Real Life Possessions: The Works of Demons
Demons aren’t real… are they? For the vast majority of human history, we certainly thought they were. No matter what culture is involved, there has been a pervasive and prevalent belief that there is more to the world that we can see, and that the vast majority of it does not wish us well. Whether a demon is a entity from hell, a malevolent relative or something else entirely, demonic possession is a world-wide phenomenon.
Because demons are there, they must be fought, and that is where exorcisms come in. Even in the last hundred years, exorcisms have been performed. Some seem to work, and others simply led to a great deal of pain and suffering.
In 1973, Anneliese Michel was a shy, withdrawn 16 year old German girl. However, over a period of only a few months, she developed a fear of holy items and started to hear voices. Her Catholic parents did not know what to do, and they asked the two local priests for help. Over ten months, Michel had several exorcisms performed upon her. Some of these exorcisms were violent, and all of them were physically difficult on the small girl. She died not long after the last was performed, starved and emaciated. Today, the case is a controversial one. Most people believe that the girl was simply mentally ill, and the real demons were her parents and the priests.
Roland Doe is the psuedonym given to a sixteen year old boy who was fascinated with Ouija boards. After his aunt died, he tried to reach for her through the veil, but what he found was a monstrous force. Footsteps were heard throughout the house when there was no one present making them and scratches appeared all over Doe’s body. Religious artifacts started to fly off the walls, and Roland levitated into the air. Over the course of a year, Doe underwent 30 exorcisms, often injuring the priest who was trying to help him. Finally, on the last exorcism, Doe uttered a bestial roar, the air filled with the scent of sulfur, and he was free.
Clara Germana Cele
This young girl from South Africa allegedly sold her soul to Satan when she was sixteen, and shortly thereafter, she was seen levitating, speaking in languages that she had no knowledge of and attacking people she cared about. Two priests were called in to oversee her exorcism. Her exorcism lasted for two days, and during the experience, she tried to strangle one priest with his stole. More than 150 people witnessed her rising in the air unassisted by any power. Afterwards, the demon was driven out, and she lived a quiet life.
Some cases of possession are recent enough that it’s even more creepy. In November of 2011, Latoya Ammon noticed that her three children were behaving oddly. They would say terrible things, and they would speak in voices that were far too deep for young children. She walked in to see her daughter floating above the bed, and a nurse observed her youngest son walking backwards up the wall towards the ceiling. A picture of the Ammon house taken by a policeman reveals a strange ghostly white figure in one of the windows. After several exorcisms, the Ammon children were saved, and that house was sold.
An exorcism is just as likely to have an unhappy ending as a happy one. In the 1980s, Pat Fielding was a normal woman. She had no history of the occult or any kind of random illness. There was nothing to explain the strange things that were happening to her. She started to hear strange banging noises in her home, and then she would be violently flung from place to place. Bite marks appeared on her body, and hair was ripped form her scalp. Despite no fewer than 16 exorcisms, she lived with the attacks for the rest of her life before she succumbed to colon cancer.