Before the exorcism of Emily Rose (yes, the case, not the Hollywood movie), there was the scary and hair-raising exorcism of a German teen named Anneliese Michel, who was heavily exorcised for a total of 67 times.
According to Wereblog, her case was the inspiration for the 2005 horror movie. Anneliese was initially known as an “intelligent, compassionate, kind, polite, and a deeply religious girl.”
In fact, she was so knowledgeable in the Catholic faith that she would always practice her religious duties unwaveringly.
However, in 1969, when the teen turned seventeen, weird things started to happen to her. She began to have epileptic seizures and convulsions on a regular basis.
She was brought to the doctor but she was wrongly diagnosed with psychosis and temporal lobe epilepsy. She was later on transferred to a psychiatric hospital, where it did nothing to her health.
In fact, it only made her depression worse. Whether she was actually diagnosed with depression before this case was not cited nor mentioned.
When Michel reached her 20s, that’s when things started to get weird. She became intolerant of religious objects, particularly the crucifix. By this time, the source cited that she was “severely depressed.”
She experienced hallucinations and saw “demons.” She also heard strange voices that would tell her she would be “damned” and would “rot in hell.”
Eventually, the teen became suicidal and it was then that her family has concluded she was probably possessed by a demon.
Neither of any treatments worked on her and her parents have decided to appeal to a Catholic priest. They requested for her to be exorcised but sadly, the priests refused to execute the rites.
Instead, they recommended Michel to be treated through medical means.
Two priests expressed their interest in Michel’s case after a while. They were Fr. Ernst Alt and Fr. Arnold Renz. The two sought help from Bishop Josef Stangl in 1975 and began to conduct secret exorcism rites to the teen for 10 months.
During the exorcisms, it was reported that Michel would create “demonic voices and faces, tear her clothes apart, eat coal and lick her own urine.”
Reportedly, the demons who possessed her identified themselves as Lucifer, Cain, Judas Iscariot, Nero, and Hitler.
Sounds weird? This is where it gets weirder during the latter parts of the exorcism, Michel would talk that she wanted to die as a martyr. She also refused to eat anything.
When she was 23-years-old, Michel lost her life because of “extreme dehydration and starvation” after a total of 67 exorcisms performed on her.
One of the priests claimed that despite her early death, her soul was already free of the demons who have possessed her because of the exorcism rites performed before she died.
This case didn’t end there though the priests and her parents were charged with negligent homicide and brought to jail for six months. They were also fined.
Overall, Michel’s story was a clear example of “misidentified mental illness, negligence, abuse and religious hysteria.”
Watch the whole video report here if you dare!
Were you scared? Terrified? What do you think of Michel’s case? Do you think she was just suffering from a mental condition? Or was she really possessed at some point?
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