Torment at the hands of demons
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 February 2016
Showbusiness veteran Irene Martinez speaks to Rosaleen Fenton about the ‘tremendous’ strain she has suffered on her health over the decades and why she decided to publish a book
From Paranormal Activity to Rosemary’s Baby, a fascination with demons has captured the public’s imagination for thousands of years.
Throughout history, they have been used to explain bad news, incomprehensible situations and, in typically British fashion, the weather.
Medieval manuscripts from the 14th century show demons raining down from the heavens, condemning members of the public to a life of anguish underground.
Many stories described Satan’s army of demons, who could disguise themselves to tempt people into sin.
And the idea of demons still exists in society today, with a 2013 survey by polling company YouGov finding 18 per cent of British people believe in possession by the devil.
Redbridge’s Irene Martinez says she has been tormented by demons for three decades and she has now written a book, Trials, Torments and Teachings, on her story, which began in the 1980s.
She said: “I was working abroad as a singer and dancer. I’ve worked in showbusiness since I was 10 and it could be a tiring life. It allowed me to travel the world with my husband’s orchestra and perform in my own variety show.”
Life on the road meant spending months in different countries and Irene said she initially thought the stress of the job was getting to her.
“Out of nowhere, one night in Turkey, I started hearing voices.
“I rang my husband, but when I hung up, I could still hear voices.”
Irene believes she has suffered attacks from demons and said she has woken with scratches on her back. When she returned home from the tour, she visited a church and the doctors, as she was experiencing symptoms such as heart palpitations.
But Irene said she has been “tormented” for 30 years.
“It has affected me tremendously.
“The level of stress is equivalent to having a long terminal illness.
“It broke up my marriage because he couldn’t believe it. However, we remained close and lived together until his death in 1998.
“It’s hard for people to understand because they can’t understand what you’re experiencing.”
Irene hopes her book will help other people understand her view of the world, in order to promote awareness of the paranormal.
“I wanted to share my story because I know it’s not like any other. I have been talking to a priest from America and he says it is extraordinary, which is definitely true!”
Irene’s book is available at amazon.co.uk and she is speaking at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, on February 27, 12-2pm.
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