A Catholic Priest in 1975 named Ernst Alt believed that Anneliese Michel was in fact demon possessed. In September of that year, Bishop Josef Stangle gave permission to father Arnold Renz to perform the exorcism on the young girl. It was after that session that Anneliese’s parents became convinced that their daughter was, in fact, demon possessed and they refused medical treatment of any kind. Stangl decided to take a workmanlike approach to the exorcisms, performing over sixty-seven exorcisms for the next ten months before Anneliese would be found dead on July 1st, 1976. She weighed sixty-eight pounds, had two broken knees (courtesy of the Bishop or the devil?) and had suffered from pneumonia, malnutrition, and dehydration.
“Anneliese told me—and Frau Hein confirmed this—that she was unable to enter the shrine. She approached it with the greatest hesitation, then said that the soil burned like fire and she simply could not stand it. She then walked around the shrine in a wide arc and tried to approach it from the back. She looked at the people who were kneeling in the area surrounding the little garden, and it seemed to her that while praying they were gnashing their teeth. She got as far as the edge of the little garden, then she had to turn back. Coming from the front again, she had to avert her glance from the picture of Christ . She made it several times to the garden, but could not get past it. She also noted that she could no longer look at medals or pictures of saints; they sparkled so immensely that she could not stand it.” —Father Ernst Alt