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West Germany / Exorcism Death Convictions #257484

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 21, 1978
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(Studio) West German jury's conviction of 2 priests and couple, on chgs. that they let couple's daughter die during exorcism rites of Catholic Church, reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Aschaffenburg, West Germany) Background of case, involving starvation death of Anneliese Michel in Bavarian village of Klingenberg, given. Photos and films shown. Michel's development of epileptic-type illness in teens, unsuccessful treatment by physicians and her eventual turning to priests later to be accused of negligent homicide in her death, outlined. Priests are Reverend Wilhelm Renz and Reverend Ernst Alt; their testimony described. Renz' report that he wrestled with demons, include Adolf Hitler, Lucifer, Judas and Cain, detailed. Other details of situation, include arguments of both prosecution and defense in court case, given.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

Mudd, Roger;
Walker, Hal

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