The Warren Investigations are Ed & Lorraine Warren’s most notable cases.
The Warren Investigations
For over half a century, Ed & Lorraine Warren have been called upon when there’s an outbreak of paranormal phenomena, when people are physically attacked, when homes are physically torn apart, and when priests have been possessed. Their knowledge and real life experiences in the paranormal world as second to none. Here are their most notable cases over the last 50 years.
In 1970, two room mates claimed their rag doll was possessed by Annabelle Higgings, the spirit of a young girl. Ed & Lorraine took the doll to their family’s “Occult Museum” after telling the two friends that the doll was “being manipulated by an inhuman presence. In 2014, the movie titled Annabelle was loosely based on this story. Dedicated fans were a little disappointed because the doll was not as rag doll like the doll from the real event. In addition, the movie was a prequel to the 2013 movie “The Conjuring“, another movie which was based on events from The Warren Investigations, but was far superior to Annabelle, which left fans a little disappointed. Although it’s not easy to top The Conjuring.
In 1971, the Warrens claimed that the home of the Perron family was haunted by a witch who lived at the home during the early 19th century. The Warrens say that Bathsheba Sherman cursed the property. This was the story which inspired James Wan’s 2013 movie, The Conjuring. Lorraine Warren herself was actually a consultant to the production and appeared in a cameo role in the movie. The movie turned into an instant success and is considered by mainly as the scariest movie since The Exorcist. The Conjuring spawned a sequel which follows the characters of Ed & Lorraine Warren to London to help a single mother fight the malicious entities out of her home. Another movie inspired by the true stories from the Warren investigations.
Amityville is one of the most known cases from the Warren investigations. The Warrens are probably best known for their involvement in the 1976 Amityville Horror case. George and Kathy Lutz, a couple from New York City claimed that their house was haunted by a violent, demonic entity, which was so intense that it eventually drove them to leave their home. The Amityville Horror Conspiracy authors Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan characterized the case as a “hoax”, but Lorraine Warren told a reporter from The Express-Times newspaper that the Amityville Horror was far from a hoax. The Amityville haunting was the basis for the 1977 book by the same name, the 1979 Amityville Horror, and the 2005 remake of the now classic horror movie. There is a new Amityville movie which was completed in 2014, but its fate is yet to be determined. More here.
The Enfield Poltergeist
Another popular case from the Warren investigations was that of The Enfield Poltergeist, the name given to poltergeist activity at a council house in Enfield, England from the late 70s. The case involved two sisters, age 11 and 13 at the time. The Enfield Poltergeist case was another story that people were quick top label as a hoax, stating the girls faked incidents. Hoax or not, this is the case that inspired the 2016 “The Conjuring 2”, another film by director James Wan, who has become somewhat of a master of horror. Before The Conjuring 2 was released, fans created their own artwork, articles and posters which claimed the titled of the movie was “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist”. Although that turned out not to be the case, even though the movie is loosely based on the story.
In 1981, Ed & Lorraine Warren were called to deal with a demonic possession. The Warren investigations say this was not a hoax, but Arne Johnson, who was accused of killing his landlord during the time, was unsuccessful with his “not guilty” plea at his trial, after the Warrens subsequently claimed he was also possessed. Unfortunately, the courts didn’t buy into the story of him being possessed, and he was found guilty. The case was described in the 1983 book The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle.
The Haunting In Connecticut
Another very famous case from the Warren Investigations, which transpired into a movie was The Haunting In Connecticut. In 1986, the Warrens claimed the Snedeker house, a former funeral home, was infested with demonic spirits. The case was featured in the 1992 book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting and also a TV movie which later became part of the Discovery Channel series A Haunting. The most well known adaptation of the story was probably the 2009 movie The Haunting In Connecticut, which also spawned a sequel in 2013, titled The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia.
The Smurl Family / The Smurl Haunting
A lesser known case from the Warren investigations was a case in Pennsylvania where residents Jack and Janet Smurl reported that their home was haunted after hearing strange sounds, smell, and apparitions. The Warrens took the case and after becoming involved, they claimed the Smurl home was occupied by 3 minor spirits and also a demon that Jack and Janet Smurl claims sexually assaulted them. The Smurls’ version of their story was the subject of a 1986 book titled “The Haunted“, as well as a 1991 TV movie of the same name.
The warren investigation include a very strange case in which they exorcised a werewolf demon. Ed & Lorraine Warren published the case in their 1001 book, titled Werewolf: The True Story Of Demonic Possession.