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Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (the real Emily Rose)

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  • Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (the real Emily Rose)

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    Many of you may watched the movie: The Exorcism of Emily Rose. What you may or may not know, is that this movie was based on a real exorcism, that of Anneliese Michel. Anneliese was born and raised in Germany in 1952. Just shy of 16 years old, Anneliese began having convulsions and was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. Shortly after, she was admitted to a Psychiatric Facility for depression and schizophrenic symptoms such as auditory hallucinations. She claimed that voices told her she was “damned” and that she was “going to rot in hell”. When her long term stay at the psychiatric facility was only worsening her condition, her parents began to assume this was in fact, demonic possession. It must be stated that her family was extremely religious. Once the idea of demonic possession began surfacing, Anneliese became afraid of religious objects such as the crucifix. Many priests declined the use of an exorcism and recommended Anneliese continue with her medical treatment. It is quite difficult to gain approval for an exorcism in the Catholic Church (see RITUALS – CATHOLIC POST). One must meet the specific criteria in order to be considered suffering from demonic control. Anneliese’s condition once again worsened. She became physically aggressive, displayed self-injurious behaviors, consumed her own urine, and ate insects. She was prescribed antipsychotics at the time.

    Finally, a priest by the name of Ernst Alt (Arnold Renz) believed Anneliese was not suffering from seizures, and that she was in fact possessed by a demon. In 1975, Bishop Josef Stangl granted permission of Arnold Renz to perform the exorcism (Rituale Romanum of 1614). The exorcism began on September 24th, 1975. A total of 67 sessions were completed. At this time, Anneliese stopped all medical treatment and was ONLY receiving the treatment of the exorcisms. It was said that Anneliese had about 1-2 sessions per week, four hours per session, over a course of 10 months. She began refusing food towards the end of the 10 months, and became severally malnourished. She passed away in her home on July 1, 1976 due to malnutrition and dehydration. She was considered to be in a starvation state for the 10 months of her exorcism treatments. She weighed only 68 pounds at the time of her death, suffering broken knees. The priest and Anneliese’s parents were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years of probation for manslaughter due to negligence. The jail sentence was suspended. The court ruled Anneliese Michel’s case as a “misidentification of mental illness, negligence, abuse, and religious hysteria”. Below is a YouTube video of a recording from Anneliese’s exorcism. Was this a real case of demonic possession? Or was this a severally mentally ill young woman who went improperly treated? YOU DECIDE!
    Last edited by Zara; 05-28-2017, 10:43 PM.