There used to be times when people communicated by letters only. There were no telephones, no internet, no wireless connections. Letters have now become obsolete and are used for other purposes. But whenever you receive a letter you feel so good, thinking about the person who hand-wrote it and you keep it forever. In fact, letters can be so touching, this dad found one in the second-hand car he bought, and it brought him to tears. Sometimes, however, letters can be nightmarish. One of the most chilling tales in paranormal history tells of a 17th-century Sicilian nun who wrote a creepily undecipherable series of letters. And the story says she actually wrote them while being under the possession of Lucifer.
Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione woke up one morning in 1676, covered in ink and with the eerie letters before her. The letters were written in a strange and mysterious mixture of archaic alphabets.
Sister Maria explained to her fellow nuns that Lucifer had taken possession of her body. As a matter of fact, he manipulated her hands to write the diabolical script. This was Satan’s way of forcing her to turn her back on God and serve evil instead.
Some of the nuns believed her story, and Sister Maria is widely believed to have screamed and fainted during her ordeal. For many generations, the sisters of the Palma di Montechiaro convent tried to decipher the puzzle, but it was all in vain.
340 years after Sister Maria’s horror night, the secret has finally been revelaed.
— Albert Batlayeri🌐 (@AlbertBatlayeri) September 9, 2017
One of the letters that survived throughout the centuries was unscrambled by a group of researchers from the Ludum science centre in Sicily. They used a software program they found on the dark web. Speaking with The Times, centre director Daniele Abate explained the ingenious code cracking process:
“We heard about the software, which we believe is used by intelligence services for codebreaking. We primed the software with ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic alphabet and Latin to descramble some of the letters and show that it really is devilish.”
He goes on: “The letter itself appears to focus on the relationship between humans, Satan and God – God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all described as being ‘dead weights’, with the sarcastic line, ‘God thinks he can free mortals”.
The letter goes on to say that God was invented by humans, and states, ‘this system works for no one’.
It also has a reference to the River Styx, which separates the living from the underworld in Greek mythology. There is a strange sentence reading, ‘perhaps now, Styx is certain.’
Interestingly, Maria is believed to have been well-educated in languages. Daniele believes this allowed her to invent this complex linguistic code. However, Daniele alo believes her writings could be reflective of mental health problems rather than demonic possession:
“[She] may have suffered from a condition like schizophrenia, which made her imagine dialogues with the Devil. That has not stopped numerous interested Satanic sects contacting me since I published our findings”.