According to the New World Encyclopedia, an exorcism is the practice of evicting demons or other evil spiritual entities from a person or place which they are believed to have possessed. Exorcisms have been around since the beginning of ancient history and are still practiced by many religions today.
A young Nicaraguan woman was a recent victim of an exorcism conducted by her church. She’s now dead after members of her church threw her naked body into a fire. According to the “pastor” and his followers, she was possessed by a demon.
Juan Rocha is a self-proclaimed pastor affiliated with the evangelical group Church of the Assembly of God. Rocha, along with other members of the group, stripped 25-year-old Vilma Trujillo down to her naked body, tied her up, and threw her onto a flaming pyre.
Discovered by Relatives
Rocha and members of the group claimed Trujillo was possessed, and they felt they needed to perform an exorcism. Hours later, Trujillo’s body was found by relatives in the northeastern village of El Cortezal.
Trujillo sustained multiple, horrific burns to her body. After her family found her, she was rushed to the hospital where she died a week after the incident.
Rocha was arrested. He insisted on telling authorities Trujillo was possessed, but denied burning her body. He claimed she was controlled by a demon who forced her to fall into the fire.