12 Real Life Exorcisms That Actually Happened
The belief that evil spirits can possess humans has been terrifying people throughout history. That’s probably why the history of exorcism is littered with horror stories such as these.
2005: Maricica Irina Cornici
Romanian nun Maricica Irina Cornici was 23 when she began hearing voices. She thought it was the devil talking to her. Although she was treated for schizophrenia, she relapsed and was then subjected to an exorcism. Bound to a cross, gagged with a towel, and left in a dank convent room for three days without food and water, Cornici died of suffocation and dehydration, according to CBS‘s coverage of the case. Here are 25 spooky photos that will give you chills.
2010: Kristy Bamu
On Christmas Day 2010, a 15-year-old boy, Kristy Bamu, was beaten and drowned in a bathtub in London by his sister and her friend in an attempt to exorcize evil spirits from the boy, according to the BBC. Originally from the Republic of Congo, the pair tortured the boy with knives, sticks, metal bars, a hammer, and a chisel until he “begged to die.” The pair were convicted of the boy’s murder. These true stories from the most haunted forests in the world will give you nightmares.
2015: The exorcism of Laura
If you thought exorcisms were a thing of the past, guess again: In Argentina, church officials filmed the exorcism of a 22-year-old woman named Laura by Bishop Manuel Acuna. Laura writhes, bangs her head, and screams profanities. Supposedly, the exorcism ends well as the evil spirits leave Laura and the bishop makes the sign of the cross over her. If you want to read first-hand accounts of exorcisms, check out Interview with an Exorcist, a book about Father Jose Antonio Fortea. Don’t miss these 11 creepy things that actually happened on Halloween.