by Garth Kant from
‘Hard to deal’ with these people ‘without believing pretty strongly in world of evil spirits’

possessed-1WASHINGTON – The psychiatrist was on the phone with a priest discussing a patient when suddenly another voice appeared out of nowhere, threatened the clergyman and nastily warned, “Leave her alone, she’s ours.”

Dr. Richard Gallagher recognized the voice. It was the one that had come out of the patient when he had examined her. But she was hundreds of miles away, nowhere near the two men on the phone.

“I said to the priest, ‘Did you hear that?’” the doctor recounted to WND.

The priest replied, “Yes, this is a very serious case. That’s what you can get in these very serious cases.”

So serious, and so bizarre, Gallagher wrote a piece for the Washington Post recently that began with a gripping description of that very case, titled, “As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.”

It was the case that launched a highly trained man of science and reason on a journey into the supernatural.

One that led him to conclude that evil spirits are real.

Dr. Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College. He studied the classics at Princeton then was trained in psychiatry at Yale and in psychoanalysis at Columbia.  Read more at


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