One of the scariest movies of all time, the real-life inspired tale of gruesome mysteries- one cannot deny the horrors of the 2013 film ‘The Conjuring’. It was the first time the world saw the great paranormal investigators of history- Ed and Lorraine Warren. Unless you aren’t someone terrified of ugly dolls, the story of these two paranormal experts in itself is a blood-curdling tale.
The duo whose works inspired several Hollywood blockbusters, the world still remains deprived of the life story of Ed and Lorraine warren. The couples work and infamous haunting they investigated include Amityville, The Snedeker House, Annabelle, and the conjuring series. Here is how the duo managed to become the world’s number one paranormal investigator.
Works of Ed and Lorrain Warren
Edward Warren Miney was born in 1926 and was a self-taught and self-professed demonologist, author, and lecturer. Lorraine Rita Warren born in 19276 professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband. They were married in 1945 and were a great believer in Roman Catholic Church. The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR) one of the oldest ghost hunting groups in New England back in 1952. The duo wrote several books regarding their cases and claims that they covered almost 10,000 cases over their lifetime. They also had a museum called the Occult Museum where they kept the artifacts of the haunted sights.
In 1968, the Warrens investigated the Annabelle doll haunting. The two roommates claimed that their Raggedy Ann doll was actually possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle. The doll had supernatural destructive power and was very evil in nature. The plot inspired the famous Hollywood movie by the same name ‘Anabelle’. The doll is still kept intact at the Warrens’ Occult Museum.
The next case came in 1971 when the Perron family living at Harrisville, on a Rhode Island home was haunted by a witch who lived there more than a century ago. The Warrens claimed that Bathsheba Sherman initially cursed the house that anyone who would live there would die a terrible death. The 2013 movie ‘The Conjuring’ was based on the real-life experienced of the Perron Family. The movie was based on factual reality.
In 1975, the Warrens were reportedly included in the case of Amityville. The case included a couple named George and Kathy Lutz who claimed that their house was haunted by a demonic presence. The history background stated that in 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed six members at the house, and so the newly moved family was reportedly haunted. While many people do claim the incident as a pure hoax, Ed and Lorraine believed in the case.
In the coming years, the duo investigated the Enfield poltergeist and Smurl family case where the families were haunted by poltergeist activities. In 1986, the Warrens handled the case of the Snedeker House. It was believed that the funeral home was haunted by demons. This case was also adapted in several books and movies including the 1993 book ‘The Story of a True Haunting’.
In 2021 released ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ was loosely based on the case of Arne Johnson. Arne Johnson told Ed and Lorraine Warren that the younger brother of his fiancée was possessed by demons. When the duo investigated the case, they found that it was indeed Arne Johnson who was himself possessed. In 1981, Johnson was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the killing of his landlord, Alan Bono. He pleaded not guilty on the base of being possessed; however, he was later sentenced.
Facts about Ed and Lorraine Warren that we bet you didn’t know
Do you know that Ed Warren was actually raised in a haunted household? Ed usually had dreams of his dead relatives whom he never met including his Aunt who would send him messages for his future. Once he claimed that he saw a gray light dot grew into his family’s landlady who died years ago.
Lorraine Warren started seeing things from a very young age. She experienced extraordinary things that were not explainable. In one of the incidents, during her days in school, she witnesses her friends planting saplings. Just soon as she planted the saplings, Lorraine saw it turning into a huge tree.
The Warrens didn’t start their career as paranormal experts. In fact, they were both World War 2 veterans. After the war was over they initially thought of becoming artists in order to earn a living however they ended up becoming paranormal investigators.
Do you know that Lorraine once tested her abilities? As the couple started gaining fame, the skepticism on their abilities was raised. To end the questions, Lorraine agreed to be tested and was later examined by Dr. Thelma Moss, who commented that she had an ‘above average’ clairvoyance.
Unlike the misunderstanding that Ed and Lorraine made money out of the investigation, they actually never charged any of their cases. Instead, they made money by giving lectures in the college and by licensing the story of their cases for several books and movies.