1. Anneliese Michel
2. Brother Hermes Versus 35,000 Evil Spirits
3. The International Association of Exorcists
4. Bobby Jindal’s College Exorcism
Before he was the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal was just your average college student who tried to compel a demon out of his friend Susan. He wrote about the experience in an article titled “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.”
5. The Strange Case of Roland Doe
6. The Exorcism of Mother Teresa
7. Michael Taylor and the Demon of Murder
On October 5, 1974, a Yorkshire man named Michael Taylor underwent an exorcism that lasted all night. After the exorcism was completed, he killed his wife, strangled his dog, and was found naked in the street and covered in blood. The exorcists claimed that “although they had driven forty evil spirits out of Taylor, a few remained, including the demon of murder.”
8. Clara Germana Cele
Clara Germana Cele was a South African schoolgirl who, in 1906, was reportedly possessed by a demon. Nuns who were present for Clara’s “condition” claimed thatshe could speak languages she had never heard before, that she could levitate up to five feet in the air, and that the only thing that would stop the levitation was holy water.
9. Demons of Indiana
10. An Exorcism in the Philippines
National Geographic covered the story of a boy in the Philippines who violently shook whenever scripture was read to him. In the Philippines, the exorcist had to first figure out whether the evil spirit was Satan, or one of the many “demons, evil dwarves, or trolls” that are part of Filipino culture.
Dr. Richard Gallagher, a psychiatrist who is also a delegate to the International Association of Exorcists, wrote this account in the New Oxford Review regarding the demonic possession of a woman he calls Julia. Gallagher says items flew off of shelves while Julia levitated. She also would yell things like “leave her alone, you idiot” or “leave, you imbecile priest.”
12. The Demonic Dog and the Son of Sam
David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, is a serial killer who tormented New York City from 1976 until 1977. When he was finally caught, he claimed that his neighbor’s dog, Harvey, was possessed by a demon that ordered the killings.
13. Text Messages from Hell
Demons pop up in the strangest places. A Polish priest named Father Marian Rajchel performed an exorcism on a teenage girl. After the ceremony was completed, Father Rajchel claims he began to receive text messages from the evil spirit he tried to cast out.
This post was written by Nadia Vella