Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ed and Lorraine Warren

Author: Austin Walter
Edward Warren Miney and Lorraine Rita Warren
Clairvoyant, and light trance Lorraine Rita Warren (January 31, 1927 –April 18, 2019) and her late husband, self-proclaimed demonologist, and navy vet Edward Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 –August 23, 2006) first made an appearance to the supernatural scene in 1952, and soon became the leading experts in demonology and paranormal phenomenon. Together the couple created the New England Society for Psychic Research, The Occult Museum, and solved countless supernatural cases. The society now holds the place as the oldest active ghost hunting group to still exist and The Occult Museum contains “one of a kind” artifacts collected from the many investigations Ed and Lorraine put to rest.

The current heads  of The New England Society  for Psychic Research, Tony Spera, Chris Gilloren, and Dan Rivera.
The New England Society for Psychic Research

Ed and Lorraine Warren created The New England Society for Psychic Research. The oldest currently active paranormal activity research group. Ed and Lorraine founded the society with one main goal: help tormented people deal with paranormal events that they couldn’t handle on their own. While alive the society was run by Ed and Lorraine, but with their passing the society remains maintained by their son-in-law, Tony Spera and two others, Chris Gilloren, and Dan Rivera. Since Lorraine's death in April 2019 the society has also maintained The Occult museum and all its belongings.

The real Annabelle doll in her glass box.
The Occult Museum
The Occult Museum, founded by Ed and Lorraine Warren, is dedicated to the many investigations the  Warrens  had  a  major part  of  over  the  years,  covered  in  artifacts  from  said  investigations  and  a  few Halloween  decorations  sprout  to  "set  the  scene". The  Occult  Museum also  included  the  Annabelle  doll, known for its pop culture reference, which is the museum's most valuable possession. It's the raggedy doll that  supposedly  caused  the  death  of  one  un-knowing  museumgoer  and  the  doll  that  haunted  two  college girls and badly scratched their visiting friend. A museum visitor, after questioning the truthfulness of the story behind the doll began tapping on the glass of the doll box. Witnesses say that directly after leaving The Occult Museum he visitor died in a motorcycle accident from a head-on collision with a tree. 

The Amityville horror house.
Pop Culture and Investigations

For over 5 decades now, Ed and Lorraine Warren have defended the world against demonic inhabitants, being a "religious authority" to those of the supernatural who decided to stay in our world instead of crossing over to the "other side." Ed and Lorraine Warren have been part of many supernatural investigations, some of which are commonly known from their movie titles, these include The Conjuring, Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, The Haunting in Connecticut, Annabelle: Creation, The Haunted, and their most famous feature My Amityville Horror. In My Amityville Horror,a couple and their children find a new home with a low-price tag in Amityville N.Y that seems “too good to be true”. Soon after they move in and get settled, they notice strange happenings in the house. They soon then realize that the low price that they had been so ecstatic about was due to the house's grim past. The father of the last resident family killed his children and wife, claiming that he was possessed by the devil. Based on its past, the new family concludes that the house is haunted and call a priest to cast off the evil spirits that call the house their domain. Ed and Lorraine Warren after their long carriers as paranormal investigators have contributed much to the paranormal community and a surprising amount to popular culture as well.

Works Cited:

“Annabelle " The New England Society For Psychic Research. https://www.warrens.net/Annabelle /

Bartholomew, Robert. "The Amityville Hoax at 40" Skeptic, vol. 21 no. 4, 2016 Pp. 8-12. Academic Search Premier, http://ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=120458146&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Eckstrom, Kevin. “Conjuring Up the Whole Story” National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 49, no. 22 Pp. 18-18. Academic Search Premier, http://ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=90009975&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Grundhauser, Eric. “The Warren’s Occult Museum”. Atlas Obscura,     https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-warrens-occult-museum-monroe-connecticut

“Warrens’ Biography" The New England Society For Psychic Research. https://www.warrens.net/warrens-biography/

Links for Further Research:

Lorraine Warren, 'Amityville Horror' and 'Conjuring' ghost hunter, dead at 92
This link further explains Lorrain warrens contribution to pop culture and popular horror movies based on her paranormal investigations.

A talk and tour with Lorraine Warren in her home. See the real Annabelle doll in her basement!
This video takes you on a tour of the life of Lorraine warren as a clairvoyant and her home, also interviewing her son-in-law.

THE CONJURING -The Real Lorraine Warren Featurette
This video takes you on a tour of the Occult Museum, and compares the memories of Lorrain Warren's real conjuring experiences and the movie The Conjuring

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