Exorcism is on the Rise
You might think it’s a ancient rite that belongs in the dark ages, but exorcism is making a big comeback. A wave of recent incidents has seen a presidential candidate publicly ‘exorcised’, a murderer begging to be cleansed of the devil and a woman who was “possessed by a snake” going through a ritual at a church.
Earlier this month, a satanic murder in Mexico, with the killers claiming they wanted the victim to “resurrect as a vampire” has ignited calls for an exorcism.
And in December, in a German hotel, a 41-year-old mother was tied to the bed and beaten to death by five members of her South Korean family, including a 15-year-old, who claimed she was possessed and they were “driving out the devil”.
South African murderer Aljar Swartz, convicted this month of beheading a teenager and selling his body parts, claimed he was suffering from “demonic forces” and asked the judge to include an exorcism as part of this sentence.
While the judge refused to co-operate the defence lawyer insisted he would arrange the ritual and film it for the sentencing hearing.
Earlier this year Baptist presidential candidate Ted Cruz was confronted by self-proclaimed exorcists carrying a wooden cross and a mirror in a bid to free him of power-hungry “evil spirits.”