Kennedy Ife was a 26 year old man who was relatively happy and well off. Suddenly Kennedy became ill and complained of breathing issues, stomach pain and sleep disturbances. After her recovered he became depressed and withdrawn. After various episodes of aggression he attempted to attack and bite his father. When confronted, Kennedy said that he had a seed inside him that was growing into a snake. Kennedy had tried to stab himself to get the seed out, as well as other forms of mutilation and would rant about the devil and the number 666. His family began to suspect that he actually was possessed.and had restrained him on multiple occasions. On one of these occasions they tied him to his bed and prayed over him for three days. During the vigil Kennedy began complaining of thirst, and died of cardiac arrest brought on by dehydration and lack of sleep. The Ife family was charged with manslaughter and false imprisonment. A medical examiner determined that the family tried to resurrect Kennedy by looking at the bruises on his body. The Ife family said that they were trying to help him and that they did not think he was in danger from the exorcism. Unfortunately the family was acquitted of the charges and set free.
**** this story reminds me of the Anneliese Michel case. This case was from 2016, and it makes me sad that the family attempted a dangerous negligent exorcism instead of actually addressing a serious psychiatric issue. Based off of articles and blurbs I found it didn’t seem like the family even tried to get him psych help. One article mentioned that they thought he had another personality but that it was a demonic personality. I’m mad that the family got off by saying that they were trying to help him. If Anneliese’s parents could be charged and given probation in the 70’s, Kennedy’s family shoul not walk free in the 2010’s.