Johnson’s story truly begins with a younger man named David Glatzel, who was allegedly possessed as a toddler. The Warrens assisted along with his exorcism, and it is stated that throughout the process, Johnson taunted the demon to take him as a substitute. A number of months later, Johnson attended a celebration the place Bono was additionally in attendance, which ended with Johnson pulling out a 5-inch pocket knife and stabbing Bono a number of instances. His physique was discovered two miles from the location of the killing. Johnson maintains that he doesn’t keep in mind something in regards to the homicide, and his protection lawyer tried to argue in courtroom that this was the results of demonic possession. The choose ultimately rejected the protection, and Johnson was ultimately convicted of manslaughter within the first diploma. Johnson was sentenced to 10 to twenty years in a most safety jail, solely serving 5.
Holt’s documentary options never-before-shown audio recordings and images of the alleged possession, fictional reenactments, and interviews with Johnson and household, together with brothers-in-law: David, Alan, and Carl Glatzel. “When the Warrens got here alongside, they had been advised to begin documenting [David’s possession],” Holt stated on the Netflix podcast You Cannot Make This Up. “They wanted to offer proof and proof to the diocese [to get approved for] an exorcism.” This documentary is the primary time that documentation has ever been proven to the general public. Johnson’s trial and protection claims have been tailored a number of instances along with “The Conjuring” sequence, however that is the primary time lots of these straight concerned with the true occasions have ever advised their story.