The case of a mother from Litchfield, Connecticut, who, in the 80s, began showing signs of demonic possession, is particularly intriguing. Pat Reading had never previously been involved in any type of practice of the occult and had had no history of mental illness. For this reason, it was especially unsettling when she began hearing strange banging noises in her home, which shortly progressed to the overturning of furniture and violent attacks on her. Paranormal investigator John Zaffis, who recorded the events from the case, claims that hair was ripped right out of Pat's scalp, and bite marks inexplicably appeared on Pat's back.
A Catholic priest was called in to perform an exorcism, and all in all, sixteen were attempted, but to no avail. In fact, up until Reading died from colon cancer, she continued to suffer from the attacks. This has led Zaffis to conclude that Reading was a "soul victim" - a purely innocent individual never previously exposed to paranormal activity who somehow fell victim to an evil supernatural force.
1. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel The 2005 horror flick The Exorcism of Emily Rose is scary enough, but that it was based loosely on a real-life alleged demonic possession makes it ever more disturbing.
The actual "Emily Rose" is Anneliese Michel, a German Catholic, who at sixteen years old, was diagnosed to be suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy. She took medication for her diagnosed condition, but did not show substantial improvement. In fact, Anneliese soon began complaining about seeing the faces of devils. Three years later, she went on to describe hearing voices saying that she would "rot in hell". That was followed by several episodes of Anneliese injuring herself, eating insects, and drinking her own urine - behavior that convinced Catholic Bishop Josef Stangl to allow the ritual of exorcism to be performed, although in total secrecy.
Anneliese died in her home due to dehydration and malnutrition on July 1, 1976. The priests who conducted the attempted exorcism, Fr. Arnold Renz and Fr. Ernst Alt, were tried and found guilty of manslaughter. They were sentenced to six months imprisonment and three years probation.