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Churchgoer rips out eyeballs

October 4, 2011 - 11:56AM


An Italian man reportedly ripped out his own eyeballs during Sunday Mass at a church in Viareggio, near Pisa, northern Italy, according to British news reports.


Aldo Bianchini, 46, a Briton who had lived most of his life in Italy, according to the Daily Mail, reportedly stood up during the Mass at St Andrea's and used his bare hands to tear out his eyeballs. He then collapsed on the floor in a pool of his own blood.


Bianchini's mother tried to help him as the priest called for help, The Sun reported.


He later told doctors - calmly and lucidly - that he was hearing voices, Fox News reported.


NBC Bay Area in the US translated comments the priest, Reverend Lorenzo Tanganelli, gave Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentino.


"This man at the back of the nave started tearing at his face and I realised he was gouging out his eyes ... I called for assistance and the paramedics were quickly at the scene, and he was taken away and then I carried on celebrating Mass, but a lot of people had left because they were so shocked by what they had seen," Reverend Tanganelli told the paper.


Emergency responders picked up his eyeballs from the floor of the church, Fox reported, but surgeons were unable to save his sight.


The Sun quotes Dr Gino Barbacci as saying: "To do that requires superhuman strength."

NBC reminded readers that in the Bible's Gospel of St Matthew, Jesus says: "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."


Viareggio, population 64,000, is a city in northern Tuscany, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.



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Comment by matt.clerke on October 5, 2011 at 7:30pm

C. Lewal, lol...reminds of the semi-recent how-to commit suicide joke thing, it involves glueing your hands to your head and then cutting your head off somehow...Makes it look like you ripped off your own head.

Comment by Lewal on October 5, 2011 at 8:20pm

Yeah with razor wire. You make a noose out of razor wire, put your head through it, and super glue your hands to your head. That way when you jump and the razor wire (theoretically) decapitates you, it looks like you pulled off your own head. But you'd have to have someone remove the razor wire from the scene (I've... prolly thought about this too much)

Comment by Rick on October 6, 2011 at 12:39pm

If it was a mental illness, religion made it worse by allowing him to identify and associate what he was hearing as a message from a higher power. Combine that with extreme devotion, and you get someone tearing their eyes out to appease what they perceive to be decree from god.


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