Real-Life Crimes Committed by “Demons”
Supposedly “demon-possessed” criminals have been around for as long as people have been murdering their wives, sexually assaulting young people, or gunning down strangers in the street. Some criminals seem to use this as a calculated excuse for their actions, while others (usually suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, or both) seem to truly believe they were under demonic control when they performed their evil acts.
If you’ve ever been curious about demonic possession, or want to get the inside scoop on some of the vilest acts ever committed by the “possessed,” continue reading about the most heinous crimes “committed by demons.”
The Son of Sam Claimed His Neighbor’s Possessed Dog Told Him to Kill People
New York City during the summer of 1976 was a hotbed of anger, frustration, and fear, and David Berkowitz (AKA “the Son of Sam”) didn’t help the matter by killing six people and wounding seven others in the span of one year. After his arrest, Berkowitz told police that he was under the control of a demon named “Harvey” who inhabited his neighbor’s dog and implored him to kill people.
Once, during a three-month break from his murder spree, Berkowitz wrote the New York Post to say, “I’m still here like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.” After being incarcerated (Berkowitz received a sentence of 365 years in prison), he became a born-again Christian, but he still believes that the devil and god are fighting for possession of his soul.
A North Carolina Man Performed Animal Sacrifices Before Turning to Murder Human Beings
Pazuzu Algarad was arrested in 2014 for killing a person and then burying the body in his backyard in July 2009, as well as helping his girlfriend bury someone she killed later that year. He had taken the name “Pazuzu” in reference to a demon mentioned in The Exorcist, and he had a forked tongue and sharpened teeth. An anonymous man who lived at the home where the bodies were buried told police that he felt Pazuzu was possessed: “It was very serpentine. And his eyes would kind of get a little, like, glazy. Like almost not there, like the inner part of him would kind of phase away. You could tell when his demons needed something from him because they took over… About once a month, and it was usually on a full moon, they sacrificed at least one rabbit, and then he would eat the heart of it, and then burn the flesh of the rabbit.”
Investigators on the scene later deemed the home (the site of many animal sacrifices) as unsafe for human life.
Two Parents Bound Their Children with Duct Tape, Believing They Were Possessed
In 2012, after living in what they believed to be a demon-possessed house and becoming convinced that the world was ending, Deborah and Adolfo Gomez admitted to restraining their children (ages 7 and 5) with duct tape inside an SUV in a Walmart parking lot because they were “demon possessed.” The couple was arrested in Lawrence, Kansas, where investigators learned that not only was the couple under demonic possession but Adolfo had not slept for the last night days.
A Demon-Possessed Teen Stabbed an Elderly Man 10 Times
In March 2016, 17-year-old Tommy Smith attempted to rob Peter Churm, a 66-year-old man, for the keys to his son’s Range Rover. When Churm refused to hand the keys over, Smith flew into a rage and stabbed Churn in the face, neck, and ears. The teenage boy stabbed the old man so fiercely that the knife actually broke in two. Churm ended the attack by bashing Smith in the head with a claw hammer. Smith, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, later told a psychiatrist that he was magnetically drawn towards his victim and that he saw a demon float out of Churm’s wounds when he attacked him.
A Man Stabbed His Girlfriend More Than 80 Times Due to Demons and “Trust Issues”
Luis Zambrano, 30, was sentenced to 26 1/2 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Angie Escobar by stabbing her over 80 times with a pair of scissors. After she died, he shoved her into the trunk of his car. He told a judge that he was under demonic possession when he killed Escobar, but that there were also “trust issues” at play in the gruesome murder.
An Imam Raped a Young Boy and Blamed It on the Devil
Noor Walile, a 38-year-old English imam, raped a boy in the bathroom of the church where he was giving lessons. When the elders of the mosque found out what had happened, Walile simply said that the devil makes him do it. The elders told Walile that his choices were to face the police in England or to return forever to his native India. Walile fled to escape persecution from the police, but later secretly returned to Leicester, where he was promptly arrested and slammed with a rape charge.
Conclusion: In Western societies demonology survived as an explanation of mental health problems right up until the eighteenth century, when witchcraft and demonic possession were common explanations for psychopathology. Nevertheless, demonic or spirit possession is still a common explanation for mental health problems. In any case, that you may feel that something going on, ASK for help from a therapist. Mental issues are not something to be ashamed of.
The demonic, are not to be toyed with.