The Terrifying Demonic Possession of 16 Year Old Elizabeth Knapp
The Hit The Lights Podcast
Elizabeth Knapp's case was both unique and strange. Rather than her being condemned as a witch and executed as many others were in colonial America, her condition was assessed and meticulously documented by a wealthy puritan preacher named Samuel Willard from Monday October 30, 1671 until January 12, 1672. Willard assessed Elizabeth’s so-called possession from a thoughtful, and scientific viewpoint, which was practically unheard of in 17th century. Willard is the reason we know so much about Elizabeth’s strange behaviour even though it occurred nearly 400 years ago...Episode narrated by Top5sMusic by CO.AG ________ Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing cases involving serial killers. Listener discretion is advised. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Top5sOffical)
Elizabeth Knapp became possessed by the devil. It is the first documented possession cases, captured in detail by Samuel Willard, a prominent preacher in the Puritan, Massachusetts Bay Colony from October 30, 1671 until January 12, 1672. Or was it?
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On this week's show, I was joined by Dr. Elizabeth Knapp of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland (faculty page). I learned of her only a few days ago, upon seizing on the idea that Baudrillard is, properly speaking, a poet, a not a philosopher as such. Searching for "Baudrillard is a poet," I stumbled on Dr. Knapp's new collection, Requiem With an Amulet in its Beak, which has won the fittingly named Jean Feldman Poetry Prize for 2019. Her poems reference Baudrillard directly and indirectly, consciously and (perhaps) in some other way. As an example, here isMy Brain is Mad for BaudrillardToday, I read of scientists’ warningsabout the potential dangers of sexrobots and thought of you. Some blamethe rise of right-wing populismon postmodern windbags like you, holedup in your university office, giving headto your shadow. But Jean, you were right—we are living in the desert of the real,where signs metastasize like cancer cells,and who hasn’t felt the Foucauldiangrip around her wrists, her ankles?Even desire a simulacrum of itself.I drowned in you as if in a frozen lake,but either I or the lake was dreaming.We tackle some of the themes from this poem, and more, as we discuss Jean Baudrillard's prophetic and poetic prose, and the place of poetry in our discursively hectic world.
Halloween Special: The Possession of Elizabeth Knapp
American Loser Podcast
Audio version of our Facebook Live Episode just in time for Halloween. LP and I are joined by comedian Jackie Byrne and we tell the story of Elizabeth Knapp, the first recorded Demonic possession in American history. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!