Exorcism of Anneliese Michel, Germany 1976

Anneliese Michel was born in 1952 in Leiblfing, Bavaria. Diagnosed with epilepsy at 16, she thereafter slipped into a deep depression and began experiencing visual and auditory hallucinations of a decidedly religious nature which ultimately convinced her, her German Catholic family, and two local priests that she was suffering from demonic possession. Psychiatric treatment was terminated and she underwent sixty-seven exorcism sessions over a span of ten months. She eventually stopped eating and refused medical treatment. She died at the age of 23, weighing only 63 pounds. Her parents and the two priests were charged and convicted with negligent manslaughter. Whether madness or damnation, this brief excerpt from one session reveals the depths of her suffering.