Anneliese Michel

Anneliese Michel

Birth
Leiblfing, Landkreis Straubing-Bogen, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 1 Jul 1976 (aged 23)
Klingenberg am Main, Landkreis Miltenberg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Klingenberg am Main, Landkreis Miltenberg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 11381816 · View Source
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Folk Figure. She was a German woman who underwent Catholic exorcism rites in 1975 and died the next year, due to lack of medical care. Later investigation determined that she was malnourished and dehydrated; her parents and the priests responsible were charged with negligent homicide. The case attracted media and public attention because of the Catholic Church's unusual decision to employ the 400-year-old ritual of exorcism, something that had been rarely seen since the 18th Century. Three films, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (which focuses on the court case and not the exorcism), Requiem and Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes, are loosely based on Michel's story. When Michel was sixteen, she experienced an epileptic seizure and was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. She was determined to be depressed and was treated at a psychiatric hospital. By the time she was twenty, she had become intolerant of various religious objects, and began to hear voices. Her condition worsened, despite medication, and she became suicidal. Michel and her family became convinced she was possessed by demons, and appealed to a Catholic priest for an exorcism. While rejected at first, after much hesitation, two priests got permission from the local bishop in 1975, and performed exorcism rites on her for 10 months, in secret (as ordered by the bishop). After her death, Michel's parents and the two priests were found guilty of negligent homicide, and were sentenced to six months in jail (reduced to three years of probation), and a fine. The case has been cited as an example of a misidentified mental illness, negligence, abuse and religious hysteria.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anneliese Michel (21 Sep 1952–1 Jul 1976), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11381816, citing Friedhof Klingenberg am Main, Klingenberg am Main, Landkreis Miltenberg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .