Thursday, November 15, 2012
7 News Features: Devil of a Time
People in the U.S. are possessed by demons. That's the proclamation of a self-proclaimed exorcist who's Youtube videos have been viewed around the globe. And now he's made a stop in South Florida. 7's Louis Aguirre has this special assignment report, Devil of a Time.
But one man claims this isn't just the stuff of movies. It's real.
Bob Larson: "How many of you have seen me on Youtube?"
And he's making a name for himself. Criss-crossing the country, delivering doses of demonic drama.
Bob Larson: "Listen to me Satan."
Bob Larson: "I'm an exorcist. When people come to me requesting an exorcism, I work them through the issues in their life that have allowed demons to take control."
Reverend Bob Larson recently held a seminar for about three dozen people at a Fort Lauderdale hotel.
Bob Larson: "I'm a bit of a spiritual rottweiler, I'm a bit of a bulldog."
Larson attracted worldwide attention after fighting demons with the help of his teenage daughter and her two friends. They've been on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, ABC's Nightline even a British tabloid dubbing them, "The sexy exorcists ridding America of its demons."
Bob Larson: "As a father, am I happy to hear that kind of a description? No. But these are three beautiful young women, who happen to have a call from God, why should that be so strange?
Larson does not shy away from the spotlight, but with it has come harsh criticism.
Lifetime Television canceled the premiere of a reality show based on him and the girls called "The Real Exorcist," after this old video surfaced.
It shows Larson performing what critics label a "gay exorcism."
Larson: "I lose him."
Man: "I loosen him.
Larson: "From the curse."
Man: "From the curse."
Larson: "Of homosexuality, of homosexuality."
Man: "Of homosexuality."
Larson is firing back.
Bob Larson: "I did not cast out the demon of homosexuality. I cast out a demon of anger that was there from the abuse of his father."
Bob Larson: "These are $20 each. We are going to let you have two for one tonight."
Then there's the money side of things. You can buy Larson's books and take a demon test online for a price.
In Fort Lauderdale, he asked for donations for his Arizona based Spiritual Freedom Church while making no bones, about asking for help.
Bob Larson: "Get behind this ministry financially, and I make no apologies for that."
Angela swears by Larson's work.
Angela Englich: "There was something inside of me, that was uncontrollable."
We watched as she went through a one-on-one session with Larson.
Bob Larson: "You have to go to the pit of hell, say pit!. Say pit!."
Angela: "Noooooo, nooooooo."
Bob Larson: "Say pit!"
But was the ordeal...real?
Angela Englich: "I can understand people being skeptical, but I can just tell you this...I didn't know that was there."
Reverend Larson insists more people reach out to him than you might think.
Bob Larson: "Doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, professional people - entertainers, politicians, people that you wouldn't expect."
Bob Larson: "I torment you Satan."
Larson says he's done 15,000 exorcisms and yes, he is counting because as they say, the devil is in the details.