Fort Bragg Exorcism?

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    Was There Really an Exorcism at Fort Bragg?

    Director Osgood Perkins is set to begin production on a new horror movie called "Incident at Fort Bragg." The studio has announced that it's based on a real-life incident involving Catholic priest Malachi Martin and the time that the Army asked him to perform an exorcism on the base.

    Martin was a famous guy back in the day, who used the popularity of "The Exorcist" to make himself the go-to expert on the subject for magazines and TV shows. The internet doesn't easily cough up any details about the Bragg incident and, so far, it's impossible to confirm the "based on a true story" angle here.

    Oz Perkins, son of "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins, certainly has horror movie skills in his genes. After bouncing around with a mid-level acting career, he's made his name with the controversial horror pics "The Blackcoat's Daughter" and "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House."

    There's no word on whether the production will be allowed to shoot on base, but here's a spoiler: No. They'll dress an abandoned convenience store in North Carolina or Georgia (depending on who has the best tax credit) and expect no one to notice the difference.

    If there really was an exorcism on base at Fort Bragg that involved Martin, it would've taken place sometime between the early '60s and his death in July 1999. Do any of our readers have the dope on this?
     
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    I don't recall Martin ever mentioning this on Art's shows. Anyone else?
     
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    Would be interesting to send a FOIA request to both the chaplain's office at Fort Bragg (as well as the adjoining Pope AFB) and the Archdiocese of the Military Services to see if there is anything in their records relative to this story. It's my understanding any exorcism undertaken by a priest must be approved by the bishop in that diocese before the rite can be undertaken.
     
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    Fr. Malachi was released from some of his vows from the Roman Catholic Church as one point but I think remained part of the Church overall. Trying to remember the year....1965 per the records I just saw. Now, he talked with Art a lot, and I don't recall this ever being part of his stories. Anyway, point being, he may have been there unofficially? It will be interesting to see what comes of this. So many stories take such great liberties with actual events.
     
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