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Korean woman dies in apparent exorcism in Germany; 5 arrested

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A man spoke on his mobile phone in front of the Hotel InterContinental in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday. German prosecutors say they have arrested five South Koreans on suspicion of murder following the death a 41-year-old woman in an apparent exorcism ritual in a room in the hotel, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN » German police have arrested five South Koreans on suspicion of murder following the death of a relative in an exorcism ritual in the city of Frankfurt, prosecutors said Thursday.

Officers discovered the body of the 41-year-old woman in a hotel room Saturday when the suspects called a priest after it became apparent that the victim had died, prosecutor Nadja Niesen said. “When he saw what had happened he notified the reception, and they called police.”

She identified the suspects as relatives of the victim — a 44-year-old woman, her 21-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and two 15-year-old boys, one of whom is the son of the dead woman.

“They all belonged to one big family,” Niesen said. “They came to Germany from South Korea six weeks ago and had rented a house in Sulzbach, but didn’t stay there much.”

Niesen said the suspects wanted to expel a “demon” they believed had possessed the woman. They exerted “massive force on her chest and stomach area” while stuffing a towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to stop her screaming, she said.

“According to our current information the suspects subjected the victim to pain and agony for at least two hours, and their actions were motivated by a callous and merciless attitude,” said Niesen.

“The woman eventually died from asphyxiation as a result of the massive chest compression and violence to her neck,” she said.

A second woman, also aged 41, was found inside the garage of the house the family had rented, said Niesen. She was taken to a hospital suffering from hypothermia and dehydration.

“It’s not clear exactly what happened to her, we are still investigating that,” Niesen said.

4 responses to “Korean woman dies in apparent exorcism in Germany; 5 arrested”

  1. primo1 says:

    God please save me from your followers.

  2. cojef says:

    Strange way to perform exorcism, stuffing mouth with clothing and preventing someone from breathing. Usually it’s the other way around expel the evil spirits from the soul/body. There’s more to the family ritual especially in view of the fact about the other woman being kept in a very environment? More like an estate/inheritance issue. Heirs dies under mysterious circumstance abroad? Like the old whodunits of the past?

  3. butinski says:

    How terribly sad. Religion once again forced down one’s throat. (Look up exorcism).

  4. justmyview371 says:


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