Do demons and spiritual evil exist or is all merely superstition? Although it is hard to believe in the existence of demons, it mostly resembles something out of science fiction, countless people throughout the ages claimed having been attacked by evil creatures or being possessed by them.
FOX has compiled multiple stories about victims of demon attacks:
Clara Germana Cele
In 1906, 16-year-old Clara Germana Cele in Africa announced that she was possessed by a demon. The girl, who was studying in a Christian school, said she had made a deal with Satan in her prayers. Shortly after ‘signing the pact’, she said she started experiencing strange things.
Witnesses said she began speaking in different languages, create terrifying, inhuman sounds and even levitate at times. Finally, two priests were called in to exercises the demon. The young girl tried choking one of the priests using his stole. After two days of exorcism sessions, the demon was successfully exorcised from her.
It turns out that exorcism was also performed on Mother Teresa, who was famous for her charity towards the poor of Calcutta. The nun was hospitalized in 1997. Doctors could not find the cause for the nun’s insomnia. Archbishop Henry D´Souza of Calcutta concluded that Mother Teresa was possessed by an evil entity. A session of exorcism was performed. Later the Archbishop announced that after a 30-minute-long session of exorcism Mother Teresa ‘slept like a baby’.
Anneliese Michel, born in Bavaria 1952, was raised in a Catholic family. During her teenage years she suffered from epilepsy and mental illnesses. She was often admitted to psychiatric hospitals. It is said that in 1973 she allegedly became suicidal. In addition, she became hateful towards religious items, drank her own urine and claimed she could hear voices telling her she was damned. Doctors could do nothing to help the girl who believed she was possessed by demons. Anneliese then asked her parents to call a priest, but they refused.
To save herself from demons, the girls decided to turn to the church on her own. The exorcism of Anneliese Michel is considered the most famous of them all – it took a total of ten months, over the course of which the girl underwent nearly 70 exorcism sessions. Unfortunately, all efforts were in vain – the girl died from malnutrition and dehydration in July 1976. Her parents and priests responsible for the exorcism were later charged with negligent murder.
Roland Doe is the pseudonym used for the anonymous boy who was the central figure in a strange story in the late 1940s. When the boy was small, he often saw his aunt use a Ouija board to communicate with spirits. Rumours say that after his aunt’s death, Roland tried to contact her spirit by using the Ouija board himself. This allegedly resulted in him being possessed by demons.
Different strange things started happening in his parents’ home shortly after: strange sounds could be heard coming from the walls, religious artefacts falling from time to time, etc. Cuts and satanic symbols started appearing on the boy’s body. Roland also started behaving very strangely.
Members of his family decided to call a Catholic priest to help. The priest concluded that the 14-year-old boy was possessed by evil spirits and that exorcism was necessary. Throughout the many sessions of exorcism – a total of 30 – other priests were involved. All of the sessions had the boy act violently, injuring the priests performing the ritual on multiple occasions. In the end, it is reported that the boy did start living a normal life after this ordeal.
Roland’s story had also inspired the book ‘The Exorcist’ by William Peter Blatty.
In 1976-1977 residents of New York were being terrorized by a serial killer. Police could not find the killer for more than a year. When the police finally identified the criminal, it was one David Berkowitz. Police reports state he had killed six people and had seriously injured seven.
The criminal confessed all the murders and added that demons were to blame. On top of that, Berkowitz claimed that it was his neighbour’s dog who was possessed, not him. It was the dog who ordered him to kill, he said in his testimony.
The court sentenced Berkowitz to six life sentences in prison. In the middle of 1990s, however, he changed his testimony, claiming that he was part of a satanic cult, and that those were ritualistic murders. He later said he lied about the satanic cult and instead said he had killed people because of his personal sexual disorders.
In 1778, English sewer George Lukins announced his alleged demonic possession. Reports say he would scream and make inhuman sounds. Neighbours, concerned about his increasingly more and more frightening behavior turned to the church for help. Lukins spent 20 months in hospital. Unfortunately, doctors could not help him. It was then concluded that he was possessed by demons.
Lukins was also very violent and claimed he was Satan himself. In addition to making inhuman sounds and barking like a dog, he would sing religious hymns backwards. When the man announced being possessed by seven demons, the church stepped in to intervene. After the exorcisms priests announced the man was saved. Lukins announced ‘Jesus Christ, be praised’ and thanked the priests.