When someone says crime rates are on the raise, no one really notices. We hear it. Our brain processes it. We shrug and move on. It no longer shocks us because crime rates are always on the rise. However, something else has been on the rise for the last two decades that might make you rethink your day… demonic possession.
That’s right, I said demonic possession is on the rise and not just with the devout Catholic sects either. From Russian Orthodoxy to Judaism to Hinduism to Islam to Southern Baptists; all are reporting more encounters with demonic beings. And not all the cases can easily be dismissed as psychiatric problems.
- There was a case a few years ago of an adult woman living in Texas in a psychiatric facility walking up the walls. Her psychiatrist is the one that called in an exorcist for her. The doctor reported that she had a tendency to levitate when she slept, talk in different voices, growl, bark, eat insects, self mutilate, and speak in languages she didn’t know. Now, most of these can be dismissed, after all, she was in a psychiatric facility, there was obviously something wrong with her, right? However, levitation is not a symptom of any known mental illness and neither is walking up walls. You just have to wonder if there was a consult with other psychiatrists before someone broke down and called an archdiocese with a request to have an exorcist meet with her.
- Then there was the case in Indiana around the same time of an adult woman who had to be exorcised. Her symptoms weren’t quite as extreme. She wasn’t being held in a mental institution, she was at home. It wasn’t just her, but her and her three children. The entire thing is documented in police reports, court documents, child services reports, and hospital notes. There are skeptics, but it seems like the majority of people involved with the case directly were of the mindset that it was real. A nurse even reported one of the children had walked up a wall backwards. It started with swarms of dead flies in the middle of winter and escalated from there. Eventually, the house was bought by a reality TV star and demolished due to demonic activity.
- A case of possession was made in 2011 by a psychiatrist in New York for a patient he referred to as Julia. Julia spoke in tongues and strange voices. Members of her psychiatric team said those voices could interrupt phone calls they were having, even though Julia was locked in her room without access to a phone. She even demonstrated some psychic powers by being able to tell the doctors and nurses what had happened in their homes hours earlier and be right. Interestingly, despite the attempts of exorcists, she’s still reportedly possessed.
Just something to think about as you light your Jack-O-Lanterns and prepare for the night when the dead and demonic are allowed to interact with the living.