Many of us have seen the movie, “The Exorcism Of Emily Rose”. Many say that the movie was based on a true story about a young girl, Anneliese Michel, who was born on September 21st, 1952. She was said to have been killed due to demonic possession. In 1968, when she was in high school, she started having convulsions and hallucinations.
This according to Wiki.
Anneliese Michel was born on September 21, 1952, in Leiblfing, Bavaria, Germany. Michel was raised in an observant Catholic family. Reportedly a devout girl, she tried to make reparations for the sins of wayward priests and drug addicts by sleeping on a bare floor during the dead of winter.
In 1968, when Anneliese was 16 and in high school, she began to have convulsions. Court findings had her experiencing her first epileptic attack in 1969.
Soon, Anneliese started experiencing hallucinations while praying, and also began to hear voices telling her that she was “Damned”. By 1973, Anneliese was depressed and considering suicide. Her behavior became increasingly bizarre and disturbing. She licked her own urine off the floor. She ate flies, spiders, and coal. She bit off the head of a dead bird. In one instance, she crawled under a table and barked like a dog for two days. She could often be heard screaming through the walls for hours. Tearing off her clothes and urinating on the floor became a regular occurrence.
In 1975, 22-year-old Anneliese went on a pilgrimage with a good friend of the family, Thea Hein, who regularly organized such pilgrimages to “holy places” not officially recognized by the church. Because Anneliese was unable to walk past a certain icon of Jesus Christ and refused to drink the water of a holy spring, her escort concluded that she was suffering from demonic possession. Convinced that Anneliese was possessed by demons and that the “doctor’s story about epilepsy” was ridiculous, Thea Hein searched for a priest to perform an exorcism. Most priests told her that Anneliese should see a doctor. Eventually, in a nearby town, she came across vicar Ernst Alt, who, after seeing Anneliese, declared that she didn’t “look like an epileptic” and that he didn’t see her having seizures. He believed she was suffering from demonic possession. Alt urged the bishop to allow an exorcism. In September 1975, Bishop Joseph Stangl granted Father Renz permission to exorcise according to the Rituale Romanum of 1614; Renz performed the first session on September 24.
At some time, the doctors stopped medical treatment, putting Anneliese’s fate solely in the hands of two priests performing exorcisms. Sixty-seven exorcism sessions, one or two each week, lasting up to four hours, were performed over about ten months in 1975 and 1976. At some point, Michel 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. At her own request, doctors were no longer being consulted after 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 of her problems.
On July 1, 1976, Anneliese died in her sleep. The autopsy report stated her cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration from almost a year of semi-starvation while the rites of exorcism were performed. She weighed 68 pounds (30.91 kilograms).
The movie is more sad than scary. There are scenes which can give you goosebumps, however, on the whole a real sad story. I have added 2 videos in the “Video” category. One is from the movie and the other is the real Anneliese Michel. RIP.