Klaits chapter 5: classic accusers the possessed. Demonic possession became a leading theme in witchcraft trials of the late 16th & 17th c. In the gospels jesus cures individuals possessed by unclean spirits . Middle ages stories of people whose bodies had been taken over by demons. Witch craze possession moved from theoreticians pages into the real lives of thousands of people. Elizabeth denounced him as the source of her bewitchment. he was arrested, interrogated, shaved, and searched for the. several months later he was accused by another of witchcraft. then examiners found a mark of the devil on his body. elite jury of 24 judges found him guilty. he was strangled and bodies burnt at the stake: in following years, elizabeth made a slow recovery gained a reputation for sanctity from her triumph. Many cultures of the world have manifested a belief in ecstatic religion, one form of which is possession by demons.