It’s rare to scare yourself silly watching a creepy movie and then find out that it is based on a “true” story. I believe we all know at least some of the details of the Amityville Horror case but, who knew that A Haunting in Connecticut, Annabelle and The Conjuring, among others, are based on real cases that were investigated by the demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren?
I’ve recently discovered some books based the true accounts of their investigations. I’ve only read two of them so far, Ghost Hunters and Graveyard, but I found them delightfully creepy and very enjoyable.
Ed and Lorraine founded the New England Society of Psychic Research in 1952. The NESPR uses a variety of individuals in its investigations, including doctors, police officers, nurses and members of clergy, among others. Lorraine was a clairvoyant and medium who died on April 18, 2019. Ed was a self-taught demonologist who passed away August 23, 2006.
They investigated over ten thousand claims of hauntings or demonic possession over their careers and were among the first investigators in the Amityville case.
In the off chance that you are not familiar with it, on 11/13/74, Ronald Defeo, Jr. shot and killed his parents, two brothers and two sisters in Amityville, New York. He testified at his trial that he heard voices that told him to kill his family. The home was subsequently sold to the Lutz family who claimed that there was a demonic presence in it so violent that it eventually drove them out of their home.
Ghost Hunters has fourteen different “Case Files” where Ed and Lorraine discuss real cases that they investigated, including an interview about Amityville where they explain why they agree there was a demonic infestation in that house.
In honor of Annabelle Comes Home which is being released June 26, 2019 at a theater near you, I thought now would be a great time to introduce you to the Warrens and their experiences. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will be reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine in the movie.
Interestingly enough, the Annabelle doll on the left in the photo below, has already made an appearance in several Conjuring/Annabelle movies. However, the real Annabelle doll that was possessed was the Raggedy Ann in the photo.
I tried to find out why they used a different doll for the movies and came up with three potential answers: 1) Raggedy Ann did not look menacing enough and they wanted something more “horror movie dollish” or 2) plush doll heads can’t spin or 3) copyright issues because it was an original Raggedy Ann doll.
To be honest, I don’t think Raggedy Ann is quite so intimating as that other ghastly doll. Even if it wasn’t possessed, I don’t think I’d want it in my house.
Ghost Hunters was very interesting and educational. I even came across some ghostly fodder for future stories for my Devereaux Chronicle series. Even so, I actually enjoyed Graveyard more than Ghost Hunters. The stories contained in that book all center around reported hauntings in cemeteries. Many of the stories are focused on the Union Cemetery in Connecticut, but not all of them.
As far as I’m concerned, any story set in a cemetery after dark, with strange noises and ground fog swirling around, is a story worth reading.
I may even head to the local cemetery and try to get a photo of a ghost with one of Ed and Lorraine’s graveyard tricks. You’ll have to read the book to see how it’s done or, if I am successful, I’ll be sure to post the instructions along with my photos and the details of my encounters with any supernatural entities.
No need to worry – this will all be done in the light of day. No spooky cemeteries for me after dark. I do know my limitations.
Thanks for joining me and, if you like creepy, be sure to check out the books about the cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren. Or, at the very least, watch the movies.
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