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Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies

April 23, 2019 | Comment icon 18 comments



Lorraine Warren speaking at WonderCon in 2013. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Gage Skidmore
Warren and her husband Ed had been the inspiration behind 'The Conjuring' and 'The Amityville Horror.'
The pair, who in 1952 founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, investigated some 10,000 cases of paranormal activity and wrote numerous books about their experiences.

Lorraine herself professed to be a clairvoyant and medium while her husband Edward was a World War II US Navy veteran and former police officer, as well as a self-taught demonologist.

Together the Warrens became famous for their investigations in to several prominent cases including the Enfield Poltergeist, the haunted doll Annabelle, the Snedeker house case and the haunting of the Smurl family, among others.
Their investigations would go on to inspire a number of TV shows and movies including several films in The Conjuring franchise which also featured portrayals of Ed and Lorraine themselves.

Lorraine sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 92.

Her husband died back in August 2006.

"She died peacefully in her sleep at home," said her son-in-law Tony Spera. "She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn't like."

"She was an avid animal lover and contributed to many animal charities and rescues. She was wonderful and giving to her entire family. May God Bless her."

Source: NBC News | Comments (18)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by XenoFish 3 years ago
I wonder if she's doing the Texas Two Step with Satan himself? It's a thought.
Comment icon #10 Posted by rashore 3 years ago
Hey folks.. I realize the Warrens have had some mixed givings and recievings in various ends of the spectrum of beliefs. This goes for the end that believes in ghosts and the end that believes ghosts do not and everyone in between. Please lets be respectful here of a person dying, regardless of their legacy in the paranormal. I'm sure the times will come up soon enough to dissect the Warrens and perhaps the Sepra lores. But give a chance for the woman to be buried and honestly, in a way, a closing of an era of spooky that has been in U.S. lore for decades. Hoaxing or not, misguided, misinforme... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Impedancer 3 years ago
They were an interesting couple.†
Comment icon #12 Posted by stereologist 3 years ago
An interesting aspect of their lives was that they at times invited skeptical groups to meet with them because it appeared they believed in what they did and wanted to be vindicated by people other than believers. †
Comment icon #13 Posted by Calibeliever 3 years ago
We're all aware of the controversy surrounding this type of work (I mean, we're on UM right?) and these are all valid points. Re-read what I wrote again. As for profiting, I specifically chose the word overt. I personally don't have a problem with someone exchanging their research and life's work for some form of compensation, what gets our backs up is when it's done by misrepresentation, hype or just plain lies that play on people's gullibility. I personally never got the sense that's what the Warrens were about. Were they batsh*t crazy? That's a definite maybe, but as rashore said, maybe a d... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Plan IX 3 years ago
Them frauds had nothing to do with the Enfield Poltergeist.
Comment icon #15 Posted by stereologist 3 years ago
Thanks for the clarification. I took overt to mean to openly act to earn money from their efforts which I believe they did. They might have been a bit crazy, but I do think they were sincere people and did believe in the demons they suggested were at the locations they visited.
Comment icon #16 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
sure, it was their bread and butter, its not a disrespect to state that fact. † your next comment,† i got a very different impression but not for this thread.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mystify 3 years ago
... wonder where she will haunt.
Comment icon #18 Posted by stereologist 3 years ago
According to the Warrens they were demonologists and looked for demons causing these hauntings.† I doubt she would be haunting if she was correct about demons since she was not a demon.


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