The Michael Taylor Exorcism

The Michael Taylor Exorcism

In this article we will be taking a look at the case of the Michael Taylor exorcism of 1974, in a small town called Ossett in Yorkshire, England.

The Phone Call

At 9:45 am on the 6th October 1974, the West Yorkshire police force received a troubling phone call about a man walking naked through the town, covered in red paint.

PC Ian Walker was sent to the scene alone, as his superiors were more than certain that this was nothing more than a common hoax caller.

When he arrived he found a man curled up in the fetal position covered from head to toe in blood. As PC Walker leaned over to comfort the distressed man, he looked up and began shouting…

“It is the blood of Satan. It is the blood of Satan”

A local approached the officer and told him that he recognized the man – his name was Michael Taylor and he was married with kids…

PC Ian Walker immediately radioed for officers to be dispatched to Taylor’s home.


The police arrived at a scene they would never forget – both Mrs. Taylor and the pet dog were gruesomely ripped to shreds on the kitchen floor.

Mrs. Taylor had choked to death on her own blood, but not before her tongue had been ripped out and her face cut off. The dog’s legs had been ripped from it’s sockets before it was strangled to death.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor was immediately arrested for his wife’s murder…but he could not remember anything about the incident. In the meantime he was remanded to Broadmoor Hospital, a high security psychiatric unit, to await trial.

What Happened?

Taylor was a calm and regular 31-year-old man when he decided to rip his wife, Christine, to shreds. They shared five children and had a near enough idyllic family life.

Over the months leading up to the murder, Michael had been suffering from depression due to a back injury stopping him from finding work (unemployment was a big problem in the 70’s).

One of his friends thought she had the answer to his problem – Barbara Wardman suggested joining her in the local prayer group at The Christian Fellowship Church, as a way of tackling the depression he felt.

Eventually Michael caved in and agreed to go with her.

During the first group sitting, the prayer leader, a young woman of 22 named Mary Robinson, began to shake and tremble during her reading. Apparently this was normal enough – it happened when the holy spirit entered her body!

Anyway, this Mary was convinced that when the spirit entered her – she become a prophet of sorts…and was able to heal people.

She knew about Michael’s back problem, so she asked him to come up and be healed.

As Michael got up and began walking to the front of the room, a woman named Mavis Smith, began to weep uncontrollably. Mary went straight to her – and began to speak in religious tongues in order to help the woman.

Michael crouched down beside Mary…and also started speaking in religious tongues.

Before this prayer group – Michael had never had any interest in religion whatsoever…how was he able to recite these ancient religious lines?

Mary Robinson

Over the next few weeks Michael Taylor became obsessed with Mary Robinson, much to the consternation of his wife Christine. It even got to the point where Michael was staying up all night with Robinson – going through strange religious ceremonies.

Christine finally cracked – she confronted both Michael and Mary at the congregation of The Christian Fellowship Church. In front of everyone, she accused the pair of having a sordid affair.

Without warning, Michael seemed to take action on his wife’s words…and attacked Mary where she stood. As he battered her he was crying out in strange religious tongues.

He was eventually pulled from the shaking Mary, and thrown out of the Church meeting, along with his wife.

Michael returned the following day to apologize for his actions. Surprisingly, he received absolution and forgiveness from the members.

But, the local vicar had seen enough – he believed that Michael’s soul was possessed by a demon…and arranged an exorcism with his superiors.

The Michael Taylor Possession

The exorcism was eventually arranged for midnight on Saturday 5th of October, 1974, at St. Thames Church Yorkshire. Father Peter Vincent, an Anglican Priest and Reverend Raymond Smith, a Methodist Minister were put in charge.

It lasted a full seven hours and 40 demons were identified as inhabiting Taylor’s soul. When daybreak came, the exorcism had only been partially successful. The priests informed Michael that three demons were left inside his body – insanity, anger and murder.

The Michael Taylor Possession

But everyone was completely exhausted, so Michael was allowed to go home for the time being, before the exorcism was completed on another day.

Within two hours of arriving home, Michael had ripped apart his wife and her dog.

The Aftermath

Michael went through an extremely messy trial with the whole country watching – his lawyers blamed the priests for the death of his wife, and the religion they believed in.

Eventually Michel Taylor was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. Christine Taylor’s death was recorded as misadventure rather than murder.

He was sentenced to spend four years at a secure psychiatric ward before he was allowed back into society.

To date, he has tried to commit suicide on several occasions since his release.

It’s also worth noting that he ended up in court again in 2005…for inappropriate conduct with a child.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the case of the Michael Taylor exorcism, please leave them in the comment section below.


  1. Chris,

    This is one of the exorcisms that I have never heard of,  sorry but most people do not believe in spirits or ghosts.  But I for one do!  Living in a 200 year old house that I purchased 3 years ago no one seriously believes that there are ghosts/spirits in my home, but there are!  I cannot see them but I can hear them – they play music late at night and a friend of mine who can see and feel spirits said there are at least 4 upstairs and a small child downstairs on the first floor.

    Do I think that Michael Taylor was possessed?  Yes, I do and the priest and minister should have finished the exorcism properly never leaving until it was completed, they were in the wrong and priest that do this know that you cannot leave and exorcism only partially finished!

    Thank you for doing this article making more people aware that this is real not something made up,


    • Wow your house sounds like a great place to visit for a geek like me Susan – where’s my invite? 🙂

  2. This man should be in jail for life. Using temporary insanity as an excuse to commit a violent murder is completely bogus. Religion,demons, and insanity are all poor excuses for what he did. His wife is never coming back she is gone forever and he should be too. I am a firm believer in let the punishment fit the crime. Take that for what it’s worth but this guy should never have been allowed back into society.

    • Hi Jason, 

      When you say you are a firm believer in let the punishment fit the crime, do you mean the death sentence etc?

  3. Thanks for this lovely story. Your article is always full of interesting stuff. As a matter of fact I’m not new to this kind of thing. Its common in Africa and in some radical Christians. There is no way they can see a person without having a demon disturbing him or her. In stead of delivering the person they end up adding more demons that will destroy the person. These people are not truly Christian but they are demon possessed people who are deceiving people all around. Michael Taylor actually needed help and I love it because the court was able to do justice to the case. Those kind of priest should be banned.

  4. This tragedy wouldn’t have happened had it been the exorcism was completely done, I was gonna say the story had two side which is the fact that Taylor was either possessed and killed his wife or did it out anger because of the public embarrassment. But it is clear he was possessed because his dog did nothing to him too.

    • Yeah I can go with that Seun, but, sometimes in life – people just kinda crack and lose it, and do terrible things (I’m just sitting on the fence here!)

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