Annabelle, the doll
I met Annabelle, the haunted doll, and you can too. She “lives” in the occult museum housed in Lorraine Warren‘s home in Monroe, Connecticut. Following the success of “The Conjuring”, the film “Annabelle” was released. It is a prequel to “The Conjuring” and based on a true story that involved Ed and Lorraine Warren, of the “Amityville Horror” fame. For those who don’t know, Ed and Lorraine Warren are real people, who started investigating hauntings and demonic presences way back in the 1950’s and investigated over 10,000 cases. In the early ’50’s they founded the New England Society for Psychic Research. Mr. Warren was the only lay person allowed by the Catholic Church to perform exorcisms. Sadly, he passed away some years ago, but Mrs. Warren has continued with his legacy and even hosts an evening several times a month where visitors can hear her stories and see their haunted museum.
Each month events called Warrenology are held at Lorraine Warren’s home in Connecticut. I attended this past summer and highly recommend it. It was a lot of fun and we got to meet Mrs. Warren and Tony Spera, her psychic researcher, and hear about her psychic abilities, cases she has worked on, tour the haunted museum in her home, visit a cemetery, enjoy dinner in an Italian restaurant, and take photos and get signatures.
Hauntings and an exorcism
The evening begins in Mrs. Warren’s living room. The day I went there were about 50 people in attendance and we were told that it was a large crowd. Mrs. Warren, a psychic, and Mr. Spera spoke at length about previous cases (including “The Amityville Horror”, filming “The Conjuring” and the Annabelle doll) as well as their experiences with psychic phenomena. To look at her, you would picture her drinking tea and cuddling with a cat, not fighting demons. She is also much taller than you’d imagine and has a keen sense of humor. We watched videos of prior cases including an exorcism, while her pets strolled around the room looking for a pat here and there. A video tour of the haunted museum was also shown because with so many people and so many questions of, “What’s this?” and “What happened with that?”, the museum tour would take all night.
Warren Occult Museum
Next it was time to tour the occult museum, the only one of its kind in the world. As you can see above, the real Annabelle doll does not look like the one in the movie. We were told there were times when the real doll changed position and she’s been responsible for several deaths, including one of a man who taunted her at the museum then crashed his motorcycle on the way home. The museum is absolutely filled top to bottom with all kinds of unblessed and unholy items from around the world – satanic idols, a conjuring mirror, vampire coffin, voodoo dolls, an organ that plays by itself, shrunken heads, possessed toys, etc. A local priest was also on hand to answer any questions we had about the items. We were explicitly instructed not to touch anything and not to taunt anything in the museum. No one did. Actually, during the video portion earlier in the evening, one participant went into some type of psychic fit and had to be escorted out. She did not return for the museum tour. Watch the video below for a tour of the museum.
After the museum, we gathered outside while we waited for everyone to finish their tour. Mr. Spera spoke more about the items and answered questions. Once everyone was ready, we got in our cars and drove a short distance to Stepney Cemetery. We made our way to Ed Warren’s grave and Mr. Spera told us more about Mr. Warren, his bravery during WWII, his death, and about the words and pictures on his headstone. He then taught us how to take psychic photos. Hint: Keep snapping repeated shots of a single area before moving on. (I actually caught an orb at the gravesite.)
Now it was time to get back in our cars and drive another short distance to an Italian restaurant, Roberto’s. Everyone knows I’m kind of (!) picky about food but I have to say it was absolutely delicious! Our large group sat at several tables and got to know each other, exchanging personal ghost stories and methods of detection. After dinner, everyone got up to chat with Mrs. Warren, get an autograph and take photos. A few of her books were also for sale. She is very personable and humble about her fame. She is in her late 80’s and you can tell she enjoys the events and meeting so many fellow believers – and non-believers.\
How to book Warrenology
You never know who you’ll see there. Shortly after I attended, Dave Navarro also attended Warrenology.
Visit the Warrens’ website for a wealth of info about Annabelle, The Conjuring, other cases, their biography, etc.
Tour the Warren Occult Museum via youtube
See movies about the Warren’s cases: “The Conjuring”, “Annabelle”, “A Haunting in Connecticut”, and “The Amityville Horror”.
Read books by Ed and Lorraine Warren, including “The Demonologist”: List from amazon.com.