The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Demonic Possession - Control of an Individual by a Malevolent Supernatural Being

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The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Demonic Possession - Control of an Individual by a Malevolent Supernatural Being

The exorcism of Anneliese Michel is the true story behind the motion picture 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' which was a 2005 horror/courtroom drama film directed by Scott Derrickson. Anneliese Michel (September 21st, 1952 – July 1st, 1976) was a German Catholic woman who was said to be possessed by demons and subsequently underwent an exorcism.

Two motion pictures, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Requiem, are loosely based on Michel's story.

Anneliese Michel was born on September 21st, 1952 in Leiblfing, Bavaria, Germany.

Michel was raised in a strict Catholic family. A devout girl, she tried to make reparations for the sins of wayward priests and drug addicts by sleeping on a bare floor in the dead of winter.

In 1968, when Anneliese was 16 and still in high school, she began to suffer from convulsions.

Court findings had her experiencing her first epileptic attack in 1969. Soon, Anneliese started experiencing hallucinations while praying.

She also began to hear voices, which told her that she was damned.

By 1973 Anneliese was suffering from depression and considering suicide. Her behavior became increasingly bizarre; she tore off her clothes, ate coal and spiders off the floor, and licked up her own urine.

In 1975, when Anneliese Michel was 23 years old, an older woman who accompanied her on a pilgrimage concluded that Michel was suffering from demonic possession because Michel was unable to walk past a certain icon of Jesus Christ and refused to drink the water of a holy spring.

An exorcist in a nearby town examined Michel and believed she was suffering from demonic possession. The bishop issued permission to perform the rite of exorcism according to the Rituale Romanum of 1614.

After years of unsuccessful psychiatric treatments, they gave up on medical treatment and chose to rely solely on the exorcisms for healing.

The rites of exorcism were performed over the course of about ten months in 1976. A total of sixty-seven exorcism sessions were held, one or two each week, some lasting up to four hours.

At some point she began talking increasingly about dying to atone for the wayward youth of the day and the apostate priests of the modern church, and refused to eat.

Though she had received treatment for epilepsy, by this time, at her own request, doctors were no longer being consulted. This was because Anneliese mentioned the "demons" to the doctors, explaining that they started to give her orders. The doctors seemed unable to help, and Anneliese lost hope that medicine was going to be able to cure her.

On July 1st, 1976, Anneliese Michel died in her sleep. The autopsy report stated that her death resulted from the malnutrition and dehydration due to almost a year of semi-starvation during which time the rites of exorcism were also performed.

Demonic possession is the supposed control over a human form by a demon. Descriptions of demonic possessions often include erased memories or personalities, convulsions, “fits” and fainting as if one were dying.

Unlike in channeling or other forms of possession, the subject has no control over the possessing entity and so it will persist until forced to leave the victim, usually through a form of exorcism.

Other descriptions include access to hidden knowledge (gnosis) and foreign languages (glossolalia), drastic changes in vocal intonation and facial structure, sudden appearance of injury (scratches, bite marks) or lesions, and superhuman strength. Many cultures and religions contain some concept of demonic possession, but the details vary considerably.

The Roma people believe that demons can also possess animals, plants, deceased persons or inanimate objects. The oldest references to demonic possession are from the Sumerians, who believed that all diseases of the body and mind were caused by "sickness demons" called gidim or gid-dim.

Signs of Demonic Possession

The deputy president of the International Association of Exorcists, Father Rufus Pereira explains which persons need and which persons do not need an exorcism.

The priests who practiced exorcisms in these nations were called ashipu (sorcerer) as opposed to an asu (physician) who applied bandages and salves.

Many cuneiform tablets contain prayers to certain gods asking for protection from demons, while others ask the gods to expel the demons that have invaded their bodies.

Shamanic cultures also believe in demon possession and shamans perform exorcisms too; in these cultures often diseases are attributed to the presence of a vengeful spirit or (loosely termed) demon in the body of the patient.

These spirits are more often the spectres of animals or people wronged by the bearer, the exorcism rites usually consisting of respectful offerings or sacrificial offerings.

The Malleus Maleficarum speaks about some exorcisms that can be done in different cases. Depending on the severity of the alleged possession, solutions range from prayers of deliverance to the Solemn Rite of Exorcism as practiced by the Catholic Church. The Malelficarum was used extensively during the Spanish Inquisition in its hunt for heretics and witches, despite its author being denounced by the Inquisition in 1490

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

Based on the Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death.

The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder.

The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.


Based on the Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

Trailer for Requiem, an award winning German film starring Sandra Huller that is a psychological drama with an exorcist twist.
Anneliese Michel was a Catholic woman from Germany who was said to be possessed by six or more demons and subsequently underwent an exorcism in 1975.

There are two motion pictures based on the events that happened to Anneliese Michel. The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Requiem are loosely based on Anneliese's story.

There is also a documentary movie Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (in Polish, but the English subtitles are also available) featuring the original audio tapes from the proceedings of exorcism.