In this article we will be covering the Arne Cheyenne Johnson story, or case, from the early days of 1981. Was this young man possessed and did his ‘demon’ force him to kill his landlord?
Let’s take a closer look…
So let’s start at the beginning…
On July 3rd of 1980, eleven-year-old David Glatzel woke up screaming about a strange man with big black eyes, a thin face with animal features and jagged teeth, pointed ears, horns and hoofs. This rather worrying character had told David to “Beware” in his dream.
David was a pretty good kid, but this dream seemed to change his life. His sister, Debbie, asked her fiance to stay in their home for a bit, to see if he could help break David out of this terrified trance he seemed to be stuck in.
Debbie’s Fiance was named Arne…
But things went from bad to worse for David, and before long he was waking up with strange scratches to his body after every nightmare he had. Worryingly – David began to see the ‘beast man’ when he was awake.
The ‘man’ was described by David as an old man with a white beard, dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans.
Before long the Glatzel family began to hear strange noises in their attic, and David’s behaviour went from bad to worse. They felt they had no other option than to contact their local church.
A priest eventually came out and blessed the home…but this only seemed to make the ‘beast man’ angrier. David’s terrifying visions became worse and he even started to quote passages from Paradise Lost.
The priest returned to the home and decided enough was enough – he reached out to a kindly couple who had helped out in the past – Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Warrens took the short trip from Monroe to Brookfield and met up with David. Ed interviewed the young boy whilst his wife noticed a strange dark mist rise from him as he talked. She was then aware that they were dealing with an extremely negative force.
The kid was possessed – The Warrens, along with four priests, went through three exorcism sessions to free David from the hold of 43 demons.
Unfortunately, during one of these exorcisms, Arne Cheyenne Johnson started taunting the demons within David. He told them that they were weak and they should try entering him instead.
Pretty fucking stupid mistake really…
The Warrens took note of this and told the local police to keep an eye on Johnson – they knew he had gone a step too far!
By November 1980, Arne’s personality had near enough completely changed. Debbie constantly told relatives that he would start growling in trances and even complained about seeing the ‘beast man’ himself.
Then came February 16th, 1981…
Arne called in sick to work as it was President’s Day and he wanted to spend it at a local kennel with Debbie and a few relatives. Arne’s landlord, Alan Bono, turned up and decided to take the group out for a lunch.
Alcohol was consumed, and an argument broke out between Arne and his landlord. Without warning, Arne pulled out a knife and stabbed Alan Bono in the stomach, pulling the knife up and creating an incision reaching Alan’s heart.
He then pulled the knife out and continued stabbing his landlord several times.
At court, Martin Minnella, Arne’s lawyer, liked the angle that Debbie had told him about the possession. He had read up on a handful of possession cases that had taken place in England, and he believed that it could work as a defence for his client.
It didn’t work, and the jury found Arne Johnson guilty of first-degree manslaughter, giving Johnson a 10-20 year sentence, though he only served five.
Oddly, Debbie waited the whole five years for Arne to be released, and they remain married to this day.
What are your opinions on this subject – was Arne a cold killer…or was he actually possessed when he killed Alan Bono?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the tragic exorcism of Joan Vollmer. Was the 49-year-old possessed by demons and could her tortured and painful death have been avoided?
Let’s take a closer look…
What The Doctor Found…
February, 1993, and a local doctor is called out to farm dwelling in Antwerp, Victoria. When he gets there, he is confronted by the scene of a group of people praying frantically…and a decomposing body in a nearby room.
The body was not in a good shape, and had obviously been decaying in the heat for quite some time.
The doctor angrily quizzed the group of people, and asked them why they had not called him earlier. They told the doctor that they expected the dead body of the woman to be resurrected.
This was the gruesome scene of an exorcism. Those who took part in it, believed that the body would be brought back to life. Outsiders thought it was nothing more than a shocking death that could have been avoided.
The dead woman was 49-year-old Joan Vollmer, wife to 55-year-old Ralph Vollmer.
Locals came forward and claimed that Ralph had believed his wife to be possessed for many weeks. He often complained about her dancing in the garden, yelling obscenities and also acting like a rabid dog.
He eventually called in a group of amateur exorcists from an extreme religious group, for help…
The Exorcism of Joan Vollmer
The exorcism started out timid enough – the group simply started intense praying rituals when Joan was in the home. When this did not work, they forcefully tied Joan to a chair and prayed directly at her.
They began to force her eyelids open to ensure she was still with them – they believed that both she, and the demon inside her, needed to see what they were doing – needed to witness The Lord in action.
Days went by, and still there was no sign of this demonic entity leaving Joan’s body.
The group eventually enlisted the help of a local named Matthew Nuske, a assistant green keeper from a golf course, who’s mother believed he had a god given ability to exorcise demons.
Nuske arrived on January the 30th – which turned out to be the last day of Joan’s life.
Nuske started the exorcism by wrapping the whole house in cling film, as a way of keeping the demons inside. He then went about burning various items around the home – saying they were linked to demons.
The group then concluded that two demons were still inside Joan – and they needed to be ‘squeezed’ out. The group began at Joan’s lower abdomen and forcibly squeezed as hard as they could, moving the demons up through her body and out of her mouth.
Unfortunately, when the group started squeezing her neck area, they caused her to begin having a heart attack.
The group of exorcists later claimed that once the demons had left Joan’s mouth, she let out a hiss, and all the lights in the home blinked out.
Joan died, but the group were not worried, as they believed she would rise once again.
When Joan did not come back to life, the group called up a Mrs. Clugston, who had been offering them advice throughout the proceedings. She told them that The Lord had communicated with her, and informed her that they needed to lay their hands on her body, and command her to walk again.
This didn’t work.
Mrs. Clugston eventually phoned the local minister for help, and he phoned the local doctor…who visited the scene…and called the police.
When Ralph Vollmer was interviewed by the police, he still believed that his wife would rise from the dead. He even told them to save their questions for when she did.
On the day of the funeral, Ralph invited the local media along, because he was positive that this was the day Joan would breathe once again.
He was wrong.
The group involved in the exorcism eventually stood trial – Ms Reichenback and Mr Klinger who were there from the start of the exorcism received 4 months (20 months suspended) and 3 month (15 months suspended) prison terms, while Mr Vollmer and Mr Nuske had their prison terms completely suspended.
When police delved deeper into the case they discovered that Joan Vollmer had once been sent to a psychiatric institution. Her abusive childhood and the suicide of a previous husband had apparently triggered off some kind of schizophrenia.
It was noted that she stopped taking her medication, shortly before the demonic possession took hold.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the case of Joan Vollmer, please leave them in the comment section below.
This article will be taking a look at the Mandy the haunted doll story. What paranormal force is inside this object donated to the Quesnel and District Museum, in British Columbia, back in 1991?
Let’s take a closer look…
The doll was swiftly placed on the curator of the Quesnel and District Museum’s desk back in 1991 – the owner claimed that it was over ninety years old and her young daughter had just started playing with it.
Knowing that this was probably an item that was worth a decent amount of money, she decided to take it out of the clutches of the young girl and donate it to the museum instead.
The doll was apparently named Mandy and it had belonged to the owner’s grandmother. The curator couldn’t help but notice that this woman could not wait to get rid of the item – she seemed to have no emotional ties to it!
The curator picked up the doll to examine it once the owner had left. It was a creepy looking little sod…but it seemed to emanate some sort of feeling of unease, of dread.
It was a well worn item, with tufts of stuffing breaking out in places and faded, old fashioned clothing. But it was the doll’s face that really creeped the curator out – it had cracks along it causing one it’s eyes to stick out slightly.
She felt it looked pretty hideous…but it was an antique piece…
The doll was handed over to museum staff so that they could carry out a few repairs, and check whether it was infected by any dangerous infestations. It was placed in a plastic bag for a couple of days (this plastic bag would kill off the insects that were inside the doll).
Many museum employees that were working in the same room as the doll swore they heard the bag rustle as if the doll had moved inside.
On more than one occasion, they also claimed that the doll had managed to move position inside the bag!
The Haunted Doll
After Mandy was ‘released’ from the plastic bag, she was taken to a section of the museum that photographs new additions. It was then left in this room overnight.
When workers entered the room the following morning, they were shocked to find that all the other objects in the room had been scattered about the place throughout the night – the doll remained in the same position it was left in.
The doll was moved to another room…and the same outcome occurred the following morning.
The curator later likened the mess to a child’s tantrum, when it didn’t want something in it’s room, so it kicked up a fuss on everything around it!
The strange doll was eventually placed near the entrance of the museum, but numerous visitors would complain about it’s presence there. Most of them admitted that it would give them the feeling of unease, every time they looked at it.
A lot of amateur photographers, who visited the museum, claimed that the photos they took of the doll would never come out right. In most cases these images were either blurred, or had strange light anomalies present in them.
A psychic eventually visited the museum and asked if they could hold the doll for a reading – to try and find out the origins behind it. The museum agreed…
Mandy the Haunted Doll
Many years ago, a young man was walking past a long abandoned farmhouse, when they heard the crying sound of a child come from inside. Curious as to where it was coming from, the man entered the house.
Once inside, he heard the crying sound once again, coming from the cellar below.
He entered the cellar and was shocked to find the body of a little girl, lying there clutching onto this doll. It is believed that when she died, her spirit decided to inhabit the doll.
The curator of the museum eventually tracked down the woman who donated the doll and found out the truth, once and for all…
The woman admitted that her daughter had nothing to do with the doll, and that she hastily donated the doll because she was sick of hearing the sound of crying sobs…coming up from her cellar…
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Mandy the haunted doll story, please leave them in the comment section below.
This article will be covering the strange case of possession linked to the Ursula and Sabina Eriksson conspiracy – Why did they go uncontrollably insane at the exact same time?
Ursula and Sabina
Ursula and Sabina Eriksson were normal twins from Sweden with no prior mental or general health problems. They were living normal, happy lives with their respective families.
Sabina was living in Ireland, and her sister, Ursula, decided to pay her a visit. She booked her flight, packed her bags, and got ready for a tearful family reunion…
Things did not turn out as she planned…
Their Strange Actions
Ursula arrived in Ireland safely enough, and her sister met her at the airport. For some reason – they both decided to board a bus and travel from Ireland to London.
This was a completely unplanned trip, they had not mentioned it to any of their family members.
After about an hour of the bus journey, their fellow passengers began to get very worried about the two sister’s actions. They seemed to slip into an uncontrollable rage – as if they had suddenly turned drunk…but they had not been drinking.
The driver could not help but notice this strange event and was left with no choice other than to kick them off – he had to protect his ‘sane’ passengers.
The girls ended up on the hard shoulder of a motorway – then they started walking the remainder of the journey (to London) along the middle of the busy motorway!
It wasn’t long before the cameras caught Ursula and Sabina’s mad motorway journey – the police turned up within minutes.
When the girls were first arrested, they seemed fine – both seemed to be able to hold a conversation with the police.
Without warning – Ursula decided to run back into the middle of the motorway, slamming right into the huge wheels of a passing truck, and bouncing off.
Sabina then followed suit – she dashed into the middle of the busy motorway but unfortunately a passing car hit her!
She got straight up from the tarmac and attacked the arresting police by scratching and hitting at them. Ursula tried to join in with this attack, but her legs had been too badly damaged by the collision with the truck.
An Early Release
Both sisters were eventually taken back to the local police station, and arrested.
The following day Sabina seemed to ‘come around’ a lot quicker then her sister. The police decided that she was now in a decent enough state of mind to be released.
This proved to be the wrong decision…
Within hours of Sabina’s release she had killed a man who was simply trying to help her – he was apparently in the process of offering her somewhere to stay when she waited for her sister’s release.
She then proceeded to throw herself off a 40 foot bridge in an apparent suicide attempt.
Somehow she survived the 40 foot fall.
She eventually ended up getting only 5 years in prison due to the fact that her lawyers had no problems in convincing a jury that she was completely mad.
The Ursula and Sabina Eriksson Conspiracy
What was behind the twin sister’s actions over that 24 hour period – what caused them to act like possessed maniacs?
They were both tested for drugs and alcohol – nothing showed up in their system.
Demonic possession, temporary insanity or a complex mid control experiment – what do you think?
Please leave any thoughts you have on the subject in the comment section below.
In this article we will be looking at one of the most fascinating paranormal reports of recent times – the Donnie Decker rain mystery.
Witnessed by numerous individuals, including law enforcement professionals, this is the story of the ‘Rain Man’…
The Passing of James Kishaugh
James Kishaugh passed away on on February 24th, 1983 in Stroudsburg, PA. Most of his close family mourned his death…except his grandson, Don Decker.
Donnie had experienced nothing but dark times with his grandfather, who had abused him since he was a young kid.
When his funeral came around, Don was granted furlough to attend it and comfort his family.
In all, the prison service decided that he was allowed several days on the outside to tie up any loose ends, and to make sure his family was alright.
After the funeral had finished, Don was invited to stay the night with close friends of his family – Bob and Jeannie Keiffer.
As nighttime came, the Keiffer’s started to get a little bit worried about the mental state that Don seemed to be drifting into. He was slowly slipping into some sort of trance and when asked, he claimed he felt a ‘deep chill’ throughout his body.
He finally slumped into a full trance-like state…and the Keiffer’s noticed water dripping from their living room ceiling and walls.
In a panic, they called their landlord, Ron Van Why, and he arrived on the scene within minutes.
Ron knew that this partition of his house had no main water pipes in it – he had no idea what was going on?
Without warning, the water started to rise up through the floors on the ground floor – where was it coming from?
The landlord eventually called the police – he had no other option as the house was now spewing out water from every room!
The first to arrive on the scene was Patrolman Richard Wolbert. He later admitted that the first thing he saw when he got in the house was a droplet of water traveling horizontally from one room to the next.
Officer John Baujan also joined the scene to witness the strange events.
Both policemen were left dumbfounded – until they noticed the trance Don appeared to be in.
They instructed the Keiffer’s to remove Don from the home and sit him down at the pizzeria located a short distance from the residence.
Once Don had be moved through the front door – the strange rain effect ceased.
As the Keiffer’s shifted Don through the entrance of the pizza shop, the owner, Pam Scrofano, noticed water start to pour out from her ceiling.
It seemed to be concentrated above Don and Bob and Jeannie Keiffer.
The religious Pam, suspected that some sort of ‘entity’ had possessed Don – she grabbed her crucifix from her register and pressed it to Don’s bare skin…
He screamed in agony as the cross actually managed to burn his flesh.
They were ordered to leave the shop, and as soon as they did, the rain stopped falling!
Back in the Keiffer Residence
The landlord Ron Van Why and his wife Romayne, were waiting in the property when Don and the Keiffers returned – but the rain seemed to have come back with them!
All of a sudden – the pots and pans in the kitchen started to rattle and jump off their shelves. Van Why quickly confronted Don because he thought it was some kind of practical joke…
Without warning , Don’s body began to levitate in mid air…then some unseen force threw him into a nearby wall.
Not long after, officers Baujan and Wolbert returned to the property with their Chief. Unfortunately, the strange events had suddenly stopped. The Chief told them to leave the case alone – it was nothing more than a plumbing problem.
But Baujan and Wolbert needed an explanation to what they had witnessed…
The policemen returned the next day with Bill Davies and Lt. John Rundle in tow – they wanted to make sure everything was alright in the household.
Bill Davies had heard all about the previous day and he wanted to carry out his own experiment, so he pressed a crucifix to Don’s bare hand. Don informed Davis that it was burning him so he removed the cross…it felt very hot!
Without warning, Don started to levitate once again and flew into a nearby wall – There were three claw marks on the side of his neck, which drew blood.
Landlord Ron Van Why had seen enough – surely something demonic was happening to Don?
He phoned around desperately, looking for a preacher to come in and help Don – and was declined by most. Eventually one came to the house and she went through a prayer session with Don.
It seemed to work – Don slowly began to show his true self again…and calm down.
Don’s furlough was over and it was time to return to jail.
The Prison Incidents
Don couldn’t stop thinking about what had happened to him – could he bring on those powers again? Could he make it rain inside his prison cell?
He concentrated hard and surely enough – water began dripping from his cell’s walls and ceiling.
He was eventually caught by the prison guard making his rounds. This guard did not believe that Don had ‘manifested’ the water in his cell, and challenged him to make it rain in the the warden’s office.
LT. David Keenhold was working in the Warden’s office that day…and ended up with a soaking wet shirt!
Keenhold immediately believed what Decker was trying to tell the prison employees – something was wrong and they needed outside help to solve the problem.
He called his friend Reverend William Blackburn and urgently asked him to see Don Decker.
The Reverend’s preying sessions lasted long hours, but in the end, they seemed to drive the demonic entity out of Don for good.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the case of the so-called possession of Maria Talarico. Many paranormal enthusiasts consider this case to be the ONLY example of alleged possession that led to a formal legal judgment of murder…
The body of a local man named Giuseppe ‘Pepe’ Veraldi was found below the Morandi bridge in Catanzaro, Italy, on February the 13th, 1936.
The twisted carcass was in an extremely bad shape leading the police to believe that Veraldi had fallen from the bridge above. The recorded cause of death was severe damage to the head.
There were no signs of foul play so the investigating police force listed the death as a suicide.
Veraldi’s family were outraged at this conclusion – they believed that ‘Pepe’ would never consider killing himself, and was a happy enough individual.
Within months the apparent suicide was forgotten about by the public…until three years later…
In January of 1939, a young lady named Maria Talarico was taking a stroll across the the Morandi bridge when she suddenly felt the urge to stop at the point where Veraldi’s body was said to have fallen.
She walked over to the side of the bridge, and mysteriously collapsed to the ground.
Onlookers attended to Maria and decided that she was too weak to walk, and promptly carted her home.
Once home, Maria slowly came around – her family thought things were back to normal…until she opened her mouth and began to speak.
When she spoke a strange man’s voice came out of her mouth – this man claimed to be Giuseppe Veraldi and demanded that they go and get his mother.
A couple of family members quickly left for Mrs. Veraldi’s house and brought her back to witness the strange event.
When Veraldi’s mother finally arrived, Maria/Giuseppe told her that he had been murdered – it was not a case of suicide.
Unfortunately, Maria/Giuseppe did not name the culprits behind the murder.
Instead, Maria got up and ran out of the house…and didn’t stop until she reached the exact place under the bridge where Pepe’s corpse had fallen.
Her family members, and Veraldi’s mother, followed her to this spot.
Once she arrived – Veraldi’s mother apparently ordered the spirit of her son to leave this teenage girl’s body – he listened, a disappeared immediately.
When Maria ‘awoke’ she remembered nothing about the incident.
Veraldi’s mother decided to approach the local police with this new information, but of course – trying to convince a police force about the subject of possession…is a pretty hard task.
The mother then had to wait nine years before closure on her son’s murder – when she received a letter from one of Pepe’s former friends who was living in Argentina.
Guilt had finally got to this man – he admitted killing Giuseppe in a jealous rage over a common love interest. He claimed he was helped by three other men.
The police were finally brought back in and the case was re-opened. One of the culprits had already died…but the rest were tried and convicted for murder.
Maria went on to live a normal life, without any other paranormal incidents.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
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’ 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.
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 true story behind the 2013 film The Conjuring is that of the well known Perron family. The Perron family haunting started in the winter of 1970 after Roger and Carolyn Perron moved into the home of their dreams.
The home was located on Round Top Road, Harrisville, Rhode Island. Built in 1736, it was a charming country home with ten rooms. It was the perfect choice for Roger and Carolyn to move into with their five young children.
The children, all girls, shared bedrooms in pairs, apart from the eldest Andrea Perron whom had a bedroom all to herself.
The Perron family began to notice something very strange on the very first day in their new home. The previous owner had advised the family to leave the lights on at night, the confused Perrons had no idea why.
Little did they know that they were about to encounter a haunting by the eight generations of tragic families that had previously resided in the Old Arnold Estate.
The generations of family tragedies included that of the late Mrs John Arnold, who hung herself from the rafters of the barn at the old age of 93.
There were several other suicides such as hangings and poisonings and four men mysteriously froze to death on the farmland. In other mysterious circumstances there were two suspicious drownings on the land also.
A farm hand even raped and murdered an eleven year old girl, Prudence Arnold. The amount of tragedy that this farmhouse had encountered was unbelievable.
The demons that the Perron family encountered after the move into their dream home were frightfully scary. The demons were reported to have pulled the girls’ hair and limbs during the night. House rattling bangs on the front door and banging interior doors were a regular occurrence.
The Perron family heard cries throughout the night including one voice that told of seven dead soldiers buried within the walls.
Some of the spirits that they encountered were so evil that the Perron family were unable to share what the demons had done to them.
It was hinted in Andrea Perron’s book about their experiences (House of Darkness, House of Light) that one of the most evil spirits had often molested the five young girls during the night. She avoided thorough questioning about this spirit in the home by merely saying it was a bad male ghost.
Some of the ghosts were thought to be harmless, smelling of flowers, kissing the girls goodnight or playing with toy cars.
One amazing spirit, presumed a female, was welcomed in the home of the Perrons. The apparition would sweep the entire home, leaving neat piles of dirt ready to be put into the trash by the family.
Another ghost that the five girls loved was believed to be the spirit of Johnny Arnold, who had hung himself in the attic of the house during the 1700’s. The girls called him “Manny”, he would watch over them with a comforting smile, in a reassuring manner.
During their time in the house the Perrons also experienced other paranormal activities, such as, levitating beds and other household objects flying around the rooms.
Chairs were reported to be pulled suddenly away from unsuspecting guests as they were about to sit down, whilst paintings and picture frames would crash down from the walls.
It was stated that the most awful demon in the home had targeted Mrs Perron herself. The apparition was said to be the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, who was known to be a practicing Satanist.
Deemed to be a witch Bathsheba had hung herself during the early 19th century behind the barn. It was alleged that Bathsheba was able to terrorize Mrs Perron because she was not religious and weak of faith.
This theory was confirmed when it was found that a local minister had been able to reside in the Old Arnold Estate with no sightings or unusual occurrences at all.
Bathsheba was a terrifying apparition, described as being covered in cobwebs and vermin with a visibly broken neck. Her presence was always followed by an evil stench.
Carolyn Perron was terrorized by the ghost of Bathsheba, she was slapped, pinched and taunted with lit torches. It was even believed that Carolyn became possessed with the spirit of Bathsheba.
Attacks on Carolyn Perron became increasingly more harsh until the Perrons decided to enlist the help of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Ed and Lorraine Warren
Mr And Mrs Warren had helped to investigate haunting and possessions around the country. They had even been able to convince the Vatican to provide exorcisms in extreme cases.
The Perrons had heard of the Warrens at one of their many public appearances. After assessing Carolyn Perron, Ed and Lorraine believed it to be true that Bathsheba had physically possessed her.
They decided to exercise the demon.
Andrea Perron documented the night that the exorcism took place that it was their most terrifying night of all, watching her mother be thrown twenty feet into another room by the evil apparition.
Although the Warrens were able to help on that frightful night, it was alleged that things became increasingly worse after the exorcism.
The Perron Flee to Safety
During their plight the Perrons had learned about the past occupants’ reports of supernatural phenomena on the Old Arnold Estate.
They realized that it was time to leave but financial constraints held them at their haunted home for ten long years.
Finally in 1980 they had enough money to flee to Georgia. It is said that the current owners of the home, Norma and Gerry Sutcliffe, have also experienced haunting paranormal activity in the farmhouse, but none quite as terrifying as that of the Perron family haunting.
In 1973, the whole world trembled before The Exorcist by William Friedkin. Considered as one of the scariest movies of all cinematographic history, it depicts a little girl possessed by a demon and two priests who came to exorcise her.
At the time, The Exorcist knew a planetary success the likes few movies has ever seen, to an extent where it literally redefined the supernatural-horror genre.
But many people ignore it. The exorcist is actually inspired from a true story – that of the Roland Doe Possession!
In 1949, still a student, William Peter Blatty discovers an article posted in the Washington Post about a young boy of 14, called Roland Doe, who was allegedly possessed by a demon and exorcised by the catholic church a year prior the newspaper publication.
The name “Roland Doe” is a pseudonym name given by the Catholic church to protect the real identity of the boy.
William Blatty became so fascinated by this story that it was etched in his mind for decades and in 1971, he published his book – The Exorcist.
It was an immediate best-seller. Two years later, William Friedkin put it in front of our screens as a motion picture super-hit.
A year prior to the Washington Post article that immortalized this story, In 1948, Roland Doe, was an average young boy of 13 from a middle class family from Mount-Rainier, Maryland.
He was described as a calm, reserved and an introverted boy. He lived in a modest extended family, with his parents, grandmother and aunt Harriet, who, although lived in Saint-Louis, would come very frequently to visit Roland Doe.
His aunt Harriet liked to be called a medium and on her occasional spiritual sessions would use a Ouija board to communicate with the dead.
The whole shebang fascinated the young Roland, to an extent where he begged his aunt to teach him how to use the Ouija board – and she did!
It was however not before long that her aunt succumbed to a fatal illness, leaving the young boy utterly distraught. He began to change, became more introverted and sedentary. He spent days in his room, without coming out, possibly in an attempt to contact his dead aunt with the Ouija board.
According to accounts by Thomas B Allen in 1991, who dedicated his life to the story of Roland Doe, strange things started happening around him soon after his aunt’s death.
His parents started hearing strange noises, which at first they thought were rats in the basement. They called on a private pest control service and found nothing out of the ordinary.
But then things really went chaotic, in a way no rational mind will ever be able to explain…
Lights started switching on by themselves, inanimate objects started making weird noises, chandeliers moved like crazy in a room with no draft and with closed windows. A statue of Jesus Christ kept banging on the wall and objects seemed to be moving by themselves.
At first, his parents tried to rationalize the supernatural events by thinking it was aunt Harriet trying to communicate with them. But the magnitude of the sheer horror they started experiencing made them abandon this thought soon enough.
Whole furniture started moving in a hazardous manner, drawers leaving cupboards like projectiles and supernatural phenomenons started happening everywhere in the house.
Whence came the night, Roland Doe’s attitude changed markedly. He became scary. He developed unexplained bruising and scratch marks on his body. He curled onto himself and started screaming like a madman.
It was then they understood he was possessed.
His parents decided to call on the services of their spiritual guide, lutheran pastor Luther Miles Schulze – for it seemed it was the only sensible thing to do at this point.
Pastor Schulze made a report and relayed it to the Evening Star, which then published the article. It created an uncontrollable nationwide sensation.
Roland was examined by a slew of doctors and psychiatrists who were not able to explain the phenomenons affecting the boy from a scientific point of view.
Pastor Schulze was very skeptical about the supernatural claims. He decided to harbor the boy for one night, for observation.
He later writes in a private letter to his parapsychologist friend (Dr. Rhein); seeing the boy sound asleep on his couch and moving by himself. Not using his legs. or hands. But moving as if an invisible force was pulling on him.
Not skeptical anymore, pastor Schulze tried to perform various exorcism rites to no avail. In fact, the more he tried, the more violent the possessions would get. He handed the Roland Doe possession case to the Catholic church.
The Roland Doe Possession
Demonic possessions are generally scary, but that of Roland Doe is a particularly scary story. A story that has inspired and scared many people for decades and continues to do so to this day. Sleep with your lights on tonight. You never know.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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