The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, directed by Michael Chaves, is a film about paranormal investigators and authors Edward “Ed” and Lorraine Warren, who take on their most terrifying case ever.
Arne Johnson is found by a local cop, dazed and bloodied, walking down the middle of the road on that fateful night.
He claims to be possessed by the devil and uses this as an alibi for the murder he committed, which leads to an investigation unlike any seen or heard before.
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the real Arne Johnson, wonder no more.
Who is Arne Johnson?
During a dispute involving a family member, Arne Cheyenne Johnson, then 19 years old, was accused of murdering his landlord, 40-year-old Alan Bono (renamed Bruno in the film).
David Glatzel, Arne’s girlfriend’s little brother, began experiencing terrifying hallucinations and visions when he was 11 years old in the 1980s in Brookfield, Connecticut.
When he began growling and making comments about killing, exorcisms were performed on him, some of which Arne witnessed.
During one such ritual, Arne allegedly offered himself as a sacrifice by inviting the demon to live in him instead of David.
Arne Glatzel, his sister Wanda, and Debbie’s nine-year-old cousin Mary visited Debbie at work on February 16, 1981, after Arne called in sick to his job at Wright Tree Service.
With Alan Bono as her employer and their landlord, he took them to lunch at a nearby restaurant, where he drank heavily.
Later on, an intoxicated Alan somehow got a hold of Mary and refused to let go, leading to a brief standoff between him and Arne.
Wanda told the police that after Mary broke free and ran outside, Arne grew, pulled out a small pocket knife, and repeatedly stabbed Alan.
The conversation abruptly ended, and Arne walked into the woods, eyes fixed straight ahead as if nothing had happened.
Almost immediately after, he was arrested, but he maintained his innocence on the grounds of demonic possession.
While the teen was on trial for murder, the Glatzels gave testimony intended to shield him from conviction by downplaying the significance of David and Arne’s disturbing behavior.
This case is the first in America wherein the defense made such claims.
However, because none of it could be proved and was thus infeasible, Arne was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.
Is Arne Johnson Dead or Alive? Where is He Now?
On November 24, 1981, Arne Cheyenne Johnson was found guilty of his crimes. However, he was released from prison in January 1986, only five years after being arrested, because of his good behavior.
But during this time, in January 1984, he had a simple prison wedding with Debbie Glatzel.
Remember, she was one of those who thought he was possessed by the devil.
Debbie told People that her boyfriend “would go into a trance. He’d make a snarling noise and claim he’d seen a monster.
Later he would have no memory of it. As expected of David.
Debbie saw everything firsthand, but she stayed by her husband’s side regardless, and they were together until her death.
Unfortunately, little information is available regarding Arne’s life after his release.
What little information we have comes from Lorraine Warren, who claims he was a landscaper and was surrounded by loving family and friends after his release.
Moreover, it has been stated that he and Debbie were both quite involved in the making of ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.’ “Possession doesn’t last 24 hours a day,” said Ed Warren.
″It comes quickly and leaves quickly. Arne now has a firm grasp on what transpired. He has learned what to do in the event of a crisis, and he won’t be so foolish as to challenge Satan again.