BySarah O'Connell, writer at

The German police have arrested five South Koreans on suspicion of murder following the death of a 41-year-old woman in an 'exorcism ritual' in Frankfurt.

Chief prosecutor Nadja Niesen identified the suspects as relatives of the victim, a 44-year-old woman, her 21-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and two 15-year-old boys, one of whom is the son of the dead woman.

The woman was found dead at Frankfurt's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday morning after being gagged and severely beaten because the five family members involved wanted to "drive out a demon" they believed had possessed her.

Intercontinental Hotel, Frankfurt
Intercontinental Hotel, Frankfurt

Ms. Niesen of the prosecution said,

“They all belonged to one big family,”
“They came to Germany from South Korea six weeks ago and had rented a house in Sulzbach, but didn’t stay there much.”
Sulzbach area, Frankfurt
Sulzbach area, Frankfurt

Exorcism Ritual

Ms. Niesen continues,

“According to our current information, the suspects subjected the victim to pain and agony for at least two hours, and their actions were motivated by a callous and merciless attitude,”

They exerted “massive force on her chest and stomach area” while stuffing a towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to stop her screaming, she said.

“The woman eventually died from asphyxiation as a result of the massive chest compression and violence to her neck,”
Intercontinental Hotel, Frankfurt
Intercontinental Hotel, Frankfurt

Another suspected victim found in family home

On searching the family home, Police found a second woman, aged 41, in the garage of the property. The woman is said to be alive but severely injured, and was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and dehydration. Ms. Niesen said,

“It’s not clear exactly what happened to her, we are still investigating that,”

The investigation continues.

Sources: The Guardian, BBC News.


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