The article that I have embarked on writing will freak and creep many people out. Others will call it "superstitious nonsense". I just know I have always wanted to write this article. The subject matter of this article is demonic possession and exorcism. I have always been interested in the paranormal and this material falls into that category. I state right from the beginning that I am Catholic and do believe in existence of evil, that the devil is real, and that there is some things science can't explain.
Science and medicine, namely psychiatric medicine, is the route that must always be tried first. I will agree that more than 99.9 percent of the so called cases of demonic possession are psychiatric disorders. It is the less than 1% that cannot be explained I wish to address. I am by no means am an expert on this subject, more like an amateur with my own theories, experiences, and knowledge I have obtained through various educational sources. I had to think many times as I stated above about writing this. It is an iffy situation I place myself in. That is what I feel.
There are many famous and well known cases that most everyone has knowledge of. One of these cases is that of Anneliese Michel, the lady who the movie the Exorcism of Emily Rose is very loosely based. Find more of her story here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anneliese_Michel. Perhaps the most famous of cases in the US is that Robbie Mannheim, the young man who the movie The Exorcist is based on. Find more of his story here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcism_of_Roland_Doe. Recently another movie about this case was produced. It is titled The Haunted Boy and is a documentary based on the actual diary of one of the priest who participated in the exorcism of Mannheim. I believe it was released on DVD only. I have not seen it yet. More about this movie and case here, http://www.thehauntedboymovie.blogspot.com/. I find the concept of this one to be chilling as it looks into the case through paranormal investigation of actual sites. It picks up the story of what happened to Mannheim in the city of St. Louis. The investigators visit actual locations involved with the story, remember this case began in the Washington DC area. Those two cases should serve as a starter for those interested in finding out more.
Then there is a book I would like to recommend, one which I found way to frightening to complete. It is Hostage to The Devil, written by the late Malachi Martin, a controversial former Catholic priest and Exorcist. His story can be found here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachi_Martin. The book supposedly documents five cases of demonic possession and the exorcisms that accompanied each case. I can tell you that the book does contain the actual Roman Catholic Rite of Exorcism. Very interesting book, but definitely on the scary side.
Those who follow my articles know I wrote mainly about human rights, I do on occasion venture into other subject matter. I said earlier that writing about this was iffy, here is why. Like someone who commented on an article I had seeded about racist once said to me, or should I say warned me. "By drawing attention to them, you draw attention to yourself." I believe that. It is true about when I write about monsters like Assad, and I'm sure it is true when one writes about demons. Possession and exorcism is something that happens and I want people to understand that. I believe spirits, good and bad inhabit our universe and on occasion we bump into them. There have been several people in my life time that have told me of ghost that they have encountered, their stories are real, what they experienced is real, I believe them. I too have seen a ghost and have even published an article about it. This subject is different though, where as ghosts are disembodied spirits, lost souls, or just residual energy, demons are different. They were never human to start with, they are not malevolent ghosts, they are evil, pure evil. They are the fallen angels, they have names and the are very real, even if it is just the 1 in a million occurrence, they exist.
I apologize for writing an article that has so many links in it. Never liked articles with links, having to toggle back and forth between the article and sources is a pain, and work. Had to this or the article would have been several pages more than it already is.ter this
Look for Part Two sometime later this week.