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Two Cases of Demon Possession

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The host discusses two ,real life, cases that inspired popular Hollywood movies. The Possession of Roland Doe and The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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share with you a subject that most of us have heard of. Even if we wish we hadn't demons a word that most of us know, whether religious or not, a word that tends to strike fear in the hearts of those who hear it. The bible talks about these servants of satan and how they influence men to sin. But some have taken influencing to another level through what most would call demonic possession. But is there any merit to this idea? Any truth to the thousands of cases that have cropped up over the centuries across cultures throughout the world? Amityville, the exorcist, haunting in Connecticut, the exorcism of Emily Rose. All of these are recorded to be true cases of demon possession and activity at their core. But are they just creative fodder for the literary and cinematic fire? Pure fiction from twisted minds? Or is there a terrifying truth to cases such as these demons have been a staple of many religions and folklore. As long as man had the capacity to make a comparison between good and evil. From the chin to the goddess lilith, the name has been given to entities across time that never fell into the category of demons as we know them, based on Christianity or more specifically Catholicism. Now you can go on youtube and type in demonic insert down here and get a whole slew of videos from across the world of supposed demonic encounters there in movies, on tv shows in books and across most of our lips at one point or another. But generally these beings are met with disbelief, even by the religious people that will swear to you, They are real. Even the catholic church itself has extensive measures that they take before even considering an exorcism. The devil and his minions are everywhere. But are they really that interested in us? Depending on who you ask and based on the criteria symptoms? Some may tell you the erratic, unusual behavior of someone is mental illness, while others may immediately jump to more sinister spiritual conclusions. And even if the church verifies possession and calls for an exorcism that doesn't make demonic possession fact, there have been plenty of times where the exorcism of a person has caused their death and then we have another topic entirely. But for now let's focus on a few cases of demonic possession that most will agree are accurately labeled with plenty of witnesses and encounters that were documented to the best of the ability of all those involved. The movie, the exorcist hit theaters in 1973 and shocked the hell out of audiences. It started fairly young linda blair as Reagan, a teenage girl who messes around with a Weegee board and ends up being possessed by demons, then subsequently undergoes a full blown exorcism. I won't spoil the ending for those that haven't watched it, but find it, if you can and give it a go, it can be pretty rough shit for some. So you would caution. The exercise was probably what started at all as far as the demonic possession bandwagon and both intrigued and terrified people. But the thought that possession like this could be a reality was fascinating. Regardless, there are those that have lived and the and the story. The exercise wasn't entirely fiction but based on a factual account surrounding a boy with the pseudonym robbing Mannheim or Roland Doe. If it wasn't for author William Peter Blatty is best selling novel, The Exorcist, based off of the unofficial diaries of Halloran and about turn to priests involved in the exorcism And an article written in the Washington Post in 1949. We may have never known about this bizarre and terrifying story. From what we can gather doe was an only child in a German Lutheran family who lived in cottage city Maryland in the late 1940s, Since the case is shrouded in anonymity for the boy and his family. For the most part, we don't have a lot of details about who he was in his life before the possessions began, but we do know that their last name was supposedly Hunkeler. If I'm saying that correctly, the story is that the boy being an only child was dependent on the adults for playmates and became quite attached to his aunt Harriet, a spiritualist who introduced the boy to the Weegee board when he expressed interest in it himself. Let me stop for a second. I'm sure we all heard it. We G boards are a gateway to hell and demons do not play. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 where you are surely set to be possessed by demons of hell, fire and brimstone. And that's pretty much where this case is going, Poor little Robbie got ahold of the Weegee board and demonic chaos ensues. I'm someone who has been using a weegee board at my craft over the last 15 years and not once have I ever been possessed. I have seen strange and erratic behavior from other folks, but nothing to the extent in this story, one does not just catch possession but generally has to be vulnerable to occupation from such entities. Please don't be afraid of with keyboards and use caution. If you decide to use one, there was plenty of good information out there on the internet and I'm sure I will be doing an episode in the future about them. But I digress in this story. The supposed initial cause of the demonic possession was the opening of a gate or portal by using Luigi board that allowed an entity to come through an entity who easily latched itself onto a prepubescent boy. The account was recorded by a thomas B Allen and author based on one of the last surviving Jesuit priests to witness the exorcism. Father walter H Halloran. But according to Alan, nothing really started to happen to the boy and his family until after Aunt Harriet passed away. It all started off simple enough with strange noises like scratching in the walls and phantom, water dripping, moving furniture and everyday items such as a vase were flung or levitated whenever Doe was nearby. Of course, being a religious family, they turned to their Lutheran pastor Miles Schultz for assistance. Schultz was an interesting one. Not only a Lutheran pastor but also a person with a very long interest in parapsychology. Because of this, he was able to arrange for the boy to spend the night in his home in order to observe him and the supposed activity. Apparently he witnessed some crazy shit because parapsychologist JB Ryan stated that Schultz claimed he witnessed household objects and furniture that seemingly moved on their own accord, but wondered if Schultz unconsciously exaggerated some of the facts. Regardless, Schultz advised the boy's parents to see a catholic priest. I don't know how long the period was between the activity starting and when the pastor told them it was time to see a priest, but I would assume there was a damn good reason that Schultz decided that this was out of his league and they needed to call in the big dogs. He either really believed or he was fearful of the boys behavior. If it were to escalate with demonic possession or oppression, there are a lot of symptoms that go along with it that could technically be explained away as symptoms of mental illness. But then there are some things that just can't be explained even by a rational mind, things like furniture moving and levitating, unexplained sounds and smells, unusual behavior for the oppressed accidents and even unexplained deaths. If it goes on for long enough, the possessed have been reported to speak in a different voice or language not previously known to them hold almost supernatural strength and exhibit moments of psychic activity and the form of knowing things about others around them that they shouldn't. At that point, it is outside the realm of explain ability and generally gets classified as possession, even if those involved is still fully skeptical how else to explain stuff like that? According to what we know from the original story, the boy underwent a number of exorcisms, one of which was conducted by Edward Hughes, a roman catholic priest at Georgetown University Hospital, a Jesuit institution. During the exorcism, there were allegations that the boy was able to slip one of his hands free from his restraints. He managed to break a bed spring from under his mattress and used it as an improvised weapon slashing the priests arm. This action resulted in a halt of the exorcism ritual. Let's stop again for a second. If these accounts are true, there is a possibility that your average skeptical listener hears this and thinks that sounds like someone is something suffering from a psychotic episode and maybe seven out of 10 times. They are properly correct. But there was something about this case and the boys behavior coupled with the violent activity that caused priests to push for him to get more urgent help. Can you imagine how his parents felt, how he felt, if the possession is the truth and he was helpless inside his body while the supernatural first took him over completely. The facts are fuzzy, but supposedly scratches appeared on the boy's body that formed the word lewis. The family then decided to travel to ST louis where the boy's cousin contacted one of his professors at ST louis university bishop, who then in turn spoke to William s powder, who was an associate of college church together. Both priests visited the boy in his relatives home where they to allegedly witnessed a shaking bed flying objects, the voice speaking in a guttural, unnatural voice and finally exhibiting an extreme aversion to anything sacred in a religious sense like the holy rosary. He even urinated on himself and started cursing at the priests because of this scene. Bowden was granted permission from the archbishop to perform yet another exorcism on the boy. This exorcism took place at the Alexian Brothers Hospital in South ST Louis Missouri, which was later destroyed before this next exorcism ritual began yet another priest, walter. Halloran was called to the psychiatric wing of the hospital where he was asked to assist about turn in the right William Van Roux, A third Jesuit priest was also there to assist the others. Halloran's data that during this time, words such as hell and evil, along with various other marks, appeared on the 13 year old's body, supposedly during the litany of Saints portion of the exorcism. The boy's entire mattress began to shake on top of everything, dough broke Halloran's nose during the process. Later, Halloran told a reporter that after the right was said and done, Dough went on to lead a rather ordinary life Allen in his 1993 book, possessed the true story of an exorcism, stated the consensus of today's experts was that Robbie was just a deeply disturbed boy, nothing supernatural about him. So what the hell really happened was though actually possessed or just playing the long game in an act of ultimate teenage rebellion, because this was before the day of fancy recording equipment and portable video cameras, the only information we really have to rely on is that of supposed eyewitnesses under a thin veil of possible religious fallacy. Another author, mark a pause as nick, questioned many of the supernatural claims made by the priests and family associated with the story, proposing that does nothing more than a disturbed, spoiled little bully who through deliberate tantrums so that he could get attention or out of school sounds rather plausible to me, considering he was an only child. Ab Sosnick also reported that Halloran, who was present at the exorcism, never actually heard the boy's voice change and he thought the boys simply mimic the latin words that he had heard the clergymen say, rather than magically getting the ability to speak the language itself. Ab Sosnick reported that when the marks were found to have suddenly appeared in the boy's body, Hollerin failed to check the boys fingernails to see if they were long or ragged, possibly making the marks on himself. He also questioned use stories of attempts to exercise the boy and his subsequent injury, saying that he could find no such evidence that any sort of episode or injury had even occurred. But during absences Nick's investigation, he discovered that the exorcism did not take place at 30 to 10 bunker Hill wrote in Mount Rainier Maryland. The boy never lived in Mount rainier. The boys home was in Cottage City Maryland. Much of the commonly accepted information about this story is based on hearsay is not documented and was never fact checked. There is no evidence Father E. Albert Hughes visited the boys home, had him admitted to Georgetown Hospital, requested that the boy be restrained at the hospital, attempted an exorcism of the boy at Georgetown Hospital or was injured by the boy during an exorcism or at any other time, there is ample evidence refuting claims Father Hughes suffered an emotional breakdown and disappeared from the cottage city community. Also, according to Abbe Sosnick, those individuals connected to the incident were probably influenced by their own specializations. The psychiatrists rob does suffered from mental illness. two priests, this was a case of demonic possession, two writers and film or video producers. This was a great story to exploit for profit. Those involved saw what they were trained to see. Each purported to look at the facts, but just the opposite was true. In actuality, they manipulated the facts and emphasize information that fit their own agendas. Abs as Nick wrote that after he had located in spoken with childhood friends and neighbors of the boy, he concluded that the boy had been a very clever trickster who had pulled pranks to frighten his mother into full Children in the neighborhood. Skeptic joe Nickell wrote that there was simply no credible evidence to suggest the boy was possessed by demons or evil spirits. He also maintains that the symptoms of possession can be childishly simple to fake. He dismissed suggestions that supernatural forces made the scratches or markings on the boy or cause words to appear on the skin and unreachable places. Saying a determined youth, probably even without a wall mirror could easily have managed such a feat if it actually occurred. Although the scratch messages proliferated, they never again appeared on the difficult to reach portion of the boys anatomy. There was even an incident where the boy was reportedly seen scratching the words hell and christ on his chest by using his own fingernails according to nickel. Nothing that was reliably reported in the case was beyond the abilities of a teenager to produce the tantrums, trances, moved furniture, hurled objects, automatic writing, superficial scratches and other phenomenon were just the kinds of things someone of our age could accomplish just as others have done before and since. Indeed, the elements of poltergeist phenomena, spiritual communication and demonic possession taken both separately and especially together as one progress to the other suggests nothing so much as role playing involving trickery. Nickel also dismissed any stories of the boys extraordinary strength, saying he showed nothing more than what could be summoned by an agitated teenager. And he criticized popular accounts of the exorcism for what he termed a stereotypical storybook portrayal of the devil. These authors really did their research well. But where are their credentials to critique? Case in this way, demonic possession or mental illness, both possibly outside the realm of expertise. But they reported, like skeptics do, and their evidence could suggest that what they believe is actually truth to christian academics. Terry D. Cooper, a professor of psychology, and Cindy K. Epperson, a professor of sociology, wrote that advocates of possession believe that although they are not frequent. Exorcisms are necessary for casting out the demonic and cases of genuine possession cannot be explained by psychiatry. Cooper and Epperson seemed to dismiss any natural explanations in favor of a more supernatural perspective, in regards to the nature of evil, not a lot of chatter from the church on this at this point, the case is old enough that those alive then are probably deceased and over time, especially that much time stories like these tend to mutate and take on a life of their own. There have been paranormal investigators who have visited the old house and roanoke drive to try to see if any demon energy resides at the residents most notably ghost of interested a huge investigation involving the house. But the evidence was lacking in my opinion and probably Hollywood inflation, if you know what I mean, The exorcism didn't even happen there and that's where people start to confuse reality with fiction over time. The big exorcism in the movie happened in Reagan's house, but joe wasn't at home, he was in the hospital when this was performed. See things mutate and change as lives march on. So what really happened to Roland Doe like most evidence in a lot of these sorts of cases. It is all based on eyewitnesses and hearsay speculation and lacking in any real physical proof, just the diaries of two holy men, Their biases skewed by the church and possibly further pushed into the realm of the paranormal by a bratty adolescent. It's one of those cases where you kind of have to be a skeptic based on the information from both sides. When you look at it, the movie and book have more detailed than the actual case itself. I guess it all depends on how you view the subject matter. But at this point we won't ever really know the truth and fiction tends to be more memorable anyway. Our second case started at all for another well known horror film, The exorcism of Emily Rose, but instead of an american farm girl, the real Emily analyst, Michael was from Germany. She grew up devoutly Catholic in Bavaria West Germany in the 1960s where she attended mass twice a week. The story begins when analyst was 16 and she suddenly blacked out at school and began walking around seemingly in a daze. However, she did not remember this event though, her friends and family noted that she was in a trance like state about a year later Annalise experienced a similar episode where she woke up in a trance and actually with the bed, her body then went through a series of seizure like convulsions, causing her to shake uncontrollably. After the second occurrence, it was decided that the girl would visit a neurologist who subsequently diagnosed her with temporal lobe epilepsy, a disorder that causes seizures, loss of memory and the tendency to experience auditory or visual hallucinations. Strangely enough, this sort of absolute epilepsy can also cause something called Geschwind syndrome, another disorder marked by hyper religiosity. After this diagnosis, analysts began taking medication for her epilepsy and soon enrolled in the University of Wurzburg and the year of 1973 sadly, the drug failed to help her with her epilepsy and as the year went on, her condition began to worsen. She continued to take her medicine, but she had started to believe that she was possessed by a demon and that she could somehow find a solution to this outside of her medicine and at least began to live her life in fear, claiming that she could see the face of the devil wherever she went and that she heard demons whispering to her, she prayed and prayed and during an instance of praying, she swore she heard the demons telling her that she was damned and wood rot in hell. She concluded from this that the devil himself must be possessing her analysts went on the search for priests aid her with her supposed demonic possession. However, all the clergy approached by her rejected to assist, urging her to get medical help instead, and that they needed the permission of a bishop to even help her anyway. At this point, her delusions have become extreme despite not really helping her good on those priests for that, at least, suggesting she seek medical attention for what sounded like delusions. Any same person, whether skeptical or not have to take these things with a grain of salt. From an outside perspective, with no physical proof, I could see why they were reluctant to help her. Especially because exorcisms are supposed to be used in very extreme measures. People have died because of them as I stated earlier, despite all of this, Emily still thought she was possessed. She would tear all the clothes from her body and compulsively perform up to 400 squats a day. Remember that creepy ass scene in the exorcism of Emily Rose where she is in her room leaping up from her shins and then down again. Yeah, think like that. She also crawled under a table and bark like a dog for two days and eight spiders and coal. Which is another scene from the movie where they find her eating insects. She also bit the head off a dead bird and even licked her own urine. From the floor. From the perspective of any typical person, she appeared to be severely mentally ill. Eventually, she and her mother found a priest ernst adults who actually believed that she was truly possessed and not suffering from some sort of mental illness. He stated that she didn't look like an epileptic. And later court documents involving the case, whatever the hell that means, because seizures were the least of her problems. At this point, analysts wrote to halt. I am nothing. Everything about me is vanity. What should I do? I have to improve? You pray for me. And she also once told him I want to suffer for other people. But this is so cruel an official exorcism cannot be performed without permission. So all petitioned the local bishop, Bishop Joseph Stengel, who eventually approved the request and granted a local priest, Arnold Renz permission to perform an exorcism, but ordered that it be carried out in total secret and mentioned to no one Over the next 10 months following the approval of the Bishop. Alton runs conducted 67 exorcisms lasting up to four hours on poor Annalise Through these exorcisms and at least revealed that she was actually possessed by possibly six demons Lucifer, cain, judas, iscariot, Adolf, Hitler, father, valentin, Fleischmann and Nero. All of these supposed spirits would fight for power over anna lisa's body and when communicate from her mouth with a low growl. It's not hard to do a google search for recordings of her exorcism and they're actually truly spine chilling. But I will also play a bit for you here. This clip starts with what analysts sounded like prior to the possession and then goes through the supposed voices of each demon in this order. Hitler cane, Nero, Fleischmann, judas and Lucifer, what you're going to hear may be disturbing to something. The recording is a little over three minutes long, so feel free to mute the volume for a bit or fast forward. Mhm Yeah issues you near the comments, our justice and socially missing. So gross. Um so first name because to take my life and this is so large sour stomach, don't remove up, you might have in my country. Mhm Oh yeah, For over nine years. Okay, I Oh no, okay, the or oh oh, balance get Neil and me. Mhm Mhm No. Yes, to be like a yeah Oh did the most to me now, after you finish it off, you're not only by the dead copy it. Oh my Uh huh But 67 exorcisms, if you've ever read about exorcism is an intense demonic possession, you know, based off of physical evidence, how strenuous something like this can be on the human body, not to mention their psyche, especially if analyst was mentally ill. On top of that. Whether she was actually possessed or not. The toll it can take on her would have been devastating. I don't know whether or not during this time of her family ever contacted a medical professional, because in my opinion, one should always be on hand during an exorcism. Unless they start to train the priest to B E M T S as well as demon colors. All this sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. And it technically was apparently, the demons argued with each other with Hitler saying people are stupid pigs. They think it's all over after death it goes on and judas saying Hitler was nothing but a big mouth who had no real say in hell frequently throughout these sessions and Elise would talk about dying to atone for the wayward youth of the day and the apostate priests of the modern church. She ripped the tendons and broke the bones in her knees from continually kneeling in prayer Over these 10 months. Remember that all 67 of these exorcisms were performed in only 10 months time, analysts was often restrained so that the priest could conduct their exorcism rites Because of her episodes, Annalise had stopped eating and she eventually died of malnutrition and dehydration. On July 1, 1976 She was only 23 years old. What's even more messed up is that after her death, anna lisa's story became a national sensation in Germany after her parents and the two priests who conducted the exorcisms were charged with negligent homicide. They came before the court and even used recordings of the exorcism to try and justify their actions. The movie did a pretty great job with bouncing back and forth between the court scenes and the scenes of Emily slowly devolving into possession, unfortunate or not. The two priests were found guilty of manslaughter resulting from negligence and were sentenced to six months in jail, which was later suspended and three years of probation. The parents were exempted from any sort of punishment as they had suffered enough, supposedly a criteria for sentencing in german law. Other than inspiring a horror film analysts became sort of an icon for some Catholics who felt like modern secular interpretations of the bible were distorting the ancient supernatural truth that it contains friends. Barthel who reported on the trial for the regional daily paper. The main post remembers the surprising thing was that the people connected to Michael. We're all completely convinced that she had really been possessed, buses often rolled from Holland, I think still come to anna lisa's grave. Bartell says the grave is a gathering point for religious outsiders. They write notes with requests and thanks for her help and leave them on the grave. They pray sing and travel on. It's almost as if Annalise has reached this strange level of quasi sainthood because why she died as a martyr to demonic possession, a death that could have possibly been prevented. Had she been taken to the hospital and put under medical care, Even if the priest continued to be with her, she would have still been monitored by medical professionals while the movie really chilled me and fucked with my head because yeah, demons are plausible, if not downright real to me. And even if I am a skeptic, I don't know what I would have thought. Had I been a juror on that trial, I have listened to recordings dozens of times and the sound, the tone and the pitch of her voice makes your skin crawl when you look at the pictures of her, what she looked like before. It all started to the hollow, brittle shell of her former self. At the end, it makes you emotional. But was she really possessed or just severely mentally ill? Had they gotten her medical medical care? Would she still have died? Or could she have possibly for survived? When all of this started? For Annalise? She was around the average age that schizophrenia starts to manifest. Was analyst actually a severe paranoid schizophrenic with religious delusions and hallucinations. Instead, we will never know the actual truth. Despite the eerie and upsetting evidence in this instance. There's a common denominator here for me and something. I see a lot on demonic possession cases. The victims of the possession are all highly religious, if not catholic and their religious beliefs is that a prerequisite? I know there have been cases out there that involved non religious or non believers, but you don't care about them as much is their religious devotion actually a vulnerability. It's truly scary to think that invisible beings made of pure evil and hellfire who lurk on the fringes a reality exist, just waiting for us to let our guard down so they can take up residence inside our bodies and completely take over all it takes is just a little crack. Or are demons just inside our heads, just like people talk about having inner demons? Are these episodes of possession just merely a manifestation of some aspect of a person's personality caused by some sort of mental illness or act of defiance and lashing out. I don't know, the supernatural paranormal are tricky like that. There are a lot of similarities in these two cases, as far as behavior of the supposedly possessed. But maybe that is a coincidence, or maybe that is the diagnosis criteria for demonic possession. Either way, these instances actually happened, whether embellished or not, and they are just another page of a book on the shelf of the occult, Another question of actuality or pure fabrication. What do you believe?
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