Invisible Fangs: The demonic possession of Clarita Villanueva in Bilibid


In May 1953, the world was trembled by a horrifying case of a young woman who was allegedly attacked by two invisible fanged beings. These beings said to have bitten her every night in her prison cell. From two initial press releases, her story hit newspapers worldwide as this bizarre event went popular.

The story, as told in this initial release, runs thus:

The Mayor of Manila, Mr. Arsenio Lacson, had heard of an 18-year-old woman being held in the city’s jail on vagrancy charges had claimed for the past nine days that she was being attacked by invisible creatures that would bite her. She described her invisible attackers as “a very big dark man with curly hair all over the body” and “a body with an angelic face and a big mustache.” On Monday, May 18, the ninth day of Villanueva incarceration, Lacson called to have her brought to his office so he and the chief medical examiner, Mariano Lara, among other observers, could talk to her and see the wounds for themselves. Within 15 minutes of arriving, Villanueva started to scream she was being attacked again, while Mayor Lacson was sitting next to her… “she writhed and then laughed as if she had been tickled,” and stated the ‘things’ were taking turns biting her.

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Clarita had a very difficult life growing up. She did not know her father and her mom used to be a spiritist and a fortune teller to help them get by. When she was 12 years old, her mother died and she did not have any relatives to take care of her. She fell into the hands of pimps and started selling her body at a young age. At the age of 17, she was arrested by an undercover police officer pretending to be a client. Little did she know, her life in prison would become a living hell.

The old Bilibid Prison was already standing for more than 300 years at that time. It was built by the Spanish and used by the Americans, Filipinos, the Japanese as a prison and a place of torment.

Two days after she was incarcerated, Clarita started to experience the strangest phenomenon that ever happened to Bilibid Prison in its 300-year history.  She began to scream in horror and claimed to have been bitten by two unknown alien entities. One was a fanged tall, dark, hairy monster with a white beard and the other one was a small creature also with fangs. One night, the jail guards saw her writhing on the floor with bites on her neck, legs, back, and arms that were wet with saliva. Blood flowed mostly underneath her skin.

After hearing about her story, former Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson ordered an investigation on Clarita’s case. She was taken to the prison hospital for observation and treatment. The doctors who examined her declared that they had never seen anything like it. 

When brought to the mayor’s office, Villanueva was attacked in front of the mayor himself, but no one else inside the room could see the demonic entities but her.

After the strange attacks have ceased, she was asked to draw what her attackers looked like but according to Mayor Lacson, the pencil flew out of her hands so no image was ever drawn. Lacson was quoted saying: “What it is is beyond me. This is something that goes way back to the dark, dim past.”

Something more strange happened when one doctor accused her of putting on an act in order to get publicity. Clarita gazed at the doctor with demonic looking eyes and said, “You will die”. Nothing happened at that moment, but the following day, the doctor simply died without getting sick or for any known reason. According to some, she was not just a prostitute. She was also a witch who could speak curses upon people and they would die.

Her second victim was the chief jailer. He had kicked her for something she did wrong and in cold, inhuman hate, she said: “You will die”. Within four days, the man died just like the doctor did.

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Dr. Mariano Lara, the prison physician, appealed for help through the media and permitted many to view the strange phenomenon. They have confirmed that the woman was not at all crazy after some observations. Filipino, Chinese, and American doctors, university professors, and other professionals were called in to analyze the situation. 

Many have tried but none of them succeeded; nor were they able to know what really caused Clarita’s injuries.

Until one day, a pastor named Lester Sumrall went to the office of the mayor to ask permission to visit her. Sumrall claimed that she was being possessed by the devil and that all she needed was an exorcism. Once he got the clearance from the mayor including a waiver that whatever happens during his encounter with Villanueva, the city government has no obligation if he gets hurt.

Despite the warnings and knowing the risks, Pastor Sumrall went on with his exorcism and claimed to have cast the devil out.

Here's an excerpt from the book Pastor Lester Sumrall published in 1954 about Clarita Villanueva's case:

As Clarita was being led into the room, she looked at them and said nothing, but when she saw me she screamed violently: ‘I hate you!’ Instantly I inserted: ‘I know you hate me. I have come to cast you out’.

That was the beginning of the confrontation.

Her eyes were burning coals of fire and full of hate. I commanded the evil spirit to loose her. After a three-day confrontation with the devil in her, the miracle of God came upon her. She relaxed, smiled, and said: “He’s gone”.

“Where did he go?” I asked.
“He went out that way”, she replied. “He’s gone”.
The local newspapers, magazines and radio told the story. One headline read: He dies; the devil is dead! Another one said: Devil loses round one.

Dr. Lara became so excited he took me over to the office of the mayor. When he walked into the office, he said: My God, mayor. The devil is dead.
I said: Mr. Mayor, Dr. Lara may be a good doctor, but he’s a poor theologian. The devil is not dead. The girl I came and talked to you about yesterday is healed”.

SOURCES: The True Story of Clarita Villanueva and Alien Entities: A look behind the door to the spirit realm by Lester Sumrall

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