Who is Ed and Lorraine Warren?

Bianca Sekayouma, Writer

One of the most famous cases this couple investigated was related to the Amityville Horror story. In this case the family reported antagonistic voices, welts, swarms of flies and unseen entities.
Lorraine was quoted during a press conference stating that “Amityville house was horrible… it was absolutely horrible. It followed us right straight across the country… I will never go in the Amityville house every again.”
Though some places are not as haunted as Amityville claimed to be, the Warrens did not refuse to investigate them. A Haunting in Connecticut in 1986 was where the family of their beloved home experienced dishes shaking, the smell of decaying flesh and on occasion the water turning on and turn blood red. The family asked that the Warrens help them to investigate their residence. The Warrens determined the home was previously a mortuary and discovered that the morticians partook in unsavory activities with the dead bodies.
Additionally to their investigations, in the case of the Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson Ed & Lorraine were called to testify on behalf of Arne Cheyenne Johnsons, the first known case in the U.S. to use “The Devil Made Me Do It” defense. Along with four priests they were able to exorcise over 40 demons from their son.


Meet their investigations:

“Annabelle”: Throughout their investigations, the Warrens have found many haunted objects that include a sinister doll named, “Annabelle.”
The makings of the doll and how she haunted many families were brought to light in 2014 when a movie debuted her story.
The doll was reported to have been purchased in an antique store and began changing rooms, had blood on her dress and developed into writing messages on paper in blood.
The roommate claimed that the doll attempted to strangle him. After these occurrences, the “Warren” family’s services were requested to determine if the doll was a demonic force.
Ultimately a blessing of the residence was performed and the doll was stored at the Warrens’ Connecticut Occult museum.
Amityville: On Nov. 13, 1974, at 3:15 a.m. Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. killed his parents and siblings with a .35-caliber rifle while they slept peacefully in their beds.
Butch later told the police, “Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.”
The following year, the Lutz family moved into the house on Ocean Drive in Amityville.
A priest was called to bless the house, and he warned the family, “Do not use the upstairs room as a bedroom, and do not let anyone sleep in there.”
Within days, they knew something was wrong.
Their young daughter made an imaginary friend with a red-eyed pig, foul odors filled each room, furniture levitated, and banging occurred throughout the night.
They fled from the house.
When the Warrens investigated, they discovered that the land had been used previously by a practicing black magician.
He had requested to be buried on the land and remains there to this day.
Kathy Lutz said, “Things of this nature happen quite frequently, and when they happen to families, they usually close the door and they don’t talk about it; and unless these things are talked about, they’ll never be understood.”
Enfield Poltergeist: In August of 1977 in Britain, disturbances were reported to the police of a claim that 11-year-old Janet Hodgson was caught levitating above her bed, screaming that a demon was trying to kill her.
A female police officer also gave a testament that she had seen a chair fly across the room on its own.
Known as the most well-documented poltergeist, the Enfield house was a haunting broadcasted to many families.
After being summoned by the Warrens, an old “demon” had possessed Janet’s body and a “deep masculine” voice emitted from her when asked questions.
Janet was detected in trickery; a video camera in the room next door caught her bending spoons and attempting to bend an iron bar.
Grosse had observed Janet banging a broom handle on the ceiling and hiding his tape-recorder.
According to Playfair, one of Janet’s voices she called “Bill” displayed a “habit of suddenly changing the topic—it was a habit Janet also had.”
When Janet and Margaret admitted “pranking” to journalists, Grosse and Playfair compelled the girls to retract their confession.
They were mocked by other researchers for being easily duped.
Several observers later came to believe that the Hodgson “poltergeist” was, in fact, a hoax, carried out by an attention-hungry Janet (who later confessed to faking some, although not all, of the phenomena).
But the Warrens, who visited Enfield in 1978, remained convinced that the events had a supernatural explanation.
Ed and Lorraine Warren were American paranormal investigators on well-known cases such as Amityville Horror series haunting and films such as “Annabelle.”
Many people have heard of the Warrens due to the publicity they received when they investigated haunting experiences.
They have both passed on. Lorraine claimed to be a clairvoyant medium.
Edward was a World War II United States Navy veteran and a former police officer before becoming a demonologist author, and lecturer.
In 1952, the Warrens founded a ghost hunting group; the Society for Psychic Research in New England. Some critics such as Perry DeAngelis and Steven Novella have investigated and concluded that this group has been “invented.”
Ed & Lorraine investigated and documented several ghostly interactions with a menacing presence.
Including furniture moving on its own, disembodied voices and silhouette appearances.
Other stories from the Warrens’ experiences include possessions, facing creatures with jagged teeth, pointed ears, horns, and hooves are leaving scratches, bruising and bite marks on its victims.
In the cases they experienced, the Warrens were known to have worked alongside priests, perform séances and spiritual cleansing.
Although most journalists today will claim that the Warrens’ investigations were falsified for publicity, they still hold the values of what they believe, and they do not allow skeptics to persuade their views.