Tag Archive for demons

Episode 1: The Phantom Clown Menace

OH! Have you got a podcast?!?! Yes. We’ve jumped into the fray, starting out with an episode that features discussion about stories you’ll have read here and a chat with a longtime friend, colleague, and occasional contributor to DN, Ben Radford. The podcast is embedded at the very bottom of this post but you can…

Demonic leaders: Ain’t that something

It’s not uncommon for hyperbolic religiously-inclined commentators to refer to people they mightily disagree with as the Devil. We might view it to be the ultimate display of desperation – you have no real defense that will stick against this person, so let’s call them bad names. In the case of Alex Jones, promoting the…

Burning down the house

News Short: This guy needs some help. Maybe he will get it in prison for 5 years or more. Joshua A. Witman, 34, told police he set fire to the home because aliens were living in the walls of the home and a basement was a portal for demons. Source: Lancaster County man sentenced for…

Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil

Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has…

Former “skeptic” is now an exorcist trainer

I use the term “skeptic” VERY loosely, because he is not using evidence but is simply too credulous. However, this sounds an awful lot like a testable claim… hmm. Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms. Quoted without corrections: A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to…

Demonic tale sounds like Hollywood, has little else to hold it up (UPDATE: Hoaxed photo)

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…

Bob Larson does exorcisms via Skype

Hmm, who would think of such a thing? Exorcisms as commonplace? Oh, I don’t know. Could it be… SATAN Bob Larson? He’ll resort to any means to push his idea that all the bad things in your life are caused by demons that he can release. Reverend Bob Larson performing exorcisms via Skype from Scottsdale.…

We’re taking a little trip, Mom

Some people don’t believe me when I note that the trend is that all problems can be solved through exorcism. Here is another misguided example. Father, son accused of kidnapping mom ‘possessed by demons’ | WTVR.com. A California father and son are facing charges after they allegedly kidnapped a woman so priests could perform an…

Exorcism assault case goes to court

Another case of people taking a serious problem into their own unqualified hands and doing harm. Four on trial over week-long exorcism ‘torture’ – The Local. Three men and a woman are accused of tying up the Cameroonian teenager in the position of Christ on the cross and keeping her bound to a mattress for…

Examination phobia triggers “demons” in Namibia school

A clear case of mass psychogenic illness… allAfrica.com: Namibia: ‘Demons Invade’ St Theresia Junior Secondary School Hostel. PANIC befell students at St Theresia Junior Secondary School hostel at Tses after 20 pupils on Sunday afternoon suffered from epileptic type of attacks, triggering fears of demons. The Karas education regional director, Awebahe Hoeseb, yesterday confirmed the…

Buell connects his cancer to demons

Oh, please no, Ryan. DON’T go there… ‘Paranormal State’ Star: ‘Demons Could Have Given Me Cancer’. “Paranormal State” star Ryan Buell has been in remission from pancreatic cancer and is now speaking about his experience, which he believes may have stemmed from a demonic encounter. Buell also noted that he began to turn around and…

Evil spirit removal ritual goes awry

Exorcist buries himself and fails to signal his rescue. Bizarre. Sri Lankan man dies in failed exorcism ritual. A Sri Lankan man died Thursday after a bizarre and botched ritual to drive out what he thought were evil spirits from a house outside the capital, police said. The man sacrificed a cat and was then…

Kill it with fire!

I saw this story about a man arrested for setting fire to part of his house while others were in there. His excuse? Demons. I wonder where he got that crazy idea? Avondale man burns closet to rid it of demons. Avondale police say they arrested a man Monday afternoon who allegedly started a fire…