Horror Show Sunday: Another Exorcism Death

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.

3 thoughts on “Horror Show Sunday: Another Exorcism Death”

  1. 'But without that religion, this is yet another crime that couldn’t possibly have taken place'

    Um no it is definitely due to either mental illness or severe lack of education.
    In prehistoric times and the middle ages they would drill holes into peoples heads to try and relieve migraines and seizures
    If they didn't believe in demons then the blame would likely be placed on insanity, bad behaviour, the government or some kind of disease. Beating crazy people to death is not at all supported by the bible so you really cannot put the blame on Christianity for this crime.

    For the record I am not Christian but Buddhist and I do believe that Christianity and other primitive Abrahamic religions have no place in modern society.

    1. And why did they do that? Because they had primitive religious beliefs in evil spirits that got into your head and had to be let out. Now remove that belief, get rid of all superstitions and beliefs in the supernatural, and how do you justify the action without the beliefs that led to the action? You can't. Even if someone is completely out of their mind, there is some kind of internal impetus to act, people don't just do things for no reason whatsoever, even if it is a bad reason. Unless you've got someone with absolutely no filter of any kind, and I find it difficult to think that all case of religious violence or religious harm happen with that kind of individual, it is still religion driving harm that those without religion simply would never do. I think that all supernatural or superstitious religion just needs to go away.

      1. Actually they did it to relieve pressure in the skull. In medieval times they would also do bloodletting (making people bleed) in order to remove the 'bad blood', nothing to do with religion.

        Yes I agree that superstition and belief in the supernatural should go away, the only problem is that sometimes it hides under the guise of reason. http://www.cracked.com/article_15669_the-10-most-
        All of these harmful treatments were performed in the name of reason and science, they justified it themselves, not through religion/supernatural factors but instead through their medical beliefs.

        In the middle east they rape lesbians in order to 'cure' them of their homosexuality, not due to religion but due to backwards beliefs.

        Also people who are out of their mind need no justification, anything can be taken as justification due to delusional though patterns. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australi…. This guy thought his parents were aliens, without any supernatural belief he would have seen something else such as the 'the government' causing him to kill people such as this man: http://ottawacitizen.com/storyline/doctor-testifi

        As I said earlier, beating crazy people to death is not at all supported by the bible or other official christian scriptures and it is not a formalised part of the religion, nor is it ingrained into christian culture. Religion definitely does not drive this kind of harm.

        Of course it does drive other forms of harm such as conflict over religion in the middle east and other areas where religious persecution is in place. Dogmatic and superstitious religion (most of all abrahamic religions) has no place in a modern society and should certainly be abolished completely. Blind faith in Christianity does lead to the development of sickening closed minded individuals within society, i.e ultra conservative Republicans like Jeff Sessions. Christianity does not encourage open-mindedness and does restrict societal development.

        The reason I'm fine with Buddhism is because it does not even claim to be the truth, Buddha actually said that if the evidence pointed to his teachings being incorrect, the evidence should be believed instead of blind faith. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_and_scienc….

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