ::Raises hand:: It should also be noted, that he was NOT from Mount Rainier. He was actually from Cottage City, Maryland. This was done to protect his and his family’s identity. However, over the years, his name and picture have been released. Regardless of if he was possessed or not, I will not be disclosing those details in this article.

Check back for Part 2: The Legacy of The Case Of Roland Doe tomorrow!

 

Press Release: Get The Led Out to perform at APG Federal Credit Union Arena

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GET THE LED OUT TO PERFORM AT APG FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ARENA

Acclaimed Led Zeppelin Tribute Band’s Special Appearance is Part of Nation-Wide Tour

Baltimore, MD — Get The Led Out, the “American Led Zeppelin”, will be performing at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena on October 25 as part of its nation-wide tour. During this epic show, the phenomenal tribute band will recreate the recorded music of Led Zeppelin with the studio overdubs that the “mighty Zep” was never able to recreate on the concert stage themselves. When one hears three guitars on the album, Get The Led Out delivers three guitars on stage. Get The Led Out brings what the audience wants … a high energy, Zeppelin concert with an honest heart-thumping intensity.

Having amassed a large tour following, Get The Led Out has performed at theaters across the country and recently headlined Red Rocks in September. The band has become so popular, in fact, that guitarist Paul Hammond was recently featured in Guitar Player magazine (June 2014) and the lead singer Paul Sinclair was asked to join the Zac Brown Band on stage at two recent concerts. Its bass player Billy Childs was even a founding member of the 80s hit band Britny Fox and guitarist and piano player Andrew Lipke is an accomplished musician and composer.

For more information about Get The Led Out, please visit www.GTLOrocks.com.

 

Press Release: The Last Year Supports Neon Hitch On Fall tour

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THE LAST YEAR SUPPORTS BRITISH POP SENSATION NEON HITCH ON FALL TOUR
(Baltimore, MD) – Talk about girl power! Two of the music industry’s fiercest female artists – Niki Barr and her band The Last Year and Neon Hitch – are heading out for a fall tour that will take them from New York to North Carolina for a series of dates that kick off at The Knitting Factory in New York on October 26 and ends with a grand finale concert at the iconic Webster Hall in New York City on November 18.

The Last Year, which was the brainchild of lead vocalist Barr and bassist Scott Ensign, is setting the industry on fire with its debut single “Sugar.” Under the direction of CO 5 Music, the smash hit is currently being spun at more than 14 radio stations, including WWDC 101, WLUM, KWSS, WWWX and many more, across the U.S. and is continuously being added to alternative and rock stations with each and every performance.

No strangers to the stage, Barr, Ensign and drummer BJ Kerwin have toured over 30 countries on three continents. In fact, they have performed 12 international tours for the Armed Forces Entertainment in five years performing for the Troops in the Middle East, Japan, UK, and many other countries throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.
“The support tour with Neon Hitch is the perfect opportunity to further promote the group’s self-titled, new CD, which they teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment to release, and their single “Sugar,” said Mike Marucci, of Marucci Artists Management.

Thanks to Barr’s energizing stage presence and coy airy vocals that she expertly transforms into melodic rock rhythms, she amasses a following wherever she goes. Complemented by Griffith’s “Edge-like” guitar playing, Kerwin’s diverse drumming style that ranges from thrashing beats to cool, simple tempos, and Ensign’s effortless transitions between beautifully-crafted synth melodies to driving bass lines, The Last Year flawlessly backs Barr up with its perfectly executed performances that only a group that has toured together for so long can do.
Show dates are scheduled to include:

October 24th Ram’s Head Live Baltimore, MD*

October 25th Hebe Music Burlington, NJ*

October 26th The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY

October 30th Wilmington, NC

October 31st Chapel Hill, NC

November 1st Charlotte, NC

November 18th Webster Hall NY, NY

*Denotes The Last Year shows without Neon Hitch.
About The Last Year
Hailing from Baltimore, The Last Year is an alternative rock band. The act stems from an idea of front-girl Niki Barr, on vocals, and Scott Ensign, playing bass and synth. The pair, complemented by drummer, BJ Kerwin, and guitarist, Scott Griffith, approach their music with a kaleidoscopic attitude, embracing diverse influences and refusing to give in to conventions. Having toured over 30 countries on three continents, The Last Year is no stranger to the stage. With their impressive light show, guided by Barr’s coy, airy vocals that she expertly transforms into powerful rock melodies, and Ensign’s layers of synth growls, the show is a spectacle and a must-see.

The Last Year recently teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment in order to release a brand-new EP of new material. Describing the new release as “limitless” with “everything from buzz saw synth to airy atmospheric ambience to 80s drum sequence loops”, the group says that their latest songs come from the dark place Barr is almost known for and showcase the band’s perfect blend of natural and synthetic sounds.

The Last Year’s EP has been warmly received by fans and critics alike, especially lead single “Sugar”, a tune that bridges the gap between the darkness of Joy Division and the infectious, radio-friendly indie rock hooks of bands like The Temper Trap; spicing it all up with female leading vocals that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Garbage record. “Sugar” is currently receiving spins on HFS 97.5 Baltimore’s Rock Alternative, Baltimore’s 98 Rock, 98.7 WTMD, Phoenix’s KWSS 93.9, and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. The band has shared the stage with such bands as Ben Kenney, Paramore, Tove Lo, Phantogram, Somekindawonderful, Nicovega, and The Cult.

Monster Mania 2014 Recap

I attended the Monster Mania Convention in Hunt Valley last weekend. I met some great vendors and some great celebrities!

 

We arrived and got our tickets right away. The person I was with had a Dunkin Donuts Ravens cup..one of the owners of the convention remarked “Oh you have Ravens cups down here? We only get Eagles up where we live.” Sad face. Heh.

We make our way down to the vendors room. If you love horror movies, sci-fi, fantasy..you will LOVE this room.  And most likely go broke. One of the vendors we visited was JP Hobbies. They came all the way from New Jersey.

“This is my sixth Monster Mania show…The experience is like no other, it’s rewarding to interact with customers and even some of the actors. Dave and his staff really do a great job supporting the vendors by bringing in some of the best people in the business. There seems to be more and more people coming to every show”, said Jason Polito.

One of the new vendors I visited was Chroma Coma. Andrew Sheppard is from South Carolina..yes..South Carolina. Here’s a preview of his pastel work:

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You can check out my interview with him here

We walked away with some cool pastels

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On to the celebrities!

We go back upstairs to “The Walking Dead” room.

I immediately went to Emily Kinney, who plays Beth on the hit AMC drama. She was nice..ish. Maybe it was nerves? She wanted $70 for an autographed pic and a posed pic combined. Wasn’t happening. So I opted for the posed pic!

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Next I saw my boy, Scott Wilson!

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D’angelo Barksdale, everyone!

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Of course, everyone from Baltimore knows him from “The Wire.” We chatted about that for a few, then he brought up the Orioles. Seriously! They had just won Game 2 of the ALDS..he might be a fan! He took out his cell phone, and took a selfie with me. Seriously.

 

Here it is:

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I then went to the “Halloween 6” reunion part of the convention.

I met Mariah O’Brien, who played Beth in the film. Her favorite memories from filming was having to tell the producers to change her costume in a scene, because it was literally like a table on her. Her other favorite memory was them having to shovel snow, since they were filming in Utah!

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I also met Devin Gardner, who played Danny. His favorite scene was when he had to hold the knife up to his grandfathers chest. Yikes. Cool kid!

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The cool thing I noticed about this section of the convention, was that all the “Halloween 6” cast were always together and chatting. Reminiscing. They probably hadn’t seen each other in a very long time!

My last stop was to the beautiful Amanda Wyss. She played Tina in the original “A Nightmare On Elm Street.”

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I asked about her experience in the body bag in the film. It was..quite hot apparently. I also asked her about experience on the WB show, “Charmed.” She appeared in one episode, and was supposed to recur, but it never happened. It’s still one of her favorite shows apparently. She’s “just a dream!”

Seriously, if you’re a fan of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films and TV shows, you MUST go to Monster Mania next October in Hunt Valley. The three day event also includes Q&A’s and film screenings!

See you next October guys and ghouls!