Sunday 27 May 2018

Five South Koreans arrested after woman dies in botched exorcism ritual in Frankfurt hotel room

The Hotel in Frankfurt where the exorcism took place
The Hotel in Frankfurt where the exorcism took place

Five South Koreans have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in an apparent exorcism ritual in the German city of Frankfurt.

Police discovered the 41-year-old woman in a hotel room on Saturday after being alerted by a Catholic priest, according to prosecutor Nadja Niesen.

She said the suspects - a 44-year-old woman, her 21-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and two 15-year-old boys - were relatives of the woman, one of them being her son.

Ms Niesen said the suspects, who arrived in Germany six weeks ago, wanted to expel a "demon" they believed had possessed the woman.

She said they exerted "massive force on her chest and stomach area" while stuffing a towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to stop her screaming.

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