"This is a practice which was abandoned long ago, It was poor judgement. The management on site and the municipality should not have let this happen.”
In a blistering report released recently, Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official with the local government office in Norway's Agder County expressed his outrage over a decision made by staff at residential care facility to hire an exorcist to cast out "evil spirits" believed to be haunting the building.
The facility, Madshaven, is a residential home for mentally disabled adults located in southern Norway. Following incidents involving flickering lights and other "spooky" occurrences that frightened staff working at night, several staff members hired Bent Egil Albrechsen in November of last year. Albrechsen, a self-described clairvoyant and exorcist, was hired to deal with the problem by exorcising the spirits in question.
In an interview with local journalists, Albrechtsen justified his hiring by insisting that the haunting was real and that staff members had become sick after the spirits entered their bodies. “When the employees worked there at night, they saw things and they were very scared,” Albrechtsen said. “There were cosmic radiation lines there which were very bad because one of the lines went through a graveyard.”
When a group of Christian staff members complained to the local municipal office, the exorcism was halted and, according to Albrechtsen, made things worse. “When they asked me to stop, that's when the problems really started,” he said. “They didn't understand that this was not a normal place. This building was so heavy in bad energies and spirits that I had to handle it in a special way. I had too many to send home to the other side, so when they asked me to stop I had to send the spirits back into the building.”
Norway has seen a surge in paranormal belief since a reality TV show, "The Power of Spirits" became a hit after premiering in 2011. Also, Norwegian royal, Princess Martha Louise, has gained notoriety in recent years by co-founding the Soulspring School (formerly known as the Angel School) and publicly declaring her own psychic powers in a 2010 interview. A recent venture between the Princess and U.S. psychic Lisa Williams has provoked even more controversy over claims of communicating with the dead and helping people develop their psychic abilities. While the rest of the Norwegian royal family has been silent over the Princess' involvement, religious leaders in Norway have protested these kind of paranormal claims.
In the meantime, the debacle at the Madshaven care facility continues to fester. No word yet on whether the spirits are still around.