‘Possessed’ woman covered in mystery bruises after being ‘attacked’ by demon

A professional "exorcist consultant" has opened up on some of the worst cases he's seen, including that of a woman who was being "beaten up" by spirits in front of her family.

Dr. Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist, a leading expert in the field of exorcism and the author of Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal.

Speaking to America Magazine's podcast in October last year, he explained his first ever call out.

Dr. Gallagher was asked by a priest to see a case of a woman in the US who was "literally being beaten up by a demon" and was covered in bruises.

He said he was sceptical but the priest said: "Well then you're the perfect man for the job because we want someone who is well trained and a little sceptical."

The doctor told the podcast hosts: "He asked me to see a case of a woman who was getting beaten up by evil spirits, obviously I wasn't sure before I met her if she was psychotic or maybe was being abused.

"But after I spoke to her it was quite clear to me that there was no medical reason why she had all these bruises and her story was completely consistent, as was her husband's, that she was being beaten up literally before other people's eyes by an invisible force."

He "had to rule out medical and mental health issues" and was at a loss to explain them.

"There are some odd disorders that cause bruises but this was just very different," the psychiatrist continued.

"This was a woman who was very sure she was experiencing blows, there was no obvious material thing doing that."

He said the woman's friends, the priest and husband claimed "invisible forces" were attacking the woman.

"As Catholics, they absolutely believed this was 'demonic spirits'," he added.

He said it was not a possession per se, but one of three categories of what are called "extraordinary attacks by demons".

Dr. Gallagher, a devout Catholic, said that in the early nineties he was invited to be a scientific advisor to the International Association of Exorcists, an organisation headquartered in Rome that is recognised by the Vatican.

And he previously supposedly witnessed a woman levitating with so much force that she almost shattered the ceiling of a chapel.

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