Ed & Lorraine Warren Public Figures
Edward “Ed” Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) & Lorraine Rita Warren, née Moran, (born January 31, 1927) were Artists, American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was a World War II US Navy veteran who became a noted demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine was a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.
In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost hunting group in New England, and opened the The Warren’s 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 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. 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 work, 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.” In addition to investigations, Lorraine also continues to run the private Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut with the help of her son-in-law, NESPR Director Tony Spera.
Main Article: Notable Investigations
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”. 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.
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. The case was described in the 1983 book The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle.
The Warrens claim to have exorcised a “werewolf demon” in 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. The case remains filled with questions and skepticisms.
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.
In the 1970s, the Warrens claimed the Perron’s Rhode Island home was haunted by demons because of a woman, presumed witch, who lived there in the early 19th century named Bathsheba Sherman, cursed the house. It is the subject of a 2013 film The Conjuring.
Other Notable Investigations Include :-
Bishop Robert McKenna assisted the Warrens.
Ed and Lorraine Warren discuss the Borley Nun sightings
Union Cemetery (Easton, Connecticut)
Ed Warren saw a white lady dressed in white nightgown & bonnet
The Haunting in Connecticut
Ed and Lorraine Warren, who arrived and proclaimed the Snedeker house to be infested with demons.
The New England Society for Psychic Research
The New England Society for Psychic Research was founded in 1952 by Ed and Lorraine warren Tm. According to the Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students & members of the clergy in its investigations. N.E.S.P.R. does not charge for their services, only aking for expense coverage.
The New England Society for Psychic Research’s goal at first was to simply investigate hauntings. Then, around 1965 the Warrens went into a home where the spirit of a little girl named Cynthia and they listened to the little child coming through a deep-trance medium and she was looking for her mother. Ed thought to himself, “This is horrible, this little child is earth-bound. She’s looking for her mother constantly day in and day out. How do I help this child?”
It was no longer just experiencing the hauntings, now the Warrens wanted to help. The question arose as to where to get the knowledge to help anybody in spirit? Well, who delves into the supernatural? Priests, clergyman, rabbis. Ed started interviewing dozens and dozens of clergyman of all faiths, and would ask them “If somebody called you from your parish and said there was a ghost in the house what would you do?”
Some said, “I tell them to go see a psychiatrist.” Others said, “I’d go to the house and I’d bless it. If the blessing didn’t work I’d say a mass, and if the mass didn’t work I’d perform the right of exorcism.” But many Catholic priests interviewed didn’t even believe there’s a devil. And yet all of this material is part of Catholicism’s’ teaching. It is in the bible, within every ten words you have a psychic word: apparition, ghost, devil, demon, evil—it’s all in the bible, everything we talk about.
N.E.S.P.R.’s work is based in religion but also uses science. People have said to the Warrens, “Oh God, you go into a house and you look for devils.” And Ed’s response, “Your damn right I look for devils, and I look for everything else to. And I have the scientists with me and they’re looking for something else and we get together and we talk and straighten the whole thing out. Nobody can bring us into a house and fool us. You couldn’t tell us that your house is haunted and get away with it because I’m the biggest skeptic going. I have to see it, I have to hear it and I have to feel it with the physical sense.”
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle was released as an ebook for the opening of The Conjuring based on the Warrens’ life story.
Ed and Lorraine Warren have written and are featured in a number of non-fiction books, including : –
- 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
Ed and Lorraine Warren have written and are featured in a number of non-fiction books, including :-
- 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.
- Lorraine was featured in several episodes of the Discovery series A Haunting, in which she discusses some of the cases the pair worked on as paranormal investigators.
- Lorraine also appeared on Paranormal State, where she acted as a guest investigator.
- Both Ed and Lorraine have appeared on Scariest Places on Earth.
- Lorraine has a cameo appearance in the 2013 film The Conjuring, where she is also credited as a consultant.
- 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.
- The 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut was loosely based on the 1986 Snedeker haunting investigated by the Warrens.
- In 2012 Lorraine Warren was featured in My Amityville Horror, which cronicled the first hand accounts of Daniel Lutz as he recounts the events that shaped the infamous Amityville Haunting.
- 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.
“People have called the Warren’s eccentric because they believe in devils and demons, “Of course I do,” Ed replies. “I learned about them as a child and proved they exist as a man—beyond a shadow of a doubt. If you don’t want to call them devils and demons call them evil—I don’t care what you call them. Religions are man-made, but spirituality isn’t.”
“From the day’s that I went into a haunted house I always wanted media people with me and people condemned me for that. They said, “Ed Warren wants to be written up in newspapers, he wants to have books and movies. He wants to be exposed to the public. You’re damn right I do. My whole thought is expose the devil and expose evil. A skeptical public is the best protection that evil has, and I’m going to make sure that I expose that evil anyway I can. People tell us that we get a lot of money for what we are doing here, our money comes very hard through media, books, and lectures. We don’t get any easy money and the money we get we deserve. We don’t charge for our services. But if you want us to come to Arizona, we are going to ask you for expenses.”
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