A woman's boyfriend was convinced her body was inhibited by an evil spirit from the past.
One distressed woman sought help from an agony aunt after discovering that her boyfriend of six months became convinced she was possessed by "the reincarnation of an evil witch".
Writing to Slate.com's Dear Prudence advice column, she said: "My boyfriend 'Peter' wants to break up with me.
"Peter has always had an interest in the paranormal and things like that. Over the past six months, however, Peter has moved further left of the socially accepted idea of normal.
"He's become convinced that I'm the reincarnation of an evil witch. And sure, maybe he just thinks I'm an evil witch and wants an excuse to dump me. I'd actually be relieved if that were true to be honest.
"Peter really seems to believe that I'm an evil soul, though, and is quite sad over this."