Linda Herlong Jackson, a nurse in Oklahoma City, has been banned from the Oklahoma County Jail after allegedly performing an exorcism on an inmate instead of seeking actual medical assistance. The inmate died the next day.
According to The Huffington Post, the inmate, Amanda Lynette Freeman, had been arrested on drug charges. When she began having seizures, Jackson was called in to administer medical aid. Jackson reportedly asked employees of the jail if they would mind if she performed an exorcism.
“I revoke you demons,″ Jackson allegedly yelled during the ordeal, before a sheriff’s lieutenant demanded the ritual be stopped. The next day, Freeman reportedly died of an acute coronary event due to methamphetamine use.
Jackson had been an employee of Armor Correctional Health Services, which contracts with the jail, meaning she could not technically be fired by law officials. Instead, Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor banned her from the premises, according to The Oklahoman.
“It’s our position that because of this incident she cannot work in this facility,” Taylor told the paper. “Her job is to provide medical care. Doing what she was doing was not providing medical care.”
Armor Correctional Health Services put Jackson on administrative leave before letting her go.
Jackson has denied the incident ever occurred: “Oh, brother,” she said. “No. ... I didn’t do an exorcism."
“The patient didn’t die, by the way, on my shift," she said of Freeman. "I would appreciate if you wouldn’t try to sensationalize something that’s already been settled ― or so I thought.”
Jackson is currently not facing any criminal charges. The sheriff's office has turned over evidence procured from the investigation to the district attorney's office.
[Photo: Oklahoma County Jail]