Thank you for joining me for another "Terrifying Tuesday" post here on my blog. I wanted to take some time before we really dive in to the story of Anneliese Michel to throw out some disclaimers:
1) I may say a few things in this blog post that you don't agree with. I hope you will still think of my viewpoints with an open mind. I mean no disrespect to the people involved, but I'm simply trying to juxtapose my theories and opinions into the case to help you make sense of it.
2) Demonic possession is a very serious matter. Part of the reason I do these "Investigating the Mysterious" posts is to educate you (and myself) on the facts and some of the theories surrounding a case. While it may be entertaining to read, demonic possession is documented.
3) Listen at your own risk. I've heard the audio clips that I will share with you below, and they are creepy. If you get creeped out by that, please don't listen. I don't want to give anyone any anxiety or problems.
Now that those are out of the way, let's dive in to the story of Anneliese Michel and the six demons that supposedly made her body their home:
THE LIFE OF ANNELIESE MICHEL
Anneliese was a pretty normal teenager from West Germany. She was a devout Catholic who showed great respect for tradition and to people of the faith. She also had a steadfast boyfriend named Peter, and a loving family.
Anneliese was so devout in her faith that she would practice penance for others. She even slept on hard wooden floors in freezing cold conditions to atone for the sings of drug addicts who had lost their faith.
It wasn't until 1969 that Anneliese experienced something she never had before: seizures. She was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy, a condition that can lead to hallucinations, mood changes, and loss of awareness. These were only a few side-effects on a laundry list of possibilities.
During her time in the hospital, she chose to spend her days furthering her relationship with God. She would likely read the Bible, pray, and do other Catholic traditions as she underwent treatment. Luckily, the treatment seemed to work well and Anneliese found herself back in school with all of the other local children.
It wasn't long, however, until Anneliese started to witness demonic faces in the walls of her family home. She would have trouble standing on her own and would even have bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. If you know anything about the Catholic faith, suicide is regarded as an unforgivable sin, so this was big for such a devout believer as Anneliese.
Her mother, Anna, said that she once witnessed Anneliese's at the dinner table with very large hands. Anneliese herself would tell those who asked that she knew demons had taken ahold of her.
In order to get approval for the exorcism, Father Renz had to rule out any "earthly" cause for Anneliese's behavior. So, he began sending her to doctors, who all suggested that she had "something like" epilepsy. Psychiatrists were also brought in to look at Anneliese, but they insisted they couldn't help her with medication, with some apparently telling the father that an exorcism was truly in order.
This made sense because Anneliese was acting completely strange. She would eat bugs, pee on the floor and lick it up, eat coal, and do all sorts of other strange and inexplicable activities.
Supposedly, Anneliese was able to walk with no problem when she encountered Mother Mary. Mother Mary also supposedly took away the demons for three days while Anneliese made her choice.
Anna begged Anneliese not to take the deal but Anneliese decided that she couldn't let so many people suffer because of her, so she decided to choose to live through the suffering so that others wouldn't be sent to hell.
After exhausting medical personnel to look at Anneliese, Father Renz decided to do a test on her to see if she was supernaturally possessed. In his head, he told the demons to flee from Anneliese. After he said this, Anneliese became violent and snatched and broke his rosary. He knew then that he needed to perform an exorcism.
During the exorcisms, which happened twice a week for nearly a year, Anneliese claimed to be possessed by six demons called Judus Iscariot, Lucifer, Hitler, Fallen Priest Fleischmann, Nero, and Cain, many of whom are found in the Bible. I want to give you the opportunity now to listen to the tapes. If this stuff gives you the creeps, I have linked the transcript here so you can read it rather than listen to it.
In 1976, Anneliese died at the age of 26 from starvation and dehydration. She had stopped eating and drinking in the last few months of her life. However, it was clear that anyone who hadn't witnessed the things that happened with Anneliese would think she was abused. She weighed close to 60 lbs (27 Kilos) and was covered in bruises and markings.
Because of this, two of the fathers and Anneliese's parents were charged with negligent homicide. They were originally sentenced to six months in prison, but they had their sentences downgraded to three months of probation.
Later, the movie "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" was made. Anna wanted nothing to do with the movie. She claims that mysterious hauntings and paranormal activity continued after Anneliese died.
MY THEORIES AND OPINIONS
Now comes my opinions and theories behind this case. I have no doubt in my mind that this was probably a case of demonic possession. I do believe that these things can happen. I believe that there is evil in the world. However, I take serious issue with this case because it continually says that Anneliese was a devout believer in God.
THEORY ONE: MOTHER MARY WAS A DEMON
The Bible that I read clearly states that those who long to be forgiven by God with pure intentions are forgiven. It doesn't say that we must bear one another's sins, but rather that we bear one another's burdens. For Mother Mary to come and say that Anneliese had to "bear the sins" of the world in order to keep others out of hell, I just can't agree that this was some holy figure she happened upon during her walk.
It seems obvious that the demons that were inside of Anneliese could torture her or choose to remain silent when they wanted to. I feel that the appearance of Mother Mary was a sick trick by the demons to try to trick Anneliese into giving them her soul...and it worked. I don't think that the real Mother Mary would ask someone to die for the sins of others. It is apparent at the cross that Mary was very disturbed and distraught about her son's wrongful death, but she understood who her son was and what was happening. To will that on to a human wouldn't be a righteous thing to do.
So, long story short, I believe that the demons stopped torturing Anneliese for three days to convince her to save the world and then, when she decided to follow their advice under the guise of Mother Mary, they ramped up their possession.
THEORY TWO: ANNELIESE HAD SCHIZOPHRENIA
I think that it is quite possible that Anneliese had schizophrenia. There has always been a negative stigma toward mental health in the Christian community. I believe it is possible that Anneliese's biblical knowledge combined with her hope to save others and her mental illness could have led many to believe that she was possessed instead of in need of serious health rehabilitation.
THEORY THREE: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
I don't really believe this theory just because there is so much evidence from what I've learned that the church fathers did a lot to seek out physical and psychological health experts to rule out problems Anneliese could have been experiencing, but it is possible that the Catholic Church was using Annliese's unique situation to instill fear in to others.
Think about it: if you read about a young woman who was doing great but all of a sudden fell sick and began seeing demons, you'd be scared and you'd want to know that the church was there to help you. The only evidence I can find that this could be a possibility is that a medical doctor was asked by the priest if they could give Anneliese any medication to keep her painless and they supposedly said "there is no injection to cure the devil."
Later, medical personnel denied saying this in court, so it could be that the Catholic Church played up Annliese's situation to manipulate the masses.
So, what do you think happened to Anneliese Michel? Was she possessed, faking it, suffering for a mental illness, or was she a pawn for the Catholic Church? Let me know in the comments below.
Several months ago, a movie on Netflix called “Veronica” made news. Headlines claimed that the movie was so scary that many people couldn’t even get through it.
That sounded like a challenge to me. Not unsurprisingly, I didn’t find the movie that scary. However, I do think that the movie was well done. I was intrigued further by the small-screen hit when I found out that Veronica was an actual person who actually experienced these events.
So, I thought for today’s Terrifying Tuesday post, it would be a great time to talk about the true story behind this Netflix hit.
session. It is important to note, however, that “interest in the occult” is subjective. Some people may say you have an interest in the occult just because you clicked on this blog post out of interest. Others, however, will say that people interested in the occult are those who regularly try to communicate with those who have already passed.
During their séance, which the girls performed in a seemingly remote location at their catholic school, the girls were interrupted by a teacher (a nun) who ended up breaking the board in half. We will get in to why that is so bad a little bit later. The girls with Lazaro claimed that they saw smoke going in and out of Estefania’s mouth.
Following this experience, Lazaro began to experience seizures and rapid mood changes. She claimed to see shadow figures in her house and in her room. When her parents became worried, they took her to several doctors, but none of them could find anything wrong with Lazaro.
The family experienced whispering, shadows, electric malfunctions, and slamming doors. They eventually called the police to report the problem.
When the police investigators arrived, they too experienced paranormal activity. The Lazaro case became the first case to list paranormal activity in the police report. Here is what police inspector Jose Pedro Negri said about his experience in the house:
“When I’d first entered the room, I noticed they had a large wooden crucifix on the wall and hanging off it was a smaller pearly crucifix like the one children get at their first holy communions. There was also a poster. [But a few moments later,] the crucifix had been turned upside down, the little crucifix was on the floor and the poster and the door had three or four deep scratches in them as if someone had clawed through the poster and deep into the door."
Some inspectors had to leave due to feelings of sickness while inside the house. The inspectors also witnessed Estefania’s photo catching on fire in its frame. The family decided to move. Luckily, the entities that were haunting them didn’t follow.
While I am a fan of investigating paranormal claims and understanding the afterlife and entities like angels and demons, I’ve never been fond of the idea of a Ouija board. Just the thought of it working and being responsible for unleashing unspeakable evil into the world is plenty to keep me away from it.
Plus, as someone who has a strong relationship with God and firm foundations in my religion, I don’t feel the need to do anything like that. I say all of that to let you know that I had to do some research on proper Ouija board etiquette to understand what happened to Estefania.
According to the research I’ve found, breaking the Ouija board in half was where everything turned south in this situation. The nun was understandably angry that the girls were playing with what could be evil forces on school grounds (or at all), so she broke it.
People who use a Ouija board must say goodbye to the spirits they’ve contacted. If they don’t, the spirits are free to “escape” the board. Some say that breaking the board in half can unleash all of the spirits who were contacted using that board.
I want to be clear that I don’t think anyone should use a Ouija board. I am simply bringing up this “rule” for using one because it is obvious that this could have been what caused the problems with Estefania.
My first theory is possession. As a Christian, I believe in good and evil. I believe that bad entities walk the Earth, or they are looking for a way to get into our world. This thought, for some reason, is widely avoided in many churches. Church people think that if you talk about this stuff, you must want to participate in it. However, for me, I just think it is wise to be educated on good and evil and the lengths bad things will go to in order to wiggle themselves into your lives.
From what I’ve learned from my research, it does seem to add up. The strange happenings only became a problem after the incident at school.
My next theory is that Estefania may have been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. People with paranoid schizophrenia tend to hear and see things that aren’t actually there. They also have a strong delusion that something is out to get them and hurt them. The seizures could be a different medical condition that just made everything worse.
My last theory is a combination of the two first ones. From what I learned in my research, Estefania’s family didn’t experience much until after Estefania died. I think it could be possible that Estefania had some serious mental issues and, after she died, she stuck around to haunt her family.
What are your theories?
So, that is all for today’s Terrifying Tuesday. I hope you are considerably spooked (just as I am as I type this). I pray that you will stay away from objects that promise to connect you to those who have passed or to demons and other bad entities.
Stay safe this Halloween and just stay in and eat some candy!
Since it’s blog-tober and I love a good scary story, I thought that I could post more of my “Investigating the Mysterious” blogs every Tuesday for what I’m going to call #TerrifyingTuesday!
This week, I wanted to talk about a haunted house that is supposedly ranked as America’s number one haunted location. Let’s talk about it:
THE STORY BEHIND THE WHALEY HOUSE
The Whaley House, located in San Diego, California, was home to the Whaley family. However, the home served as far more than a place for the family to lay their heads. According to the Whaley House Museum website, the home also served as a “granary, the County Court House, Sand Diego’s commercial theater, business … a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and a polling place.”
That’s a lot of stuff to cram into this location, which doesn't seem to be all that big. Paranormal activity at this location is credited to centuries-old ghosts, ghosts that haunted the original owners.
It was said that Anna Whaley told local children about Yankee Jim Robinson, the 6-foot-four ghost who's troubled life had resulted in his untimely death. According to legend, Jim came into the town and began taking things that didn't belong to him. So the locals, being fed up with him, hanged him.
Several years later, Thomas Whaley purchased the property and built his home there. As it turns out, Yankee Jim wasn't the first person killed in that spot. Family members and friends began to share their concerns about Whaley's choice, but he didn't listen!
her cat and dog, which can both be seen chasing one another in the house and the garden. The house is also said to be haunted by Thomas, Thomas Jr., and Violet Whaley.
OTHER PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
- The sound of a gavel banging in the area that served as the courtroom.
- Laughter and music.
- Footsteps, of both adults and children. The children's footsteps are thought to be those of Thomas Whaley, Jr., who died in the home at 18 months of scarlet fever.
- The suicide of Violet Whaley. She is said to also haunt the home and bring with her a feeling of great sorrow. She was sad because her marraige to George T. Bertolacci ended in divorce. She killed herself at the age of 22 by shooting herself with her father's revolver. Her suicide note read: "Mad from life's history, swift to death's mystery, glad to be hurled, anywhere, anywhere, out of this world."
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So, is the Whaley House haunted? It certainly seems so. When doom follows a certain family for so many years, how could there not be something going on in their home? All I know is, I don't think I'll be paying a visit. What do you think, is it haunted?
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