pregnancy 9 Women Who Were Convinced They Were Carrying A Demon Baby  

Lisa A. Flowers
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Researching stories of satanic pregnancy,  and locating women who truly believe that they've carried Satan's spawn, is more difficult than it might seem. The world will always welcome kaleidoscope-eyed acolytes in peasant smocks and Manson-following concubines with swastikas carved into their foreheads, it's true, but bearers of the antichrist don't always get so lucky.

Some IRL Rosemary Woodhouses hail from the colonial era when Satan was basically a household name. Some come from present-day tribes stuck seven centuries back in the time continuum, while others are just goths in love with the smolderingly tormented glamor of the Dark Lord. But all claim to have, or have had, one thing in common: a womb that's played host to a cloven, mauling, fanged little bundle of joy.

Otty Sanchez, Mother Who Dismembered Her Demonic Offspring


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In the summer of 2009, San Antonio police stumbled in on a scene that "was so gruesome investigators could barely speak." According to official reports, a 3-week-old infant: 

"Lay dismembered in the bedroom of a single story house, three of his tiny toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed, and his brains ripped out... officers found the boy's mother, Otty Sanchez, sitting on a couch with a self-inflicted wound to her chest and her throat partially slashed, screaming 'I killed my baby! I killed my baby!' She told officers the devil made her do it."

Enough said. Physician Patrick McNamara, writing in Spirit Possession and Exorcism: History, Psychology, and Neurobiology (from which the above report is taken), claims that believing that one (or one's child?) is possessed by Satan is "all too common in schizophrenics with religious delusions." Ripping your spawn apart like a human threshing machine is another thing altogether, however.

Ana Feria Santos, Mother Of A Fire-Breathing Devil


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According to the ever-reliable (and colorful) Daily Mail, one of Satan's sons is alive and well in Colombia. At a mere 4 weeks old, the demon child (who has apparently not been named) could already "walk by himself and produce fire"... or so his aghast mother, Ana Feria Santos, says. She also attests that her son "frequently hides around the house, cackles in an 'adult' way for hours on end, and has an 'intimidating' pair of eyes." (Though, really, that could describe any robust 4-week-old ... couldn't it?).

The article claims that Santos's neighbors, in fear of their lives, have begun pelting the residence with stones, but area lawyers, social workers, and psychologists aren't so sure, and sources say that the mother is being investigated for possible child abuse. (Of course, the same thing happened to Naomi Watts in The Ring II when her son got possessed... so it seems to be par for the course).

Suzanne Connors, Demon Vessel Who Was Cut From The Inside


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A 28-year-old Utah mother, Suzanne Connors, made headlines when she gave birth to a screeching entity, whom she just as promptly made the sign of the cross over and cast out. Connors, who said that her pregnancy felt like "being cut with razors from the inside," claimed that she'd decided on adoption because she wanted "no part in raising the Antichrist."

Reports state that doctors apparently opted for a C-section, and found Connors's uterus and amniotic sac "completely ripped to shreds." One would assume that the infant then scuttled off, It's Alive style, but the babe is apparently being evaluated at a nearby pediatric hospital, which is surely draped in black crepe and hung with upside down crosses.

Rashida Chowdbury, Mother Who Sacrificed Her Satan Spawn


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Superstitions and phobias about demons and witches are legion, but some people don't hesitate to take them to (and pitch them out of) disturbingly literal levels. Such was the case with 21-year-old Rashida Chowdhury, who allegedly tossed her newborn son out of the 4th story window of her apartment because he was the spawn of Satan. 

Chowdbury's apparently non-interventionist family confirmed that she'd indeed been actively harboring a belief that her child was possessed. Moreover, four adults and two - presumably demon-free - other children were in the residence at the time, which made the set-up even sketchier.

In any case, Chowdbury was charged with both first and second degree murder... even though she told the NYPD that she'd had "no other choice" but to hurl her offspring into the symbolic flames below.