The third Conjuring movie, titled The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, claims to be based on a true story. As in the previous two films, self-proclaimed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) return to fight ghosts, evil spirits, demons and the like, but this time it’s based on a real-life murder case, which shocked the United States. States.
The case, dubbed the Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, was the first known lawsuit in the US in which the defendant, the alleged killer, claimed he was in possession of a demon when he committed the act, hence pleading innocence. .
A man named Arne Johnson killed his landlord Alan Bono during a heated conversation in Connecticut, USA. The day after the murder, Lorraine Warren told local police that Arne was “possessed” during an exorcism ritual of an 11-year-old boy. Also in court, Arne’s lawyer said he was possessed by a demon while committing the act. Unsurprisingly, the judge dismissed the claim, saying that such a thing as possession can never be proven and thus is inadmissible in court.
Arne was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. But he served only 5 years. The state’s probation officer said Johnson was an “exemplary inmate,” according to a 1985 Associated Press contemporary report.
Due to its nature, the case has attracted a lot of attention in recent decades and has been part of several works in literature, film and television. A documentary titled Shock Docs: The Devil Made Me Do It arrives on Discovery+ this month, detailing and investigating the events.
What the director Michael Chaves has to say?
Does Michael Chaves, the director of The Conjuring 3, believe events as they happened according to Arne Johnson and the Warrens? Speaking to Slashfilm, Chaves said, “When I got that script and I started reading it for the first time, I was elated and excited out of my head. [as I was] to make this movie, i was also confused by the fact that there is a real victim in this. There’s a man who lost his life and we don’t even tell [the story] from that point of view,” Chaves continued. “We tell it from the point of view of the man who claimed to be possessed, the man who took his life – the murderer. And from the start I thought, ‘I hope I’m right. And I hope I’m telling that story honestly.’ Because I don’t think you can downplay that at all.
Chaves added: “Ultimately, this is a Conjuring movie, and this is the story of the Warrens, and their experience and their journey. And they believed this was happening, and they believed in Arne Johnson. So they put their careers on it. game, and they went to court and they testified for him. There are always stories of faith. And most of the time [they are] stories about our belief in God, or the characters’ belief in God. And [this story] is much more about the trust we place in other people. Just like his girlfriend at the time, Debbie Glatzel, the sister of David Glatzel, the boy who was expelled. She was there at the murder and testified on his behalf. And she married him in prison, and she stayed with him all her life. She believed him and she stayed with him. And when I looked at this, I struggled to decide what I believe really happened, but what I’ve finally decided is that my belief has to stand behind their story. And in the end it is the story of their faith and the faith they inflict on each other.”