This is a disturbing word – “Exorcism”. You may be one of those who believes in dark spirits, or the one who thinks these are freaky myths and nothing more. But you just can’t ignore this unbelievably terrible story of Anneliese Michel and we bet you heard about it at least once.
This girl became the real inspiration for Hollywood, and her story turned into the movie you probably have watched: “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (warning: the movie is not for the weak! Even though the directors left out plenty of disturbing details to it).
We want to start with the fact, that Anneliese was actually a very kind, intelligent, honest and modest girl. Also, it is important to mention that the girl was religious (she was raised in a strict Catholic family with her other three sisters) and loved her life, helpful and respectful, and people loved and respected her back. She prayed every day and kept a bottle of holy water near her bed.
Before all the weird things started happening to her, the girl was in serious and happy relationships. This all makes us ask even more questions of why all this terrible stuff began.
This whole story began in 1968, Anneliese was 17 years old and started suffering from convulsions. The girl was placed in a Psychiatric Clinic in Germany and doctors diagnosed her with Grand Mal epilepsy. Soon, Anneliese started hallucinating and hearing weird voices in the moments of praying. Some of the voices told her she was damned.
Her behavior was getting weirder and weirder. The girl began eating insects, and one day she bit off the head of a bird! Sometimes she stood on the table barking like a dog for days. Her scream may be heard through the walls by her neighbors, and tearing off her clothes became a usual thing.
Anneliese was convinced that she was possessed by some demons (including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, and Fleischmann) which spoke with the help of the girl. Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt were assigned to perform “The Great Exorcism” ritual on the girl. It may sound unbelievable, but the foundation of this exact ritual, “Rituale Romanum”, was still a valid 17th century Cannon Law for that time.
They performed 67 rituals of exorcism in 10 months and some of the sessions lasted up to 4 hours!
After the Hollywood movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, was released, the audio with Anneliese Michel’s voices during one of her numerous exorcisms was posted on the web (be careful! This is not for the vulnerable.)
Anneliese Michel died on July 1, 1976 from dehydration and malnourishment. She was only 23. It happened after her last rite of exorcism on June 30, when she was too weak and couldn’t perform the genuflections (a special act of reverence which consists of falling onto one or both knees). Her parents helped her to perform the motions. She weighed only 68 lbs by this time.
The last two years of her life, she didn’t experience a single minute of peace, being overtaken and besieged by demonic forces.
After an official police investigation, Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt and Anneliese’s parents were accused of her murder.
Some things can never be explained.