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The Exorcism of Carlita Villaneuva

Updated on June 25, 2015

When it comes to the paranormal, occult and cases of demon possession there are three groups of people…believers, skeptics and those that simply don’t know. However, there have been documented cases of demon possession observed by credible witnesses. Although it is a rare phenomenon, it happens more often than people realize.

Take the case of Clarita Villaneuva, a 17 year old Philippine girl in Manila. Her father had either deserted the family or was dead. In either case Clarita did not remember him. Her mother practiced fortune telling and spiritism. Although she didn’t believe in any of it, it was a way to make money. The girl was raised watching her mother holding séances, communicating with the dead and predicting the future for clients.

But, at the age of 12 Clarita’s mother died leaving her to wander the streets and fend for herself. Shortly after local prostitutes took her in and taught her how to make a living. When she was a few years older she moved to manila where her business would be better.

Artist Sketch of Smaller Entity

In the early morning of May 10th, 1951 she made the mistake of soliciting an undercover police officer. Clarita was arrested and taken to the over 300 year old Bilibid Prison which was being used as the city jail. Several days following her incarceration, Clarita began screaming she was being attacked and bitten. When the jailer arrived, he saw welts and 8 sets of teeth marks on her arms, legs and neck. The policeman concluded the prisoner may have been able to inflict the injuries to her arms, but there was no way she could’ve bitten the back of her neck or legs.

Clarita began screaming again and hysterically claiming “the thing” was coming. The perplexed officer unlocked the cell and led her into the hall. He watched in horror as some unseen entity inflicted more teeth marks on her upper arm and shoulders…complete with saliva. The frightened officer ran to inform his superiors.

Soon afterwards medics and the chief of police arrived.The wounded girl was escorted to the prison clinic for treatment. The doctors were astounded and said they had never seen anything like it before. When they asked Clarita to describe what had happened she said it resembled a man wearing a loose black cape, only with large bulging eyes and was floating in the air.

The next morning, Clarita was taken to court to face charges when once again she screamed “the thing” was back and biting her again. Two strong policemen seized her while reporters, police and the medical examiner watched in disbelief as teeth marks sank deep into her arms, hands, and neck. This assault lasted about five minutes at which time Clarita fainted. The medical officer examined Clarita and announced "These bites are genuine. And they are not self inflicted!" The mayor was immediately summoned.

By the time Clarita regained consciousness the mayor had arrived. The bites on her arms and hands were severely swollen and bruised. As the Mayor and medical examiner accompanied her back to the prison clinic, Clarita shrieked “the thing” was back, but this time accompanied by another smaller bug-eyed creature. The mayor later testified teeth marks appeared on both sides of her throat, index finger and hand…while he held it!

Clarita later described the larger of the two entities as being black and hairy with fangs and a set of buck-teeth. The doctors verified her description by the teeth marks.The smaller one was described as dwarflike.

One sceptical doctor accused her of putting on an act for sympathy. Clarita solemnly stared and stoically stated “You will die.” The following day, for no obvious reasons, he did. Rumors spread like wildfire she was a witch who could cast spells and place curses.

The chief jailer had also had a confrontation with the girl, kicking her for something she had done wrong. Clarita glared coldly at him and once again said: ‘You will die!’ Within four days, he too was dead.

The biting had now become a daily occurrence. At a loss to explain the phenomenon, the prison physician, sought help. Doctors and other professionals from various countries came to offer their assistance. It wasn’t long before the news media were sending reporters to investigate and the story was soon heralded in front page news around the globe.

In desperation the archbishop was contacted who dispatched a noted exorcist and theologian. Clarita was brought before a large group of reporters,professors and doctors. As she was led into the room, she singled out the exorcist and screamed: “I hate you!” He replied “I know you hate me. I have come to cast you out.”

That was the beginning of a long drawn out three day battle with the girl screaming, hurling obscenities and blaspheming the entire time. Finally, she became calm and declared “He’s gone.”

Strangely, once back in the hospital, the attacks ceased. She was released six weeks later. Clarita still has the bite marks testifying to one of the strangest, unexplained occurrences in history.


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      Jude Ian 14 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have to say, living all my life here in PH, it's only been recently that I became aware of Carlita Villanueva's story when it was featured in a Halloween episode in a famous magazine tv show here just this year. They did not reveal much info about it though and this incident happened way before I was born so I'm grateful for your hub on this. Most of the so-called "possessions" in my country I'm hearing these days is just a bunch of crap raging from mental illnessess to mass hysteria from people(mostly teenagers) who act out in order to get attention.

      But then again, I still do believe there are genuine cases somewhere. I just wish when we get one, we investigate, study and document it in a way that borders between healthy skepticism and faith, using both scientific and religious knowledge and not with pure ignorance and hearsay.

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      Kassi 2 years ago

      This is just the perceft answer for all forum members

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      Carolyn Hamlett 3 years ago

      This was indeed the late Dr. Lester Sumrall who cast the demons out of Carlita. Dr. Sumrall told me the story himself. He also told me that during the time he was praying for Carlita that she grabbed at something invisible and yanked her hand back revealing a fist full of black hair. Dr. Sumrall told me that he sent the hair to a laboratory for examination and identification and the results revealed that the hair was of no creature known on this earth.

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      pepe 5 years ago

      This was not an exorcist -- it was Dr. Lester Sumrall an American Minister. Here the story directly from the man who cast this demon out -- see the interview with Dr. Sumrall at Youtube

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      Jack 5 years ago

      This is not aliens its demons

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a fascinating account and with possession being rare, how much more rare to have witnesses to this kind of phenomena!

      Voted up!!

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Good timing for a scary topic, Happy Halloween

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      I have never seen anything that would suggest posession. I've never seen anything that would suggest spirits, ghosts, or anything supernatural. Although my brother claims to have experienced a couple of things, I never have.