BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have arrested five South Koreans on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in an apparent exorcism ritual in the city of Frankfurt.
Prosecutor Nadja Niesen says police discovered the 41-year-old victim in a hotel room Saturday after being alerted by a Catholic priest.
She 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 victim.
Niesen said Thursday the suspects, who came to Germany six weeks ago, wanted to expel a “demon” they believed had possessed the woman. They exerted “massive force on her chest and stomach area” while stuffing a towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to stop her screaming.