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Ed Warren

Edward Warren
Born Edward Warren Miney
(1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died August 23, 2006(2006-08-23) (aged 79)
Monroe, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Paranormal investigator, author, painter
Organization New England Society for Psychic Research
Website
http://www.warrens.net/
Lorraine Warren
Born Lorraine Rita Moran
(1927-01-31) January 31, 1927 (age 87)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Paranormal investigator, author
Organization New England Society for Psychic Research
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.

Career

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 Dave Considine, 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

Amityville

Main article: The Cushing Horror

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

Main article: Demon Murder Trial

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

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 was available to confirm the possibility and reasoning that Bill Ramsey was, indeed, possessed by a werewolf-type demon or evil spirit.

Smurl family

Main article: Smurl haunting

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

In 1971, the Warrens claimed the Perrons' Rhode Island 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

Bishop Robert McKenna has assisted the Warrens & their nephew John Zaffis.

Borley Church

Ed and Lorraine Warren discuss the Borley Nun sightings.

Union Cemetery (Easton, Connecticut)

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

The Haunting in Connecticut

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

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

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


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

Written by

  • Ghost Hunters: True Stories From the World's Most Famous Demonologists by Ed Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1989) ISBN 0-312-03353-2
  • Ghost Tracks by Cheryl A. Wicks with Ed and Lorraine Warren (AuthorHouse, 2004) ISBN 1-4184-6767-7
  • Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery by Ed Warren (St Martins Press, 1992) ISBN 0-312-08202-9
  • The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare by Robert Curran with Jack Smurl and Janet Smurl and Ed and Lorraine Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1988) ISBN 0-312-01440-6
  • Satan's Harvest by Michael Lasalandra and Mark Merenda with Maurice and Nancy Theriault and Ed and Lorraine Warren (Dell, 1990) ISBN 0-440-20589-1
  • Werewolf: A True Story of Demonic Possession by Ed Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1991) ISBN 0-312-06493-4

Featured in

  • Deliver Us From Evil: Taken from the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, by J. F. Saywer (Phillips Publishing Company, PO Box 141, Westfield, Mass, 01085; Copyright 1073 by J. F Sawyer)
  • The Amityville Horror, a True Story by Jay Anson (Prentice Hall, 1977)
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle (Berkley Books, 1980)
  • The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle (Bantam Books, 1983) ISBN 0-553-23714-4
  • In A Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting by Ray Garton (Villard, 1992) ISBN 0-394-58902-5
  • True Haunting of Borley Rectory: Seekers of the Supernatural presents Conversations of Ed & Lorraine Warren - The original Ghostbusters.
  • The Conjuring, directed by James Wan (2013).

Media appearances

Film adaptations

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

External links

  • The New England Society For Psychic Research
  • Article Detailing the Recent Danbury Court Case
  • Steven Novella
  • The Demonologist Page on the Warrens - Contains brief biographical information
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • JREF reprint of Ray Garton letter - Ray Garton Letter refuting the Warrens

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