Many people don’t know that “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is based on a true story.
Anneliese Michel was the real life Emily Rose.
She lived in West Germany and suffered from epilepsy.
Psychiatric hospitals tried to treat her, but she grew more despondent and depressed.
Eventually, she started hearing voices and barking like a dog.
Her mother enlisted the help of local priests.
Several priests refused to perform an exorcism, believing that Michel was simply sick, but two priests, Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz agreed to the ritual.
As the priests tried to exorcise demons, Michel quit eating and grew emaciated.
After 67 exorcism sessions, Michel died.
The defendants played audio tapes to prove that Michel was possessed, which may have helped them receive light sentences.