By Sarah Belcher
Contributor to Normal Paranormal
On a dark and stormy night, July 19th to be exact, the horror film “The Conjuring” arrived in theaters. Not only did it bring approximately 110 million to the box office, it was also successful in scaring the pants off of movie goers (and me). Although, the part of the movie that I was most intrigued by were those five words everyone loves to see: BASED ON A TRUE STORY. For those who crave more information, here is the true story.
Edward Warren was born in 1926, and passed away at the age of 79 in 2006. He was a WWII US Navy veteran and a police officer. Mr. Warren was a Connecticut native and spent his life living there. He was a self-taught, expert demonologist and later became a self-proclaimed author and lecturer.
Lorraine Rita Warren was born in 1927, and is still living in Connecticut at the age of 79. Mrs. Warren met her husband in a movie theater that he was an usher at, and knew psychically that she was going to marry him. She has one daughter and four grandchildren. Last, Lorraine is a trance medium.
A mediumship is a form of relationship some people say they have with spirits. A trance medium allows the spirit to take control of ones body and speak through it.
Ed and Lorraine Warren went on to become the illustrious experts on the subjects of demonology and spirits. They were also the founders of The New England Society for Psychic Research. The couple has been trusted and called on frequently by religious authorities to control some of the most serious outbreaks of diabolical phenomena in the country.
The New England Society for Psychic Research was founded in 1952. 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.
The film was based on the Perron family case. This case started when the Perron family moved into an 18th century farmhouse, which consisted of 14 rooms. The mother, Carolyn Perron, said the haunting started almost immediately after the family moved in. In the film it states that Carolyn got in contact with The Warrens, which according to the family is false. The Warrens were contacted by a Rhode Island paranormal group, and showed up at The Perron’s door one day. The true story is that Mrs. Warren came into the house knowing nothing, but stepped into the kitchen and immediately felt a dark presence. The dark presence she felt was Bathsheba Sherman.
The Perron family consisted of Rodger and Carolyn (mom and dad) and daughters Cindy, Nancy, April, Christine and Andrea.
An unsolved crime.
Bathsheba Sherman was a woman who lived in that house in the early 19th century. She was married to a wealthy man named Judson Sherman. Bathsheba was said to have children but because of disease, none made it past the age of 7. News reports state that she was linked in the death of a child, and even though the charges were dropped because of lack of evidence, many still believe the accusations to be true. It was said that Bathsheba had sacrificed the baby as an offering to the devil for eternal beauty. Bathsheba was a practicing Satanist. When she died in 1885, a coroner stated that it was unbelievable, "like her body had turned to stone."
It took a while.
In the film, the Warrens arrive shortly after the Perron family moved into the house and started to endure haunting. From my research I found that it took approximately four years until a family friend decided that it was time for someone to be called in. It also appeared in the movie that the two families got along quite well and aside from the intense paranormal activity and possession, everything went smoothly. This is also false; once the Warrens arrived things very quickly went south. When the situation got worse Mr. Perron eventually kicked Mr. Warren out of the house. The Perron family remained in that house for 10 years.
People still reside in that location, and still report paranormal activity.
None of which is as bad as what the Perron family had to endure. My conclusion is that the movie is very loosely based on the actual case, but both are very interesting and worth checking out. In the near future, I’ll be going on to reading Andrea Perron’s book "House of Darkness, House of Light" which is based on the haunting. I look forward to continuing my research on the subject and sharing it with you.
"The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow." –Ed Warren
"If you look at a fan and it’s standing still, you can see the propellers very easily. But if that fan starts up you can’t see anything – it’s invisible. Spirits are on that different vibrational field. They’re all around us right now, but you can’t see them. But if you’re like Lorraine, you can see them." –Ed Warren
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