10 Creepy Real-Life Cases of Possession

10 Creepy Real-Life Cases of Possession

September 3, 2019 100 By William Hollis


– The idea of the
paranormal or even demons has become something
that we have associated with fiction because of movies. However, we often forget about the history of the paranormal, and when
it comes to possessions, that many of the stories
are actually based in real life. The following documented cases
of possession are just that. (creepy music) Here are 10 real life cases of possession. Number 10 is Elizabeth Knapp. (creepy music) Elizabeth Knapp’s alleged
possession took place between October 1671 and January 1672. While this case is centuries old, what’s so compelling about it
is how well documented it is. In the town of Groton, Massachusetts, its town preacher, Samuel Willard, began to notice that one of his servants was acting strangely, so he wrote about it in his journal. Her name was Elizabeth Knapp. Her first symptoms included
pain throughout her body, including the sensation
of being strangled. She began to see two phantom
people walking around her and a man floating above her bed. Samuel Willard documented the case, claiming to witness Knapp
speaking in demonic voices and making animal noises. Willard’s journal survives to this day, though exactly what
happened to Elizabeth Knapp after these occurrences remains a mystery. Number 9 is Anneliese Michele. (creepy music) The case of Anneliese Michele’s possession caused widespread controversy
in her home country of West Germany. Diagnosed with temporal lobe
epilepsy at the age of just 16, she and her family were
convinced that her symptoms of convulsions, hearing voices
telling her to rot in hell, drinking her own urine, and eating insects were all signs that she was possessed. A priest name Ernst Alt
was given permission to carry out 67 exorcisms. After her death in 1976,
the autopsy revealed she was suffering from
starvation and dehydration. Though the priest and Anneliese’s parents were found guilty of
manslaughter, they did not go to prison. The priest claims that Anneliese was cured just before she died, while others suggest that this case is a prime
example of superstition leading people to commit terrible acts. Number eight is Anna Ecklund. (creepy music) Spanning several decades,
the exorcism of Anna Ecklund is among the most enduring of all time. Raised during the late
1880s, from an early age, she exhibited signs of possession, including revulsion of holy objects. It was rumored that Anna’s
aunt, Nina, practiced occultism and had placed herbs in Anna’s food, which resulted in her possession. After an initial exorcism in 1912, Anna underwent another in 1928. Her behavior during the
exorcism was violent and including levitation,
howling, and hanging from a doorway. Further exorcisms took
place where Anna reputedly spoke in different languages and claimed to have been possessed by her own father. On December 23rd of that year, Ecklund was reportedly cured
of her demonic affliction and returned to a quiet life. However, the horrors
of what happened to her remain fresh in many
people’s minds to this day. Number seven is Gottliebin Dittus. (creepy music) The Gottliebin Dittus
exorcism took place in Germany between 1842 and 1843, and
remains one of the creepiest possession cases on record. Living in the Black
Forest, Gottliebin stayed with her three siblings. Those living nearby claimed
strange events occurred around their home, including
ominous noises at night. Soon, Gottliebin reported
seeing a female apparition with a baby in its arms. That is when bizarre
poltergeist-like activity began, and it wasn’t long before
Gottliebin was first exorcized. During the exorcism, she
said she was possessed by a woman who murdered her own baby. She then proceeded to vomit
up objects of sand and glass, with the dead woman speaking through her to those carrying out the exorcism. After two years, and on Christmas Day, the demonic forces inside
her were said to be finally put to rest. But the documented horrors
of this terrifying situation are still studied to this day. Number six is Maricica Irina Cornici. (creepy music) The exorcism of Maricica
Irina Cornici resulted in five members of the
Roman Orthodox Church being convicted of murder. Led by a priest called Father Corogeanu, the exorcism ended in tragedy
when the 23-year-old died. Those involved claimed that
she was genuinely possessed, citing the spontaneous
nature of her symptoms and that her brother had
seen a ghostly apparition move inside of her. Maricica had reportedly
asked to be tied up to stop herself from
committing suicide or murder. When the exorcism finished,
she was supposedly cured, but soon she fell ill and
died inside an ambulance. Those involved were sentenced
to 14 years in prison, but it was later discovered
that Maricica’s death was due to an overdose of
adrenaline given to her by paramedics. Number five are the Ursuline Nuns. (creepy music) While most possessions
involve an individual, the case of the Ursuline Nuns in 1611 is a well-documented
instance of mass possession. It began with a 17-year-old
French nun called Madeline. Rumors persisted that
she had had an affair with the priest at a former convent. When she was moved to another
convent in order to stop the scandal, she began to
exhibit possessed behavior. This included convulsions and
destroying religious objects. Within the isolated
convent, three other nuns exhibited the same behavior,
and by the end of that year, eight of the nuns at the
convent were declared possessed. During several of the
exorcisms, Madeline revealed that her lover, Father
Galfridi, had made a pact with the devil. The priest was executed at
being burned at the stake, and the moment that that happened, Madeline’s possessed
behavior suddenly stopped. Number four is Clara Germana Cele. (creepy music) Clara Germana Cele was
a South African girl who became involved in a
notorious possession case. She claimed that at the
age of 16, she made a pact with the devil, and this was the reason for her possession. The religious staff of the
mission where she lived documented the case and claimed that she could speak
languages that she had not previously known. Allegedly, she suddenly
understood Polish, German, French, as well as other languages. While being unable to
tolerate holy objects and showing the extraordinary strength often associated with possession cases, it was Clara’s ability
to psychically reveal individual’s deepest and darkest secrets which caused the greatest stir. When an exorcism was finally performed, it took two full days,
during which she attempted to strangle the exorcist. It was said that at the end of the ordeal, she was finally cured,
although nobody really knows for sure. Number three is Michael Taylor. (creepy music) The Michael Taylor possession remains one of the most tragic of its kind. Living in West Yorkshire in
England during the 1970s, Michael was married to Christine Taylor. Both were members of a
Christian fellowship group, and after being accused
of adultery by Christine, Michael said that he had
a deep evil within him. It was then that he began acting erratic. As a consequence, a local
minister conducted an exorcism, and by the end, Michael was exhausted. He felt as though the three
demons which he claimed had been possessing him,
insanity, murder, and violence, were dormant but still there. The exorcist warned that
despite casting out 40 demons, that Michael was still at risk. That day, when Michael
returned home, he murdered his wife and his dog, and was
found prowling the streets outside by a policeman,
naked and covered in blood. Number two is Roland Doe. (creepy music) Roland Doe’s possession
was the inspiration for the 1973 classic The Exorcist. The trouble began when
Roland’s Aunt Harriet introduced him to a Ouija
board before she died. After Harriet’s death,
strange noises were heard around the house and objects
allegedly moved on their own, all while Roland was in the vicinity. An exorcism was then carried out, during which Roland broke his restraints, pulling out a bed spring from the bed and then stabbed the priest
carrying out the ritual. Another exorcist saw
the words hell and evil appear on the boy’s skin while Roland used a demonic guttural voice. To this day, this case remains
one of the least understood, most disturbing and horrific of all time. And number one is the Son of Sam. (creepy music) The Son of Sam was an infamous
serial killer in the 1970s, but he also claimed to be
possessed by a demonic force. His real name was David
Berkowitz, and between 1976 and 1977, he murdered
six people in New York, leaving a letter next
to two of his victims. In it, Berkowitz refers to
himself as the Son of Sam and states that an
entity known as Papa Sam keeps him locked in the attic and that this demonic father
figure years for blood to keep itself youthful. When Berkowitz was
finally caught, he stated that he had been possessed by a demon. He later converted to Christianity and retracted his claims of possession, but his evil crimes
remain inextricably linked to the subject of demonic
possession and that, even if these things don’t exist, that the idea of them can be channeled to commit bloody atrocities. So, those were 10 creepy real
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