Review: The Demon of Brownsville Road by Bob Cranmer and Erica Manfred


The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased the house that Bob had always dreamed of owning.

But soon, the family began experiencing strange phenomena—objects moving on their own, ghostly footsteps, unsettling moaning sounds—that gradually increased in violence, escalating to physical assaults and, most disturbingly, bleeding walls. Bob, Lesa, and their four children were under attack from a malicious demon that was conjuring up terrifying manifestations to destroy their tight-knit household. They had two choices: leave or draw on their unwavering faith to exorcise the malicious fiend who haunted their home.

Now, Bob Cranmer recounts the harrowing true story of the evil presence that tormented his family and the epic spiritual war he fought to save everything he held dear…

Nothing like false advertising. The book is billed as a case study in a house that was inhabited by a demon. The reader expects an Amityville Horror recounting of strange events in a home terrorized by evil. Unfortunately this read more as an autobiography of a minor Pittsburgh politician with some religious content added in. If you were expecting a fascinating account of demon infestation (which from the title you really prepare yourself for), this is not the book for you. The author spends more time describing his battles with corrupt city authority than anything else. Even events you’d think would be more shocking, like the walls bleeding or the black shrouded figure that apparently kept moving around the house lack much impact because the author is immediately focused back on family strife or religious aspects of himself. All in all it was a disappointing read.

2 out of 5