An exorcism death in Germany has led to the arrest of five people after a 41-year-old woman was found dead. The exorcism death occurred in a Frankfurt hotel room where the South Korean woman died after being gagged and repeatedly beaten, Yahoo News reports.
Germany chief prosecutor Nadja Niesen said the family members wanted to “drive out a demon” they believed had possessed her. Police later discovered another suspected victim, a badly injured woman, in the town of Sulzbach after an exorcism ritual.
She was found suffering hypothermia and dehydration in the garage of a house the group had rented in the town west of Frankfurt. Among the five South Koreans arrested on suspicion of murder was the woman’s 15-year-old son, who investigators believe may have taken part in the violence. The two cases are linked, police said.
The exorcism death in Germany was reported as violent after the woman’s 21-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and another boy of 15 had partaken in the violence. The had been severely beaten in her chest and stomach. A towel and a cloth-covered coat hanger had been pushed into her mouth to stifle her screams.
The chief prosecutor said the victim had been subjected to an ordeal that lasted at least two hours. “I’ve never come across anything like it,” she said. Police had been alerted by a Catholic priest, but the German news agency DPA said it was unclear who had found the dead victim at the Frankfurt InterContinental hotel.
DPA said investigators did not know which religious group the suspects belonged to. It said the five suspects had arrived in Frankfurt about six weeks earlier to conduct the exorcism.
Frankfurt lies in the Catholic diocese of Limburg and officials there said exorcism only ever took place under very strict rules and supervision, and with the bishop’s permission.
An investigation revealed that the suspects wanted to expel a “demon” they believed had possessed the woman. They exerted “massive force on her chest and stomach area” while stuffing a towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to stop her 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,” said Niesen. “The woman eventually died from asphyxiation as a result of the massive chest compression and violence to her neck,” she said.
The exorcism death in Germany suspects gave police information leading to the discovery of the second victim after their arrests. Police said the second woman had only hours to live after suffering from hypothermia.