The real life demonologist and ghost hunter famous for inspiring the Conjuring Universe movies has sadly passed away.
An extremely sad piece of news has surfaced that famous demonologist and paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren has left the world of the living and moved to the further at 92. The Warrens rose to worldwide fame after their accounts of ghosthunting were picked up by celebrated horror director James Wan, creating one of the best horror movie franchises out there - The Conjuring Universe. But, even before the movies, Ed and Lorraine Warren were renowned superheroes in the paranormal field, real-life demonologists who helped catch demons and trap ghosts.
Lorraine Rita Warren married Ed, a World War II United States Navy veteran and a former police officer who called himself a demonologist, author, and lecturer and got married. She professed that she was a medium who can travel to 'other' worlds and helped her husband solve cases. They together founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, one of the oldest paranormal group in the world in 1952.
The couple claimed that they solved over 10,000 cases during their career and while there's no scientific proof to their claims, there is no denying that some of their cases gained immense attention of the media and were the center of controversy, especially the infamous Amityville haunting, which has been adapted into dozens of TV shows and movies. For their investigations, the Warrens used a team of medical doctors, nurses, police officers, and volunteers.
Their cases of Annabelle, Enfield Poltergeist and the Perron Family earned them their major ticket to Hollywood and the first Conjuring movie was such a MAJOR success; the franchise has released a movie every year since then. From every case, the couple retrieved the alleged 'haunted' object and made it a part of their Occult Museum. The real Annabelle doll still resides in the museum along with various other cursed items.
Ed Warren passed away in 2006 at age 79 due to a stroke and sadly, Lorraine is also no longer with us. Chris McKinnell, Lorraine's grandson announced her demise on Facebook, "Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end. She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed. Please join us in celebrating her life and honoring her beautiful soul. Remember to treasure those you love while you can. Thank you and God bless you all.”
Vera Farmiga, the actress who plays Lorraine Warren in the Conjuring movies has also come forward to pay respect to the legendary lady. "My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed. From a deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword, compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You're waltzing with Ed now." she tweeted.
The Warrens' work always fell prey to skepticism and throughout their career, they were labeled as 'fake' and 'blarney.' In fact, famous skeptical investigators Joe Nickell and Ben Radford have debunked Ed and Lorraine Warren's work and claim that all of their cases and hauntings, including the Amityville and Snedeker family haunting, didn't really happen and the couple simply made it up and faked the whole thing for popularity.
Rest easy, Lorraine. We hope there is peace wherever you are.