A new and detailed case of reported demonic possession and exorcism is chronicled in an Indiana newspaper. As with almost all cases, we see typical behaviors related to “possession”. But we also see many eyewitness reports and ZERO solid evidence. Are they photos? Videos? None given. The medical records mostly state that the family suffered from delusions and possible psychological stress. Also, we see an excess of religiosity in their daily lives that could have fed this belief in demons. A credulous priest didn’t help by encouraging the belief and performing an exorcism. Check out the ENTIRE story. It’s a long one and it sounds like typical Hollywood fare.
A woman and three children who claimed to be possessed by demons. A 9-year-old boy walking backward up a wall in the presence of a family case manager and hospital nurse.
Gary police Capt. Charles Austin said it was the strangest story he had ever heard.
Austin, a 36-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, said he initially thought Indianapolis resident Latoya Ammons and her family concocted an elaborate tale as a way to make money. But after several visits to their home and interviews with witnesses, Austin said simply, “I am a believer.”
Not everyone involved with the family was inclined to believe its incredible story. And many readers will find Ammons’ supernatural claims impossible to accept.
Ammons’ children had problems in their new rental house. They believed the house had evil spirits. Eventually, the children were taken away from Ammons by social services. The landlord did not have problems before or after these particular tenents so he suspects it may have been relative to them. Involvement of the church and the police added credibilty to the story. But the bottom line is EVERYONE can be scared or fooled by their senses and perception, especially if they believe demons to be real. There are SCADS of holes and loose ends to pull in this story just from reading the account given, but I have no additional information on it. This was the first I’d heard the story.
The family has moved and is fine now. There have been no further problems with the house except gawkers having a look.
What do you think? Other than the police which were assumed to be objective, no actual researchers were brought in to examine the situation. I’m glad to see that there is no mention of paranormal investigators poking around (although there might have been). The house looks terrible. I also found this news report from August 2013 of Latoya Ammons (mother of three in Indianapolis) complaining about the safety of some apartment homes.
According to the nonscientific poll on the news site, there is about a 50/50 split regarding belief in demons. 27 people noted they did not believe in demons but do after reading this story. This is a problem. The story is generally NOT skeptical although the hint to BE SKEPTICAL and look beyond the claims is self-evident. Most people will not think that much into it and just accept that this is an actual case of a family troubled by the typical Amityville type demons (to which this case bears resemblance).
Do we believe that a family was harassed and possessed by demons for real? Or demons manufactured in their own minds fed by outside sources? Or was this a fully concocted ruse? It’s complicated, I’m sure. We can’t know from just this piece.
The bottom line is, putting out these stories as “REAL” accounts perpetuates a dangerous and backwards belief in the supernatural, distracting from actual problems that can be occurring. I’m not buying it. Show me proof. Your story is NOT enough to make me believe in demons.
I’d appreciate any additional info into the veracity of this story. Remember, hearsay and “it happened to me” stories are worthless. We’ve gotten those for centuries and we haven’t pinned down actual demons yet.
Oh, I love the Paranormal Bullies group of folks on FB. Thanks for this that shows almost certainly that the “police photo” was made by a hoax app from a cell phone. That is FAR more likely than the original story.
The circus continues here: Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures buys the house; Ammons and priest are sought by media.