In 1996, someone entered the church and for some reason gouged out one of the demon's glass eyes. Someone, perhaps even the same person, later returned the same year and smashed the demon's head and broke off its arm.
The Damaged Demon from Sauniere's Mary Magdalene Church in Rennes-le-Chateau
After the demon was repaired, for a short while it was encased in perspex to prevent it from happening again.
Sauniere's repaired Demon in its perspex prison
Excuse the quality of the above image, but it was grabbed from an old video film I shot during an early visit to Rennes-le-Chateau in 1999. Because of the perspex reflecting the light from a flash and the daylight streaming through the door, none of my camera photos I took were any good. This though, as far as I know, as I have never seen a photograph of it before, is probably the only image that exists. If someone does has better photograph of the demon in its perspex box, if you want you can send it to me and I will add it to this article.
Later, a video camera was installed, linked to a monitor in the museum shop. This enabled those working in the shop to keep an eye on visitors to the church and the demon's prison was removed.
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