If a picture speaks a thousand words, I never want to hear the terrible incantations that are being muttered from the photo of Lily Palmer, the little girl who experienced a terrifying real life 'possession'.
We've seen so many movies about people - often children - being seemingly possessed by supernatural forces. Or, in the case of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (based on the real life case of Anneliese Michel) possession by more than one entity.
The following image depicts Lily Palmer before her fourth birthday, when she suddenly began suffering from 'acute onset of sensory hallucinations'.
Perhaps inauspiciously, Annette Palmer, Lily's mother, took this photograph on the night of All Hallows Eve, 1952. The little girl had been trick or treating with the family nanny when she changed. She began to scream and scratch at her eyes, crying over and over again about the 'things crawling in her eyes.'
What happened next makes the events of movies such as Possessed (2000, pictured below) seem rather tame.
After her initial freak-out on Halloween, little Lily's story took a turn for the worse. Alone in her bedroom, her mother heard her cries and came running to her aid: the child had punctured both of her own eyes with knitting needles.
Annette sought medical help for her daughter, which resulted in Lily being institutionalized for the remainder of her days, until she succumbed to a heart attack in 2001. The incident marks a chilling similarity to the unforgettable scene in Bless the Child...
Lily's behavior always worsened around Halloween night, and staff at the mental health institution where she resided reported her constant pleas to 'get these things out of her eyes.'