The Exorcisms of Anneliese Michel

Born in 1952, West Germany, Anneliese Michel had a history of mental illness and suffered from terrible epilepsy.

In the early 70’s her illness took a turn for the worse and she started to act very strangely. She grew depressed and began to act very aggressive.

She began to reject religious iconography and claimed she could hear the voice of numerous demons inside her head. She believed they were trying to convince her that she was doomed to Hell.

Her parents watched her sad demise until they themselves started to believe in what she was saying. They contacted Josef Stangl, a Catholic Bishop, and he authorized a full exorcism on the young girl.

The exorcisms started in 1975 and ended with Anneliese’s death in 1976 of malnutrition.

This was the real life case of possession that inspired the 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

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