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Exorcists or charlatans: the most famous ghost hunters

For most of us, ghosts, demons and spirits are only part of horror films or inventions of too impressionable people, but for the Warren family, the study of otherworldly phenomena has become a matter of life. We tell how Ed and Lorraine gained fame as real ghostbusters, and what mystical puzzles they managed to solve.

“The Curse of Annabelle”, “The Curse”, “The Amityville Horror” – almost all of us are familiar with these horror films. However, few people know that these stories are based on real mystical puzzles, the investigation of which was taken by the spouses Warren – the most famous American detectives who sought confirmation of the existence of paranormal phenomena. Over the years, Ed and Lorrien have participated in the investigation of more than 10,000 high-profile cases, but the public still wonders who the Warren spouses really were, and did they really meet with representatives of other worlds?

Edward Warren and Lorraine Rita Moren met in 1943 in Bridgeport. Shortly after meeting Ed, he was sent to serve in the US Navy, but this did not prevent the lovers from getting married a few years later – according to the spouses themselves, they were connected not only by a strong feeling, but also by common interests, which later became the main business of their life .

Even before meeting her future spouse, Lorraine called herself a medium and regularly held spiritualistic sessions, claiming that she communicates with ghosts and spirits. Edward was also fond of paranormal theories, but his profession was more “earthly” – after returning from service, the man got a job at the police station.

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Ed and Lorraine Warren, 1981

From the very first meeting, the couple began to discuss their common interest and make plans for a joint future – a year after the wedding, Ed and Lorraine began to travel around the country in search of people who were faced with supernatural phenomena, and, fortunately, there were many such people in the USA.

Soon, the Warren spouses became known throughout America – newspapers appeared all the new materials on the activities of Ghostbusters, and people began to independently seek meetings with them to tell their story about meeting with representatives of the other world. In 1952, the couple founded their New England Mental Research Society, and created the Warren Occult Museum in Connecticut, which to this day holds the mystical finds of its founders.

Over the course of their careers, the couple have uncovered over 10,000 mystical puzzles, which earned them the title of the most experienced and dexterous ghostbusters. We talk about the most high-profile cases that glorified Lorraine and Ed.

Amityville

One of the most high-profile investigations of the spouses was the case of the damned house in Amityville. This story originates in 1974 – then 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo shot six of his relatives, including parents, two brothers and two sisters, on the night of November 13. The young man was immediately arrested, but could not clearly answer the questions of the detectives and explain the cause of the brutal crime. DeFeo was sentenced to 150 years in prison, and a year later the Lutz family moved to the house in which this terrible crime was committed.

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Frame from the film “The Amityville Horror”

The story did not end there – shortly after the move, the Lutz couple began to feel a “demonic presence” in all rooms of their new home. At first, they assumed that the unpleasant sensations were associated with their subconscious unwillingness to be in the room where the murder was committed, but later the confidence that someone was really pursuing them was strengthened. The presence of spirits was especially evident around three in the morning – at the time when Ronald DeFeo killed his family.

In total, the Latsy stayed in the house for twenty-eight days, after which the couple decided to leave the residence in Amityville with their children – according to the family, being there was unbearable due to the obvious presence of evil spirits. Nine days after the new owners left, the Warren spouses arrived at the house – they were invited by one of the local journalists to sort out what had happened.

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Frame from the film “The Amityville Horror”

When Ed and Lorraine arrived at the scene with the crew, the couple tried to get in touch with the spirits of this house, however, according to Mrs. Warren, something prevented them from having a spiritualistic session. After that, the reporters, who arrived with the couple Warren, decided to install a camera on the second floor of the house, which recorded a very strange phenomenon – when the group was looking at the recordings, one of the frames showed the figure of a little boy who could not be in the house at the time of filming. This picture was shown to the daughter of the Lutz spouses, Missy, who recognized the boy as her friend, who appeared in her room at night. Comparing the photograph of the ghost and the pictures of Ronald DeFeo’s younger brother, the Warren couple came to the conclusion that at the time of the shooting it was his spirit that came into the view of the camera.

After studying the history of the house, Ed and Lorraine found out that not one of the deceased owners could have such a clear effect on its inhabitants – according to preserved documents, only one person died in the walls of the house before the November events, and his spirit did not want revenge. Then the couple went deep into the study of the former inhabitants and soon got to the bottom of the truth – several centuries ago the owner of the house was John Ketchum, who practiced black magic. After death, his body was buried in the territory of the house, and it was he who became the evil spirit that haunted his inhabitants.

This story formed the basis of the novel by Jay Anson “The Amityville Horror”, and later found a new sound thanks to the film project of the same name, which was released in 1979. In 2005, the history of the damned house again reminded itself after the release of a remake of the movie under the same name.

Perron family

In 1971, the Perron couple moved with five daughters to a large new home in Harrisville, Rhode Island, which had previously belonged to the Arnold family. At first, their life in a new place was developing quite well, but soon the peaceful existence of the inhabitants of the house was disrupted by the invasion of spirits.

The first to notice the presence of otherworldly forces were the children – the girls began to complain that at night they hear a rattle, an ominous whisper, and also feel something invisible touching their legs. The words of the children did not convince the parents, who felt that their daughters were simply tired of the recent move. A few days later, the spirits reached the Perron spouses – according to the eldest daughter, one day she woke up from a scream coming from her parents’ room.

 When she went into the room to find out what was happening, a terrible thing appeared before her eyes – the figure of a woman hanging over her mother with a withered face, resembling a mummy, on which insects crawled.

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Shot from the film “Spell-2”

From that night on, an evil spirit began to haunt all family members, paying particular attention to Carolyn Perron – for some reason, it was the mother of the family who was most interested in him. Every day the atmosphere in the house became more and more tense, but the family, having financial difficulties after moving, did not have the opportunity to buy other housing, and therefore they decided to turn to the demon hunters already known at that time.

When Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived at the damned house, they immediately felt the presence of evil spirits and tried to conduct a rite of purification, which only angered the otherworldly entity. According to Lorraine, the family was haunted by the ghost of the witch Bathsheba Sherman, who lived in the house in the 1840s – local residents considered her guilty of the death of her own son, whom she allegedly sacrificed to demonic forces.

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Shot from the film “The Spell”

After the failure to conduct the rite, the head of the family asked the Warren to leave their house, and this temporarily calmed Bathesheba’s spirit. However, the otherworldly residents of the Perron family residence continued to harass them, appearing at night and threatening reprisals. The nightmare ended only in 1980, when the family had money to sell the damned house and move to another state.

These terrible and mysterious events formed the basis of the film “The Spell”, which was released in 2013 and became one of the most discussed horror films in the history of cinema.

The Curse of Annabelle

The story of a doll named Annabelle began in 1970 – then a woman bought a toy at a sale to give it to her student daughter Donna, who collected old toys. The girl was glad of a touching gift, and immediately took the doll to her apartment, where she lived with Angie’s neighbor.

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Shot from the movie “The Curse of Annabelle 3”

Soon, mysterious events began to occur in the girls’ house – students constantly found Annabelle in different rooms and in different poses, and sometimes blood appeared on the doll’s hands. Then Donna and Angie called into their house a medium who told them that the spirit of the deceased girl Annabelle Higgins was enclosed inside the toy. For some reason, the students were reassured by the psychic’s explanation, and they decided that they should offer the ghost to stay with them.

This decision led to dire consequences – suddenly the doll, which had not previously harmed its owners, began to behave extremely aggressively. According to the girls, she attacked them at night, scratched them to blood, and once tried to strangle their friend Lou, who was visiting Donna and Angie’s house during the holidays.

Frightened students went to the local church, whose priest recommended them to turn to Ed and Lorraine Warren. When the demon hunters arrived at the girls’ apartment, they examined the doll and came to disappointing conclusions – the spirit of the girl Annabelle, enclosed in a toy, was captured by a demon who was looking for a human body.

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Shot from the movie “The Curse of Annabelle 3”

After that, several cleansing rituals were performed in the apartment of Donna and Angie, and the doll itself went to the Warren Museum, where it is stored to this day. Many visitors to the museum asked why the couple did not want to destroy the dangerous exhibits, to which Ed gave a very frightening explanation:“Some things should not be touched just because by destroying them you can free those who dwell in them”

The events of those years formed the basis of the plot of the third part of the film about the cursed doll called “Curse of Annabelle 3”.

Anfield Poltergeist

The story of the Enflids poltergeist is one of the most famous ghost cases. Mystical events that took place in a house in London in the 1970s formed the basis of the acclaimed horror film “Spell-2” and attracted more than thirty psychics and mediums to the house of the Hodgson family, including the Warren couple.

This story originates in August 1977, when Peggy Hodgson, putting her daughters to bed, first noticed strange phenomena in the nursery – her daughter Janet suddenly began to complain about the sounds and voices that she hears in her head. When Peggy looked around, she saw that the heavy cupboard, previously standing in the corner of the room, was independently moving towards the door – a frightened woman tried to move the furniture into place, but was faced with strong resistance.

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Shot from the film “Spell-2”

Since then, the family was regularly harassed by otherworldly inhabitants of the house – furniture was constantly moving in the rooms, the kitchen itself bent cutlery, the doors of the cabinets opened. Worst of all was Peggy’s daughter – Janet, who was the first to notice the presence of an evil spirit in the house – according to the family, the ghost regularly scared her, appeared in her room, and sometimes even threw her into the air and put it to the wall with force.

Soon, the situation began to worsen – once Peggy went into Janet’s room to find out if everything was okay with her. When the woman came closer to the girl sitting on her back, she turned around sharply, threw her mother to the side with a terrible low voice and shouted to her: “Get out!”

Frightened, Peggy Hodgson began to turn to mediums and specialists who were engaged in the study of paranormal phenomena – over the course of several months, about thirty psychics visited her house, one of which reported that the former owner of the house, named Bill Wilkins, was the evil spirit terrorizing the Hodgson.

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Shot from the film “Spell-2”

When the Warren couple arrived in Anfield in 1978, they confirmed the theory that Peggy and her children suffered from the presence of the ghost of Wilkins, who did not want to share his house with strangers. However, Ed and Lorraine could not calm the spirit of the former owner and invited the Hodgson to invite a priest to conduct a rite of purification.

After the family followed the advice of the Warren, order reigned in their house, though not for long. A few years later, a terrible misfortune occurred in Peggy’s house – her 14-year-old son Johnny died of cancer, and a little later, the same disease caused the death of Mrs. Hodgson herself. After these events, Janet left the damned house, where new residents soon settled – a woman named Claire Bennet and her four children. However, after two months, the Bennets also chose to hastily leave the new haven – apparently, the ghost of Bill Wilkins did not want to share his house with the new guests.

Returning to the question of who the Warren spouses really were, it’s worth saying that today there is no answer to this riddle – many scientists who studied the affairs of Ed and Lorraine after their death found a lot of inconsistencies and details that testify to that all these stories were just skillful hoaxes. At the same time, one cannot ignore the facts gathered not only by the demon hunters themselves, but also by those people who faced frightening paranormal phenomena in their homes – did they become victims of the influence of the Warrens or do phenomena really exist outside the human mind?

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Reality show to be filmed in medieval “haunted castle” in Wales

British celebrities will take part in a reality show at the medieval castle of Grich in the city-county of Conwy (Wales), which, according to legend, is full of ghosts. It is reported by The Sun.

According to data from open sources, the castle was built in 1283-1289 by order of Edward I of England. For four years one and a half thousand people erected the fortress and walls. The castle is surrounded by a stone wall with round towers and loopholes. 

According to local residents, the ghost of the previous owner, Countess Dandonald, who died in 1924, wanders around the castle. According to legend, the woman’s spirit is angry because her husband took the valuables out of here. 

About ten years ago, a mysterious silhouette appeared in the photo, which was noticed on the first floor of the castle in the former banquet hall. In addition, it is rumored that objects are moving mysteriously in the castle. Also, fans of everything mystical believe that there you can meet the ghosts of gamekeepers and a maid who died after falling from a horse.

The creators of the reality survival show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Became interested in the legends of the ancient castle, in which celebrities perform creepy tasks. 

The producers are delighted with Greich Castle. It is planned to spend almost 1 million pounds and six weeks to prepare the location for filming.

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Loftus Hall is the most famous haunted house

Almost any house built 150 years ago is tempting to think of ghosts. Of course, if it was not restored beyond recognition. But a special pleasure is to visit, or at least look at photographs of a house in which ghosts are definitely found. Well, exactly: in the opinion of its owners and those who live nearby.

Loftus Hall is one of those. Even if, in the opinion of the locals, ghosts were not found in it, they would be worth inventing again – this is how the atmosphere of this gloomy house located on the windswept and washed by waves of the Hook Peninsula in the Irish County of Wexford has to do this.

But, before we tell you what is so paranormal in this Loftus Hall, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with real historical events related to the house. Moreover, they are worthy of attention without any devilry.

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We can say that the history of the house began in 1135, when the Norman knight, Raymond Le Gros, landed on the peninsula. To assimilate faster, the knight renamed himself the more familiar to the Irish ear by the name Redmond.

The castle, built by the knight, stood for two centuries, until in 1350 the descendants of Redmond built a new house in its place. It is interesting that they were building right during the Black Death – a plague pandemic that arrived in Ireland by ship from Bristol a year earlier. The new house, Redmond Hall, was named.

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Three centuries later, in 1650, the house became the site of one of the fiercest sieges of the Irish Uprising. The owner of the house, 68-year-old Alexander Redmond, with his two sons, a couple of local activists and a tailor who happened to be in the house at an unfortunate time, barricaded himself and bravely repulsed the attack of almost 90 British for several days. 

In all fairness, most of these Englishmen have crawled into neighboring villages, indulging in robbery and violence, instead of laying siege to an impregnable home.

The attack was repulsed with the help of the Irish forces arrived in time, which attacked the British under the cover of a thick fog, which in time fell on the Hoek Peninsula.

According to local chronicles, Alexander repelled several more attacks. When the British nevertheless conquered Ireland in general, and Redmond Hall in particular, Cromwell even let Alexander die in peace in his own house – for his courage.

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Well, after the death of Redmond, his relatives were evicted from the house and soon the house was sold to a family of Englishmen named Loftus, who live nearby. 

Subsequently, the Redmond repeatedly tried to sue Loftus Hall back, but to no avail. But as compensation, they were given land in the neighborhood.

The Loftuses moved rapidly up the court stairs. If in the 18th century the head of the family was called Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, then already in 1800 the title of Marquis of Eli was created especially for the Loftus.

Actually, the 4th Marquess of Ely gave the modern look to Loftus Hall. A major renovation was undertaken by the Marquis in the second half of the 19th century: he very much hoped that Queen Victoria would come to visit. After all, the Marquis’s mother was her maid of honor!

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The Queen never came. But the 4th Marquis of Ely became the owner of a luxurious house with such unprecedented conveniences as flush toilets at that time. And, alas, the owner of huge debts. Soon the house had to be sold and its wanderings began among different owners.

In 1917, the house was sold to the monastery order of the Sisters of Providence. In 1983, the house was converted into a hotel. Well, in the early 2000s, it was acquired by the Quickly family. In 2020, it became known that the house was again put up for sale. Moreover, Quickly emphasize that they will not choose a new owner, but “the house will choose him.” And that’s why…

The story of how the devil sailed to Loftus Hall and what happened after his visit dates back to the 19th century. It sounds like this.

On a cold rainy night, a dark-robed rider rode up to Loftus Hall on a dark horse. He said that his ship was caught in a storm and had to dock in a nearby bay. The Loftuses were away, the family of their distant relatives, the Tottenham, lived in the house. They sheltered the rider and offered him shelter and bread.

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Tottenham’s daughter, young Anna, immediately fell in love with a mysterious stranger. A couple of days later, in the evening, everyone sat down to play cards. During the game, Anna dropped the map and, bending down to pick it up, saw that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of legs.

The stranger realized that he had been discovered. He immediately soared up, surrounded by devilish flames – and, as expected, made a huge hole in the roof.

It would seem that the devil is expelled, you can live on. But Anna, after the disappearance of the stranger, became not herself. She went crazy by leaps and bounds. The family, frightened by this development of affairs, locked the girl in her favorite sewing room.

There Anna sat, almost motionless, clasping her knees with her hands and soon died. 

According to another version of the legend, before her death, she managed to give birth to a child – that is, the devil did not lose time during two days in the house. 

Anna was not buried in an ordinary coffin: they could not straighten her and buried her in a sitting position, in which she spent the last months of her life.

Since then, according to numerous testimonies of guests and owners of the house, ghosts of a girl have been walking around the house. And the house itself has become a place of attraction for lovers of everything paranormal and creepy – excursions, especially popular on Halloween, are regularly conducted in Loftus Hall.

If you consider yourself a mystic, but do not have the opportunity to visit Loftus Hall yet, we recommend watching the gothic horror film The Lodgers 2017. It is filmed entirely in the luxe and eerie interiors of Loftus Hall, and has received excellent critical reviews. Here’s the trailer:

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The ghost of the Haycock Manor Hotel: a beautiful legend about a frequent visitor to an ancient building

For decades, the Haycock Manor Hotel, located in the small English village of Wansford, has attracted tourists by claiming to be the home of the ghost of Queen Mary Stuart.

Mary of Scotland, aka Mary Stuart, according to legend, visited the Haycock Hotel on the way to Fotheringay Castle, where she was executed. Why, in this case, she chose a hotel in a small village as her last refuge , and not a stone castle, is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, visitors to the hotel claimed to have seen the ghost of Queen Mary, the Mirror writes.

The last resting place of Mary Stuart

Because of her intrigues against Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart was put on trial and sentenced to death, which took place at Fotheringay Castle. On the way to the castle, Mary of Scotch stopped at the Haycock Hotel.

Mary Stuart

Despite the fact that the woman spent only one night in the hotel, this is the place she, for some reason, decided to choose as her last home. At least that’s what those who encountered her ghost say.

Manifestations of supernatural powers

Many of the hotel guests, who ventured to spend the night in the last refuge of Mary Stuart, complained about strange things that happened to them.

Some guests claimed to have seen a ghost, which they identified as Mary of Scotland. Why they were so sure that the ghost was exactly Mary Stuart is not clear, because the history of England has a large number of women rulers, and it is simply impossible to remember them all.

Other hotel guests recall seeing an obscure ghostly cloud-like figure in the oldest part of the hotel. They also shared that they often encountered the feeling that there is someone else in the room – someone who cannot be seen, but can be felt.

Hotel Haycock

Guests also reported that they heard quiet voices and footsteps, although there was no one else in the rooms.

Despite the fact that such stories can scare ordinary people, they are not of interest to real seekers of the paranormal, since they can easily be explained by the dilapidated state of the building.

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Haycock Manor is currently closed for renovation, which means that if the phenomena of supernatural forces could be explained by the state of the hotel, then after the renovation they should disappear.

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