The worlds most famous Exorcism
|Hollywood lapped up this story, but the truth was
based around a German girl born September 21 1952 she at the age
of 23 died during a exorcism. The case sent shock wave through
the religious and medical worlds.
Anneliese was just a normal girl until
A neurologist at the Psychiatric Clinic Wurzburg clinic in Germany diagnosed her with Grand Mal epilepsy.
the middle of 1970 Anneliese believed she had been possessed,
She was beginning to hear voices she was beginning to loose
In 1973 her concerned parents sought the church"s help for their ailing daughter.
The medical world was confused and offered little respite for her worsening condition.
In 1974 after much calculating Pastor Ernst
requested the blessing of the church to perform a exorcism on the young girl.
The pastors request was rejected and Anneliese slipped
further into a crazed out of control existence, She became
erratic and dangerous. Behaviours like eating spiders and
insects, eating coal, drinking her own urine, self harm,
screaming and mostly destroying anything religious (rosaries,
crucifixes and religious paintings) was common.
It was this evidence that convince the church to (through the Bishop of Wurzburg Josef Strangl) call on Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst with the order to perform the Exorcism.
For the next nine months two exorcisms were performed a week. During this time she developed super human strength.
Positively she had moments where she had some normality even returning to school .
Unfortunately the attacks and her health declined. She denied all food and become physically weak. On June the 30th 1976 suffering from pneumonia the last exorcism was performed the next day she was dead.
The official cause of death was starvation, and the case was investigated immediately.
Over 40 hours of recordings was made and were used to convince those that demons were responsible . The other side claimed that had she been forced fed she would not had died. Had she been institutionalised she would also not had died.
A commission of the German Bishop-Conference later declared that Anneliese Michel was not possessed; however, this did not keep believers from supporting her struggles, and it was because so many believed in her that Anneliese's body did not find peace with death.
Her corpse was exhumed eleven and a half years after her burial, only to confirm that it had decayed as would have been expected under normal circumstances. Today, her grave remains a place of pilgrimage for rosary-praying and for those who believe that Anneliese Michel bravely fought the devil.
2005 The movie, the exorcism of Emily rose loosely portrayed the true story of Anneliese Michel.
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