Ed and Lorraine Warren

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Edward Warren
BornEdward Warren Miney
(1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
DiedAugust 23, 2006(2006-08-23) (aged 79)
Monroe, Connecticut, United States
OccupationParanormal investigator, author, painter
OrganizationNew England Society for Psychic Research
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Website
http://www.warrens.net/
 
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Edward Warren
BornEdward Warren Miney
(1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
DiedAugust 23, 2006(2006-08-23) (aged 79)
Monroe, Connecticut, United States
OccupationParanormal investigator, author, painter
OrganizationNew England Society for Psychic Research
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Website
http://www.warrens.net/
Lorraine Warren
BornLorraine Rita Moran
(1927-01-31) January 31, 1927 (age 87)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
OccupationParanormal investigator, author
OrganizationNew England Society for Psychic Research
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Website
http://www.warrens.net/

Edward "Ed" Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) and Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran, born January 31, 1927) were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was a World War II US Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught, self-proclaimed expert demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine was a professed 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,[1] and opened The Warrens' Occult Museum. They are the authors of 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.

The Warrens were responsible for training several current paranormal investigating demonologists including Keith & Carl Johnson, Lou Gentile, and their nephew John Zaffis. After Ed died in 2006, Lorraine continues to assist with investigations, explaining, "It was really Ed himself that let me know that he wanted me to [continue to] do this, so I will say that I am doing it for him. I am doing it to honor my husband. The work meant a great deal to him, so that is why I want to carry on his legacy."[2] In addition to investigations, Lorraine also continues to run the private Occult Museum in the back of her house in Monroe, Connecticut with the help of her son-in-law, Tony Spera.[3]

Notable investigations[edit]

Amityville[edit]

The Warrens are best known for their involvement in the Amityville Horror case in which New York couple George and Kathy Lutz claimed that their house was haunted by a violent, demonic presence so intense that it eventually drove them out of their home. The Amityville Horror Conspiracy authors Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan characterized the case as a "hoax".[4] Lorraine Warren told a reporter for The Express-Times newspaper that the Amityville Horror was not a hoax. The reported haunting was the basis for the 1977 book The Amityville Horror and 1979 and 2005 movies of the same name.

Demon murder[edit]

In 1981, Arne Johnson was accused of killing his landlord, Alan Bono. Ed and Lorraine Warren had been called prior to the killing to deal with the alleged demonic possession of the younger brother of Mr. Johnson's fiancee. The Warrens subsequently claimed that Mr. Johnson was also possessed. At trial, Mr. Johnson attempted to plead Not Guilty by Reason of Demonic Possession, but was unsuccessful with his plea.[5] The case was described in the 1983 book The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle.

Werewolf[edit]

The Warrens claim to have exorcised a "werewolf demon" on June 17, 1983. The subject of the case, Bill Ramsey, had bitten several people, believing himself to be a wolf. The events surrounding this case were later described in a 1991 book written by the Warrens, Werewolf: A True Story of Demonic Possession. No photos or video evidence were available to confirm the possibility and reasoning that Bill Ramsey was, indeed, possessed by a werewolf-type demon or evil spirit.

Smurl family[edit]

Pennsylvania residents Jack and Janet Smurl reported their home was disturbed by various supernatural phenomena, including sounds, smells and apparitions. The Warrens became involved and claimed that the Smurl home was occupied by three spirits and also a demon that allegedly sexually assaulted Jack and Janet Smurl.

The Perrons[edit]

In 1971, the Warrens claimed the Perrons' Rhode Island, US home was haunted by a witch, who lived there in the early 19th century, named Bathsheba Sherman, cursing the land so that whoever moved there somehow died. It is the subject of a 2013 film, The Conjuring, directed by James Wan.[3][6] Lorraine Warren was a consultant to the production and appeared in a cameo role in the film.

Stepney Cemetery[edit]

This cemetery, located off Route 25 next to Our Lady of The Rosary Chapel, is allegedly haunted by the White Lady who also supposedly haunts Union Cemetery nearby. Comforting for some is the thought that Ed Warren is now buried here. His grave is near the southern edge of the cemetery (or to the left if entered through the main gates).

Borley Church[edit]

Ed and Lorraine Warren discuss the Borley Nun sightings.

Union Cemetery (Easton, Connecticut)[edit]

Ed Warren saw a white lady dressed in white nightgown and bonnet.

The Haunting in Connecticut[edit]

Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived and proclaimed the Snedeker house to be infested with demons. A film based on the events was made in 2009 directed by Peter Cornwell..

New England Society for Psychic Research[edit]

The New England Society for Psychic Research was founded in 1952.[1] 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.[7]

Criticisms[edit]

The Warrens' most famous case, the Amityville Horror, has been questioned by critics. According to Benjamin Radford, the story was "refuted by eyewitnesses, investigations and forensic evidence".[8] Lawyer William Weber reportedly stated that he, Jay Anson and the occupants "invented" the horror story "over many bottles of wine".[9]

Horror author Ray Garton, who wrote an account of the alleged haunting of the Snedeker family in Southington, Connecticut, later called into question the veracity of the accounts contained in his book, saying: "The family involved, which was going through some serious problems like alcoholism and drug addiction, could not keep their story straight, and I became very frustrated; it's hard writing a non-fiction book when all the people involved are telling you different stories."[10]

Bibliography[edit]

Cover art.
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle was released as an ebook for the opening of The Conjuring based on the Warrens' life story.

Ed and Lorraine Warren have written and are featured in a number of non-fiction books, including:

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Film adaptations[edit]

In 1991, a two-hour made for TV movie based on the Smurl haunting entitled The Haunted was released by 20th Century Fox. Written by Robert Curran, Jack Smurl, Janet Smurl, Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, the film starred Jeffrey DeMunn as Jack Smurl and Sally Kirkland as Janet Smurl.[13]

The 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut was loosely based on the 1986 Snedeker haunting investigated by the Warrens.[14]

A film directed by James Wan entitled The Conjuring was released on July 19, 2013. Based on a Warren case, it stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Alan (September 30, 2008). Ghost Hunters of New England. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Lorraine Warren: Part of the Paranormal research team that started it all". Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society. October 30, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Elsworth, Peter (July 17, 2013). "‘The Conjuring’ depicts family’s reported haunting in Burrillville farmhouse in ’70s". The Providence Journal. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Downes, Lawrence (April 14, 2005). "Editorial Observer; The Devil We Know on the Island We Love". New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Lynne Baranski (1981-10-26). "In a Connecticut Murder Trial, Will (demonic) Possession Prove Nine-Tenths of the Law?". People Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Bryan. "The 'true' story behind 'The Conjuring'". USAToday, July 22, 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.warrens.net/
  8. ^ Radford, Benjamin. "The Amityville Horror". Urban Legends Reference Pages. Snopes.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (Jul 27, 1979). "'Amityville Horror 'amplified over bottles of wine, - lawyer". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Nickell, Joe. "Demons in Connecticut". Skeptical Inquirer. CSI. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  11. ^ A Haunting at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Paranormal State at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Belanger, Jeff. "50 Years of Ghost Hunting and Research With the Warrens". Ghostvillage.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Radford, Benjamin (March 26, 2009). "The Real Story Behind 'The Haunting in Connecticut'". LiveScience. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ Puchko, Kristy (October 15, 2012). "The Conjuring Reveals Spooky Trailer and Scene, And James Wan Talks Horror As Therapy". Cinema Blend. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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