The Terrifying And Chilling Recordings Of The Exorcism Of Anneliese Michel

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In the late 1960’s a seemingly normal young woman named Anneliese Michel started to display strange behavior. That strange behavior was a result of a demonic possession. A possession that ultimately led to her death.

Her possession warranted an exorcism and that exorcism is one of the most famous ever recorded and it was Anneliese’s story that was the basis for the famous movie ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’.

The exorcism of Anneliese was recorded and there over 40 audio excerpts that are both terrifying and very real. Some of those recordings can be heard below. 


Here is Anneliese’s story:

Anneliese came into the world a healthy baby girl on September 21, 1952. Growing up with her parents and her three sisters, Anneliese did not have a simple life. Her family was strict Catholic, flirting with some of the more intense elements of the religion. To the Michel family, the reformations of Vatican II were to be ignored; there was no simple atonement for sin, and one could not get by on atonement for their sins alone. Anneliese would spend the winters sleeping on cold wooden floors hoping that God would take her sacrifice as penance for drug addicts who had lost their faith.

In 1969, Anneliese would suffer her first seizure. Doctors would tell her family that Anneliese suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy, which could cause, among a terribly long list of side-effects, changes in mood, hallucinations, and loss of awareness.

Over the next few years, Anneliese would suffer more seizures, however scans of her brain didn’t show any serious symptoms. In the early 1970’s, Anneliese would start to hear knocking in her bedroom, her sisters also heard the knocks. Anneliese would begin to hear evil voices and over time, she herself would become evil.

Doctor’s attempted to place Anneliese on anti seizure medication, but that had zero effect on Anneliese’s convulsions.

It was reported that Anneliese’s parents would find her starring at a statue of Mother Mary for hours, her eyes ‘jet black’. Her parents would also report that Anneliese seemed to have ‘super human strength’, throwing her sister across the room ‘like a rag doll’.

As the spring of 1976 came on, Anneliese’s seizures worsened. She began to attack family members, biting and scratching them. When she couldn’t get her hands on any of her sisters, Anneliese would beat herself.

Anneliese Michel exorcism recording

She refused to eat, saying that the demons wouldn’t let her. She would collapse to her knees and rise back up quickly, only to repeat the motion hundreds of times each day, breaking her kneecaps in the process. Still, her parents trusted in the church and did not seek medical help. In her lucid moments, Anneliese would tell anyone willing to listen that she was willing to die in order to atone for the “wayward youth of the day and the apostate priests of the modern church”.

Anneliese continued to refuse to eat, but now she made it clear that it was her choice, not the choice of the demons inside her. In her weakening state, Anneliese came down with Pneumonia and a fever. She became emaciated, dropping under 100 pounds. Still, the two priests continued the sessions.

The final exorcism was done on June 30, 1976. Anneliese, too frail to perform the genuflections herself, was helped by her parents. On the tape, Anneliese speaks for the last time. She tells Renz and Alt to “beg for absolution” then turns her attention to her family. Through tears, Anneliese whispers “Mother, I’m afraid”.

On the morning of July 1, Anneliese Michel died of malnutrition and dehydration. According to the coroner’s report, she weighed just 68 pounds.

Anneliese Michel exorcism recording

One of the last photos taken of Anneliese before her death (right)

Below are actual recordings from the Exorcism sessions performed on Anneliese Michel. They are absolutely terrifying. 


1.5 Hours of audio from the exorcism sessions. 


Buzzfeed’s complete explanation of the case.