Exorcism Performed at U.S. Capitol

June 1, 1998

Washington (AP) — Getting the demons out of Congress is easier said than done, ordained exorcist Baron Deacon discovered Monday.

Dressed in a black satin robe with silver trim and wielding a large silver cross, Deacon stood on the steps of the Capitol determined to drive out the ”dragons and serpents” within.

With a Bible in one hand, he pointed the cross up the Capitol steps. But after the ritual, Deacon said he had failed. He said he had not been able to dispossess the building of its evil spirits.

Congressional staffers and tourists largely ignored the spectacle, although Capitol police on routine security were careful to keep a watchful eye.

David Grossack, a member of Citizens Justice Programs who accompanied Deacon, said the exorcism was aimed at drawing attention to corruption in government by both political parties.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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