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E83: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

E83: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

October 28, 2019

On July 1st, 1976, 23-year old Anneliese Michel died in her home after having gone through 67 exorcism sessions over a ten month period. In the lead up to her exorcism, the young woman had experienced horrifying visual and audible hallucinations, phantom smells, near-catatonic periods, and other extreme behaviour. The events that led to Anneliese's death have been hotly debated in the years since, with many unanswered questions still existing. Was Anneliese Michel truly possessed by a power demon, or were underlying and undiagnosed mental illness the true cause of her misery? In the final episode of our Spooktober series, Matt and Kayla discuss the exorcism of Anneliese Michel, including the events that led to the exorcism, the sessions themselves, and the aftermath of her death.

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E82: The Circleville Letters

E82: The Circleville Letters

October 21, 2019

In the mid-late 1970's, residents of Circleville, Ohio began to receive disturbing anonymous letters with deeply personal information about their everyday lives and salacious accusations about their deepest and darkest secrets. After some time, the Circleville letters would indirectly lead to the death of Ron Gillespie, husband of Mary, the original recipient of the letters. What followed Ron's death has become one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in modern American history. On this week's episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla discuss the mysterious Circleville Letters, diving into the many twists in turns of the story, the suspected Circleville writers, and the aftermath of the events.

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E81: The Salem Witch Trials

E81: The Salem Witch Trials

October 14, 2019

The Salem witch trials were some of the most notorious events to take place in early Colonial America. From February 1692 to May 1693, twenty people from the communities of Salem, Salem Village, Ipswich, and Andover were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. In addition to those who were found guilty and executed, hundreds of others from the area were accused of witchcraft, with many of them being arrested for their alleged crimes. All of these cases relied almost entirely on the use of spectral evidence and the testimony of teenagers, with little to no evidence of "witchcraft" ever being found. The witch trials in Salem are some of the most famous examples of the dangers of mass hysteria, and the reasons for why they took place has been heavily debated by historians. This week, Matt and Kayla discuss the Salem witch trials, breaking down the timeline of events, talking about modern witch hunts, and much more.

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E80: A Brief History of Witchcraft

E80: A Brief History of Witchcraft

October 7, 2019

Since the dawn of man, humans have revered and feared those who claim to be able to influence the world around them through occultism. These alleged practitioners of magic were a major part of many ancient and early modern civilizations, playing important roles in the fields of science and medicine, bringing good fortune to citizens, and informing royalty. As the popularity of Catholicism spread throughout Europe, the image of the witch became much more sinister, seeing witches directly aligned with Satan, who commanded them to use their magical abilities for evil. This reshaping of the witch mythology led directly to the European witch hunts, a period that saw thousands of innocent people die in horrific ways. In this week's episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla dive into the history of witchcraft, specifically taking a look at witchcraft from ancient times to early modern Europe.

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