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Episode 465: The Devil Made Me Do It
On the evening of February 16, 1981, nineteen-year-old Arne Johnson stabbed his friend and landlord Alan Bono to death during an argument, after which Johnson fled the scene and was arrested several miles away later that night. Under normal circumstances, the murder of one man by another in a small town would hardly register on the scale of national, or even regional news, but if Arne Johnson was to be believed, these weren’t ordinary circumstances. According to Arne, the devil made him do it. Thank you to Dave White for research assistance. References: Associated Press. 1986. "Man released early in 'demon murder case'." Hartford Courant, January 23: 47. Brozek, Diane. 1981. "Teen-ager charged in 'possession' case." Hartford Courant, March 20: 11. Carl Glatzel Jr. et al v. Gerald Brittle et al. 2010. DBCV-08-4008461-S (Connecticut Superior Court Judicial District of Danbury, October 25). Christoffersen, John. 2007. "Suit vs. psychic says demon murder was a hoax." Record-Journal, October 10: M3. Clendinen, Dudley. 1981. "Defendant in murder puts the devil on trial." New York Times, March 23: B1. Galup. n.d. Religion. Accessed May 10, 2023. Harris, John. 1981. "Bizarre happenings surround killing in Brookfield." Hartford Courant, February 27: 2. —. 1981. "Critics bedevil demonolgist, attorney in slaying case ." Hartford Courant, June 22: B1. —. 1981. "'Demon' murder case sent to Danbury jury." Hartford Courant, November 21: 8. —. 1981. "Exorcism, demons' role argued." Hartford Courant, March 15: 1. —. 1981. "Johnson guilty in demons case." Hartford Courant, November 25: 1. —. 1981. "Judge bars demonic possession defense." Hartford Courant, October 29: 1. Healion, James. 1981. "A barmaid testified Thursday that murder suspect Arne Cheyenne..." United Press International, November 5. —. 1981. "A judge Wednesday threw out the 'demon defense'." United Press International, October 28. —. 1981. "Judge Robert J. Callahan Thursday refused to reconsider his decision." United Press International, October 29. —. 1981. "The murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson in Danbury." United Press International, November 13. Pionzio, Melissa. 2007. "'Factual' exorcism book evokes past pain." Hartford Courant, October 14: B1. Putcamp, Luise. 1981. "Supernatural episodes form prelude to killing." Buffalo Evening News, July 30: 1. —. 1981. "Suspect's alibi: He was possessed." Buffalo Evening News, August 5: 2. Stagis, Julie. 2014. "Killer's defense: He was possessed." Hartford Courant, April 22: B1. 2006. A Haunting. Directed by Stuart Taylor. Produced by Tom Naughton. United Press International. 1981. "'Demon slayer' gets 10-to-20 year sentence." United Press International, December 18. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. n.d. Exorcism. Accessed May 8, 2023. Walzer, E.B. 1982. "Appeal dropped in 'demon' case." The Reporter Dispatch, March 19: 2. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion
The Book I Wish Every Policymaker Would Read
My pitch for this episode is simple: Jennifer Pahlka has written one of the best policy books I’ve ever read. Pahlka served as deputy chief technology officer in the Obama White House, and she’s the founder and a former executive director of Code for America, a nonprofit that works to enhance government digital services. Over the course of her career, Pahlka has become obsessed with an area of policy that is too often ignored by policymakers: implementation. She was part of the effort to rescue in 2013 and was tapped by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020 to help fix California’s unemployment insurance system as it buckled under the weight of the Covid response. It has become a common refrain that the U.S. government is often terrible at delivering even basic services. But Pahlka’s new book — “Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better” — puts forward a deeper theory of why government services are so awful, how policy implementation so often goes awry and what it would take to fix those systems so that government could better live up to its promises. It’s an argument that anyone who cares about government in the 21st century needs to take seriously. Book Recommendations: Implementation by Jeffrey L. Pressman and Aaron Wildavsky Radical Help by Hilary Cottam “Mandate for Leadership” (chapter 3), edited by Paul Dans and Steven Groves Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at This episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” was produced by Emefa Agawu. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris, Mary Marge Locker and Kate Sinclair. Mixing by Jeff Geld. Our production team is Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld, Roge Karma and Kristin Lin. Original music by Isaac Jones. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta. The executive producer of New York Times Opinion Audio is Annie-Rose Strasser. And special thanks to Isaac Jones and Kristina Samulewski.
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The Matt Walsh Show
The Matt Walsh Show
The Daily Wire
Ep. 1177 - The Pride Movement Doubles Down On Child Grooming
Today on the Matt Walsh Show, the pride movement has been doubling down on the indoctrination and sexualization of children this pride month. Some of the clips I'll show you are truly shocking. But you should realize that this is not an aberration. This is what the pride movement is fundamentally all about. Also, huge, massive, enormous news, as an intelligence official confirms that the US government has possession of vehicles of "non-human" origin. This is something everyone should be talking about, but not enough are. And the UPenn swimmer who appeared in What Is A Woman has come out publicly for the first time. She has a lot to say. In our Daily Cancellation, Apple unveils its terrifying dystopian new nerd goggles. Ep.1177 - - - Click here to join the member exclusive portion of my show:  - - -  DailyWire+: Get 25% of your DailyWire+ membership with code WOMAN: Get 30% off Jeremy’s Razors products here:   - - -  Today’s Sponsors: Innovation Refunds - Learn more about Innovation Refunds at  ZipRecruiter - Rated #1 Hiring Site. Try ZipRecruiter for FREE! http://www/  - - - Socials: Follow on Twitter:  Follow on Instagram:  Follow on Facebook:  Subscribe on YouTube:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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WNYC Studios
The Seagulls
In the 1970s, as LGBTQ+ people in the United States faced conservatives whose top argument was that homosexuality is “unnatural,” a pair of young scientists discovered on a tiny island off the coast of California a colony of seagulls that included… a significant number of lesbian couples making nests and raising chicks together. The article that followed upended the culture’s understanding of what’s natural and took the discourse on homosexuality in a whole new direction. In this episode, our co-Host Lulu Miller grapples with the impact of this and several other studies about animal queerness on her life as a queer person. Special thanks to, History is Gay ( podcast. EPISODE CREDITS Reported by - Lulu Miller with help from - Sarah Qari Produced by - Sarah Qari Original sound design contributed by - Jeremy Bloom with mixing help from - Arianne Wack Fact-checking by - Diane Kelly and Edited by - Becca Bressler Our newsletter comes out every Wednesday. It includes short essays, recommendations, and details about other ways to interact with the show. Sign up (! Radiolab is supported by listeners like you. Support Radiolab by becoming a member of The Lab ( today. Follow our show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @radiolab, and share your thoughts with us by emailing Leadership support for Radiolab’s science programming is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation Initiative, and the John Templeton Foundation. Foundational support for Radiolab was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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