My parents let me watch way too many horror movies. I can remember watching Halloween when I was maybe, five years old. I watched the Exorcist when I was around seven. After, I remember sitting in my bunk bed, terrified to go to sleep. Because if I did, what would stop a demon from possessing me?
I’ve always loved scary movies. But I’ve also been fascinated by the stories these scary demonic possession stories are based off of. Are they real? Or just real-ly fake?
To this day, I find this topic so interesting, terrifying, and strange.
To kick off Demon Week, I thought I would list some of the most famous possessions and exorcisms through time.
A German woman named Anneliese Michel underwent 67 rites of exorcism in 1975 – 1976. According to The Washington Post, The Revs. Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz performed the rite 67 times over the first half of 1976. Some of the sessions took up to four hours. Forty-two sessions were recorded on tape. She was allegedly ripping the clothes off of her body, licking her own urine from the floor, and other disturbing behavior. Check out this article on it. This is the story that inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
Roland Doe’s case has inspired movies such as The Exorcist. People in the room during his exorcism have claimed to see objects floating and moving around the room and also noises inexplicably coming from inside the walls. Read more about it here.
Clara Germana Cele
Clara was a South African schoolgirl who was reportedly possessed by a demon in 1906. Nuns claimed that Clara was speaking in languages she’d never heard before and that she was levitating five feet in the air until presented with holy water. Read a little more here.
Do you see what I see in that picture? A woman named Latoya Ammons claims her house is infested with demons. Case managers and a registered nurse even claimed to have seen Latoya’s nine-year-old walk backwards up a wall at the hospital, possessed. The story starts with flies and ends with Zak Bagans, host of Ghost Adventures, demolishing it.
What are your favorite famous possessions? I’d love to hear them or read them. Share them in the comments below!
Drawlloween + Demon Art
Today, funny enough, was Drawlloween 2016’s Demon Day, where artists around the world created an art piece with that theme. It seemed fitting to mention it here since it coincided so perfectly with our theme week.
Here are some of my favorites below.