Another bizarre true crime documentary is soon to be released on Netflix, and we can’t wait to watch!
By now, horror fans will be aware that The Devil Made Me Do It, the third Conjuring film, which was released in 2021, was based on a genuine story.
And now, that story is being told.
Netflix’s The Devil on Trial recounts the prosecution of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a man who attempted to establish his innocence by claiming he was overtaken by demonic possession.
Arne Cheyenne Johnson, then 19 years old, attempted to argue that he was not guilty of murder because a demon had possessed him in what has become known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” case, one of the most well-known court cases in history.
Netflix revealed that The Devil on Trial is set to debut on October 17, 2023.
The synopsis reads: “The Devil on Trial explores the first – and only – time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a U.S. murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and a shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.”
Johnson’s horrifying account began months earlier when David, his girlfriend’s brother, who was just eleven years old, had a close encounter with a ghostly apparition at the foot of his bed and later began displaying typical symptoms of demonic possession.
David allegedly levitated, started speaking in Latin, and was beaten by an unidentified demon. Ed and Lorraine Warren took up the case after a group of Catholic priests failed to expel the demon. It was here that the demon was allegedly expelled from David, only to take host in Johnson, leading to him committing the gruesome murder of his landlord, Alan Bono.
His defence attorney claimed in court that he was possessed, but the judge determined that this claim could never be supported by evidence and was consequently impracticable. Although Johnson only completed five years of a 10 to twenty-year sentence, he was ultimately found guilty.
The trial received coverage from international media outlets and has grown in renown as a result of countless portrayals of the events in books and on television.
Will you be watching?