The Anna Ecklund Possession

The Anna Ecklund Possession

There must be few things more terrifying to a God–fearing person than the thought of demonic possession. For those unfortunates who do befall such a fate, exorcism is often the only and final solution to their misery.

Shrouded in mystery and ritual, the ultimate battle between good and evil is played out in the most ghastly of circumstances and is rarely documented.

The possession of Anna Ecklund is an exception, her dreadful experience is one of the first cases of demonic possession recorded in America.

Chronicled in the pamphlet ‘Begone Satan’ it stands as the true testimony of strange events that took place almost a hundred years ago.

Begone Satan

‘Begone satan’ was a pamphlet written over eighty years ago, detailing the events surrounding the possession and second exorcism of Anna Ecklund in 1928.

Originally written as an information pamphlet by Father Carl Vogl and featuring the testimony of a witness Rev. Joseph Steiger, it was intended for young Catholic priests in American seminaries.

Vogl hoped his work would support the priesthood in the identification of those possessed by evil entities. In 1973 the pamphlet was translated into English by the Rev. Celestine Kapsner.

The pamphlet and its subsequent translation into book form are freely available for the public to read.

The Possession of Anna Ecklund

Anna Ecklund was born in Wisconsin USA in 1882. Little is known of her early life other than she was a devout Catholic.

This could not have been the influence of her father for reasons that will become apparent, so it must be safe to assume that at least until the age of around eight there was a guiding influence in her life, possibly her mother.

From the age of eight until the age of fourteen a change came over Anna and she began to demonstrate the indications of possession.

There are some suggestions that she was cursed by her father and her maternal aunt, Mina. Jacob Eckland was said to be incensed that his pious child would not indulge in an incestuous relationship and colluded with the aunt to invoke the evil spirits that possessed the child.

Anna first began to display an aversion to anything holy or religious, rejecting the church and overwhelmed by feelings of hatred towards the priesthood.

She also began to display an unhealthy interest in perverse sexual acts and to blaspheme. By the age of fourteen Anna was displaying signs of total possession.

The First Exorcism

At some point in Anna’s childhood medical opinions were sought. When doctors could find no medical reason for Anna’s condition, the first exorcism was performed to rid Anna of the evil demons destroying her life.

On June 28th, 1912, Father Theophilus Reisinger carried out what turned out to be an unsuccessful exorcism.

The lack of success was put down to Anna’s father Jacob and her aunt Mina, who invoked the cast out demons to return to Anna. In accordance with warnings in The Bible, the demons returned seven times stronger, to possess Anna’s soul.

The Second Exorcism

The second exorcism of Anna Ecklund took place some twenty six years later when Anna was 46. It is hard to know what happened in the intervening years. Was Anna possessed during this time? Did she have periods of peace?

What is known is that the same priest, Father Reisinger performed the second, as well as the first exorcism. By this time Anna was possessed by numerous entities but four were particularly prominent.

Beelzebub: Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies and one of the seven princes of hell was one of the demons who possessed Anna. During the exorcism he engaged in philosophical debates with the priests involved, taunting and deriding them.

Judas Iscariot: The disciple who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver is said to have taunted Anna constantly into committing suicide whilst occupying her soul.

Jacob Ecklund: Condemned to hell for trying to corrupt his daughter, the devil allowed Jacob to possess the soul of his daughter so he could satisfy his incestuous desires.

Aunt Mina: Rumored to have committed infanticide and to dabble in the dark arts, Anna’s maternal aunt Mina was another who possessed the troubled woman.

Possibly, to protect Anna from gossip and notoriety Father Reisinger removed Anna from her hometown to perform the exorcism.

He secreted Anna in a convent in Earling, Iowa. What followed was 23 days of paranormal phenomena.

23 Days of Hell

As soon as Anna arrived at the convent she began to demonstrate extreme signs of possession. She could tell which food had been blessed by the nuns and refused to eat it, hissing and spitting like a feral cat.

Said to possess an almost superhuman strength she could run up the walls and cling to them without falling, defying gravity.

Anna is described as levitating before witnesses and eventually had to be tethered down. Despite being tied to an iron bed for her own safety Anna still had to be held down by six nuns, who could barely contain her strength.

Emaciated and frail, refusing to eat, sometimes her body became so heavy that the iron bars supporting her mattress bowed until they touched the floor.

One of the most grotesque manifestations of Anna’s possession was the terrible trials her body endured. Constantly vomiting foul substances, various parts of her body swelled until those attending to her thought she would burst.

During those periods when the rites of exorcism were being performed, Anna is said to have been completely unconscious and her lips still. Despite this she is described shouting at the nuns reminding them of past sins only they could know of.

Having only a limited education Anna also spoke fluently in German, Latin and English, blaspheming and cursing those around her.

She also seemed to have the ability to predict future events, including a car crash involving Rev. Joseph Steiger, the priest of the church attached to the convent.

Throughout these 23 days the room where Anna lay was plagued with strange smells and flies, a true sign of Beelzebub’s presence.

Indeed, one of the strangest occurrences of this time was the vision Father Reisinger experienced of both Lucifer and Beelzebub present in the room where the exorcism was being undertaken. Their rage and anger they displayed towards him gave the priest hope that soon he may meet with success.

The Triumph of Good over Evil

Eventually, after 23 days good triumphed over evil. The demons were expelled from Anna Eckland, she awoke, was lucid and thanked Jesus for her delivery. What mark it left on her we can’t know.

What we do know is that the nuns who tended to the poor woman during her confinement were transferred within the year to other convents, said to be traumatised by their ghastly experience.

The Rev. Joseph Steiger’s witness testimony was recorded in ‘Begone satan’ as was that of his housekeeper who also witnessed events. Both the Rev. Steiger and his housekeeper testify that what they witnessed was the expulsion of demons from a troubled soul.

Conclusion

Little is known of Anna Ecklund after the successful exorcism of the demons that possessed her. She did return to the convent where she was healed to give thanks, some months later, but disappears after this date.

Was she truly possessed by evil spirits or did she suffer from a mental illness undiagnosed by doctors over a hundred years ago?

If you accept that the poor woman was mentally ill, what explanation can there be for the physical changes to her body, the voices that emanated from her, the prediction of future events, the visions of demons witnessed by priests and nuns alike?

Shocking as it may seem, the possession of the human spirit by evil entities is accepted as a real and horrifying phenomenon. Exorcism with its rites and rituals is often the last resort in purging the body of its depraved occupants, but more than this it becomes a battle between good and evil, for the very soul itself.

As for the possession of Anna Ecklund, whatever the truth of this strange paranormal event, she was certainly a lady who suffered greatly. One can only hope she went on to live a happy and peaceful life.

The Latoya Ammons Exorcism

The Latoya Ammons Exorcism

In November of 2011 an excited Latoya Ammons and her family moved into their new home on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana. They were only there a matter of days before they noticed an influx of flies living in the home with them.

This was the reasonably cold month of November so the family were baffled as to where the insects came from. As it turned out the flies would soon be forgotten, at least for a while, as months of bizarre phenomena unfolded…

The Beginning

Latoya Ammons’s small family consisted of her three children and her mother Rosa Campbell. They all moved into the house on Carolina Street at the same time.

Within days of being in the new house the family members began to hear the sound of footsteps climbing up the basement steps along with basement door opening and closing.

A few days later Rosa Campbell awoke suddenly in the night because she felt some sort of presence. As she squinted through the dark of her room she noticed a tall shadowy figure looming in the corner.

She immediately jumped out of bed screaming and ran from the room. When the rest of the family worked up enough courage to investigate they found wet footprints leading into Rosa’s room and back out again.

March

The strange occurrences kept up until the paranormal activity really took off on the 10th of March when a small Wake took place in the Ammons home.

It was the early hours of the morning and guests from the funeral were still gathered in the living room. Ammons decided to check on her daughter who was sleeping with a friend in Rosa’s bedroom.

Rosa Campell & Latoya Ammons
Rosa Campell & Latoya Ammons

As she entered the room she was confronted with the sight of her daughter floating a few feet off the bed in her sleep. She screamed at the top of her voice and the house full of guests dashed up the stairs to see what was wrong.

They all witnessed Ammons’ daughter levitating above the bed and they began to pray.

The calls to god seemed to do the trick and the young girl slowly started descending back towards the bed again. Within minutes she was sleeping soundly again on top of the bed sheets.

In Need of Help

The Ammons knew that they were dealing with some sort of force that they had no experience with – they needed help and they needed it fast!

They contacted several churches in the area but only one took them seriously. They sent out a representative who examined the house and informed them that they did have spirits sharing their space.

They left after advising Ammons and her mother to clean the whole house with bleach and ammonia. This was apparently a way of cleansing the house of paranormal visitors.

Ammons also contacted mediums who believed that the home was filled with evil, claiming the house was home to more than two hundred spirits and demons.

They followed all the cleansing instructions from both the church members and the mediums and even went as far as building a Christian alter in their basement.

This only seemed to wind the resident evil up further…

The Kids

All three of Latoya’s children suddenly become targets for the demonic forces within the home. Her 12-year-old daughter gave a frightening account of being held on the floor and choked by some sort of invisible entity.

As this entity attempted to squeeze the life out of her it whispered in her ear that she would be dead within twenty minutes.

The House on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana
The House on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana

Her 7-year-old brother was found sitting inside a dark closet holding a conversation with thin air. When they asked him what he was doing he replied that he was having a conversation with an entity about the how it felt to be killed.

All three of her children then began to show signs of demonic possession and frequently spoke in deep voices that belonged to adults. Their eyes would bulge fiercely out of their heads and they would grim silently at their Latoya and her mother.

The Doctor

Ammons knew that her kids were displaying worrying health issues so she contacted Geoffrey Onyeukwu, the family doctor. He told her to bring the three of them in so that he could examine them fully.

He came to the conclusion that they were all suffering from delusions and hallucinations.

As Ammons began to argue her point with Onyeukwu her 7-year-old son started to growl ferociously at the doctor.

Without warning he stopped growling and started cursing with words he couldn’t possibly know. He then started to levitate before rushing through the air into the surgery wall.

All of a sudden his older brother collapsed in a heap next to his unconscious brother – neither boy could be revived so 911 was called.

The pair of them were taken to the Methodist Hospital by the emergency services where they woke up shortly after. The older brother seemed fine but the 7-year-old seemed to get stuck in a fit of screaming and shouting. It took 5 male nurses to finally hold him down and calm him.

The Department of Child Services got wind of the strange happenings at the hospital and sent out investigator Valerie Washington. She put Latoya Ammons through a psychological examination but could find nothing wrong with her.

As this examination came to a close the 7-year-old began displaying strange behavior yet again. He started to growl and then pounced on his older brother choking him.

Yet again the hospital staff were called in to calm the youngster down.

Valerie Washington was so shocked by what she had witnessed at the hospital she decided to evaluate the two young boys without their mother.

They were accompanied by Rosa Campbell, RN Willie Walker and a handful of hospital staff.

As soon as the evaluation started the younger brother looked towards his older sibling and said “It’s time to die” and “I will kill you.”

The older brother’s response was to stare back at his brother with a terrible evil smile. He then floated across the room and somehow walked backwards up the wall. He finished this incredible stunt by flipping over Washington’s head and landing on his feet behind her.

Valerie Washington returned to the Department of Child Services and Rosa Campbell took the two older kids back home with her. Ammons remained in the hospital with her youngest child for the night.

Unfortunately Ammons awoke to find that the Department of Child Services had come to a dramatic decision on her children. The youngest child was sent for further psychological evaluation and his two older siblings ended up in a care home nearby.

Father Michael Maginot

A Methodist Hospital chaplain was actually working the night that Ammons and her children turned up. When he heard about the story from hospital staff he decided to contact Father Michael Maginot.

Maginot was the priest at Saint Steven Martyr Parish in Merriville, Indiana – he had been a friend of the Chaplain for many years.

Maginot listened to the evidence provided by the Chaplain and agreed that possession seemed like the most probable cause. Two days later he turned up on the doorstep of the Ammons home.

After many days of investigation Father Michael Maginot managed to convince Ammons and her mother to leave the house for good. He also believed that Latoya Ammons was the main conduit for the demons – she was possessed not her children!

He attempted to gain permission for a local exorcism off Bishop Dale Melezek. The Bishop was less than impressed by this request and he only permitted a minor version of an exorcism…which only seemed to make matters worse!

Yet again Maginot approached the Bishop to plead his case – this time the Bishop caved in and allowed him to carry out a full exorcism in his church in Merriville.

A total of 3 full exorcisms were carried out on Latoya Ammons before the demons were finally removed. In June of 2012 Father Maginot declared that Ammons was free of demonic possession.

The Final Fight

Over the next few months Ammons worked tirelessly to regain custody of her children. The fight went on until November when she was finally reunited with the kids.

She currently lives at an unknown address in Indianapolis – Father Maginot is in constant contact with her…

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