ED & LORRAINE WARREN (Annabelle) Welcome back to “Ghost stories” Day 3 In today’s article we are going to be looking at the most famous paranormal investigators of all time Ed & Lorraine Warren, and one of the most haunted dolls in existence Annabelle!
In 1952 Edward Warren Minley & Lorraine Rita Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR) Home – NESPR the oldest ghost hunting group in New England They authored many books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated well over 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the first investigators in the Amityville case. But in today’s case we are going to be looking at one of the most terrifying cases the Warrens ever encountered, and that is the infamous Annabelle doll. According to the Warrens, a student nurse was given the doll in 1970. They said that the doll behaved strangely, and that a psychic medium told the student that the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a deceased girl named “Annabelle”. The student and her roommate tried to accept and nurture the spirit-possessed doll, but the doll reportedly exhibited malicious and frightening behavior. It was at this point that the Warrens say they were first contacted, moving the doll to their museum after pronouncing it demonically possessed.
The doll remains in a glass box at The Warrens’ Occult Museum’ famously reading “Positively Do Not Open” Whenever Annabelle is moved the St Micheal prayer is recited to ensure safety for those who come into contact with the doll, another precaution taken by those who touch/move the doll is soaking their hands in “Holy Water” and receive a blessing from a Roman Catholic Priest which Lorraine Warren insisted regularly blesses the museum and the doll. In 2013 the ragged Ann doll became a more sinister looking doll! “Is that even possible?” Thanks to James wan and his creation of the “The Conjuring” https://youtu.be/k10ETZ41q5o (Trailer) which focused heavily on Ed & Lorraine Warren and the Annabelle doll! The mass success of the film spawned a sequel “The Conjuring 2” and the appearance of the Annabelle doll became a big hit with horror fans, so much so 3 direct films were produced focusing on Annabelle. https://youtu.be/paFgQNPGlsg The doll is now considered a horror icon.
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Were the previous owners of the doll really attacked by members of a satanic cult? No. As we investigated the Annabelle true story, we discovered that the doll’s former owners, nursing students Donna and Angie, had never been attacked by members of a satanic cult who intruded into their home and subsequently passed a malevolent entity into the doll. This part of the movie is pure fiction.
Did they find the real Annabelle doll in different positions and rooms? According to the Warrens’ story, Donna, the nursing student who shared a tiny apartment with her roommate Angie, a fellow nurse, would come home to find that the doll had shifted positions. At first, its movements were subtle and confined to the bed where Donna had left the doll. However, in time the movements became more noticeable. Donna and Angie began to discover the doll in different rooms than they had left it. It would even appear back in Donna’s room with the door shut. Sometimes they found the doll with its legs crossed and its arms folded, while on other occasions it was found standing on its feet, leaning against a dining room chair. They even discovered it kneeling on a chair, which was strange because if they tried to make the doll kneel on its own, it would fall over. It couldn’t kneel.
How long had the paranormal activity surrounding the Annabelle doll been going on? Activity involving the real Annabelle doll had been going on for about a year before paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren became involved in the case and eventually took the doll into their possession.
Did the Annabelle doll leave messages? Yes. According to the story told by Ed and Lorraine Warren, a former owner of the Annabelle doll, Donna, claimed that she would come home to find penciled messages written in childlike writing on parchment paper. The messages read “Help Us” and “Help Lou” (Lou was Donna’s roommate Angie’s fiancé and had been staying with them). What made the messages even more strange was that Donna did not have parchment paper in the apartment and had no idea where it came from. Did blood appear on the Annabelle doll? Yes, at least according to the Warrens’ story, it did. Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren claim that the doll’s original owner, Donna, a nursing student, came home from work to find what looked like blood on the back of the doll’s hand and three drops of blood on its chest. There was no explanation for how the red substance had gotten there.
Did the owner of the doll ever contact a medium and have a séance? Yes. Although there is no medium or séance depicted in the movie, according to the Annabelle doll true story, as told by Ed and Lorraine Warren, the doll’s owner, Donna, contacted a medium after noticing that three drops of blood had mysteriously appeared on the doll’s chest and more blood was on the back of the doll’s hand. The medium became involved 4-6 weeks after the paranormal activity first began.
Has the real Annabelle doll inflicted physical harm on anyone? Yes, but not to the degree shown in the movie. A man named Lou was the fiancé of Donna’s roommate Angie and had been staying with them since the doll had arrived. Lou wasn’t fond of the doll and warned Donna that it was evil. One night, Lou awoke suddenly from a deep sleep and realized that he was unable to move. He saw the Annabelle doll at his feet and watched as it slowly glided up his leg and over his chest. Before he knew it, the doll had begun to strangle him until he blacked out. He woke up the next morning certain that his experience wasn’t a dream. On a later occasion, Lou and Angie were studying maps to prepare for a trip Lou was embarking on the next day when they heard rustling noises coming from Donna’s room. Lou approached the closed door and waited for the noises to stop before entering. He turned on the light and saw Annabelle laying on the floor in a corner. He walked over to the doll, but as he did, he began to sense that someone was behind him. He spun around but no one was there. In an instant, he found himself doubled over, grabbing his chest, which was now bleeding. Upon inspection, he discovered seven claw-like scratches on his chest (four horizontal and three vertical) that were hot like burns. The scratches healed rapidly and were fully gone in two days. This story is spoken about in this interview https://youtu.be/l0jD-sVYo8w
Have there been any deaths associated with the real Annabelle doll? Paranormal researcher Ed Warren believes that the doll has been responsible for at least one death. Ed pointed out the Raggedy Ann doll in its case, “Many of the objects in this room here have had dire effects on people. People have been maimed, have been killed. People have wound up in mental institutions because of many of the things that are right in this building here. You have the voodoo dolls, you have the Raggedy Ann Doll, which was responsible for the death of a young man who came in here one time, who challenged the doll to do its worst and it did.” The young man had apparently come to The Occult Museum on his motorcycle with his girlfriend for a tour. As Ed Warren was giving the tour, the young man started to mock the doll and while doing so, he ran up and began tapping on the glass of the case that the doll is enclosed in. He challenged the doll to put scratches on him like it had supposedly done in the past to a man named Lou, who had been friends with the doll’s former owner, Donna. Ed kicked the young man out of the museum. Approximately three hours later, the young man died when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree. His girlfriend survived but remained hospitalized for over a year.
Can I visit the real Annabelle doll? Yes. As stated at the end of the movie, the actual doll is located in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. At present, tours of the Warrens’ Occult Museum are limited and are only being given via an intimate event called Warrenology.
Was the spirit of a dead seven-year-old girl named Annabelle really linked to the doll? According to the Warrens, Donna, who owned the doll, along with her roommate Angie, contacted a medium who held a séance with the doll present. “The woman had told them, the medium, that there was a spirit of a seven-year-old child in the doll by the name of Annabelle,” says Ed Warren, “who had been killed outside of their apartment house in an automobile accident. Well, there was such a child, but God does not allow a child’s spirit to go into a doll. This was a devil, a demon, inside the doll, which was impersonating the spirit of a child”. Unlike the movie, the doll’s owner never saw what appeared to be the ghost of a different seven-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins, who in the film grows up to start a satanic cult. In the 2017 prequel, we learn that Annabelle Higgins is actually the fictional orphan Janice, who became possessed by the demon attached to the doll. Janice escaped, was adopted by the Higgins family, and changed her name to Annabelle after the doll, which in turn was named Annabelle after the doll maker’s daughter, who died at age seven when she was hit by a car. How did paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren end up in possession of the Annabelle doll? According to the Annabelle true story, after the demon that was attached to the doll inflicted physical harm upon Donna’s roommate’s fiancé Lou, it was then that Donna, the doll’s owner, came to the realization that the spirit might not be all that innocent. Donna contacted an Episcopal priest named Father Hegan, who contacted a superior, Father Cooke, who immediately got in touch with paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens convinced Father Cooke to perform an exorcism on the apartment in order to cleanse the home. He also blessed the individuals who were there. At Donna’s request, the Warrens took the Raggedy Ann Doll with them when they departed. It has been in their possession ever since. As their are many cases reported regarding the Annabelle doll it’s easy to believe they are a thing of fiction, the only proof we have is the word the warrens and here is a interview where the couple talk about the doll. LORRAINE – https://youtu.be/4OdDctr0Mp0 ED – https://youtu.be/5uPJAXO0Vjs
I personally believe the Annabelle doll HAS got a demonic possession, the Warrens are the most famous paranormal investigators & demonologists in the world and I believe they are very respected and the majority of there cases were true paranormal hauntings! But no case of theirs has become as famous as the Annabelle doll. Too this day 1000s of people wish to travel to the museum just to get a glimpse of the doll, whilst many then away out of pure fear once they enter the occult museum. Sadly Ed Warren died August 23rd 2006 and Lorraine Warren passed on April 18th 2019. Even though the couple are no longer with us, their cases continue too inspire many people too this day!
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