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In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron move into a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five children Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April. Their dog Sadie refuses to enter the house and one of the children while playing a game of ‘hide and clap’ finds a boarded-up entrance to a cellar.
Paranormal events occur within the first few nights: all of the clocks stop at exactly 3:07 AM and Sadie is found dead in the backyard. One night in bed, Christine feels a tugging on her leg, which is a spirit only she can see. She screams and says that the spirit wants the family dead. Another night, Carolyn hears clapping in the hallway. When she goes to investigate, following the noises, she gets trapped in the basement by the spirit. At the same moment, Andrea and Cindy are attacked by a spirit on top of the wardrobe.
Carolyn decides to contact noted demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who agree to take on the case. The Warrens conduct an initial investigation and conclude that the house may require an exorcism, but they need authorization from the Catholic Church and further evidence before they can proceed.
Ed and Lorraine discover that the house once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba (a relative of Mary Towne Eastey), who sacrificed her week-old child to the devil and killed herself in 1863 after cursing all who would take her land. They find reports of numerous murders and suicides in houses that had since been built on the property.
To gather evidence, Ed and Lorraine place cameras and bells around the house. They see Cindy sleepwalking into Andrea’s room, and from the EVPs coming from the radio, they hear a spirit luring Cindy into the wardrobe, where she reveals a secret passage inside. Lorraine enters the passage and falls through the floorboards to the cellar, where she sees the spirit of a woman whom Bathsheba had long ago possessed and used to kill her child.
The Perron family decides to take refuge at a hotel while Ed and Lorraine take their evidence to the Church. The Warrens’ daughter Judy is attacked in their own home by Bathsheba, though Ed arrives in time to save her.
Carolyn, now possessed by Bathsheba, takes Christine and April back to the house. Ed and Lorraine find Carolyn in the cellar trying to stab Christine. After tying Carolyn to a chair, Ed decides that an exorcism needs to be performed on Carolyn, but realizes there isn’t enough time to wait for a priest to arrive. Ed decides to perform the exorcism himself, and in the process is attacked by Bathsheba. Though Carolyn escapes and attempts to kill April, Lorraine is able to distract Carolyn from killing her daughter by reminding her of a special memory she shared with her family, allowing Ed to complete the exorcism, saving Carolyn and April and lifting Bathsheba’s curse forever.
Returning home, Lorraine tells Ed that they had been left a message saying that they had gained approval from the Catholic Church to perform the exorcism. They also have another case to investigate on Long Island. Ed places the music box on the shelf and leaves; it inexplicably opens and plays music as the screen cuts to black.
What do they say to non-believers?
Perron, who has written her family’s story in three self-published books, says she is never surprised when people don’t believe their tale.
“Both my mother and I would just as soon swallow our tongue than tell a lie,” she says. “People are free to believe whatever they want to believe. But I know what we experienced.”
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- a) To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power. b) To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
2. a) To call or bring to mind; evoke: “Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans” (American Demographics). b) To imagine; picture: “a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together” (Nelson DeMille).
3. Archaic To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath. v.intr.
1. To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
2. a. To summon a) devil by magic or supernatural power. b) To practice black magic.
House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story
Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba…a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother’s greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as
each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human
spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.
The Old Arnold Estate (Harrisville, Rhode Island)
CONJURING HOUSE’S CURRENT OWNER DISPROVES MOVIE AND ANDREA PERRON’S STORY
Published on Mar 7, 2013
A paranormal battle.
No ordinary ghost story, if there is such a thing, author Andrea Perron has penned a haunting memoir; a story from the ages…for the ages. This is the compelling true story behind the James Wan movie, The Conjuring. In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron bought an ancient estate nestled on two hundred bucolic acres to raise their five young daughters. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling, Andrea Perron, and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Legendary Paranormal Investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy host; the spirit called Bathsheba…a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. The family’s mother, Carolyn, had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother’s greatest fear.
This is a story of a family who endured such bizarre supernatural shenanigans; they waited thirty years to share them, with good reason. The world was not ready for the truth, nor were they willing to divulge these sordid secrets.
This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.