There is a story circulating the internet right now about a 17th century nun who may have been possessed by the devil. The story has it that the nun created several letters whilst sleeping or in a trance-like state. Whilst many details are not clear, The text created by the nun were apparently a mixture of symbols and several languages that nobody could understand. The letter has been on display at the Benedictine convent at Palma di Montechiaro many years, apparently waiting for someone to crack the code. It is said that the code has indeed been cracked, but questions still remain…
The Story Of Sister Maria And The Devils Letter
Isabella Tomasi, later known as Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione was an Italian nun of the 17th century. Sister Maria was born Isabella Tomasi in 1645 and was rechristened once she entered the Benedictine convent at Palma di Montechiaro, aged 15. One morning in 1676, Sister Maria awoke from her sleep, covered in ink, holding several letters containing mysterious symbols. Sister Marie and the other sisters of the convent believed that the letters were delivered by a demon or even by Lucifer himself.
Over time, the Sisters of the convent became convinced that the letters were part of an elaborate scheme by Lucifer to turn Sister Maria away from God. For years many attempts were made to decipher the last surviving letter written by Sister Maria, with no success. But almost three and a half centuries after its creation, an algorithm used on the Dark Web could finally solve the mystery.
The Dark Web Code-breaker
Researchers at the Ludum Science Centre in Sicily claim to have decoded the only surviving letter using a piece of decryption code used on the Dark Web. The Dark Web, also known as the Deep Web, is a huge area of the internet that is not accessible via normal means. Created by the U.S. Military the Deep Web is renown for secrecy and illegal activity.
The researchers at the Ludum Science Centre discovered a software application used to break codes on the Dark Web and decided to try it out on Sister Maria’s letter.
“We heard about the software, which we believe is used by intelligence services for code-breaking”, said Daniele Abate, director of the Ludum Science center.
“We primed the software with ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic alphabet and Latin to de-scramble some of the letter.”
Sister Maria’s Demon Letter Decoded
The results of code breaking software show that the letter was made up from a combination of languages. The letter describes the relationship between humans, God and Satan. in a rambling and inconsistent manner. In it, Sister Maria — or whoever had possessed her — encouraged God to abandon man and leave him in the clutches of the devil.
One translated line reads “God thinks he can free mortals, this system works for no one,”. Further text also describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as “dead weights”.
There’s also a reference to the River Styx, which separates the living from the underworld in Greek mythology, with one strange sentence reading, ‘perhaps now, “Styx is certain”.
Letter From A Demon Or Simply A Troubled Mind?
Ms Abate said the contents of the letters made her suspect Sister Maria may have been suffering from schizophrenia.
“I personally believe that the nun had a good command of languages, which allowed her to invent the code, and may have suffered from a condition like schizophrenia, which made her imagine dialogues with the Devil,” she told The Times of Israel.
Where is the letter and what exactly did it say?
Although this story has certainly got a lot of people interested, the facts are still quite vague. It would seem that we only have a few snippets of information about this letter and it’s contents. Whilst it would be nice to see the letter and a full translation, for now we only have a few bits of information. Was Sister Maria really possessed by a demon who drove her to create these mysterious letters, or was she suffering from a mental illness that made her believe that she was in communication with the devil? What do you think?