In 1968, when Anneliese was 16 and still in high school, she began to suffer from convulsions. Court findings had her experiencing her first epileptic attack in 1969.
Soon, Anneliese started experiencing hallucinations while praying. She also began to hear voices, which told her that she was damned. By 1973 Anneliese was suffering from depression and considering suicide. Her behaviour became increasingly bizarre; she tore off her clothes, ate coal and spiders off the floor, and licked up her own urine.
In 1975, when Anneliese Michel was 23 years old, an older woman who accompanied her on a pilgrimage concluded that Michel was suffering from demonic possession because Michel was unable to walk past a certain icon of Jesus Christ and refused to drink the water of a holy spring. An exorcist in a nearby town examined Michel and believed she was suffering from demonic possession. The bishop issued permission to perform the rite of exorcism according to the Rituale Romanum of 1614.
After 10 months of unsuccessful psychiatric treatments, they gave up on medical treatment and chose to rely solely on the exorcisms for healing. The rites of exorcism were performed over the course of about ten months in 1976. A total of sixty-seven exorcism sessions were held, one or two each week, some lasting up to four hours. At some point she began talking increasingly about dying to atone for the wayward youth of the day and the apostate priests of the modern church, and refused to eat. Though she had received treatment for epilepsy, by this time, at her own request, doctors were no longer being consulted. This was because Anneliese mentioned the "demons" to the doctors, explaining that they started to give her orders. The doctors seemed unable to help, and Anneliese lost hope that medicine was going to be able to cure her of her problems.
On July 1, 1976, Anneliese Michel died in her sleep. The autopsy report stated that her death resulted from the malnutrition and dehydration due to almost a year of semi-starvation during which time the rites of exorcism were also performed.
A German to English translation of the entire exorcism was and is difficult to locate. Many links point to http://www.najukorea.de/web_michel/index.htm, which is currently a dead link. The only full transcript I can find is located at http://www.dominicanidaho.org/analisemichelle.html. There are no back links within this webpage. I have looked up the root site, and it appears to be a catholic site, specifically, a Dominican Order of Catholicism.
The Order of Preachers, after the 15th century more commonly known as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic and approved by Pope Honorius III (1216–27) on 22 December 1216 in France. Membership in the Order includes friars, nuns, congregations of active sisters, and lay persons affiliated with the order (formerly known as tertiaries, now Lay or Secular Dominicans).
As I feel this is important information, I have mirrored an exact copy on this website here as well - Translation of exorcism of Anneliese Michel from German to English.
90 Minute Audio of the Exorcism
Anneliese carried out a number of highly disturbing actions. She licked her own urine off the floor. She ate flies, spiders, and coal. She bit off the head of a dead bird. In one instance, she crawled under a table and barked like a dog for two days. She could often be heard screaming through the walls for hours. Tearing off her clothes and urinating on the floor became a regular occurrence.
Anneliese endured 67 rites of exorcism over a period of 10 months. Over time, the ligaments in her knees ruptured due to the 600 genuflections that she performed obsessively during each exorcism session. A genuflection is an act of reverence consisting of falling onto one or both knees (called a "double genuflection"). On June 30, 1976, during her last rite of exorcism before her death, too weak and emaciated to perform the genuflections on her own, Anneliese's parents stood and helped carry her through the motions.
Weak and on the verge of death, she spoke her last known words on the day before she died. She told her exorcists "Beg for Absolution". To her mother Anna, she said, "Mother, I'm afraid."
I feel that this is important documentation and so I will mirror this information here as well. Warning: If you are easily spooked, you may not want to listen, as the recording is disturbing.
90 Minute Recording of the Exorcism
I do not believe a 16 year old girl can make these sounds. Anyone who tried to duplicate this would cause their vocal cords in some severe damage for days after, and it is my opinion they could not match the cries. It is the long and drawn out cries that I find compelling. They are unnatural.
What seems to be lost upon English speaking skeptics, is that a conversation is being carried out as well in German. Skeptics immediately toss the entire recording out in their minds upon hearing, assuming what we are hearing is plain gibberish, and the screams of a strictly insane woman.