Paranormal Phenomena

Anneliese Michel Exorcism and Death

Who was Anneliese Michel?

Anneliese Michel was born in Germany on September 21, 1952. She grew up in a devoutly, somewhat extreme, Catholic family. Pictures of her taken in her childhood show a vibrant, pretty girl on her way to becoming a gorgeous woman. She had shining black hair, an open, honest face and a stunning smile. By the time she was 23-years-old, she was emaciated, heavily bruised, scarred and deranged. She was supposedly taken over by demons and fought for nearly eight years before finally losing her battle with evil. Later, her death was labeled negligent homicide, but was there anything anyone could have done for Anneliese Michel? Were those who were with Anneliese really fighting Satan?

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Anneliese, healthy and young vs. Anneliese close to death

Four years before Anneliese was born, her mother, Anna Michel gave birth to an illegitimate daughter. This was a source of shame for the Catholic family. After she married and gave birth to Anneliese, she apparently harbored feelings of guilt about her first daughter. Unfortunately, Anneliese’s older sister died at the age of eight, but Anneliese reportedly felt like she needed to repent for her mother’s sin. She supposedly spent much of her time doing penance for her mother, sinful youth and bad priests.

Symptoms of Possession

Anneliese’s supposed symptoms of possession began in 1968. Anneliese was a 16-year-old high school student. The symptoms were convulsions and they were eventually diagnosed as epilepsy by a neurologist. Anneliese Michel took medicine for her condition and continued her life to the best of her ability. She finished high school and went on to college, where she studied to become a teacher. Apparently, the medicine was not helping her much. Her problems only got worse.

Over time, Anneliese Michel complained of seeing disturbing visions while saying her prayers. Later, evil voices giving her commands followed. Finally, Anneliese began showing an aversion to religious iconography. An older woman, a friend of the Michel family, noticed this while on a pilgrimage with Anneliese. She said that Anneliese smelled “hellishly bad” and took her to see some priests. Many of them said Anneliese needed a doctor. However, one eventually said Anneliese needed an exorcism and an exorcism was eventually granted.

In 1975, Anneliese Michel and her parents stopped seeking medical advice and gave over Anneliese’s fate to the Roman exorcism ritual. Anneliese, the priests and her parents truly believed she was possessed. Anneliese Michel herself said that Judas, Nero, Hitler, Cain, Lucifer and others were inside of her. Over the next ten months, Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt performed 67 exorcisms for the tormented girl. It is important to note that every action taken during these rituals was condoned by Anneliese.

Sometimes, the seriously ill Anneliese would perform hundreds of genuflections during these rituals. It is rumored that her parents held her up for them when she got too weak to do it herself. It is not hard to imagine this being necessary, given that Anneliese stopped eating altogether for some time before she died. She believed it would lessen the evil’s control over her. There are claims that Anneliese spoke several different languages (or the demons and evil souls that possessed her did) during the exorcisms. The author of this article cannot verify such claims, as she does not speak the languages Anneliese supposedly spoke in the tapes.

It is certain that medicine was not saving Anneliese Michel from whatever tormented her, but there is no questioning that things got worse for her when she gave herself over to exorcism. She allegedly urinated and defecated on the floor frequently, also licking up her own urine. She ate insects, growled at religious icons and sat under her kitchen table barking for two days. Surely, her family was afraid of her, but a medical professional probably would not have left her under the table for two days or let her starve to death, which is eventually what she did.

Anneliese Michel Death

Anneliese Michel died of dehydration and malnutrition on July 1, 1976. The 23-year-old woman weighed 68 pounds at the time of her death. Josef Michel (her father), Anna Michel and the two exorcists were eventually charged with negligent homicide. During the trial, evidence of the possession worked both for and against the defense. Forty-two of the exorcisms were audio-recorded and there were various pictures of a seriously ill-looking, bruised and sore-covered Anneliese. Anneliese is horrifying in these tapes which works for the defense that she was possessed, but is certainly not conclusive. If nothing else, the tapes made it clear that Anneliese was seriously ill and no one was making her eat. It is certain that possessed or not, Anneliese should have been cared for better.

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The gravestone of Anneliese Michel. Image by Offenbacherjung (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]

There is no way to prove or disprove supernatural occurrences, such as exorcisms. That makes it difficult to know what really happened to Ms. Michel. However, it is possible to prove that there is some evidence that epileptics are at an increased risk of displaying symptoms of schizophrenia and it is has been posited that Michel suffered from dissociative personality disorder and schizophrenia. That, combined with her religious background, could easily account for the events leading to her death, but one can never be certain, of course.

Warning: The video accompanying this article is very disturbing

Questioning the Story, retrieved 4/8/11.
Slater, Eliot & Beard A.W., The Schizophrenia-like Psychology of Epilepsy, retrieved 4/8/11,
Graphic Anneliese Michel video:

Shelly Barclay writes on a variety of topics from animal facts to mysteries in history. Her main focus is military and political history. She is a writer for the Boston History Examiner, Military History Examiner and the Boston American Revolution History Examiner. She also writes for a local historical society newsletter. Shelly was a professional cook for 10 years and still has a passion for food. She cooks and writes about cooking nearly every day. She produces a wide variety of content, on top of her niches. Shelly is a stepmother, a former military, current veteran wife, sister of four and aunt of seven (so far).

  • Nathan Goss

    The catholic church didnt do anything wrong. The girl got medical attention, but for whatever reason, it didnt seem to help. So she saught help else where. The.Catholic church takes exorcism very seriously. In fact its very difficult to get the Catholic church to preform a.exorcism. the victim will be heavily scrutinized, because they need to meet a very specific set criteria before the church will agree to help. Most “possesion” incidents the church investigate end up being a mental disorder. In fact the majority of exorcism requests are denied. So to get help from the church, requires serious effort. (For example you would need to provide documentation from a psychiatrist saying you had been evaluated and there was no sign of a mental disorder) I feel like you have this idea that, foolish people though this chick was possessed, So she never got any medical treatment, then these priests showed up and tried to “faith heal” her. That isnt how it happened. I think she was receiving medical treatment, want doing anything, contacted Catholic church asking for an exorcism, the church investigated the situation for a period of weeks it months until they determined she qualified for the exorcism. Meanwhile the woman continues to receive treatment until the church agreed to preform an exorcism.

    To me it appears you disagree with religion, preferring a world where actions and decisions are made using factual information. At least, that’s what you think you want. your comment was hypocritical, and you were doing the things you accused religion of doing. You probably think you have a scientific mind set, doesnt look that way to me. In science, you observe phenomena, record the information, and when enough data is present, you come to a conclusion. What your doing is, starting with a pre supposition (religion is bad) then you go look for information that supports your belief. Which is exactly what religious people do. They think the earth is 6000 years old, and people and dinosaurs co-existed. So.the concept of evolution.challenges this mentality. So in their mind, evolution couldn’t have happened, then they go look for information that supports their idea. You believe religion caused most of the problems in the world. Im fairly certain you didnt make a list of all the bad things that ever happened and organized them into groups based on what initiated them. No, you went and looked for incidents that support your idea. Which is ridiculous. More people died in World war one and two, then all the incidents you mentioned combined. Civil war, the trail of tears, the holocaust, Vietnam, korean war.I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea. Im actually an atheist myself, and im not to fond of religion myself. But if your going to fault religion, dont do the.exact thing you faulted religion with, litterally two sentences later.

    • imafunker2

      I’m not sure how you got all of that from the short comments provided by the reader. Your strange, disjointed, poorly spelled and worded attack read like ramblings from an unsound mind.

      • Britt Cone

        Actually, Nathan Goss is 100% correct, and his words are anything but “strange, disjointed ramblings”. It appears you are the one who has not researched this or any other exorcism case. The fact the writer said she could have been cared for better tells us that she thought the people being charged were truly at fault- but how does someone “make” one eat if they refuse?? She was an adult- and one that was clearly not thinking even vaguely clearly. You cannot force someone to eat. It’s ridiculous.

        • Leonardo Ronaz

          They could have performed the exorcisms at a hospital whilst having Ms. Anneliese sedated and hooked up to an IV. But did they? Nope. ;]

          • What if Anneliese went wild while on I.V. and violently jolted around causing the needles to rip sideways out of her arm? If she had been possessed as to where she had supernatural strength, a medical hospital might not really be a choice spot for the girl.

        • Thank you Britt! So good to see folks come to the rescue here, such outlandish hate filled un-called-for nasty verbage with NO REASON, that “imaflunker2” really blows it.

        • Maximus Decimus Meridius

          Ever hear of forced intravenous feeding? Apparently not.

      • hey funk off funfer, you dont know jack diddley about what he said here and that is obvious, what are you a hate stricken devil worshipper? Nope, just a God hating S.O.B., it shows so blatantly you sorry outspoken temper tantram. And “you’re not sure where he got that all”? For some to know, for some to wonder. Do you have a habit of blacking out all things that you dont understand? Idiocy

    • The Flobbit

      Thank you for being a voice of reason here. I just want to throw out there (as a Christian myself) that anybody who thinks the world is 6000 years old needs to take a good hard stare at reality.

      • Jim Glenn

        So. you’re a christian but the blble is a lie. Er,ok…

        • The Flobbit

          First off, let me fix that comment for you: “So, you’re a Christian, but the Bible is a lie. Er…OK.” There. Grammar’s nice.

          Okay, so let me fill in some things for you. These are facts:
          1. NOWHERE in the Bible will you find the number 6000 used to talk about the age of the Earth. That number was thought up much later.

          2. The Bible is a giant book filled with 66 littler books. To say its “The Bible is a lie” is impossible. Can a book of poetry be a lie? We have to narrow it down.

          3. The book of Genesis was written as a creation myth to illustrate truths about the world. It’s not literal and was never meant to be taken as history or science.

          • Jim Glenn

            The period was at typo ,and oh degenerate me, I left out a comma in a comment section.

            A book cannot state how old it is for obvious reasons.I haven’t read much of the nonsense,but I’ve read much analysis of it,and I’ve never heard a christian dispute the 6,000 figure. Here’s a yahoo answer that sums up how it was calculated.

            “In the Bible ,it shows a clear genealogy of Jesus starting with Joseph and
            ending with Adam. It also shows exactly how long each one of them lived.
            For example it says A is the son of B, who lived 50 years. And B is the
            son of C, who lived 70 years, etc.
            If we add up all the ages, the Earth turns out roughly 6,000 years old.”
            However,if whole thing is just a silly myth as you say any analysis is useless.

            However,if whole thing is just a silly myth as you say any analysis is useless

          • The Flobbit

            First off, if you’ve never heard a Christian dispute that figure before, you have now. Second, most of Christianity disputes it. Its the fundamentalist American denominations that don’t. The entire Catholic Church certainly doesn’t believe it, for one thing. That’s a billion Christians that dispute it right there.

            Second, there are gaps in those genealogies. They were not meant to be a comprehensive record of Jesus’s entire ancestry. You can compare the genealogies found in the Bible – some have filled in gaps that others skipped over. When it says that, for instance, “A begat B” it doesn’t mean that A was literally B’s son. It means that B was descended from A. In this way, 6000 years is an arbitrary figure that was thought up in the 19th Century by a Biblical theologian as little more than a theory.

            So, as you can see, its not a silly myth because analysis is not useless. It just takes a bit of research to clear up your thinking. I hope I’ve helped clear up this misconception of the Bible.

    • Thank you for setting this straight, Nathan ! My appreciations. This James Smith Joao Pessoa is just another deliberate anti religious bigot, hard at work. Maybe we’ll just have to excuse his foolishness here, because this kind is always hell-bent on denying any truths about God and God’s existence and the validity of the churches, the devil’s got these guys where the devil wants them and they can not really help it. And in Ireland, there was a lot of defecters against the commands in the Holy Bible, the religion did not cause any harm, the defecting from such is what did cause the harm, you can understand these things but James Smith Joao Pessoa can not. Good day

  • imafunker2

    The audio IS very disturbing…if you’re 16 years old. Otherwise, logic tells me that these so-called “Exorcism tapes” are clearly a hoax. Adding the cheesy cathedral horror movie music doesn’t help its case to be taken seriously.

    • Britt Cone

      Right..these people orchestrated a massive hoax that covered up- what? They put her on medication for months, and nothing helped. You clearly don’t know the facts of this case…

  • Dave Considine

    I suggest to the author of this article “not” to make such rash and untrue
    comments in regards to a subject that you know little or nothing about…

    Dave Considine L.R.D+ C.I.E

  • Britt Cone

    I guess you’re brushing aside (or completely ignorant of) the mountains of GOOD religion is responsible for in the world. I think the bitter, disenchanted folks who blame every wrong doing on religion should try READING relevant material once in a while. The is plenty of evidence proving the authenticity of many instances written in the bible, for instance, yet atheists claim it is “irrational”. Is scientific evidence irrational as well? It’s kind of pathetic clinging on to something that has mountains of evidence against it, simply because you’re unhappy and missing something in your life.

    • Travis

      The question is, is “mountains” of GOOD, worth “mountains” of BAD?
      Religion, although it can “fix” many lost and searching for an answer.
      It causes just as many to turn bad as it does good. Don’t you think an omniscient being would leave us with more than a book that can be misinterpreted until the end of time itself? Do you think that an
      omniscient being would sit around and do nothing while his people STAY confused and rape, kill, steal, and emotionally abuse innocents?

      The only GOOD that comes out of religion is there because GOOD people with GOOD hearts have no other outlet of GOOD to spread from. So they get absorbed in the closest to good thing they can find. Which tend to be “A RELIGION”.

      “It’s kind of pathetic clinging on to something that has mountains of
      evidence against it, simply because you’re unhappy and missing something in your life.” <— Pot,Kettle, Black.

      Do you know what happens when someone reads the Bible, doesn't agree with an interpretation, and tries to discuss it like a normal human being where I live? They get shunned. They get told they are "wrong" with no evidence to back it up. It inevitably gets to the point you feel like an outcast. And on top of that, they try to use every trick in the book to get you to be "LIKE THEM"

      Which includes getting told you will burn in hell for eternity. Wonder lost and confused for the rest of your life. And God forbid you go to a baptist church, where if you had friends once, you will no longer have them, because the preacher will preach that a "child of god" will not let himself be surrounded with bad company. Only company that will uplift themselves and further their "faith in God". All other "company" is to be treated like a lost soul, and should be preached to, and if they don't listen. It's their fault, they aren't "thirsty".

      Welcome to "The Bible Belt". I live here. Let's trade.

      This is how people turn BAD when they are originally GOOD, but rational people. And it happens everyday, and to multiple people in every generation. If you aren't a super strong willed person, you will feel EVIL, and like you are sin itself.

      I know I am a good person. I am a loving person, who loves all people. Homosexual, confused, lost. It doesn't matter. I will always be this way. I do not encourage lust, greed, gluttony. Yet your beliefs tell me I will rot in hell. Your God doesn't let "good" people in to Heaven. Only people who blindly worship Him. Take that as food for thought.

      • Leonardo Ronaz

        HAHA I think it’s safe to say they won’t be bothering you anymore. Well said, mate. ^^

        • Britt Cone

          Actually, I thought it sounded like rantings of a lunatic, and stopped reading about 1/5th of the way through. To say the world would be better without religion is idiotic, period. And by the way, no they couldn’t have done an exorcism with the subject “hooked up to an IV”- hospitals don’t exactly allow that. Thought that was common sense…

          • Travis

            “I thought it sounded like rantings of a lunatic, and stopped reading about 1/5th of the way through”, Wow, way to be a typical brainwashed nincompoop. Also I didn’t say the world would be better without religion. I said it caused just as much bad as good. Religion played a good role on Earth in initiating good morals and a sense of justice, good and evil. But now that we are more intelligent and have the knowledge and power to converse as quickly as we do across the globe. It’s obvious to anyone that the Bible isn’t real. People don’t get possessed by demons. And angels aren’t flying around saving everyone in a third dimension that you can’t see with your eyes. But by all means keep believing in that if you don’t have the strength to stand on your own two feet.

          • paul

            I think you mean fourth dimension..

          • Jeri Ward

            Actually, the 4th dimension is Time, and there are 7 more that are strongly theorized by the scientific community (proof is expected later this year), so if you want to correct which dimension to label as existential, you need to start around 12. And even that may be defined sooner rather than later.

          • Yup, and people can even believe in a “multiverse” instead of the universe which we can see, yet they think WE are CRAZY if we believe in God and in the bible being inspired through God’s spirit and interpreted and printed by mankind ! !

          • Lynne Coates

            people do get possessed by “demons” travis. listen to the tape again. its an amazing universe! you are confined by your own dogma.

          • Travis

            If listening to the tape again is your only rebuttal to believing in demon possessions then I can see why you are so gullible to believe in them in the first place. There’s a nice space between closed-mindedness and open-mindedness called “rational thought”. It stops us from believing in Unicorns “just because”, but proposes that it’s very possible that they could have existed due to some sort of genetic adaptation for survival. You can’t just believe in crap because it’s on the internet, then claim you know anything about the universe.

          • No YOU’RE gullible, or even more than that, ignorant. I can see that. And stupborn. No, she is RIGHT! YOU are the one who is CLOSEMINDED and only mind-trained in OPINIONATION.

          • That is so true ! Thank you Lynne !

          • I never seen anything that proved the bible to be unreal, YOU, are unreal. As for all the times God answered my prayers in better ways than I even asked for, I will go on believing as I do. Sorry that you just have to blot out something that you couldn’t simply master over night.

        • Britt Cone

          Also, she was under medical care for a long period before this occurred. It made no impact on her condition so they didn’t know where to turn. Her doctors couldn’t come up with a diagnosis that fit all of her symptoms. Both your views on religion (seeing as it appears you agree with the ranting lunatic), fails to research the evidence of it’s triumphs. THAT is pathetic.

      • Britt Cone

        Your “logic” is baseless and you clearly aren’t qualified to argue against religion. If your rantings made any sense, I would be happy to indulge in an intelligent conversation, but you aren’t capable. Try to adjust your outlook and perhaps you won’t blame all if the world’s problems on one cause.

        • Leonardo Ronaz


        • Travis

          It seems you are the one who isn’t capable. I’m not blaming all of the worlds problems on one cause. Not even close. Just stating that for every good thing you see about it, you are ignoring just as much as you CLAIM we are. Even though I completely understand the triumphs of religion, at least the ones that you can actually see, like helping starving people, making people feel self-worth, helping people cope with tragedy. Although, it’s been proven that you can do all these things without religion. Which is my point. If you wanna talk about imaginary stuff like Noah making a giant boat that could fit 2 OF EVERY ANIMAL, then we can do that too. Though you weren’t really there to confirm it, nor I, and neither was the preacher who taught you about it. But the guy who wrote the book about it was there right? ….right? Uh oh.

          • TRAVIS you are the biggest bullsh*tter I have ever seen on the INTERNET ! ! WHEEEW !! Ignoring just as much as claiming the other is, oh, is that why you keep writing each other?

      • Tracey Hopson

        I believe in God. I am a Christian. I know the “rules”. I don’t think you’re going to rot in hell. I whole heartedly believe in God, but I don’t believe God sends good people to hell, even if they have committed some of the main sins listed in the Bible. You’re a good person, so I just can’t, and don’t believe that God wouldn’t accept you. As a Christian, I don’t like to hear someone tell another person they’re going to rot in hell; that’s an opinion of their own, not a fact. I too love all people, gay, straight, atheist, christian, etc. So not all Christians feel the way you explained above, but it is true that many, many of them do and I don’t blame you for not wanting to listen to people tell you you’re going to rot in hell. My cousin whom I’m very close to is Wiccan and we have enjoyable debates/discussions about both of our religions. I’d never tell him he’s going to rot in hell.

        • Travis

          I really appreciate that Tracey, unfortunately where I live you’d be labeled as a “lazy” christian who is desensitized to their brother/sister going to hell. That’s the wonder of denominations. They favor however you want to think and its easy to pick one that is comfortable depending how your mentality needs to be fed to feel happy. Some people apparently need to be told they are going to hell to straighten up, some people need to be told they are loved constantly and someone actually cares. Some people just want to belong to something and they’ve felt the fakeness of most churches and so join something equally as fake that tailors better into their lifestyle, such as Wiccan, Buddhism, etc. Although it’s really sad to me that some people would choose a “darker” group rather than one whose main purpose, whether they achieve it or not, is good. I’m sorry for your cousin. Hopefully he eventually starts to enjoy the life portion of this existence and not focus so much on the death. There is still plenty of love, happiness, and peace that can be found outside of religion. You just have to be strong-willed and not easily manipulable. The problem I find with the Bible even with almost every denomination is the lack of outside interest, and the lack of searching for unknowns. Everytime I talk with Christians, they eventually have to tell me “I don’t really know how that works, only God knows” Instead of searching for answers they just seem to be like “meh”. Anything outside of the Bible is a complete mystery to them because they only seek answers from the Bible itself. Which compared interestingly to the fact that most Preachers I’ve run into seem to be very lacking in education outside the realm of the brief history of their religion. Again, thank you for being kind with your response in all fashions, unlike some other idiots on this forum who are closed-minded and probably would’ve burned many innocent people labeled as witches back in the day due to their BLIND devotion and arrogance.

      • Religion does NOT cause people to turn BAD? Where did you get that sack of trash from? Bogus information, you just go ahead and feed that crap to the peoples who read on the internet and only those who actually use their brains and think with them rather than with their anger will figure out that you are full of HORSE S**T ! ! Good day . . . . . . . . . .
        P.S. Darnit ! ! I KNEW YOU HAD TO BE A homosexual ! THAT is why you are such a religion hater ! ! Yes, NOW everything is starting to fall into place for me here……. We voted to give gays more rights in our city in 2015! But now they want to persecute the churches here. Yes there are a lot of christians who want to force their beliefs among others and that is against the commands, but when it comes to protecting the church from being forced upon by gays, I’m in on it. I thought we could co-exist if we left each other alone and let each other live their lives. Religion, like faith, like repentance, is a FREE-WILL DECISION ONLY.

        • Travis

          I don’t think with anger, unlike your caps lock screaming, homosexual hating self. I’m heterosexual btw, I just don’t instantly turn into a frothing at the mouth back-slidden christian when I find out someone is gay.

          Also to say that religion has never caused someone to turn bad is a very ignorant thing to say. Maybe because YOU haven’t seen it happen doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in general.

          You also should probably stop assuming that anyone that has there own opinion about religion and the world to be a “anti-religion,god hating, new age degenerate”, it sounds retarded.

          And what in the hell is with the random “protecting the church from being forced upon by gays” You have obvious issues, and need to learn that the world is not so black and white. In every type of community or grouping of any kind there is both good and bad.There will be people who want to persecute you and there will be people who will keep to themselves. This is just how it is. As the christian you claim to be you should treat all of them as them as the latter and with love, this isn’t the old testament so you can’t burn them at the stake anymore, kay?

          But considering you literally commented on every single post in this thread in one day – I’m gonna assume this is your first day on the internet so you have a lot more to learn in the world.

    • Britt, I dont even know if you are wasting your time even talking to that kind of bigotry, and yes, they REFUSE to see all the “mountains of good” that have been done by the religious which would NOT have been done otherwise. But these guys are too sorry to realize this.

  • Odysseia

    I could not agree with you more. Your post is very logical and rational.
    Christianity and its derivative sects and cults from Catholicism to Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses to Islam and Muslems, are all mind enslaving practices with one target – to trap humanity using 2 tools:
    Fear and Guilt and one method – Brain Washing.

    Christianity destroyed the free spirit of humanity which was once so wonderfully cultivated by ancient Greek philosophy and civilization. Even Buddism includes some wise ancient philosophy allowing its followers to progress with useful knowledge and civilization though I would have to say that Buddhism fits mostly the Orientals. (I won’t disclose the reason for this). Christianity only managed to bring destruction of the human free spirit into the dark ages which continued well into our era disguised as ‘modern slavery’….

    This poor girl had a weak physical condition to begin with. It seems her mother was not healthy enough to give birth to healthy children. Becoming ill with epilepsy made her even more vulnerable … Her family trusted the church’s ‘abilities’ only to make the situation worst.
    The Christian church uses ‘black magic’ for ages now which most of the world has not or does not want to understand nor believe this….(That’s how well the clergy succeeded into brainwashing the world..)
    Anneliese’s body was open to entities and invaded with dark forces which eventually pushed her to her death. The irony to all this, is that there are some priests of sincere nature who lack the knowledge to theology’s ‘black magic’ they study and practice only making things worse!

    Even pharmaceutical medicine is a form of ‘black magic’ just as genetically modified food is. Alll this was discovered with one goal in mind, to minimize and destroy humanity as much as possible……

    • Just so darn full of it that there is hardly an explanation for it and I can obviously see that you just believe what you want to believe, so there is no reason for setting things straight here but to say that you are a straight out lier, in the midst of other God hating new day bigots here, kindly sharing your hate with others. Must really feel comforting, you got the facts all twisted around and then you call that “logical”, WHEEEW! And religion is what SETS one free if they follow it right. I could easily see YOU as brain washed and caught up in some kind of slavery, and you dont sound exactly like the happiest camper I ever came across either. And when it comes to “religion” or “faith in God”, I’ve been greatly blessed many days. Sometimes, about the only darkness that still lurks in my life is when I get to read passages from Godforsaken idiosyncrosies like you with all your hate rant.

    • And what the f*** would you have done for the poor girl besides work so hard to cut down those who believe in something you cant seem to wrap your sorry head around??

  • Roger Bence

    as a lord of wiccan i can tell you that possession does actually exist,and there are many demons from the underworld who can possess you and devour you as i have cursed 4 evil individuals in the last 2 years who have died their bodies consumed from within by the demons

    • Awesome! Yes, thank you for backing up those who claim there is such a thing as possession, because it is true. But I got one question that is not so desireable: as a lord of wiccan, with the powers to curse others, is there any power that can do anything good or helpful like Jesus did through God???

  • Cidalia Martins

    Religion in and of itself is not the problem. It’s people trying to force their beliefs or non-beliefs on others. Most religions espouse peace, but idiots that don’t know how to follow their own religion mess things up. Non-religion is no better. The de-christianization of France during the French Revolution, referred to as the Reign of Terror saw over 30,000 killed in the attempt to wipe out religion. We see violence against believers in atheist states (Vietnam, etc). People just suck. Without religion, they’ll find something else to kill each other for.

  • Britt Cone

    Clearly you haven’t researched the subject. At all.

  • Britt Cone

    Actually James, it’s people like YOU that should never post a comment- you can’t string together a coherent sentence or thought.

  • Britt Cone

    Actually, no she didn’t. As a medically trained professional, schizophrenia does not fit her symptoms. Diagnosing schizophrenia is an extremely delicate and complex process. It’s never “clear” based upon some handed down accounts.

  • Britt Cone

    She wasn’t tormented by the church, she was tormented by whatever had a hold of her whether it be demonic or a complex series of illnesses (that came on suddenly, with no prior symptoms whatsoever- her symptoms do NOT fit epilepsy alone). The church was trying to help her. They did not keep her from eating, which is what killed her. Epilepsy does not cause the majority of her symptoms. Try doing research before placing blame on a priest who was trying to help someone.

  • Britt Cone

    Really doctor? Then, what did she have? Her symptoms did not fit any one psychological disease, and there was a sudden onset with no prior symptoms of mental disease. So what exactly would you diagnose her with? You think you sound rational and more intelligent than others who believe this may have been a demonic possession case, but you generalize her symptoms and rationalize by saying “you see that stuff in a psychiatric hospital”. Seriously??

  • Britt Cone

    Actually, ALL journalism is supposed to be objective, with no opinion injected into the mix. To say she had to give her opinion, or the story wouldn’t be complete is wholly incorrect.

  • Britt Cone

    Ridiculous statement.

  • Britt Cone

    No, it doesn’t. Her symptoms did not fit schizophrenia at all.

  • Britt Cone

    Actually, if you had done any research she DID receive medical attention for months beforehand- the medications went working whatsoever, and her doctor couldn’t figure out a diagnosis, so they sought out the church seeing as medical help did NOTHING. So actually, you’re the ‘idiot”, not the priest. And your “logic” behind these occurrences, by the way, makes NO sense.

  • Britt Cone

    Wrong. Very wrong. You read one article and think you know her diagnosis? Wow, her DOCTORS (you know, people actually trained and qualified to make these calls), didn’t know what to diagnosis her with, because nothing fit. Mental disorder and seizures do not suddenly come forth simultaneously with no prior symptoms. People are ignorant if the fact that this girl WAS receiving medical care, and took multiple drugs, with adjustments made constantly, with no positive effect whatsoever. They did not just go straight to the church.

    • Leonardo Ronaz

      I think it’s time to give up. If you truly think you’re smarter than everyone here, then why continue frequenting the page? -_-;

      • Leonardo Ronaz

        And why couldn’t thy hook her up to an IV? I don’t see how that would harm her. She was close to DYING. It wouldn’t have been unethical. They could have at least tried something. Who knows, maybe her parents were careless.

        Oh wait, my bad, I’m sure YOU know. 😉

        • Her parents were quite careless at times and that will probably come back on them in more than one way. The poor girl is better off now anyway.

      • Hey man, why dont YOU give up, what next,? Now you going to revert to name calling? No she does not think she is any smarter than anyone else here? What’s the problem? But yeah, Good point, I think it’s time to stop frequenting the page and “throwing

        pearls to the swine” or what ever.

    • Leonardo Ronaz

      I think it’s time to give up. If you truly think you’re smarter than everyone here, then why continue frequenting the page? -_-;

    • Britt, the guy is thicker than a brick wall. I surely see your good points here and your sincere effort at getting some sense to come to the guy, but he is STUPBORN and reluctant. Maybe his parents wrongfully forced religion upon him in his child hood and that is why he is acting like he is now, it’s sad, but I got to give you credit for putting up such a good move here! God bless you

  • ICtheLight

    What does “religion” have to do with this? It is about possession. The “writer” of this piece has inserted her own opinion, (not very journalistic–implying that her mother’s “illegitimate” child, “extreme Catholicism”, etc.. is what lead to this, much of her own understanding of this is from unreliable sources, huh?!?)…Christ, God, the Devil have been at war, we are in the middle; either one accepts this as testimony to the Truth, or they don’t. It is not a platform for the “evils of Religion”. It is a sad, sad story that actually happened. I had an NDE. No one has to believe what happened to me, I don’t care-I tell anyway, the ridicule, rolling eyes bother me none, I have nothing to gain-hopefully someone will realize something very simple, “all those who hear My Voice hear the truth”. I was told something interesting “out there”-“God is pleased by religions who teach kindness, love and helping each other”, but “make no mistake it was Jesus Christ who had a mission, He fulfilled it, and your world is different because of it”. Ironically, at that time if they had told me it was Krishna, I would be ok with it. It isn’t Christ who is responsible for poor or immoral behavior of anyone, be careful of what you say…I hear the truth and am glad.

  • B. Richards

    Pretty whacked, man. She sounds like Nina Hagen on her earliest albums! Love it. Too bad this young lady lost her life over this. It sounds more like screwed up religious BS than anything. Some people can get so taken over by their extreme religious beliefs or the religious beliefs that have been shoved down their throats day after day after day from childhood to adulthood. What a horrible way to live life. What a waste of life. To be so consumed with the idea that you are somehow to blame for all the terrible atrocities that have happened here on Earth that you finally go insane or crazy. It’s like the fire and brimstone preachers of the 18th and 19th centuries and even way before, they would get so fired up they would actually die of Apoplexy or a Heart Attack. Glad I wasn’t born into a very religious family! I think Organized Religion is an abhomination, personally. It’s the cause of most of Humanity’s problems. That ought to be fairly ( meaning extremely ) obvious!

  • karma

    She would make a great rock star.

  • The Flobbit

    I agree. Sort of. Religion has been perhaps the greatest cause of suffering and death in history.

    But so has non-religion. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin – perhaps the most evil men in history – didn’t kill in the name of any god. It was just the opposite. Alistair McGrath puts it this way: “The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.”

    Secondly, and this goes for non-religion too: you can’t oversimplify these things. The Troubles in Northern Ireland were due to centuries of British oppression (I should know, being Irish) and political injustice. Al Qaeda and ISIS are built on American policy failures and mistakes in government. The Crusades were about land, the Inquisition a power-grab veiled by religion, etc etc. Religion is responsible for these things in many ways. But religion, when done right (which is sadly rare), should always lead to peace and love.

    And you’re overlooking the billions of lives saved and rescued by religion. Specifically Christianity. People picked up from death’s door and given hope and freedom through their belief in God. I could give you examples if you want. But would it change anything? Cheers.

    • Jeri Ward

      I can’t speak to the others as I have never researched them, but it is incorrect to state that religion was not involved in Hitler’s atrocities. Hitler was superstitious, had a fascination with the paranormal and existential “powers,” believed in some aspects of mysticism and astrology (despite publicly criticizing this in others), and also that certain belief systems were evil and others were good. In Mein Kampf he wrote that he was “acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” Although he definitely wished eliminate the power of the Judeo-Christian CHURCH on society, this did not equate to a lack of belief on his own part.

      • The Flobbit

        Well, this isn’t a case of true Christian faith doing horrible things, but rather one man’s perverted view of Christianity, while merged with his superstition, being wielded in ignorance to terrible effect. The Bible preaches love, equality, and peace…

        But thanks for sharing this. Much of it was new to me.

        • Jeri Ward

          Re: one psychopathic megalomaniac doing horrible things based on a twisted worldview– totally agree. As far as the Bible preaching love, equality and peace??? Have you actually READ the Bible?? It’s not a license agreement– you need to actually read it if you are going to summarize it– you can’t just skip to the end and click “Accept”…

          • The Flobbit

            Yes, I have read the Bible. Your point?
            I mean, Jesus said these things: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, “Judge not that ye be not judged”, “Forgive those who persecute you”, “Blessed are the peacemakers”, and time and time again openly voiced his hatred of racial discrimination (Samaritans?) and discrimination against minorities, women, children, and the disabled. I could provide examples if you want.

            The Old Testament, yes, is a violent book for a violent time, when a little tribe of shepherds had to clear a path in history for themselves in a land peopled by barbarians, warlike tribes, and the ancestors of the Spartans. However, all of that (not to get preachy here) was rendered moot by Jesus’s crucifixion. So yeah, the Bible preaches love, equality and peace. It also condemns a lot of bad behaviour, so you can’t twist Jesus’s words to make it about total acceptance. There are nasty, horrible things and people in the world, and the Bible does not make light of that.

            But in the end, love is the most important thing. Cheesy but true, baby.

          • Very real here, congratulations Flobbit ! I wish I could have said it that good. God be with you. Sounds like you really have quite a lot figured out and are pretty straight about it. Carry on! Phil

        • How true ! Coming right along here good!

      • Yes Hitler was into superstition and super natural stuff and all that and some think he was demon possessed. Never the less, he did not agree with many passages in the Bible and took a liking to changing around any scriptures that he desired to change around and you know what God would allow to happen to those who do that. Okay, just call it Karma. But it happens.

    • Whoa! “Religion the greatest cause of suffering”?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING? Give me some of them drugs! Why do you think religion started to begin with you freaken GENIOUS?!? Darn!!

  • Grace

    I’m a rather brave person, usually. I watch some tv shows that might scare some. (American Horror Story is a no go, however) but this audio….this audio….I got 1 minute and 2 seconds in and I almost started crying, my heart clenched, and my breathing stopped momentarily. This is horrific and I want to see how much farther I can go, but I don’t know if I should. Whatever this is, is it disturbing, terrifying, and downright horrible…

  • Grace

    I’m a rather brave person, usually. I watch some tv shows that might scare some. (American Horror Story is a no go, however) but this audio….this audio….I got 1 minute and 2 seconds in and I almost started crying, my heart clenched, and my breathing stopped momentarily. This is horrific and I want to see how much farther I can go, but I don’t know if I should. Whatever this is, is it disturbing, terrifying, and downright horrible…

  • yow mik

    it is not from religion …

  • No that is not the way it goes and the wars and bloodshed would still have happened if they were all atheists, they were wars over property, land and authority. And people HAVE been demon possessed in days past. People like you who claim that religion is the cause of all the problems are the people who really give me the “willies”. How come there has been so much cover up to all the history of all the “satanic crimes” which have gone on over the ages? REAL cruelty there, just for the sake of it too! You never knew why Israel was told to do the things they did in the past? If you knew the kind of things that the Philistines and the Canaanites and Amorites and those who served Moleck

    used to do, you would have a real wake-up-spell. People who DEFECT from their religions are the dangerous ones, and there is also the danger of people like you persecuting the religious folks out of overborne resentment as well.

  • No it was greed that made them so mad as to where they even went AGAINST the commands of their holy books and knocked down that which represented big business, which was the world trade center. If we were all un-believers, NOTHING would be a bit better than the here and now, please wake up and get away from this modern day god hating new age degenerate crapola ! !

  • Dark side? What, like black magic?

  • Would the world be better off with out anti religious bigots? The world would NEVER be better off with OUT those religions, just haven’t figured that out I can see and you never will because you DONT WANT TO because you are carried away with your HATRED TOWARD RELIGION.

  • The lady was already nuts to begin with and the religious preacherman didn’t do anything that made her any crazier.

  • Wow! Nice! Go get your rifle and shoot up another movie theater why dont you!?

  • Some intelligible christians are wondering if mental illness and possession sort of go hand in hand, just like body chemistry can effect emotion and emotion can effect body chemistry. All deseases being a longterm result of the sin of mankind and so forth. Could be true.

  • Monish Nule

    Is demon really exists on earth????

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Parents should have been charged with abuse.

  • Ella Helm

    I just would like to point out to many of the commenters on this page, if you have not read the Bible, many of your arguments about things relating to/about the Catholic or Christian religion, are placed on a unsound foundation with flawed reason. Presenting arguments of which you can not defend is foolish. You are free to share your opinions, that is what the comment section is for, but please don’t blame something you have limited knowledge of. I respect all your opinions, but this should be a thought provoking conversation, not a backstabbing argument.

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