The ninth year of Karen Kingston’s life was the beginning of a new kind of change–the physical! It all started during the Spring of 1970. Her pretty, long, reddish-brown hair became gritty, coarse, and dull overnight. She began to exude a repulsive body odor, unlike anything experienced previously in the retarded children’s home. She slowly developed a pale, washed out appearance. Pimples erupted on her face. Her body was covered with open, running blemishes. These sores would not heal when medically treated.
The tenth year was another that saw radical changes. On April 11, 1971, Karen’s once bright brown eyes suddenly crossed. They became dull and seemed to be coated with a light gray film. No liveliness was evident in them.
Karen’s gums began to recede. In a short few weeks, her formerly good-looking teeth took on the appearance of being longer and more widely spaced than normal.
The eleventh year in the life of Karen Kingston was one of even more dire physical reversals! In December of 1971, she began to droop. It seemed as if the little girl’s shoulders were being pulled inward and forward as if on a puppet string. By Fall of 1972, she was walking all hunched over.
Karen’s twelfth year was no better. She started to limp. This, combined with the drooping of her body, made the child appear to shuffle around like an ugly old hag. A thorough medical examination on May 15, 1973, disclosed that Karen’s left leg was extremely painful in the knee joint, and that it was stiffening. Later this same leg was found, on October 12, that same year, to be two inches shorter than her right.
By this time, no hope was left for Karen Kingston’s recovery. Medical doctors were at a total loss as to what was wrong with the little girl. They could not seem to stem the tide of Karen’s deterioration. She was a hideous caricature of a young girl. Nothing worked. Psychologists were puzzled. Karen wouldn’t respond to their tried and tested methods of rehabilitation.
Then came Reverend Richard Rogers-a man who sincerely believed that he was a tool of God–an exorcist.