The True Story of ‘The Devil on Trial’

Netflix has billed its new horror documentary, The Devil on Trial, as the first and only time demonic possession was used as a defense in a U.S. murder trial. In that case, however, the judge ruled that it was not an acceptable defense, and that he would not permit any evidence related to possession.

The trial, which took place in 1981 in Brookfield, Conn., became known as the …

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