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Exorcist Interview About A Possession

February 18, 2014 by  
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Parish Priest Aids Family in Fight Against Demons

In an exclusive National Catholic Register interview, Father Michael Maginot discusses his role in serving as an exorcist to help an Indiana family who appeared to be afflicted by demonic possession.

It was the most bizarre situation in thirty years of his priesthood, according to Father Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville, Indiana. He was asked to save a family from demons.

LaToya Ammon‘s three children, a daughter, 12, and two sons, 9 and 7, often reported feeling sick at their Gary, Indiana, school. Sometimes blood mysteriously showed up in their mouths, ears and nose. The school nurse reported the situation to Child Protective Services (CPS). The children, their mother and grandmother, Rosa Campbell, who lived together in a rented house, insisted there was no abuse. Instead, the family reported that they were victims of demonic attacks.

No one believed them. But then, a nurse and CPS worker witnessed the older boy walk backwards up a wall in the hospital where he was waiting to be examined by a psychiatrist.

Father Maginot sat down with the Register to share with us his account of these disturbing events.

How did you get involved?

I received a phone call on Friday morning, April 20, 2012, during a Bible study in my living room. It was the chaplain from Methodist Hospital. “We need an exorcism; can you get down here right away?” he asked me. “People ran out of a room after they saw a boy walking backwards up a wall. They called me and I’m calling you.”

I was not an exorcist but I knew there needed to be an investigation before anything could be done. There was nothing I could do right then and I did not want to leave in the middle of the Bible study. I offered to investigate if the family contacted me. They called me the very next day. Their children had been taken away.

What had been happening to the Ammon family?

The Ammon family had gone to their physician out of desperation, not knowing what to do about the strange behaviors and occurrences in their family. The children went into trances and spoke with demonic voices, reported being choked, levitated and were thrown into things. The youngest boy claimed to see another little boy who visited with him in a closet. No one else saw the visitor who would talk about what it was like dying or getting killed.

At the doctor’s office, the boys growled and cursed in demonic voices. The medical staff saw the youngest one thrown into a wall. Then the boys passed out. An ambulance and police were called to take the children to the Methodist hospital. The CPS was also called to investigate LaToya for suspected mental illness or abuse of the children.

The oldest boy woke up at the hospital but the younger one screamed and acted like in a trance. He was waiting in the psychiatrist office with his grandmother when he walked up the wall backwards then flipped over his grandmother and landed on his feet. The nurse and CPS worker ran from the room. When the psychiatrist came in, he tried to get the boy to do it again but it was impossible and the boy could not even remember doing it.

What was your first meeting with the family like?

LaToya and her mother were staying with a relative but they agreed to meet me at the house the next day, Sunday at 6pm to tell me their story. Both women were Baptist and said they never dabbled in anything occult. The mother never missed church on Sundays and LaToya sometimes went.

They told me their story. It all started when the family moved into the house in November 2011. The first day, something strange happened. There were horseflies everywhere in their screened-in porch even though it was almost winter. They cleaned them up but then for several more days there were flies again. In the basement, sand appeared all over the floor – around two buckets full.

One time the grandmother woke up at 3am and saw the shadow of someone in her house. The next morning, she checked to see if anything was taken but only saw muddy boot prints that seemed to come from the basement. Later, the family would sometimes hear footsteps coming up from basement. Sometimes there was knocking on the door or growling like a dog but, when it was opened, nothing was there.

The family started getting sick. Kids were waking up with bloody gums, noses, and ears. Sometimes they went to school and there would be blood, but the school nurse would find no reason for it. At one point, the grandmother saw the daughter levitate over her bed then fall back down.

Family and friends were afraid to come to the house. LaToya and her mother could not afford to move. They asked people from their church to help but they refused. A group from a charismatic church agreed to come to pray. A lady with the group, who said she was clairvoyant, claimed there were 200 demons in the basement. She ran from the house with the others following close behind.

Around Easter time, everyone was watching TV and a Febreze bottle lifted in front of them. It was thrown into the mother’s bedroom smashing her lamp. When they got up to look, a black figure looked out at them from an open closet. The mother yelled for everyone to pack some clothes and get out of the house. They stayed in a hotel that night, then LaToya’s brother agreed to take them in.

Did anything strange happen when you were there?

Yes, around 8:30pm. It was then that LaToya told me that things got much worse right after her ex-boyfriend came by the house in March. He said he wanted to give something to the boys. He gave them both $5 to remind them to be good and said the girl did not need anything to be good.

I said I wanted to know more about the boyfriend and that’s when a series of interruptions occurred. The bathroom light flickered. Every time I went to investigate it stopped but started again when I walked away. “Well, I guess it’s scared of me,” I said. Then, it started flickering again as if in defiance.

I ignored it and said let’s get back to boyfriend. That’s when the Venetian blinds in the kitchen started to sway back and forth. The strings for pulling them up were perfectly still, just the blinds swayed. The swaying kept the same speed then the swaying went from window to window, room to room.

What do you think the ex-boyfriend had to do with any of this?

Maybe he put a curse on the mother. He had once asked her for an article of underwear as a souvenir. Around that time, LaToya also had a family picture disappear from her album and a pair of her shoes disappeared. Personal items are often used in curses against a person.

LaToya received an angry phone call from a woman who said she was the boyfriend’s wife. LaToya said she never knew he was married and was going to break up with him anyways. The lady warned her that she was going to be very sorry that she ever had anything to do with him.

Days later, when the police were investigating with me, we found a place under the steps in the basement where the concrete was broken up and a number of items were buried including boys’ socks with the feet cut out and a woman’s underwear.

At the end of the interview that night, I put a crucifix on LaToya and she began to convulse. I realized that she had an aversion to holy things. “You are possessed,” I told her.

She looked embarrassed and said, “I know.” I held the crucifix on the grandmother and nothing happened. She said she was never personally bothered by evil except one time in the basement something had tried to choke her.

Once you completed the investigation, what was the next step?

I did a major house blessing with blessed salt and incense in every room. LaToya and her mother were able to move into a new apartment in Indianapolis. I also did a minor exorcism on LaToya–this is a matter of going through the rite just one time and it does not need permission from the bishop. Afterwards, she began having horrible nightmares involving the ex-boyfriend, so I knew we needed something more.

My bishop gave me permission to do a major exorcism. The difference is that it has the backing of the Church and allows me to spend more time during the rite focusing on areas that seem to be getting a response. I consulted with two exorcists from Chicago and Indiana. The one from Indiana was willing to help the family, but LaToya did not want to start all over with another investigation.

We scheduled the exorcism for June. I had two police officers in case we needed restraint, and a parishioner to help me with the rite to respond to the prayers. Everything went smoothly and LaToya did not seem to react. Sometimes, a demon can play possum and not respond but after the exorcism, LaToya could hold blessed objects. I gave her a Benedictine cross and a rosary. After she left in her car, we found the rosary in the parking lot in pieces. LaToya called me later and said she could not find the rosary, which she had put in her purse. Her nightmares continued.

Where did you go from there?

We set up another session. I felt we needed to up the ante and find out the demon’s name. She had once been on a friend’s computer looking for help and came across a website of demon names that explained the things each one did. She said every time she got to the description of the things that were happening in her home and went to the name, the computer would shut down. I went to the website and printed out all the names and LaToya pointed out two that she thought were the ones.

During the next exorcism, I went through the rite and LaToya violently convulsed every time I used one of the two demon names. I could see it was getting angrier and angrier but then it began weakening until she fell asleep. I concluded the rite with praising God and LaToya fell asleep. When she woke up, we returned the rosary to her that my assistant had put back together.

We scheduled another exorcism around Father’s Day to use the other demon name. LaToya asked me to do the Latin rite. I went back and forth praising God and condemning the demon. LaToya does not know Latin but she was quiet during the time of praise and convulsed during every condemnation. It was weakening and by the time of the closing prayer, LaToya went to sleep. When she awoke, she said she felt fine.

I never heard from her again until last month when a reporter got a tip on the story and contacted LaToya. She called me and apologized for not contacting me sooner to let me know how she was doing and to thank me.

The children were back with her and she said they were happy and doing well in school. Once LaToya was taken care of, all the problems with the kids disappeared.

Even though the story only became public January 26th, is it true there are already plans for a movie and documentary?

Yes, I’m going to do both because they can work hand in hand. I will stipulate having final say to sign off on the script. It has to be loyal to the true story. The truth is crazy enough. Tony DeRosa-Grund, who produced the movie The Conjuring, is taking it around to different movie companies now. I signed a contract with Zak Bagans for the documentary. He produced The Ghost Adventures for TV.

As far as the money that will come from it, I’ll have to think of charities to donate to. I like my life the way it is; I don’t need it. The most important thing is to get this information out so people will take this stuff seriously and know that God and evil are real.

Editor's Note: Article Published with Permission from National Catholic Register – Keep an eye out for follow-up articles here and in the National Catholic Register.

Art: Fr. Maginot, courtesy National Catholic Register, used with permission; Vitrail néogothique dans l'église Saint-Martin de Florac: Saint Michel et le Démon, détail, 1/06/09, Vassil, PD, Wikimedia Commons; Golden Crucifix, April 2006, own work, Nino Barbieri, CC, Wikimedia Commons; rosary, Estler own work, 2013.

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Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press's Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious, children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story. Patti's Blog Facebook. Twitter.

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  • Hope

    Its very interesting. Though the origin of the evil spirits is not very clear, but they do mention the boyfriend and his wife as being involved in some way (either through curses etc). What can one do to protect yourself against someone else cursing you or putting spells on you ? I presume prayer, frequenting the Sacraments and keeping Sacramentals on you at all times where possible (scapulars, holy water etc).

    • Camila

      You make a good point about the curse. Isn’t it interesting that they found articles of clothing of the kids and the woman in their house?

      I wonder if the idea is the same of relics of the saints. What makes an aritcle of clothing in some way binding to that person and that by having it – it can affect the person to whom it belonged…..I’ve never really thought about this until now. So how do relics (who belonged and was touched by a saint who we know is in heaven) affect us?

      I have no idea how to even begin to answer this question.
      But surely these can help as well in the battle against the evil spirits.

      • Paul

        There is a book that’s been out for quite some time, “Unbound-a practical guide to deliverance” by a Catholic author named Neal Lozano. Highly recommended. See for more info or email Conferences are given for lay persons as well as priests, religious. Check it out.

        • Good advice ­ great resources.

        • Camila

          Thanks. I will look into it.

  • patricia

    Sacraments and sacramentals binding prayers are a must. It seems like a curse and I feel for the whole family. This just shows how real the spiritual battle is.

  • judeen

    I have expereinced alot in evil and good… met alot of people working in this field… went to a session of talks from an exersist… on how one picks up evil spirits and prayers…. I caught it in the middle of the talks and was really good… Perfumn came from Him… there is alot of spiritual warfare out there… alot of people into witch craft. wicca, vodo… and games in witch craft and music… pokie man cards… and things little kids get into… there is evil that has sizes .. some -small are irritators, stub the toe, break things… others larger than others larger … but the 12 ft ones are the ones we feed… with unforgiveness and hate…. as we sin we feed these demons…. and they become stronger… that is why confession is so important.. we have weapons in our church .. blessed salt, blessed Holy Water… mixed with salt… sacramentals… like crosses… and blessed medals.. blessed candles… these are things alot of people talk as signs , but they are way more powerful…. our sin wears the blessing and protection away… so we have to do it often…. seen people blessed at healing services -lay on the floor and move like a snake… and scream out curse words… seen a man delivered from a demon who acted like a animal to a man who walked and said the rosary.. the guards could not beleive it… so on

  • Lisa

    Dear friends, I am very interested in learning more about this. I am left with many questions.

    What would prevent this from happening to any unsuspecting soul? I always thought one had to somehow, open the door to demons, in order to allow their influence ….. on the other hand, some great saints were often tormented by the devil – St John Vianney comes to mind.

    Would enthroning one’s home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary safeguard one’s dwelling and all it’s members?

    With so much evil that can come through the media sources we use, (and many souls are at risk by their choices) surely the devil and his minions have a foothold into our homes.

    • The Truth Will Set You Free

      “Would enthroning one’s home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the
      Immaculate Heart of Mary safeguard one’s dwelling and all it’s members?”

      It definitely helped in my house.

  • Willie Simpson

    It is possible that the boyfriend is the link. Depending on the activity with him, a door could have been opened.

    • Yes – sexual activity outside of marriage…

      • Willie Simpson

        That may be what I Cor. 6:18 is referring to

  • JKA

    I was on and off practicing my Catholic faith when I was younger but for many years now have been as faithful as possible. With my past it is possible I’ve opened hundreds of doors. How does one ensure that something from years ago isn’t acting as a gateway for evil influence in our current lives? Is practicing our faith enough or do we need to do more?

    • debby_d_NJ

      Make an appointment with a priest who is willing to take the time to do a life-time confession. I have done this twice in my life. The most recent time was 3.5 years ago when we were having serious issues with one of our children. I spoke with a priest who had been my Spiritual Director for several years asking permission to prepare and confess “all the sins of my life.” My purpose was to make sure, that to the best of my knowledge, I had completely confessed every remembered sin from my earliest memories to the present day. As her mother, I wanted to ensure that I was a conduit of Grace, working the best I could to “detach from all the self holds worthwhile” (St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Theresa of Avila, etc), yielding and abandoning myself to the Holy Spirit. He agreed. It took me about 3 hours sitting before the Blessed Sacrament to record my sins. It was humbling and freeing. Since then, whenever the enemy speaks his condemning accusations against me, I can turn to our Lady and with confidence, speak out loud, “as Far as the East is from the West, He has put my past sins from me…..” and I have the date: The Feast of St. Monica 2010.

      The Scripture tells us “When we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just, He forgives our sins and cleanses us from ALL Unrighteousness.” His Mercy showered upon us in the Sacrament of Confession and the penance offered in love and thanksgiving back to Him FREES US.
      There is more power in the Confessional than in any war-arms of mankind. And that goes for the spiritual warfare as well – “He that is within you is greater than he that is in the world….”

      The next thing I would do is speak to the priest about Consecrating yourself to our Lady. An easy guide is Fr. Gaitley’s book 33 Days to Morning Glory. She is Mother like no other. She will safeguard your soul if you give it over to Her keeping….
      These are not “magic formulas” or “lucky charms”. In His generosity, Jesus has revealed to us the means to live an abundant life of love and freedom. He came to set you free, to open your blind eyes and deaf ears, to feed your yearning heart with His Very Self. And He gives us His own Mom and His Precious Holy Spirit. We are LOVED!
      Blessings of being set free in Him to you. I will pray for you.

    • Lisa

      Perhaps Fr. Fortea could offer some constructive sharing? This is of such importance if clarity could be gained.

  • Mrshopey

    I am confused. I thought these exorcisms were supposed to be private to respect the family and not give attention to evil?

  • Oh Dear God, reading this is quite scary……echoing Lisa’s concern, we need Fr. Fortea to enlighten us more on the questions she raises

  • Diana Marie Winkler

    Very interesting article! It is important to bring out into the open what Evil looks like and the different forms it will take. Prayer, the Rosary, the St. Michael prayer and staying in the Word of God every day are such important weapons we are equipped with to do battle. We should take seriously what Father Maginot has shared with us. God bless him and the others who are trained to do exorcisms.

  • disqus_yMuwTXbn60

    Very good article, thank you for the truth – so much as been written about this case, inferring that the Priest is making a movie for profit.
    I agree with the need to get this information out to the public. The demonic does exist, I recently moved from a home built on the site of an old farm house that is a portal for demonic activity. We built the home and moved there in our second year of marriage. My husband was over come with lust, having serial affairs for the 30 years we lived there and refusing to stop. That, along with other demonic activity experienced regularly by myself, family members and visitors was reason for me to abandon the home and I have gained much peace.
    I pray for my husband and renounce the demons there. His whole life is in turmoil, financially, physically and spiritually. In my quest to overcome the oppression I experienced while living there I came into the Catholic Church and have found all the answers in Jesus Christ.
    I used the same tools described in this article with the assistance of my parish priest and the diocese exorcist, but the demon is entrenched. There is a vortex, scratching inside walls, loud bangs, oppression, odors of grave dirt and strong urine in the night, black shadowy forms, ghostly faces appearing in the night, sparks like an old fashioned flash bulb from a camera during the daytime, and much more going on there to this day. The exorcist said as long as the occupants are not living in grace the activity will continue.
    The exorcist also assures me that God is stronger than any demon and to call on Him when threatened. Thank you for having this article. Fr Rippinger has some good information on demons on his web site as well.

  • Lisa

    I hope this discussion will continue some more. It is a deep subject to be sure!

  • PennPatriot67

    The best arms we have to battle evil as lay people are The Sacraments that Christ gave us. Go to confession frequently, and receive the Eucharist. Then pray, pray and pray again. There is a danger in the interest of demonology, etc., even when the interest is in the context of fighting evil, to become seduced by it. Evil needs to be fought in each of our lives through living The Word through The Sacraments. The most powerful thing on this Earth is the Real Presence of God in The Holy Eucharist and the mercy Christ gives us through Penance and Reconciliation. We don’t need more movies about demons making people levitate, we need to live The Words of Christ.

    • Camila

      Hi PennPatriot67,

      Have you ever read the Life of Antony by St. Athanasius? I think you’d really enjoy it.

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