Outbreak of mass hysteria (or demon infestation) in Leroy NY

Mass hysteria outbreak reported in N.Y. town: What does it mean?
"Why did 12 teens from the same town in upstate N.Y. all begin to experience odd symptoms at once? Doctors say it's an outbreak of mass hysteria. Last fall, 12 teenage girls from LeRoy Junior-Senior High School - located in a town about an hour outside of Buffalo, N.Y. - began to show symptoms similar to those of Tourette's syndrome, including painful shaking and jerking their necks, Gothamist reported. Doctors were initially baffled. The condition was so bad for at least one of the girls that she has yet to return to school. School and state officials investigated the outbreak and school building for several months, and concluded no known environmental substances or infectious agents were found that could have caused the symptoms in the teens. "We have conclusively ruled out any form of infection or communicable disease and there's no evidence of any environmental factor,'' Dr. Gregory Young of the New York Department of Health told MSNBC."

"Sanchez, a cheerleader at the high school, took a nap one day last October then woke up with uncontrollable tics and stutters. Sanchez and another girl on the show with symptoms, 16-year-old Katie Krautwurst, said doctors told them their condition was stress-induced. "They told us it was traumatic, but I really don't think any of us had that traumatic of a life before,' Krautwurst said on Today.

Tourette's is genetic so it's unlikely to be that since the symptoms don't emerge all at once. Also, Tourette's symptoms are 4X more prevalent in boys, so it is highly improbable to be Tourette's because all the symptoms are in only girls.

"A day after the girls' interview, Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, a neurologist at the DENT Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y. who has treated several of the girls, decided to come forward to offer an explanation to quell the curious masses. Mechtler's diagnosis? The girls may have a conversion disorder - also known as mass hysteria."

Conversion disorder is a condition in which the person experiences blindness, paralysis, or other neurologic symptoms that can't be explained by another disease. In other words, a catch-all diagnosis by doctors effectively shrugging their shoulders. The article continues, "the disorder often occurs because of a "psychological conflict. Mechtler told USA Today that when a conversion disorder occurs in a large group, its known as a "mass psychogenic illness," because it affects groups of people in the same environment, such as in a classroom or office. "This is a unique situation, and it is unusual," Mechtler told USA Today."

Other Tourette's symptoms include motor and vocal "tics", twitches, blinks or vocal exclamations that the sufferer cannot control. Tourette's is also characterized by behavioral symptoms like excessive-complusive disorder and attention-deficit disorder. Tourette's sufferers may also be overly aggressive towards others.

Conversion disorder is marked by numbness, blindness, paralysis or fits. Also, outbursts, shaking and tics.

Now, the medical establishment said that what is happening in Leroy is unusual. The people in the town said it was unusual, so much so, that the school department held a meeting for the area's concerned parents. It is unusual.

The Leroy NY made me think of our nations' most famous case of mass hysteria with demonic influences underlying it, also incited by teenaged girls, was Salem Massachusetts. It happened in 1692 and it is known as the Salem Witch Trials.

"The traditional story about the beginning of the Salem Witch trials tells of a "circle of young girls" practicing voodoo and fortune telling under the direction of Samuel Parris' Indian slave, Tituba. It is commonly suggested that the girls were interested in fortune telling because they wanted to know the occupation of their future husbands."

"According Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum's account in Salem Possessed, the outbreak at Salem began in the winter of 1691 when the girls of the village, aided by Tituba and John Indian, a West Indian slave couple, attempted to tell their futures by using a makeshift crystal ball."

We know that this is occult activity, better known as a neon advertisement for satan to enter. (2 Kings 17:17; Lev 19:31; Is 8:19...)

Research indicates the Salem girls' symptoms emerged quickly, similar to the Leroy NY girls'.

In this research it states, "Mary Beth Norton's work, In the Devil's Snare. According to historical fact, both Abigail and her 9-year-old cousin Betty began showing signs of illness in mid-January 1692. When their behavior turned erratic, Samuel Parris called neighboring Reverend John Hale of Beverly to observe the two girls and their afflictions. Reverend Hale writes that the girls, "were bitten and pinched by invisible agents; their arms, necks and backs turned this way and that way and returned back again so as it was impossible for them to do of themselves and beyond the power of any Epileptic Fits or natural Disease to effects." Parris and other local ministers turned to prayer and fasting in hopes that Abigail and Betty would return to health. When the girls' strange behavior continued, Parris summoned Dr. William Griggs to examine them. Dr. Griggs determined that the girls were under the influence of an "Evil Hand."

The emergence of strange behavior related to demonic possession in Salem in 1692 as now in NY 2012 are similar. We look to the bible to see what demons can do. The Gadarene demoniac described in Mark shows how they can change the physiology of the one they possess:

Mark 5:1-20 is one of the most specific passages in the bible on demon possession and its effects. Some of the details about demons the Bible reveals in this passage are: (source)
--Devils enjoy or need to be near dead human bodies or tombs (vs. 2, 3, 5).
--They can cause unusual strength in the one they inhabit (vs. 3-4).
--They can make a person unreasonable or immune to sensible persuasion (vs. 4).
--They cause excessive crying (vs. 5).
--They cause sadistic and masochistic behavior (vs. 5).
--They have an affinity for heights (vs. 5).
--They recognize Christ as "the Son of God" and appeal to Him (vs. 6-7).
--They know they deserve torment and dread it (vs. 6-7).
--They have names (vs. 9).
--More than one can possess the same body (vs. 9).
--They desire to remain in the same geographical region or "country" they inhabit (vs. 10).
--They would rather indwell an animal body than none at all (vs. 12).
--They can cause animals to kill themselves (vs. 13).
--They desire to be in a body (vs. 13).

Mark 9:17-29 gives us even more details about devils:
--They can cause dumbness and deafness (vs. 17, 25).
--They cause rabid animal like behavior (vs. 18).
--They can indwell from childhood (vs. 21).
--They cause suicidal behavior (vs. 22).
--They resist leaving a body and violently "rent" it while leaving (vs. 26).
--There are different kinds of devils. Some have more power than others (vs. 29).
--Some can only be removed by prayer and fasting of believer (vs. 29).

Lessons from this incident: Demonic possession happens. It happened then, it happens no. Secondly, Ron Graham wrote an excellent article this week about the fallen angels, the Nephilim, and their human offspring, the human hybrids. In the article, he said, "But the dimension of the malevolent supernatural is invading our world and they are becoming more and more brazen with their antics, allowing many people to see things they don’t want to see, or hear things no human can explain."

That is well said. Whatever is going in in NY, and medical science has ruled out disease and drugs, then perhaps we can remember that the days before Jesus returns will be like the Days of Noah, which in addition to being totally evil and cultural, moral, and spiritual decay were days that were permeated with demonic activity (Gen 6:1-2; 4,6).


  1. Before we can say this is demonic, we need to know the spiritual state of each of the girls who are manifesting symptoms. Satan and his demons canNOT possess a true Christian because that person is sealed by and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Plus, they can only do to a Christian what God allows them to do - see the book of Job.

    It is very possible that there are environmental influences that have not been discovered yet, even those which we are told over and over again are perfectly safe (i.e. prenatal ultrasounds bombard a devoping fetus, sometimes many times and may cause damage we know nothing about at this time; genetically modified foods; vaccines which are known to cause problems but the medical establishment refuses to acknowledge this; radiation from Fukashima which has bombarded the whole northern hemisphere now; drugs (like what happened in the history of LSD when it was accidently discovered by a whole village eating moldy rye and being accused of demon possession due to the trips they took); and others).

    I am a firm believer in demons and demonic oppression and possession. I am just cautioning that no one yet has said what the spiritual state of each of these girls is, or if they have been fooling around with ouiji boards, taro cards, palmistry, horoscopes or other forms of Satanic influence. It IS very possible Satan/demons are responsible if any affected are not Christians.

  2. I just read that article by Ron Graham last night and I noticed how he even mentioned the strange noises and the UFO sightings and it made me think of you. I am so happy that you read it too!

    Very interesting post Elizabeth. Of course it might NOT be demon possession, but I think that at this point it is one of the MOST likely causes, with so many other causes ruled out.

    I think we are on the cusp of more demonic activity than we know what to do with. I have an opinion of why too. Years ago, you would have to use an ouija board or tarot, or get into the occult to become demon possessed. But today, the music on the radio is so demonic. Some of the songs by Beyonce, and Rhianna, and Lady Gaga are about demon possession and yet the public has no idea. I think if you begin to sing lyrics over and over about getting possessed by demons (and you are not a Christian) you could essentially be inviting them into your own body (like reciting a spell in witchcraft). Not to mention the people that listen to even more demonic music. I had demonic manifestations before Christ, listening to a band called Christian Death. There is a song where they sing the Lord's Prayer backwards, and my perfume bottle flew across my room so fast and hard that it left a dent in the wall on the other side of the room. I was afraid that I would die that night in my sleep in my sleep and I destroyed the cassette.

    Anyways, that is just my two cents : )

    We need to be prepared for stuff like this, more and more.

  3. Hi Anonymous,

    I think Graham did an excellent job of describing the situation. I thought he was a bit dogmatic that marriage Jesus was talking about in Matthew 24 meant unequivocally marriage between the hybrids and the women, but I consider it likely that it may meant that in addition to regular marriage.

    If unsaved people knew how vulnerable they are to satan's influence, being the god of this world after all (2 Cor 4:4) they would run screaming to the cross. Christians are invulnerable to being possessed but we do not escape temptation (1 Cor 10:13) and will be deceived if possible (Mark 13:22). Satan's carnality is so permeating now, your thoughts about the music are very perceptive. (1 Cor 15:33)

  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    Very interesting. I also enjoyed reading the comments.

    I do have a question concerning demon possession and Christians.

    A Christian who is not walking with the Lord, or on a weak walk with the Lord, can a demon enter in?
    Ephesians 4:26-27
    “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

    A Christian's spirit is united with the Holy Spirit, but our bodies and minds (souls) can they still be afflicted by evil spirits?

    I am interested in your thoughts on this.


  5. I am also interested in the question that Child of God posted above.

    Recently, I saw a commercial for that new exorcist-type of movie, The Devil Inside. It seems that every few years a movie of that genre comes out and it immediately becomes a hit amongst movie goers. I really wonder about the spiritual implications movies like these have on unbelievers and believers alike. I personally have never been a fan of horror movies (call me a scaredy cat) but even before I was a believer they just didn't sit right with me.

  6. Hi Child of God,

    I am convinced that Christians cannot be demon possessed. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit, (Eph 1:13-14). We are organically connected to God, as He dwells within us. Our body becomes the temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19). In all of the NT we never see a demon being cast out of a believer. We never read warnings to believers that they are at risk of possession. We are kept by God's power.

    However I also believe there is a difference between possession, meaning the demon controls us, and demonic influence. The Spirit is in us, giving us the victory, but He does not control us, and we still make choices. Our sin nature, though forgiven, is still part of our flesh and satan knows that.

    He is god of this world, after all! If he had no influence over us (if we let him) then why are we told to resist him and he will flee from us? (James 4:7). The devil seeks to devour believers (1 Peter 5:8) Satan and his demons constantly scheme against Christians (Ephesians 6:11). Satan tried to influence JESUS! If he would do that he would certainly try his best to tempt us. Demonic forces oppose our efforts to obey and serve God.

    I believe unrepented sin inhibits our victorious walk with him and the greater the pile-up of sin the easier it is for satan to influence us. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Tim 4:1). If they left us then they were not of us, (1 John 2:19) but those who apostasize and end up succumbing to influence from demons, as stated in this verse, to US they looked like real Christians.

    Our bodies and minds can absolutely be affected by demons. 2 Cor 10:5b says "we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." The opposite would say that those thoughts we do not take captive are satan's to twist as he wills. Eph 6:16 says that satan flings flaming darts at us. This is why we need the armor of God.

    However demons can never prevent us from submitting to the power of He who is greater that he who is in the world! Submission and a close walk with Him doesn't vaporize satan's influence completely but it does strengthen the armor of God so that satan's influence will bounce off us and fall to the ground, where it belongs.

  7. Thank you Elizabeth you explained this well. Thanks for taking the time to do so.


  8. Lydia, the spiritual implication of demonic entertainment is, I believe, a direct correlation to the ungodliness of the world. The world accepts ungodliness so the world gives it more of what it wants. We are to engage in Godly pursuits--

    " Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" says Philippians 4:8.

    Are we honoring the Kingdom of God by paying homage with our tithes and our time (at these kind of movies) to the one who wants to destroy it? No.

    But the pagans *are* honoring their god (2 Cor 4:4)with their tithes by paying to enter into demonic compact by viewing what satan wants to put in their heads. This kind of honoring will climax in the tribulation when the world accepts the mark of worship on their hand or forehead, it is the mark of the beast. It is not a currency foremost, it is a worship mark. (Rev 13:15-16)

    (It is ironic that satan has to bribe his disciples 'worship me and you may buy and sell', when Jesus purchased us using His own blood and His gift of salvation is therefore free.)

  9. I want to throw some info out there. I have a tendency to stumble or find sites I normally don't visit. I also normally wouldn't post here. However since this story is really different. I would like the enlighten some of you on some facts.

    First off the doctor who is "treating" these girls is paid via drug companies. Some doctors are but, it is odd that this man specifically is given compensation by the drug companies. I quote:"Disclosure: Dr. Mechtler has received personal compensation for speaking engagements from Forest Laboratories, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Inc., and Zogenix, Inc." <-- scroll down the page he is not in the pictures, you'll see his name with this very same statement. link here:http://www.aan.com/go/elibrary/continuum/board

    I also want to add Mass Hysteria/MPI is usually effected by people who are in the same building/place at the same time. It seems all these girls developed said symptoms over a period of time not exactly at the same time. Some of these girls are in different classes, so they didn't all hang out together all the time.

    We also do not know if any of these girls or all of them received a vaccine at or around the same time.

    I personally feel this has nothing to do with religion. I do not think all 12 girls are "possessed". I fear this is man made, I hope an independent doctor and environmental group gets involved to evaluate the school and the girls. The parents of these effected students should be given all test result and thus far they have not been able to view the test results.

    One thing is for sure, something is not right about this situation and mass hysteria just doesn't fit...

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  10. So You want evidence? Watch this: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread802157/pg1

    She has a demonic poster behind her. She admits to "Headbanging" at a concert as the beginning date. And she claims it controls her though the (Kundalini) spinal area. Pray for these kids!

  11. I have to say I agree someone really needs to pray over these girls. I recently had a woman brought to my house by a friend whom she thought was demon possessed. I prayed over her and commanded any unclean spirits to go, it was over an hour later before she was completely delivered. This is the second person in 6 months the Lord has set free from demonic possession that I have witnessed. Also had a young girl 12 years old who was seeing 3 demons in her room call for prayer over her home. All three cases involved witchcraft....it was the root of the possessions and also the demons being in the home.

  12. concerning the demonic music, go to youtube and listen to john todd's "demons in the industry." and listen the to 16 part series of stephen dollins. both these men were once satan's until Jesus saved them. demons are prayed into CDs, DVDs, jewelry etc.

    things are coming out now about hollywood and soul-selling to satan for fame. beyonce and jayz are PROUD of what they do. go to google and pull up "satanic hand gestures" and look at all the stars and even politicians using these salutes to satan!

    it is the end times. get saved, repent, forgive wether you want to or not. hell isnt worth it. too hot, too long.

    to anyone who believes in Jesus the son of God, pray for a dance duo called Les Twins, i want these young men saved and delivered out of hollywood and whatever else they may be into. they are on my heart even when i try to ignore it or pass it off as "just me". larry and laurent! the way they dance makes me wonder if its really just a gift of movement or something more.

    1. you are so right I myself am a Missionary and I send them scriptures I don't know if they see them but I still send it

  13. @Anonymous 2/26/13: I have the same concerns and have prayed for them too. I just discovered them about a month ago. They are engaging, talented, beautiful, brothers. But I too wonder if there isn't "something more" at work.

  14. I am so glad to see others praying for Les Twins. I discovered them a couple of months ago and became obsessed. I began to notice demonic spirits as their faces distorted while they danced in certain videos. I was so saddened for them. I adore them and pray th

  15. Funny... This wouldn't let me finish my comment... I pray The Lord snatch these boys out of the enemy's grip. They dance for Beyoncé. We know what she is involved in and these boys idolize her. Lord help them. Standing in agreement in prayer for them all.

    1. Glad to see your comments. Amen. It is interesting that you used the word obsessed. That is what happened to me too. That should tell us something right?. I continue to pray for them, but intend to stay away from their videos.

  16. I have also been praying for the Les Twins, because honestly whenever I get to heaven I really want to see some amazing dancers!! God says whenever 2 or more come together and agree in prayer that it shall come to pass! I dont know if the Twins have already found God or not because in some dances I see a cross on the back on their jacket or them putting up prayer signs so I really hope so! I pray to see them in heaven!


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