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  • 1973 would see the release of hit film 'The Exorcist', in which a twelve-year-old girl is possessed by a demon, and two priests attempt to rid the child of the possession.

  • A year later in West Yorkshire, England, a real-life exorcism would take place and fail with disastrous consequences.

  • Michael Taylor was a 31-year-old man living in the market town of Ossett with his wife, Christine.

  • Taylor worked as a butcher, which is... foreshadowing.

  • Michael Taylor belonged to a Christian Fellowship group, which is kind of like a book club, I think?

  • Only there's one book and it's generally frowned upon if you don't have a glowing review for it.

  • It was here Taylor developed strange mannerisms, including speaking in tongues.

  • The leader of this group was Mary Robinson.

  • Taylor's wife, Christine, revealed to the group that Michael's interest in Robinson was sexually driven.

  • I think he might have misunderstood the nature of these types of groups orfuck, maybe I've misunderstood the nature of these types of groups.

  • Taylor did indeed admit to feeling evil inside and would eventually attack Robinson verbally.

  • Robinson described a wild bestial look overtaking Taylor's face, and feared she would have been killed in the incident had it not been for the intervention of Jesus.

  • Taylor's behavior would become increasingly erratic after this, until the group came to the conclusion that Taylor's behavior was a result of him being diabolically afflicted,

  • and that there was only one way to free him and get the old Michael Taylor back.

  • The local vicar called in other ministers he knew to be experienced in deliverance to cast out demons in Michael Taylor.

  • Enter Father Peter Vincent, an Anglican priest who would head up the exorcism, and Reverend Raymond, a Methodist clergyman who would assist him.

  • The exorcism would be performed in Saint Thomas Church in Barnsley on the night of the 5th of October, 1974.

  • In an all-night ceremony, the men invoked and cast out at least 40 demons. Jesus, leave some for the rest of us.

  • Among these were incest, bestiality, blasphemy, and lewdness.

  • The exorcism rite lasted until 6:00 a.m., totally exhausting the priests.

  • They allowed Taylor to go home but feared at least three demons still remained: insanity, violence, and murder.

  • Those seem like three pretty important demons, like surely you should have prioritized those ones!?

  • Like, at the very least, you should have got rid of murderthat's pretty serious.

  • Like couldn't you have maybe swapped bestiality and murder there? Was it really more important to get rid of bestiality instead of murder?

  • "Well, he might kill someone, but at least he won't suck a dog's dick."

  • Imagine a mechanic gave you your car back and said,

  • "Okay, so I fixed the left tail-light, the broken mirror, and the crack in the windscreen. The brakes still don't work, but I think you're good to go."

  • A mere two hours after the exorcism, Michael Taylor would fly into a ferocious rage.

  • Neighbors described a fit of laughter and joy emanating from the Taylor household, but what they did not know was Michael had viciously attacked Christine.

  • With his bare hands, Michael tore her eyes and tongue out, and almost ripped her entire face off.

  • He left the house, but not before strangling their poodle.

  • Police found Michael aimlessly wandering the streets; naked and covered in blood.

  • He was maniacally shouting, "It is the blood of Satan!" over and over again.

  • They would soon find the mutilated bodies of his wife and their dog lying in pools of blood on the floor of their home.

  • At his trial in March, Taylor was acquitted on the grounds of insanity.

  • He spent two years in Broadmoor Hospital before being sent to a secure ward in Bradford for another two years.

  • Michael Taylor was then released. In the years following, Michael Taylor would attempt suicide on at least four occasions, until in 2005 when he would find himself in court again.

  • This time for the indecent touching of an underage girl.

  • A week into his prison sentence for the crime, Taylor began to exhibit the same strange behavior he did before his wife's murder.

  • When brought back before the court, they again ordered him into a psychiatric treatment.

  • I was unable to find out where Michael Taylor is as of time of recording.

1973 would see the release of hit film 'The Exorcist', in which a twelve-year-old girl is possessed by a demon, and two priests attempt to rid the child of the possession.

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