I visit it often, taking flowers. For a moment, it is easy to forget her turbulent history. She looks like a benign great aunt, contoured with soft lines drawn across papery skin, her brittle white hair tucked under a floppy black hat. She clearly does not like speaking about Anneliese's death and, until now, she has maintained a public silence.
But nor does she regret her actions. A deeply religious woman, she insists that the exorcism was justified. She died to save other lost souls, to atone for their sins. But when she was possessed, it was something unnatural, something that you can't explain. From the very beginning, Anneliese's life was governed by fear.
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Her family was deeply religious. Her father had considered training as a priest and three of her aunts were nuns. But the Michels had a secret. In , Anneliese's mother gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Martha, bringing such disgrace on her family that she was forced to wear a black veil on her wedding day. When Anneliese was born in , her mother encouraged her to atone for the sins of illegitimacy through fervent devotion.
But when Martha was eight, she died from complications arising from an operation to remove a kidney tumour. Anneliese, a kind-hearted and deeply sensitive girl, must have felt ever more strongly the pressure to do penance for her mother. She found herself increasingly surrounded by evidence of sinfulness and increasingly anxious to be rid of it.
While other children in the s were rebelling testing the limits of their freedom, Anneliese slept on a bare stone floor to atone for the sins of the drug addicts who slept rough at the local train station. In , aged 17, she began to suffer convulsions. Although initially diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy, she started experiencing devilish hallucinations while praying. By , she was suffering severe depression and considering suicide. Voices in her head told her she was damned.
She asked the local priest for exorcism and was twice refused. But gradually, Anneliese slipped further into the abyss. She would perform genuflections a day, eventually rupturing her knee ligaments. She crawled under a table, barking like a dog for two days. She ate spiders, coal and bit the head off a dead bird. She even licked her own urine off the floor and could be heard through the walls screaming for hours. In , her third request for exorcism was granted by the Bishop of Wurzburg. We shall never know if there was.
By this stage, Anneliese had refused further medical intervention from the Psychiatric Clinic Wurzburg. Her symptoms have subsequently been compared to schizophrenia and should have responded to treatment. There has also been speculation that Anneliese might have been influenced by the release of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, in Of course, The Witches of Eastwick is a different kettle of fish, but Nicholson still delivers a full throttle performance as Daryl Van Horne. The three witches Van Horne has recruited to his cause become afraid of the evil which he has unleashed in them and eventually turn on their leader.
Like an outraged pimp, the devil is hell-bent on squashing any discord in his stable. Van Horne goes on the war path before deciding discretion is the better part of valor and vanishes into the night, but not before making sure each witch of Eastwick is carrying his child. In Van Horne, Nicholson creates a devil for the modern age.
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After buying the soul of cash-strapped farmer Jabez Stone James Craig for a pot of gold, the devil comes to collect his due after Stone has enjoyed seven years of good fortune. Scratch offers him an extension in return for the soul of his son, but Stone is horrified at the thought and asks his good friend Daniel Webster Edward Arnold to help him. Scratch and consisting of some of the most notoriously evil men in American history.
Webster eloquently defends the integrity of the soul and the importance of second chances. The devil, as they say, is always in the detail and nowhere is this more apparent than in The Devil and Daniel Webster. What arrogance to think you can save the world! She helps him down from the cross and he meets up with Mary Magdalene and makes love. He then goes to to live a comfortable life in a cabin with a couple of wives. Towards the end of his life, Jesus is told by Judas Harvey Keitel he has been a traitor and that the little girl angel was actually Satan, who tricked him into an ordinary domestic life and he has not fulfilled his destiny of sacrificing himself and bringing salvation to all.
It is accomplished! Proof, if any were needed, that Satan is at his most dangerous when he approaches in the guise of the innocent, and that choosing personal comfort over doing the right thing is a big temptation to watch out for. And the message is that all of us, from the most sincere saint to the most depraved sinner, are all at perpetual risk from the corrupting influence of evil and the devil inside. Now pass the popcorn. Tags: angel heart , constantine , devil's advocate , the omen , legend , the witches of eastwick , the passion of the christ , end of days , the devil and daniel webster , the last temptation of christ.
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The Lucifer Cult by Lynn Benedict
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This site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. This extended narrative follows the opening chapter that explains the Lucifer Effect in terms of the cosmic transformation of God's favorite angel, Lucifer, into Satan as he challenges God's authority. We shall here be considering less dramatic transformations on a human scale that potentially can engage any of us. I lay the groundwork for the rest of the book by vivid descriptions of torture in the Inquisition, in the massacre in Rwanda, the rape of Nanking, and other venues where human nature has run amok.
After telling the story of my experiment, done with minimal psychologizing, I outline the lessons and messages from our Stanford study, along with considering its ethics and extensions. Next, we consider the conceptual contributions and research findings from many domains that validate the assertion that situational power is stronger than we appreciate, and may come to dominate individual dispositions.
I review classic and current research on: conformity, obedience to authority, role-playing, dehumanization, deindividuation and moral disengagement. In chapters 10 and 11, we want to know more about the broader meaning of the Stanford Prison Experiment, SPE : What evidence was collected besides the observations the reader has looked in on? What does it mean, what are the take-home messages from this research? A Google search for the word "experiment" uncovers a remarkable phenomenon; out of roughly million results, the Stanford Prison Experiment web site ranks first!
Federal Bureau of Prisons. That notoriety of this study is traced to examine extensions and replications of the SPE in research, the media, and recently as an art form, with critical analyses of the good and the bad directions that have been taken. A major contribution of this book resides in its systematic application of the lessons learned from the SPE and social science research to a new understanding of the abuses at Abu Ghraib chapter I do this by integrating my psychological expertise with the special expertise I gained by being an expert witness for one of the accused Military Policemen involved in the abuses, Sgt Ivan "Chip" Frederick.
I have gotten to know him well and, therefore I switched my role into that of investigative reporter as I tracked down his performance evaluations as prison guard in the States, the basis of his 9 medals and awards, corresponding with his family members and engaging psychologists to provide personality and pathology assessments of him. I have also been able to get special insight into the nature of that horrid prison from several personal contacts with military officers who have worked there.
As an expert witness, I also had access to many of the independent investigations into these abuses and all of the digitally documented images of depravity that took place on Tier 1A Night Shift. So, in putting Chip Frederick on trial, I give a detailed depiction of what it was like to walk in his boots for hour night shifts without a day off for 40 straight nights.
Chip got sentenced to 8 years of hard time in military prison, was dishonorably discharged, disgraced, and deprived of 22 years of retirement savings, was divorced by his wife and is now a nearly broken man. We see his transformation from good guard to bad guard to prisoner as one instance of the Lucifer Effect.