THE MOST HORRIFIC EXORCISM CASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Exorcisms are practices of religion or spirituality aimed at expelling demons or spirits that have possessed a person's body. These spirits are commonly believed to be malevolent and assumed to control the person, causing them to appear angry, violent, and disturbed. Typically, exorcisms include rituals and prayers and were once used to treat individuals who are now considered mentally ill. Emma Schmid, for example, was born on March 23, 1882, in Wisconsin to parents who had migrated from Germany to the United States before her birth. She was raised in a highly religious household and was considered a devout Catholic. After her mother's death in 1890, Emma frequently visited the church multiple times a day on her own. Her abusive, alcoholic father raised her.