The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
In 1976 a young German girl named Anneliese Michel underwent a series of exorcisms. The rites were administered by two priests of the Catholic Church to free Anneliese of the six demons they believed possessed her. Seemingly as a result of the exorcisms the girl died. Worldwide publicity followed when the girl's parents and the two exorcists were brought to trial and convicted of negligent homicide.
Here a noted anthropologist offers her own interpretation of the exorcisms of Anneliese Michel. Drawing on interviews with the two exorcists, the girl's parents and friends, transcripts of the trial, and tape recordings made during the exorcisms - as well as studies of religious experience in various cultures - Felicitas Goodman has written a fascinating, compelling book, one that finally tells what happened in this strange case as it delves into the age-old mystery of demonic possession.
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A case of a real-life exorcism (not that I'm making claims here about whether or not she was possessed, or whether or not you CAN be possessed). But someone thought she was, and this is an account of ... Read full review
CHAPTER TWO Enter the Ghastly Faces
CHAPTER THREE Physicians and Priests
CHAPTER FOUR The Dam Breaks
CHAPTER FIVE Jousting with the Demons
CHAPTER SIX The Exorcism Fails
CHAPTER SEVEN The Final Months
CHAPTER EIGHT The Trial
CHAPTER NINE The Religious Altered
CHAPTER TEN Why Did Anneliese Die?
EPILOGUE Exit the Demons
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