It comes as no surprise that when religion gets involved with crazy people who don’t know when to stop, people get hurt. Our story this week comes from Germany, where 5 people have been arrested and charged with murder, after their relative was subjected to an exorcism at a German hotel. Things didn’t work out so well for the victim.
A 41-year old woman was found dead at a hotel in Frankfurt after her family decided that she had been possessed by demons and required an exorcism. The family came from South Korea. According to reports, they exerted “massive force on her chest and stomach area” while stuffing rags into the woman’s mouth to keep her from screaming.
“According to our current information the suspects subjected the victim to pain and agony for at least two hours, and their actions were motivated by a callous and merciless attitude,” Nadja Niesen, the German prosecutor said. “The woman eventually died from asphyxiation as a result of the massive chest compression and violence to her neck.”‘
Sure, because this sounds like such a good idea. This is what happens when you bypass reality and start believing in demons and gods. But of course, religion never hurts anyone, does it?
The ringleader of the exorcism gang is identified as Doean K., the cousin of the dead woman. She has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder and the other four are still being considered for sentencing. Granted, I find 6 years for murder to be ridiculously light, but I suspect they plead down to manslaughter because these are religious fanatics and even in Europe, religion often gets a pass. But without that religion, this is yet another crime that couldn’t possibly have taken place. If you didn’t believe in imaginary men in the sky, why would you try to exorcise imaginary demons? It’s something I spend a lot of time asking about on Horror Show Sunday, and no one has ever had a decent explanation.