reblogged from theexorcist:
Did you know? This is Paul Bateson. Paul was a 38 year-old x-ray technician at NYU Medical Center where the arteriogram sequence in The Exorcist was shot, and landed himself a bit-part in the film as the radiologist’s assistant.
In 1979, Paul was convicted after confessing to the murder of film critic Addison Verrill by crushing his skull with a frying pan and then stabbing Verrill multiple times in the heart. While in custody and awaiting trial, Paul bragged of killing other men “for fun,” dumping the bagged remains of his victims in the Hudson River.
After reading about the events in the paper, William Friedkin then arranged to meet with Paul at Rikers Island Penitentiary - a big change from their last encounter on the set of The Exorcist. After interviewing Paul and learning the facts of the case, Friedkin went on to direct Cruising. Released in 1980 and starring Al Pacino, the film was inspired by the series of “bag murders” of ‘77 and ‘78.