Top 10 People Who Made It Alive Out of Hell


Many people believe in the existence hell; some do not. Well, we really can’t blame those who don’t believe in hell, can we? There are no scientific evidences that prove that this terrible place does exist. What we only have are accounts from the Bible that point out that hell is as real as the air we’re breathing in. We can’t see it, but it exists. And it’s a hot, dark place filled with pain, torture, and everlasting suffering.

If you’re one of the millions, if not billions, of people worldwide who doesn’t believe that Satan’s kingdom is a real place, then let these firsthand experiences terrify and hopefully convince you.

10. Matthew Botsford


In 1992, Matthew Botsford got involved in a deadly accident that dramatically changed his life. He was hit by a stray bullet on the head outside a restaurant in Atlanta. According to him, he died on the spot, and he went into a place where there was “utter blackness” and “incredible fear”. Matthew believed this place to be hell—a place “beyond anything any words could describe”. He further described his experience in hell saying that “it was very hot” there, and that he was “chained on both my wrists and I had shackles on my ankles”.

Fortunately, for Matthew, it wasn’t his time to die yet. According to him, he saw the hand of Jesus came down to him. The Son of God rescued him from hell and gave him a second opportunity at life saying, “It’s not your time”.

Matthew was rushed into a nearby hospital where he stayed in a coma for 27 days. It’s interesting to note that Matthew was not a Christian before he allegedly went to hell. He believed in Jesus but did not have a personal relationship with him. According to him, he was his “own boss”.

Matthew has fully recovered and is now a firm believer of Jesus Christ. And he has a personal message for those who are skeptical of hell and of his supernatural experience—“Hell is a serious thing”.

9. Jennifer Perez


At the age of 15, Jennifer Perez experienced an out-of-this world event that changed her life forever—she went to heaven and hell. Jennifer was raised in a Christian family, but like most Christian teenagers, she rebelled against her parents and “left the way of the Lord”. She had ungodly friends who taught her how to drink and do drugs. Jennifer admitted that at a young age she got addicted to drugs.

One night, she was asked by a male friend to go out with him. To make the long story short, this male friend had tricked her into taking a big amount of drugs, which caused her to pass out. Had it not have been for the police, Jennifer would’ve been raped by her friend.

Jennifer was rushed to a hospital, and it was there that she claimed to have had experienced a supernatural phenomenon. Jennifer claimed that her soul came out of her physical body, and that she had seen herself lying on the hospital bed lifeless. Two mysterious men dressed in red asked her to come with them. She was taken into a beautiful place—heaven. There, she saw God and Jesus Christ who she described as “they were one inside each other, they were together”. Aside from God, she also saw Gabriel and Michael. She claimed to have known who these two angels were since their names were “written on their foreheads in gold”.

When God was finished talking to her, Gabriel grabbed her by the arm and brought her to a terrible, hot place—hell. In there, she saw people screaming in agony and suffering from the eternal pain inflicted upon them by Satan’s demons. Fortunately for Jennifer, it wasn’t her time yet. She was brought by Gabriel back to heaven where God showed her mighty things and gave her a second opportunity at life.

8. Howard Storm


Before becoming a minister of the United Church of Christ, Howard Storm was an ardent atheist and a Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University. He was repulsed by anything that has to do with religion. He didn’t believe in the afterlife and in anything that science couldn’t explain. However, his perspective in life changed dramatically after he allegedly died and went to hell in 1985. At the time, Howard was in a hospital bed, dying from a punctured stomach.

In his book, My Descent into Death: A Second Chance at Life, Howard vividly described his brief stay in hell and how he was rescued by Jesus Christ. Right after he died, Howard was invited by some “unknown beings” to come with them. At first, they were friendly and warm. Howard described them as “more like silhouettes, or shapes”. He couldn’t clearly identify them because they were in a fog or haze. The more Howard came closer to them the more they went deeper into the haze.

After following these strange beings for some time, they started to become aggressive towards him. Eventually, they attacked him viciously. To be more specific, they “began to tear off pieces of my [Howard’s] flesh”.  After being beaten to death, Howard’s “inner voice” urged him to pray. Reluctantly, he uttered phrases which he taught were religious since at the time he didn’t know how to pray. Miraculously, the strange beings stopped attacking him and they disappeared.

Once more, Howard’s inner voice urged him to ask Jesus to save him. Deep within himself, he screamed, “Jesus, please save me”. And true enough, Jesus did save him and give him an opportunity to change his life. Since this harrowing experience, Howard has dramatically changed his life. He is now a devoted follower of Christ.

7. Bill Wiese


Unlike Howard Storm and Matthew Botsford, Bill Wiese was a devoted Christian even before he allegedly went to hell. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1970, and for three decades he had lived a peaceful, happy life. However, this all changed when, in November 23, 1998, God allowed him to visit hell and experience it firsthand. Bill documented his short yet harrowing experience in his book 23 Minutes in Hell.

According to Bill, he was lying in his bed with his wife when suddenly “he was plunged into hell”. The time was exactly 3 o’clock in the morning. Bill defended his personal account by saying that it was not a dream. He experienced hell physically. Furthermore, he said that God didn’t send him to hell as a form of punishment but for him to become a living testimony that hell is, in fact, a real place.

Bill’s descriptions of hell are very vivid. In his book, he described how he was trapped inside a cell that was “approximately 15 feet by 10 feet by 15 feet”. What’s more interesting is that he was not alone. There were two hideous giants together with him. According to Bill, they “resembled giant reptiles but took on human form”.

After a while, two more vicious creatures entered the cell. When the light disappeared, the four foul-smelling giants started to attack him viciously. He was mercilessly ravaged by these demonic creatures. Fortunately, God had other plans for Bill. After 23 agonizing minutes, Bill was taken out by God from hell and brought back to Earth. The time was exactly 3:23 am.

This experience had a profound effect on Bill and his wife. Both of them had left their successful careers and have focused on spreading the message that hell does exist.

6. Vassula Ryden


Vassula Ryden is a 71 year old woman who claims to have been to hell and heaven. She described her afterlife experiences in her book, Heaven Is Real But so Is Hell. Vassula is a mystic who claims that in 1985 God communicated with her and told her that He will use her mightily. Since then, Vassula had received numerous visions or prophecies from God. Perfect examples of this are the 2004 tsunami in Asia and the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001.

Just like Bill Wiese, Vassula Ryden didn’t die and then went to hell. Jesus had allowed her to experience hell and heaven so that, like Bill Wiese, she can become a living testimony that hell and Satan do exist. Many people nowadays don’t believe in hell or the afterlife, and for Vassula, this is very alarming. After making it alive out of hell, Vassula has made it her goal to share and convince people of the actuality of hell and Satan. She has been to 79 countries already and has given more than 1000 presentations.

Vassula’s descriptions of hell are very vivid. She described it to be a very big place, though she admitted that she had only seen a “small portion” of it. In addition, she also claimed to have encountered Satan who was very rude to her. Interestingly, she further described him as a powerful being who’s capable of throwing lava on the tormented souls in hell. In addition, she also claimed that the ground in hell was “like mechanic soil”. In her book, she also described her experiences in heaven saying that unlike hell, God’s kingdom is a “beautiful place full of light, but not the sun”.

5. Philip Mantofa


Philip Mantofa is a Christian pastor from Malaysia. For several years now, he has been preaching God’s word and sharing his horrible experience in hell. Mantofa is one of the lucky few whom God had allowed to experience hell firsthand. According to Mantofa, God had sent him to hell so that he can witness the “horrible tortures that had befallen all the living dead”. Furthermore, he strongly claimed that it was neither a dream nor a hallucination. Though he admitted that his body stayed on Earth, he firmly claimed that his soul experienced hell physically. All of his bodily senses were intact, and just like Bill Wiese, he was “perfectly conscious” throughout his harrowing experience.

Fortunately, for Mantofa, he was not destined to suffer in hell for all eternity. His soul who experienced all of the horrible tortures of hell went back to his earthly body the next day at 5 o’clock in the morning. This experience has greatly changed his life. Since making it alive out of hell, Mantofa has devoted his life to serving the Lord and spreading the message that “everyone who has died outside of Jesus” are destined to suffer eternally in hell.

4.  Linda Ngaoja


Linda Ngaoja is from Sierra Leone, a developing country in West Africa. She is a Christian who claimed that she has experienced death, went to hell for a brief period of time, and then made it back alive to Earth. What’s interesting about her claim is that, unlike the other people already discussed in this list, she has met famous individuals during her short visit in hell like Muammar Gaddafi and Whitney Houston. Aside from these two notable figures, she also met her parents in hell.

Linda Ngaoja has caused religious tension in Sierra Leone due to her outrageous claims. Aside from declaring that she has experienced hell firsthand, she also said that “all Catholics and Muslims are going to hell”. Sierra Leone is known for its religious tolerance, though it is a Muslim-dominated country. Many religious leaders are worried that Linda’s revelations might cause tension between the Muslim and Christian groups in Sierra Leone. For example, Linda claimed that Gaddafi allegedly wanted the mosque he built in Sierra Leone to be taken down and replaced with a church.

Linda’s revelations do not only target the Muslim and Catholic communities in Sierra Leone but also some born-again groups and even pastors. She said that these so-called Christian ministers are “more into money that spreading the message of God.”

3. Tamara Laroux


At the age of 15, Tamara Laroux attempted to end her life by shooting herself on the chest.  At the age of 6, her parents got divorced—an event that had a negative impact on her life. Since her parents got separated, she had been very unhappy. It was on September of 1985 that she decided to attempt suicide to end the loneliness and hopelessness she felt. Her original plan was to shoot herself on the head. However, a “small still voice” urged her to place it on her heart instead. Before shooting herself, Tamara asked Jesus for forgiveness.

After committing suicide, Tamara found herself in a place filled with “ultimate darkness” and suffering. She screamed in agony, realizing that the place she was in was hell. She saw hundreds of tormented souls around her. Just like her, they were suffering and “screaming in agony”. They were very close to each other, and yet they couldn’t talk with each other. She felt very lonely. In addition, Tamara also claimed that she saw a beast “with dragon-like heads upon his body” during her very brief stay in hell.

Thankfully, Jesus had other plans for Tamara. He rescued her from the indescribable horror she was in and brought her to heaven. She wanted to stay in this beautiful place, but God needed her to go back to Earth so that she can share the fact that hell is real place.  And true enough, Tamara made it back alive to Earth. The bullet that she used to end her life had miraculously “missed her heart by less than one-quarter of an inch”.

2. Angelica Zambrano


Angelica Zambrano is one of the few lucky Christians who have been given by God the opportunity to experience hell and heaven firsthand. Angelica is from Ecuador and for 23 hours she had visited both hell and heaven and has been shown the glorious second coming of the Messiah. Just like Linda Ngaoja who has seen Gaddafi and Whitney Houston in hell, Angelica Zambrano has seen famous people too. She claimed that she had witnessed the suffering of Pope John Paul II, Michael Jackson, and even the Latina singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez, in hell.

What’s more interesting about Angelica’s testimony is her claim of having seen Jesus Christ weeping over the “lost souls” who are already suffering in hell and the worst of all, for the ones who are destined to go there once they die. Furthermore, this Ecuadorian girl also claimed that during the rapture babies inside the wombs of pregnant women will be taken to heaven, but the pregnant women themselves will be left here on Earth.

1. Jose Maniyangat


What makes Jose Maniyangat unique from the other people discussed in this list is his claim of not only experiencing both heaven and hell but also seeing purgatory. Jose Maniyangat is an Indian Catholic priest who got involved in a fatal accident and was pronounced dead but through a miraculous divine intervention came back to life. On April 14, 1985, Father Jose Maniyangat was on his way to northern Kerala when he got hit by a jeep driven by an intoxicated man. He died instantly, and according to him his soul came out of his body. He was then greeted by his guardian angel who told him that he was going to escort him to heaven.

On his way to God’s Heavenly Kingdom, Jose’s guardian angel took him to hell for a short visit. Father Jose claimed that he saw Satan and his demons during his brief stay in hell. He also said that it was a very hot place, with a temperature of “about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit”, and it was filled with lost souls screaming in agony and pain. According to him, they were tormented by Satan’s demons and hell’s undying worms.

Jose’s description of Satan’s world is quite unique in that according to him there are “seven degrees of suffering or levels” in hell, and that each person is designated his own degree of suffering according to the quantity and severity of the sins he has committed while he was still alive on Earth. What’s even more interesting is that Jose claimed that he had seen fellow priests and bishops suffering in hell. After his short visit in Satan’s kingdom, Jose was take by his guardian angel to purgatory and then to heaven where he allegedly met Jesus, Mary, and even Joseph. He was then given by God the opportunity to come back to Earth and become a living testimony that hell is a real place.

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  1. So nobody didn’t see jeffrey dahmer, charles mansion, hitler, jack the ripper, just high profile people? ..Hmm i wonder did anyone see judas..

  2. Mr. Jongko, it’s irrational to entreat skeptics to believe in claims that can’t be proven (the Bible)with unconscious testimony that can’t be substantiated (these 10 accounts). As it is, I’ll continue praying to the Keebler Elf, who answers my prayers with the same 50/50 ratio that your equally imaginary Sky-Daddy once did.

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  5. Charles Otis Fears on

    My discernment on how souls go
    to Hell or Purgatory or Heaven

    In September, of 1995, my wife, my
    daughter and I went to a Marian conference in Chicago. While we there listening
    to the speakers, a thought came to my mind about how souls go to hell. Now no one
    was talking about this subject, for some reason I just started thinking about
    it. Before I go on, I must tell you that I have read several messages that
    state that God does not send souls to hell, that the soul sends itself to hell,
    and I had wondered how this could happen.

    Well as I said, I was thinking
    about this, and it is like this, darkness is sin and light is God. Now if a
    person lives in a room or cave of compete darkness and has been there for along
    time, when that person comes into the light, he or she can not stand the light
    so the person goes back in to the dark room. This is like a soul that has lived
    in sin, when the soul dies, it can not stand to look at God, Who is pure Light,
    so the soul drives itself into hell.

    Now the next day I was praying
    before Jesus in the blessed sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, when I began to
    think of this again and it was like this, a soul who lives in sin lives in
    darkness, but if the soul, while still living would let some light in, then
    when the soul died it would be like a person, who was in a dark room but let
    some light in. So then when the person went into the Light, he or she would be
    able to squint their eyes and look at the light and eventually be able to open
    their eyes all the way. This would be a soul that, when it died was not pure
    enough to go to heaven, so it went to purgatory.

    All souls are different some have
    to squint harder then others and some can adjust faster to the light and some
    live always in the light, their eyes are wide open, these go straight to

    Now on this same subject
    I would like to quote from the book “The Victorious Queen of The World”, a
    spiritual diary of a mystic, Sr. Natalia of Hungary, page 45:

    “Once I cried on Jesus shoulder: “Why did you
    create hell?” To answer me, Jesus brought me to the judgment of a very sinful
    soul, whose sins He forgave. Satan was outraged!

    are not just! This soul was mine all his life!” He shouted to Jesus: “This one
    committed so many sins, while I committed only one, and You still created hell
    for me.”

    Jesus then with unbound love told Satan: “Lucifer! Did
    you ever ask Me for forgiveness?” Then Lucifer, seemingly beside himself,
    shouted: “That never! That I will never do!”

    Jesus turned to me, “You see, if he could ask Me for forgiveness only once,
    hell would cease to exist.”

    In November 1995 I bought a book
    “The Sorrow, The Sacrifice, and The Triumph” by Thomas W. Petrisko, which had
    just come out in November 1995. This book is about Christina Gallagher, The
    Apparitions, Visions, and Prophecies.

    Now I do not promote or judge Christina Gallagher or any other
    visionary. I do read several books that I get at Marian conferences and some
    are on visionaries. I try to do as St. Paul says: Hold on to the good and let
    go of the bad and obey what the Church teaches.

    Now I would like to quote, what happens at
    death starting on page 117, “ When release from the body each soul is destined
    for immortal life, and its future in eternity is determined by its state when
    death takes place and the soul is released from the body.

    When the body dies and the soul is
    released, it suddenly finds itself in the full light of awareness, able to see
    itself as it stands in the sight of God. It then realizes the darkness to which
    the body’s actions condemned it. The sensitivity of the soul to the enormity of
    the Light of God is like the naked eye before the brilliance of a thousand
    suns, and the soul in darkness quivers in pain. It plunges itself into the sea
    of Hell to avoid the pain of the enormity of the Light.”


    soul destined for Purgatory seeks shade at the level in Purgatory appropriate
    to its own imperfection. It will automatically plunge itself into which it
    failed to atone sufficiently; it will gladly go to whatever level of Purgatory
    is necessary, and it will be eternally grateful to God, in the knowledge that
    it will one day gain His Presence in Heaven.

    2/17/05 Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I
    quote, “After these words, I received a deeper
    understanding of divine mercy. Only that soul who wants [to be damned]
    will be damned, for God condemns no one.(1452)

    To St. Faustina: “My daughter, know
    without a doubt, and once and for all, that only mortal sin drives Me out of a
    soul, and nothing else.” (1181) AND “My daughter, know
    that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long
    prayers and mortifications.” (894)

    Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I quote, “At
    the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of
    happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they
    forgot all their sufferings.” (153)

    is something else I would like to share with you.

    This is why Jesus asks
    us to live in constant penance for our sins! We should meditate on how much He
    suffered for our sins, in order that we might reach salvation. We should ask
    His forgiveness often and love Him for His unfathomable love!

    Go in peace
    and the Love of God

    And pray for


    Therefore I say Angelica Zambrano testimony is FALSE.

    • The amount of mental gymnastics you perform to convince yourself your faith is logical is breathtaking.

  6. The demons, while they beat you laugh at you, your on the floor and cannot move, like your dead but can see and hear everything, the demos whispering in your ear horrible things, I hit you beat on your body, waiting for you to break, its very hard to breath, no air, it’s dark but you hear the pain of the lost. There are pits. And screams.

  7. Everybody has been to this section in hell. It is called the hell’s pitt Where you still have a connection w/ earth (And for anyone who has sinned) Where you are used as ambassadors, in warning earthy people not to come there Where your only torment is long hard labor. And based on successful outcomes, w/o waging war against God, some are revived to earth. While other heinous and non-believers goes to the real hell of forever punishment and torture.

  8. Hell and Heaven are real. When my soul/spirit left my body as my automobile hit the light pole stanchion on Friday evening, August 30, 2002, I found out how real they really are. Chained up with 3 sets of chains, I was being taken to hell to be thrown into the lake of fire, my chief sin was lying.

    Just before I hit the lake of fire, God the Father intervened and saved my life and I was allowed to talk with Him and taste heaven for about 18 minutes.

    I was given the choice to stay in heaven or come back to the earth. I did come back, and I can assure you that no human being should ever go to hell, it is that horrible. It is much worse than the words written above can describe, it is so terrible that God sent a Savior, Jesus Christ, to save us from that place, by being born again and by keeping God’s will and being obedient to Him and trusting the Lord as Savior.

    • This can’t be true and have the Bible be true. The Bible clearly says no man can see the face of God and live, and you’re alive. So either you hallucinated or the Bible is lying. Second, the judgement hasn’t happened yet at the end of days. The final judgement is when Satan, demons and sinners will be thrown into the lake of fire, not before. Hence, your description and the stories in this article can’t be true.

      • Moses contradicts that verse. Your infallible Bible is full of contradictions, Alex.

  9. It is impossible that St. Pope John Paul II is in hell.

    He is a Saint.

    And anyone designated as a Saint by the Holy Roman-Catholic Church is in Heaven.

    The Church cannot err in this decision.

    • Research the movement in the Latin Church called ‘sedevacantism’. The Church has been in error since Vatican II, as certain prophecies foretold. John XXIII was the beginning in a long line of heretical popes teaching heretical doctrines contrary to what the Catechism previously taught.

      • To Protestants: Study Church history. Study what the first Christians wrote about what they believed and practiced.

        To Sedevacantists: Ask yourself what Luther’s error was. He had his own idea on the interpretation of scripture. In hindsight we see that he was wrong. Traditionalists have their own interpretation of Church tradition, and it disagrees with the men claiming to have the authority of Jesus Christ. If sedevacantism is true Catholicism is wrong, because it’s no longer the superior judging the inferior but the inferior judging the superior. No matter who says what, even if he’s pope, it’s up to the individual to judge what it is truly Catholic; he follows his own opinions and everyone who disagrees is a heretic, even Peter–if sedevacantism is true.

    • The Catholic church is an affront and abomination to God and his holy word. They have no authority or power to decide who is or is not a saint, or who does and does not go to hell. The pope is an antichrist, a false prophet, and the Catholic church is drenched in the blood of the millions of people it has deceived straight into hell. Catholicism is NOT Christianity and is anathema to true believers in Jesus Christ.
      The Catholic church has it’s roots in the ungodly and satanic pagan religions of ancient Egypt and the like. They have twisted and mangled the word of God into a bastardized version of false Christianity.
      They have no right or authority to speak on behalf of God or His son, Jesus Christ. It’s insulting and ridiculous at best, blasphemous and abominable at worst. So, in closing, it doesn’t matter if the church can’t “err” in their decision in their own rotten minds, they have no authority to even make those decisions in the first place. Only God does.
      The hubris of men….

      • Yes, Brandy, it is God who determines who are saints. God alone forgives sins.. No-one can usurp God. Satan tried that, and look where it got him. All power belongs to God Almighty. Jesus alone is the mediator between man and God. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the light of the world. Jesus is the only way to God, because He died for our sins.

    • one reason that he IS in hell could be that he went against the 1st commandment of god,all catholics do…and ‘saints’ are not even mentioned in the bible.
      In truth, catholics live in lies,go ahead ,READ the bible instead of it being a mere headrest,you will see that,
      1.there is no purgatory.
      2.Jesus is the only intermediary between you and god.
      3.Mary lost her virginity proper and had other children.
      4.Peter was married and never a ‘pope’.
      5.we are not to worship idols,and more….

      • So rave it sounds like you are one of those Jehovah Witnesses. How does it feel to belong to a cult? Jesus is not a in between person Jesus Is God !!

        • He sounds like a protestant, but every form of Christianity is equally invalid.

    • Vatican1Catholic on


      just because Catholic church or I should say counter church beatifies pope that doesn’t mean he is truly saint.
      The only one who can sanctify believer is our Lord Jesus Christ. By his grace he justifies and sanctifies whoever he pleases. No Christian should ever pray with pagans, because that is breaking of the very fist commandment. When you look at the pictures from Assisi peace meeting which was organized first by pople JP2 then Benedict 16 now Francis the Jesuit/Freemason it’s obvious that Vatican 2 is NOT a true Catholic church but counter church led by Satan.

  10. Hmm. Dante wrote of nine circles in hell, not seven. Perhaps you should actually read it?

    • Dante was a philosopher, mystic and writer. How would HE know how many levels of Hell there are?!!?

  11. Heavens_Joke on

    This is an extremely biased list. First of all, you present only those who have claimed to have gone to the Christian version of Hell. What about Muslims or Hindus who have experienced their versions of Hell? Why were none of them included? Then, you tout these accounts as compelling arguments for it’s existence. This seems very silly to me. “Near Death Experiences” are just chemical reactions in the brain that cause hallucinations. So these can not be regarded as evidence for the existence of Hell; especially the account by the girl who overdosed on drugs.

    The other examples you provided at numbers 7, 6, 5, and 2 are of people who did not experience Hell by dying and being resuscitated. Instead, they were already religious people who made claims that God chose them as prophets to experience Hell and/or Heaven. These accounts are pretty much as far from credible as can be. They could have been dreams, hallucinations, or far more likely, flat out lies.

    I would also like to bring up, specifically, your number 1 spot. You stated that you chose this as your number 1 because it was “quite unique in that according to him there are ‘seven degrees of suffering or levels’ in hell, and that each person is designated his own degree of suffering according to the quantity and severity of the sins he has committed while he was still alive on Earth.” This is in NO way a unique concept. Have you ever heard of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy? Of course you have. It is widely considered to be one of the most important works of literature ever written, and has been cited in literally thousands of other works. Every high school English class includes The Divine Comedy in it’s curriculum. So to claim that this idea of the seven levels of Hell is a unique one is just nonsense.