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Was this woman really possessed by demons?
January 28, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
The Indy Star has a report this week of a mother in Indiana who claims that she and her children were possessed by demons. The story can be found at http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/01/25/the-disposession-of-latoya-ammons/4892553/
What's really interesting here is that family and friends and even police, psychiatristsand social workers seem to back up Latoya Ammons' account of the strange happenings. The stories – a son walking up walls, an infestation of flies, a ghost whispering "Hey" and talking with Ammons' two sons – sound like something out of "The Exorcist" or "The Conjuring." Social workers took Ammons' three children into custody for about six months, but also acknowledged the children's strange behavior. A psychologist evaluated Ammons and found her of sound mind. A Catholic priest performed multiple exorcisms, which seems to have worked. After they left the house, the activity all seemed to stop. The person currently renting their old house has reported no problems and everything seems back to normal for Ammons and her family as well.
So what is going on here? Mass hysteria? That's the reason usually given for the Salem Witch Trials back in 1692. However, the initial behavior of the young accusers in Salem sounds remarkably similar to the behavior of Ammons' children. The Puritans actually had a legitimate reason to believe that these children whose bodies were contorted into unnatural shapes and who spoke in strange voices were possessed by demons. It's probably lucky that these days we don't hang people on suspicion of witchcraft or those around Ammons might have had some cause for concern. I suppose mental illness is a possibility, too, even though psychologists claimed Ammons is fine. Others may believe it is caused by psychic phenomena or poltergeists or even really by demons. What do you think?
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