In this article we will be covering the Arne Cheyenne Johnson story, or case, from the early days of 1981. Was this young man possessed and did his ‘demon’ force him to kill his landlord?
Let’s take a closer look…
So let’s start at the beginning…
On July 3rd of 1980, eleven-year-old David Glatzel woke up screaming about a strange man with big black eyes, a thin face with animal features and jagged teeth, pointed ears, horns and hoofs. This rather worrying character had told David to “Beware” in his dream.
David was a pretty good kid, but this dream seemed to change his life. His sister, Debbie, asked her fiance to stay in their home for a bit, to see if he could help break David out of this terrified trance he seemed to be stuck in.
Debbie’s Fiance was named Arne…
But things went from bad to worse for David, and before long he was waking up with strange scratches to his body after every nightmare he had. Worryingly – David began to see the ‘beast man’ when he was awake.
The ‘man’ was described by David as an old man with a white beard, dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans.
Before long the Glatzel family began to hear strange noises in their attic, and David’s behaviour went from bad to worse. They felt they had no other option than to contact their local church.
A priest eventually came out and blessed the home…but this only seemed to make the ‘beast man’ angrier. David’s terrifying visions became worse and he even started to quote passages from Paradise Lost.
The priest returned to the home and decided enough was enough – he reached out to a kindly couple who had helped out in the past – Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Warrens took the short trip from Monroe to Brookfield and met up with David. Ed interviewed the young boy whilst his wife noticed a strange dark mist rise from him as he talked. She was then aware that they were dealing with an extremely negative force.
The kid was possessed – The Warrens, along with four priests, went through three exorcism sessions to free David from the hold of 43 demons.
Unfortunately, during one of these exorcisms, Arne Cheyenne Johnson started taunting the demons within David. He told them that they were weak and they should try entering him instead.
Pretty fucking stupid mistake really…
The Warrens took note of this and told the local police to keep an eye on Johnson – they knew he had gone a step too far!
By November 1980, Arne’s personality had near enough completely changed. Debbie constantly told relatives that he would start growling in trances and even complained about seeing the ‘beast man’ himself.
Then came February 16th, 1981…
Arne called in sick to work as it was President’s Day and he wanted to spend it at a local kennel with Debbie and a few relatives. Arne’s landlord, Alan Bono, turned up and decided to take the group out for a lunch.
Alcohol was consumed, and an argument broke out between Arne and his landlord. Without warning, Arne pulled out a knife and stabbed Alan Bono in the stomach, pulling the knife up and creating an incision reaching Alan’s heart.
He then pulled the knife out and continued stabbing his landlord several times.
At court, Martin Minnella, Arne’s lawyer, liked the angle that Debbie had told him about the possession. He had read up on a handful of possession cases that had taken place in England, and he believed that it could work as a defence for his client.
It didn’t work, and the jury found Arne Johnson guilty of first-degree manslaughter, giving Johnson a 10-20 year sentence, though he only served five.
Oddly, Debbie waited the whole five years for Arne to be released, and they remain married to this day.
What are your opinions on this subject – was Arne a cold killer…or was he actually possessed when he killed Alan Bono?
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