July 11, 2022

S6 Ep248: Final Curtain Call: Paul Bateson and The Exorcist

S6 Ep248: Final Curtain Call: Paul Bateson and The Exorcist

In this month’s series “Final Curtain Call” a film or theater actor is connected to a sensational crime. 

In 1973, The Exorcist was released in theaters. Moviegoers were shocked by the film’s graphic depiction of a little girl possessed by a demon.  But one movie extra, Paul Bateson, had demons of his own which lead him to commit an act of violence and become a prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. 


Paul Bateson: The ‘Mindhunter’ Murderer Who Appeared in ‘The Exorcist’ - 


The Exorcist Serial Killer - 


Bag Murders and The Last Call Killer Put in Focus the Dangers the NY LGBTQ+ Community Faces, Inside Edition Online -


Rites Held for Addison Verrill, Variety Reporter Killed in Robbery, The New York Times,  Sept 20, 1977.

Arthur Bell, 51, a Columnist, Homosexual Rights Activist, The New York Times, June 6, 1984. 

Cruising, The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado, Feb 22, 1980. 

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