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The True Conjuring Story: A First Hand Account of What Really Happened to the Perron Family

Published on Aug 31, 2014

In 1971, the Perron family moved to Harrisville, Rhode Island, but there dream home quickly became a nightmare as demonic spirits began to torment the family. In this amazing video, Andrea Warren, the oldest of five daughters, recounts her experiences in the haunted home during their 10 years living there.

Desperate for help, the Perron family enlisted the aid of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous paranormal investigators that also worked on the Amityville Horror case.

The events of the Perron family and the Warren investigation were chronicled in the hit film The Conjuring

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Lorraine Warren speaking at the 2013 Wonder Con at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
Date       30 March 2013, 11:58:07
Source    Flickr
Author   Gage Skidmore
Edw[ar]d Kelly, a Magician. in the Act of invoking the Spirit of a Deceased Person.” Date  1806
Source  Astrology, A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences by Ebenezer Sibly, M.D. F.R.H.S.,
Embellished with Curious Copper-Plates, London, 1806.
Immediate source:
Author  engraved by Ames of Bristol (according to Fincham, Artists and engravers of British and American
book plates, 1897), original drawing by Sibly

Permission  public domain
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Raggedy Ann is Annabelle

Annabelle (doll)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ed and Lorraine Warren with the Annabelle doll at their Occult Museum.Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll alleged by demonologists. Ed and Lorraine Warren to be haunted. The doll resides in a glass box at The Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.

  • The story served as the inspiration for the films The Conjuring (2013),
  • Annabelle (2014),
  • and the upcoming, Annabelle 2 (2017).

Annabelle has been compared to Robert the Doll and was described in Gerald Brittle’s 2002 biography of Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Demonologist.


According to claims originating from Ed and Lorraine Warren, a student nurse was given the Raggedy Ann doll in 1970, but after the doll behaved strangely, a psychic medium told the student the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a dead girl named Annabelle Higgins. Supposedly, the student nurse and her roommate first tried to accept and nurture the spirit-possessed doll, but eventually became frightened by the doll’s malicious behavior and contacted the Warrens, who removed the doll to their museum after pronouncing it “demonically possessed”.

Texas State University assistant professor of religious studies Joseph Laycock says most skeptics have dismissed the Warrens’ museum as full of off-the-shelf Halloween junk, dolls and toys, books you could buy at any bookstore. Laycock calls the Annabelle legend an interesting case study in the relationship between pop culture and paranormal folklore and speculates that the demonic doll trope popularized by films such as Child’s Play and The Conjuring likely emerged from early legends surrounding Robert the Doll as well as a Twilight Zone episode entitled Living Doll. Laycock suggests that “the idea of demonically-possessed dolls allows modern demonologists to find supernatural evil in the most banal and domestic of places. Commenting on publicity for the Warrens’

Occult museum coinciding with the film release of The Conjuring, science writer Sharon A. Hill said that much of the myths and legends surrounding the Warrens have seemingly been of their own doing and that many people may have difficulty separating the Warrens from their Hollywood portrayal. Hill criticized sensational
press coverage of the Warrens’ Occult museum and its Annabelle doll, commenting that like real-life Ed Warren, real-life Annabelle is actually far less impressive. Of the supernatural claims made about Annabelle by Ed Warren, Hill observed, “we have nothing but Ed’s word for this, and also for the history and origins of the objects in the museum”.

Lorraine Warren speaking at the 2013 WonderCon
at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Date 30 March 2013, 11:52
Source  Lorraine Warren
Author Gage Skidmore
from Peoria, AZ, United States of America
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Generic license.  

Ed and Lorraine Warren

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Edward “Ed” Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) and Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran, born January 31, 1927) were a married Roman Catholic couple who were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught demonologist, author, and lecturer. Lorraine professes to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.

In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost hunting group in New England. They authored numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students, and members of the clergy in its investigations.

The Warrens were responsible for training several demonologists including Dave Considine and their nephew John Zaffis. In addition to investigations, Lorraine runs The Warrens’ Occult Museum in the back of her house in Monroe, Connecticut with the help of her son-in-law, Tony Spera. Skeptics Perry DeAngelis and Steve Novella have investigated the Warren’s evidence and found it all to be “blarney”. Paranormal researchers Joe Nickell and Ben Radford decidedly doubted that the more famous hauntings, Amityville and the Snedeker’s really happened and were actually “invented”

Notable investigations

Annabelle (doll)

REM own Annabelle

This article is about the Annabelle doll. For the movie released in 2014.
According to the Warrens, in 1970, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens took the doll, telling the roommates it was “being manipulated by an inhuman presence”, and put it on display at the family’s “Occult Museum”. The 2014 film Annabelle directed by John R. Leonetti is loosely based on the doll’s supposed history, while the opening scene to The Conjuring (2013) is a direct adaptation of the Warrens’ alleged experience with the doll.

Perron family

In 1971, the Warrens claimed that the Harrisville, Rhode Island, home of the Perron family was haunted by a witch who lived there in the early 19th century. According to the Warrens, Bathsheba Sherman cursed the land so that whoever lived there somehow died. The story is the subject of the 2013 film, The Conjuring. Lorraine Warren was a consultant to the production and appeared in a cameo role in the film. A reporter for USA Today covered the film’s supposed grounding in facts sympathetically.

The current owner of the home has her own research and that of several investigators with whom she has worked refuting the stories of witchcraft and tragic deaths at the home.

London Bus The Conjuring 2 Poster
Date 21 June 2016
Source London June 21 2016 065 The Conjuring 2
Author DAVID HOLT from London, England
Licensing Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Bathsheba Sherman

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