MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) – With Halloween just around the corner, today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to Monroe to the Warren Family Occult Museum.
Ed and Lorraine Warren were the famed paranormal researchers, that inspired movies like: “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle.” Artifacts in their museum include that of a demonic Raggedy Ann named Annabelle.
The son-in-law of Ed and Lorraine, Tony Spera now runs the “New England Society for Psychic Research.” Spera explains the story of the possessed doll:
“It’s probably the most dangerous artifact we have here in the museum. It’s responsible for we believe the death of a young man who came on a motorcycle and challenged that doll to do its worst and it did. Well the doll was given to nurses at Hartford Hospital as a gift but soon the doll would move around the house, be found in different locations.
One day the fiancée of the nurse who received the doll was sleeping on the couch, he awakened with a start, he picked up the doll and threw it across the room and said that’s just a Raggedy Ann doll. When he did that, 7 psychic wounds appeared on his body. Four slashes to his chest, three on his stomach. You could see the blood actually coming through.”
Standing next to the doll, I asked Spera if Annabelle is believed to still have evil spirits:
“Absolutely. You can’t destroy an evil spirit. So we keep it captive in the case by doing ritualistic prayers around it with a catholic priest. Very spooky stuff Ryan and it’s real. The devil is real.”