Monday, August 31, 2009

Anneliese Michel

Born September 21, 1952 in Klingenberg, Bavaria, Germany, Anneliese Michel was a devout Catholic worshipper who attempted to "atone for the wayward youth of the day and the apostate priests of the modern church" by sleeping on a bare floor in the middle of winter. At 16, Michel started hearing transcendental voices during her daily routine of prayers, in which she attributed to the diabolical forces, telling her she was damned along with visions of devilish hallucinations. By 1973, she was suffering from depression as displayed by her increasingly absurd behaviors: eating coal, licking her own urine and tearing her clothes off. She was then claimed to be possessed by demons.

Years after of being intolerant to sacred religious icons such as the crucifix and Holy images and unsuccessful medical interventions, Michel and her parents considered getting an exorcism. This was after an old woman who brought Michel to a pilgrimage declared that she was indeed possessed by evil and was corroborated by an exorcist who examined Michel in a nearby town as well. She was exorcised for about six months around 1976, the same time she was refusing any oral intakes. Throughout the course of exorcisms, Michel exposed the 6 different evils possessing her sanity: Lucifer, Cain, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Legion, and Belial.

July 1, 1976: Anneliese Michel died in her sleep.

Note: The movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose is loosely based on her true story.

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