The Netflix documentary ‘The Devil on Trial’ investigates the “Devil Made Me Do It” case. The supernatural collided with the courts in this historic and strange judicial case.
The obsession with the afterlife and evil has a long history. Especially when demonic possession began to be shown in movies and the satanic panic era of the late twentieth century took shape. In the previous half-century, our fear of the paranormal has only intensified.
The Devil on Trial, Netflix’s next documentary film, is slated to investigate the events that sparked The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: the only instance where demonic possession was officially used as a legal defense in the United States.
The Devil on Trial | Official Trailer
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” a 2021 horror film starring paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren, has previously investigated this terrifying subject.
Netflix now has its documentary, “The Devil On Trial,” that looks into the uncanny events through interviews with people intimately engaged in the real-life case. “I got possessed by the devil when I was eleven,” an interviewee declares dramatically in the documentary’s teaser.
The latest trailer for the Netflix documentary shows Arne Cheyenne Johnson’s statement, which has already caused conflict in the YouTube comments. Some may believe Arne was indeed possessed, but others consider him a killer who cleverly shifted blame to the supernatural.
Others think it may have resulted from schizophrenia and that Arne required the help of mental health professionals rather than exorcists. Nonetheless, many horror fans are fascinated by eyewitness tales that shed light on what happened—or, at least, what they believe happened.
Johnson and Bono were in a drunken and furious argument when the murder happened in February 1981.
Johnson’s family and the paranormal investigator Ed and Lorraine Warren argued that he was under the power of demons when he stabbed Bono. Still, a judge concluded that demonic possession could not be established, which is not admissible in court.
The Crew of the Devil on Trial.
Chris Holt, a Peabody Award-winning & BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, directed the documentary. In one of the interviews for the documentary, Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the man who allegedly said “the devil made me do it” during his trial for killing his landlord Alan Bono, is featured.
The documentary includes eyewitness testimony from persons close to the case of the circumstances leading up to the murder and purported devil possession.
While the case has been covered in several documentaries, films, and novels, it will be interesting to see what new details The Devil on Trial reveals. Particularly given that the documentary will include personal instances of suspected demonic possession. The Devil on Trial releases on Netflix on October 17.