In this article we will be taking a look at the Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery – a bronze monument to tragedy that apparently causes the death of anyone who decides to touch it…
The Black Angel in Oakland Cemetery
Iowa City’s Oakland Cemetery is located in a run-of-the-mill neighborhood near Hickory Hill – it is well known for it’s impressive collection of monuments to the dead.
One of these monuments stands out from the others – a bronze Black Angel that stands over the graves of Teresa Dolezal and her family, apparently put in place near the start of the 20th century.
Teresa Dolezal arrived in Iowa City with her son Eddie back in the late 1800’s and was lucky enough to quickly land a job as a midwife. She worked at this career until 1891, when Eddie tragically died of meningitis.
He was buried in Oakland Cemetery below a strange carving of a tree stump, that acted as his headstone.
Full of grief, Teresa moved on to Oregon where she met and married Nicholas Feldevert. Maybe this new love could mend her broken heart?
Unfortunately, Feldevert died in 1911, leaving her carrying the pain of two family members she had tragically lost.
The Black Angel
Broken and in pain, Teresa returned to Iowa City and commissioned the construction of an eight-and-a-half foot tall bronze angel. The Chicago artist Mario Korbel took on the job and constructed a rather dark yet impressive piece.
The statue was placed in the cemetery in 1913 and her son’s monument was moved so it could stand right beside it.
Her late husband’s ashes were apparently spread throughout the concrete base of the angel. When Teresa eventually died in 1924, her ashes were also added to the base of the strange monument.
For some reason, there were no dates added to the names of the dead on the statue…and this got tongues wagging locally…
On top of this, the statue lost it’s bronze color to it’s now dark hue by the time Teresa died. This led to rumors surfacing regarding Teresa’s actions when she was alive – was the statue warning the living about this (evil) woman?
Another account claims that there was a severe thunderstorm on the night of Teresa’s funeral. During this storm a stray bolt of lightening hit out and caught the bronze statue – turning it black.
Other versions blamed the blackening of the statue on infidelity – did Teresa really swear on her husband’s grave that she would lay with no other man?
Some locals even went as far as claiming that Teresa had killed her son, Eddie, and managed to cover it up with the sickness story. The monument blackened as a mark of her guilt.
The Angel of Death
The most famous legend to hang off this sinister monument goes something like this – any girl kissed in the shadow of the angel’s wings will die within six months, and anyone who touches the bronze skin of the angel on Halloween, will die within seven years.
But there’s more…
Apparently, if you decide to kiss the actual statue, your heart will stop instantly…but if you are a virgin, the kiss will have no effect on you!
The statue itself is also thought to be a paranormal entity – locals insist that it has been spotted numerous times over the years, walking silently through the graveyard at night.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be covering a handful of real haunted doll stories – these little bundles of joy are not the type of bedtime companions you’ll want your kids to snuggle up with…
Robert the Possessed Doll
Probably the most famous haunted doll of them all – the extremely creepy Robert!
There are two versions of this story that seem to end up in the same place – one involves a boy named Robert Gene Otto receiving the doll off a Bahamian girl who knew the doll had a voodoo past, whilst the other involves the same boy receiving the doll off his grandfather (a gift from Germany).
Either way – the doll was pretty messed up!
Robert became so obsessed with the strange doll that he gave it his own first name, he then began using his middle name (Gene) so that the doll could keep his own identity.
Whenever Gene was in trouble with his parents he would always blame his close doll friend Robert – the pair of them remained together even in Gene’s adult years.
When Gene eventually died, his wife finally took the chance to get rid of the creepy doll – she locked it in a chest, in the attic of their elaborate house.
She eventually decided to sell the house – but Robert did not go with her.
Myrtle Reuter became Robert’s new owner and she kept the doll for several years until she donated him to a museum. She informed the museum that the doll was an extremely ‘special’ object.
Kerry Walton came across this haunted doll when he was on a antique hunt in Brisbane, Australia – he was in the process of searching through items stored underneath an abandoned house when he spotted Letta.
Paranormal incidents seemed to follow the doll around almost instantly – when he was driving back home with his hoard of discovered oddities, he noticed the bag containing the doll rustling and moving.
Over the next few weeks he was convinced that the facial expressions of the doll were changing at a daily rate…and pets seemed to shy away from it.
From the moment he brought Letta into the house – his kids started to wake frequently with night terrors.
Kerry eventually decided that enough was enough – he was going to get the doll out of the house once and for all. He found someone interested in it and drove it to the new owner…but he never reached that destination.
For some reason Kerry felt an unnatural urge to keep the doll as he drove it to it’s new home – he just couldn’t let go of it!
He returned home with the doll and decided to learn more about it.
He found an expert on antique dolls in a nearby museum who dated the doll at over 200 years old. This expert also informed Kerry that the doll originated from Eastern Europe.
An Australian psychic also took an interest in the doll, and after examining it, informed Kerry that the doll was made by a man who was grief stricken because his son had drowned.
The doll was supposed to act as a spiritual vessel for his dead son’s soul…
Annabelle the Possessed Doll
The famous Raggedy Ann doll that is now under lock and key in Lorraine Warren’s paranormal museum.
The original owner of Annabelle hired a psychic to look into the paranormal activity surrounding it. This psychic concluded that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl named Annabelle Higgins.
When the Warrens became involved in the case they claimed that this ‘Annabelle Higgins spirit’ was actually demonic.
The original owner was convinced that the doll attempted to kill her boyfriend as he slept by strangling him. She also claimed that the doll would somehow manage to leave written notes on scraps of paper around the apartment.
The paranormal museum where it is now kept has a warning nailed below it’s locked glass casing – Warning, positively do not open.
Real Haunted Doll Stories
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the haunted dolls we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
In the area of Chihuahua in Mexico, a rather creepy mannequin has stood on display in a store window for over 80 years.
This mannequin made its storefront debut in 1930 on March the 25th and became an instant hit with the locals.
But according to local legend, this impressive mannequin isn’t a dummy at all, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter…
La Pascualita – The Haunted Mannequin
The mannequin (La Pascualita) became an instant hit with the public back in 1930 due to the fact it looked the spitting image of the female shop owner.
But many of the locals did not realize that the female shop owner had recently lost her daughter in a bizarre wedding day incident (she was bitten by a black widow spider hours before she was due to wed her sweetheart).
Once the people within this town found out about her tragically deceased daughter they started to believe that this mannequin was not a mannequin at all.
They all thought that the impressive dummy was the corpse of her dead daughter (it didn’t help that both husband and wife decided to dress the mannequin in a wedding dress!).
From Far and Wide…
Word spread….fast. People from all over this area of Mexico turned up to check out this rather creepy figure in the shop window.
It was also met with a large degree outrage.
People were convinced that this was indeed the corpse of the shop owner’s daughter but she insisted it was not.
Instead she claimed that the object had been made in honor of her dead daughter, as she was very heartbroken as she missed her terribly.
The locals did not believe her…but they had no way of proving that the mannequin was in fact a dead body.
Within weeks of the mannequin’s controversial storefront debut, strange stories began to surface involving the shop and it’s owners.
Many witnesses would claim that the husband we re-enter the shop late at night and begin talking to the elaborate dummy. They also claimed that the mannequin would talk back to him!
At times it was reported that he was seen dancing with the mannequin in full flow around the shop’s ground floor.
People also began to notice that the creepy shop display would change positions with no one near it. There were also reports of her eye’s changing direction to look right at passing onlookers.
These days, the regular shop workers at the store are not a happy bunch…and rightly so (imagine being the last one to leave the building!)
Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says:
“Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”
This is an account from a person who has actually changed the clothes of the mannequin on numerous occasions….
Makes you think…doesn’t it?
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
Perhaps it is normal to encounter things in life that may weird us out, frighten or scare us, or just outright make us scream at the top of our lungs. Even in this time and age when everything is easily accessible through the Internet, there are just things that Science finds difficult to explain.
Imagine catching yourself alone in your own house and for some reason a drawer opens up and the air is still and you are far away from it.
Who do you call?
For sure, you would have thought of Ghostbusters, but unfortunately, they are not real. But it’s a good thing that paranormal psychics are here to help you answer stranger questions from strange occurrences in your life brought about by paranormal activities.
But first, let us talk about what is the paranormal, because having had a paranormal experience does not necessarily mean you are dealing with ghosts of the dead or spirits from a different world.
These can very well be energies around you which mean you no harm.
Energies are able to communicate and, more often than not, only need help to know what happened to them so they can finally get a closure and move on.
We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.
Learning Everything You Can About Paranormal
Not everyone is brave enough to do a research about the paranormal, especially at night. That is why we recommend that you do it out in public with the sun up where light is abundant.
We feel secure and safe in places where it is bright. When doing your research, steer clear of websites that have ominous background music or those that have really dark layout and color scheme.
These elements of the website should not distract you from learning what you want to learn. Watch out for websites that delve deep in the subject matter without using words that are unfamiliar to most humans.
You should be able to learn where most paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations usually occur so you can prepare yourself should you encounter one in the future.
Being Skeptical and Logical at The Same Time Goes a Long Way
There will come a time when your brain will play tricks on you. It will make you see, feel, and hear—and ultimately make you believe—that you are indeed experience an out of this world activity. This happens mostly when we are scared.
Our minds conjure images that are really not there in the first place. What you can do is compose yourself and do not cause a scene, especially if you are in a public space.
Close your eyes and try to think well if there is a logical explanation of what happened. Those scary and weird noises on the second floor may just as well be mice, the wind, or pipes. It could be the television.
If you panic, you will likely cause a disturbance; worse, you might end up embarrassing yourself. Do not discount the fact that your friends may be playing a game with you, in other term, pranking you for fun.
This is not a good thing to do to someone as it may cause trauma and other permanent fear.
Asking For Professional Help
Some spirits, energies, or ghosts would bother you to no end, and it is normal that you feel scared and helpless. When this time comes and you are no longer able to sleep well at night because of this, asking for help from a paranormal psychic is not something that you should be ashamed of.
These experts will know what to do with them and are able to provide you with necessary steps on what you can do to stop these from happening.
They will make sure that these spirits—evil or otherwise—are expelled from your property so you can start getting a good night’s sleep again. Amulets and charms are usually given by paranormal psychics to keep you safe from them, but methods are varying.
These professionals are trained to deal with the paranormal and their years of extensive research and psychic will speak for themselves. You may go online and check for their reputation so you can feel better.
Being Around Friends Also Helps
While professionals tend to your house and dispel the energies bugging you there, you can be with friends for the moment. There is strength in number, or so a popular saying goes.
Be with your close friends who would never take advantage of your situation and vulnerability. You may start talking about happy memories from the past to keep you distracted from the situation.
Whether they are your family, your close friends, your roommate, be with the people you trust the most who know how to calm you down in a very stressful situation; people who can easily lighten up the mood.
You can choose to put on a really funny movie and start laughing to your heart’s desire. Eat your favorite comfort food. You can also choose to go to the nearest church, if you are religious, and start praying and giving thanks for the good things you have received so far and ask for perpetual guidance and safety from the evil elements of this world.
There are worlds that coexists with us, and it is important to recognize that. Some entities, although invisible to the naked eye, are following us wherever we go as they are trying to communicate with us.
We hope that this article helped you enough on how you can react if you experience a paranormal activity. If you wish to share more tips, you can leave a comment down below.
Back in December of 2005, in South Shields, England, a happy couple and their son were preparing for the Christmas holidays when some very strange disturbances began to happen in their home.
The couple decided not to include their family names in their report to protect their son (naturally), so for the sake of this article we will call them mum, dad and the son.
Lets take a closer look at the South Shields poltergeist…
The paranormal incidents started off very slowly – simple tapping within the walls and doors opening and closing by themselves.
Suddenly the activity began to snowball – tables and chairs would stack themselves into towers in different rooms and huge and heavy chests of draws would scrape across their living room floor.
At the time, the family reported that they never actually saw any of the furniture move by itself – but they could hear it happening.
By the time they got to the room involved the furniture had already made it’s new destination.
At this point both mum and dad realized that something supernatural was taking place in their house – even though they had not yet managed to spot any paranormal presence.
Next came the rather creepy toy incidents – it seems as though the son’s toy box got targeted by some sort of paranormal entity. Various toys would dance around the room and even turn themselves on.
Mum actually woke up one night when she felt a sharp pain against the side of her head. When she got up to investigate she found her son’s toy dog lying right next to her.
She was obviously scared – so she woke up her husband who sleepily laughed it off as nothing more than a weird dream she had experienced.
Within seconds another of her son’s toys flew across the room smacking her directly on the same side of her head. Both mum and dad were awake – and this was the first time they had actually seen the poltergeist activity in action.
But the entity had not finished with them on this night – it began throwing toy after toy at the couple who sat petrified in their bed.
They pulled the sheets up above their heads to act as a sort of shield against the flying objects – but something invisible inside the room was pulling the sheets right back down!
Suddenly dad screamed in complete agony and the barrage of flying objects stopped…
Mum turned to dad to find out what had made him scream in that manner and discovered 13 animal-like scratch marks across his back.
From this point onward the entity in the house seemed to target the son’s toys and use them to frighten the occupants.
Both mum and dad would frequently hear certain toys creating some sort of distant moan – it’s as if the poltergeist wanted the family to believe that the toys were alive in some way.
These freaky toy incidents were soon followed by horrible text messages on their phones informing them that they were ‘going to die today!’.
On closer inspection the couple realized that these messages were somehow being sent from their own home landline.
Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson
The couple went down many paranormal investigative roots before ending up on the phone to Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson – they agreed to look into their case.
At first, The paranormal investigators were more than a little skeptical but that didn’t last for long – they eventually witnessed all the activity the family members had described to them!
The longer Mike and Darren investigated the more intense the haunting got. Kitchen knives would be thrown at the two men and the toys would seem to direct angry voices right at them.
Mike and Darren eventually managed to come face to face with the entity that was terrorizing this innocent family.
They claim that:
“The entity walked slowly from the bathroom, across the landing into the bedroom. As it passed the door to (the son’s) room, it paused and stared at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes, nose or mouth, was cold and menacing. It felt like it was burrowing into my soul. It was large – maybe two meters in height – and midnight black. It was a three-dimensional silhouette that just radiated sheer evil”
They eventually concluded that this entity had a problem with the father of the family – he seemed to be the only one that was targeted by these strange scratching frenzies.
Without warning – the poltergeist activity stopped during the final stages of Mike and Darren’s investigation.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the South Shields poltergeist please leave them in the comment section below.
We’ve all heard of haunted places and haunted houses but the Baker Mansion packs a new kind of weird! The tale of the haunted wedding dress begins sometime in the mid-1800’s…
So what’s the story behind this haunted bridal dress?
Now a county museum, the popular Baker Mansion was once a happy home; built by Elias Baker himself back in 1849 after he had bought a fizzling ironwork furnace in 1836 in partnership with his cousin, Rolland Diller.
The duo later turned the business into a success but Elias bought his cousin out in 1844 to become the sole owner and one of the richest men in Blair County.
In fact, he did so well that he could afford to hire the most distinguished architect in Baltimore at the time; parting with a whopping $15, 000 for the Greek-revival architectural design which was prevalent with the affluent of the time.
The contractor was Robert Cary Long Jr. for those who know a thing or two about America’s history of pioneering learned professionals.
Elias also went all out with the interior; Italian decorative marble for the fireplace, handcrafted furniture shipped in from Belgium and outstanding exterior decorative ironwork that could only be the work of a true master.
The Elias family had it all and they were really living the life!
And now we jump to the all-important question…how did this fairy tale life suddenly go south for the Elias’ family?
Forbidden Love in Paradise…
Remember the saying that money doesn’t buy happiness? Well, this became very apparent to Elias a few years later when his daughter Anna got engaged to a low-class iron worker at her father’s factory.
Although Anna’s mother Hetty was okay with the union, Elias could not stomach giving his daughter’s hand in marriage to a nobody.
And thus, the saga of the wedding dress from hell began.
Anna was beside herself with joy and eagerly looking forward to settling down with her lover. She went out shopping and got the best that money could buy, and this included a wedding dress fit for a goddess.
Too bad she never got to wear it and this was the genesis of Anna’s misery.
Her father’s overbearing decision to stop the wedding left Anna a sad broken woman and she vowed never to get married. That’s exactly what she did until her death as an old spinster in 1914.
So how did the wedding dress end up in Anna’s former bedroom at the Baker Mansion which is now the Blair County Historical Museum?
Do you know how Bellwood town got its name?
It was named after Edward Bell, another high-rolling businessman who also had a daughter, Elizabeth Dysart.
Now, Elizabeth was also getting married and she was not going to let Anna have peace of mind either…
To add salt to injury, Elizabeth went ahead and got the wedding dress that Anna had chosen for her wedding and made sure Anna felt the pinch by openly taunting her for never getting married in the beautiful dress…or getting married at all.
People say that this might be the reason why Anna’s spirit sometimes gets angry and bangs on the glass display where the dress is presently on display.
It seems like she took all that bitterness to her grave.
The Ghostly Museum Curators…
It wasn’t until 1922 that the Baker Mansion was opened for public tours as the Blair County Historical Society Museum.
The museum also houses a few historical exhibits from the Civil War and some from early railroad transportation in addition to Anna’s wedding dress.
After some time, people also started noticing funny things happening around the building with some claiming to see ghosts walking all over the place.
Several investigations by ghost hunters have been carried out and the Historical Society once set up cameras in front of the wedding dress to find out why it moves on its own, or why the glass display is sometimes shaken hard almost to a point of shattering the look-through glass on the wooden display case.
Some reports also say that the display has been rocked almost off its hinges on numerous occasions by an unseen entity that everyone has come to conclude must be Anna’s ghost.
And she’s not the only Baker in the house…
Her brother David who perished in a boating accident is also said to haunt the cold room at the building’s basement where his body had been kept before his burial.
Another ghost is that of Hetty which appears as a lady dressed in a black dress.
Elias himself is known to haunt the dining room while another one of Anna’s brothers, Sylvester, likes banging on floors and causing a ruckus.
More strange noises come in the form of footsteps, and a music box that goes off at sporadic times without anyone’s intervention.
Fans of paranormal activities continue to swarm the County Historical Museum hoping to catch any exciting ghostly activity and see whether Anna will one day reclaim her haunted wedding dress and take it with her to the other side…
…where we all hope she’ll finally have a happy ending to her fairy tale love story.
The Shivapur levitating stone is a legend within India linked to a saint named Qamar Ali Darvesh. The stone lies near his burial grounds in the village of Shivapur and is a tourist attraction for many Muslim visitors.
The 200 pound stone is said to levitate under specific spiritual circumstances when invoking the name of the deceased saint.
Many paranormal instances can also be linked to levitating objects, so the site of the stone draws many who are interested in both the spiritual as well as the occult.
The Saint – Qamar Ali Darvesh
A Muslim Sufi saint named Qamar Ali Darvesh lived 700 years ago in Shivapur, a small village right outskirts of Poona, India.
He was said to be a quiet, reserved boy who grew up in a family of outgoing brothers who were known for their physical size and strength.
He was the odd one out in his family and instead focused on his spiritual side.
He devoted many years to prayer, fasting, and meditation and eventually became known as a great healer who was seen by many people from the surrounding villages and revered as a saint.
He lived only until his teenage years, and when he died, he instructed two stones to be laid outside of his grave.
The Levitating Stone
There are two stones placed, but the more notorious of the pair is a 200 pound round stone. The other stone is smaller in weight and requires a lesser number of men to levitate it.
Both are placed outside of the tomb.
The 200 pound stone can be lifted by 11 men who place their right index finger on the stone at the same time.
Only men are allowed to stand in the circle and women are frowned upon inside of the shrine because Qamar Alil died so young and was a pure virgin at the time of his death.
Before his death Qamar Ali is said to have promised that a group of 11 men who chanted his name could levitate the stone above their heads.
He said that they would not be able to do so in a group of more or less and that a single strong man would only be able to lift the stone a few feet.
This was said to be a manifestation of the need for working together to invoke spirituality. Only by combing their faith and diligence and chanting his name could they honor him and Allah and levitate the mysterious stone.
Do the stones really levitate?
Depending on who you ask, the The Shivapur levitating stone really does levitate. Accounts from a large number of men who have attempted the levitation claim that the levitation only works when Qamar Ali’s directions are followed exactly.
Many have tried to explain the phenomenon through natural elements or science, but the fact remains that the results are extraordinary.
The site of Qamar Ali Darvesh’s body is shrouded in mystery. Many have sworn that 12 or 10 fingers do not work and only 11 people can levitate the stone.
Whether the explanation is a spiritual or natural one is yet to be proven.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today please leave them in the comment section below.
Art is one of the ways people can express themselves with great passion. Artists pour their heart and soul into their work to create a piece that speaks to the viewers.
What happens when the energy put into the painting takes on a life of its own?
Read on to find out more…
History of the Anguished Man Painting
When Sean Robinson’s grandmother left him a painting of a man with no eyes who appears to be screaming, he didn’t think much of it.
His grandmother had kept the painting hidden away in her attic for the previous twenty-five years.
She had claimed the painting was evil and needed to be kept locked away. The old woman did not want to destroy it, as it had been a gift from a friend.
As a child, Sean’s grandmother had regaled him with stories of the painting. The artist is unknown, but he had reportedly mixed his own blood with the paints to create the image.
He then proceeded to take his own life soon after the work was finished.
Skeptical of his grandmother’s tales, Sean and his wife placed the painting in their home. Initially, they stored it in their cellar, but heavy rains and flooding caused them to bring it into the main part of their house.
Shortly after bringing the painting into their home, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson began to experience the activities that Sean’s grandmother had warned them about.
Often they would hear a man crying when there was no one else in the house. At night they would wake up to see an adult male standing at the foot of their bed, staring intently at them as they slept.
They could also hear scratching and banging from the room the painting was in and hear whispers.
Over the following weeks, the couple began to suffer from night terrors and constantly felt as though someone was watching them.
At one point Sean’s son fell down the stairs and hesitantly told his father it felt as though someone had pushed him.
Eventually, Sean’s wife became so terrified she adamantly refused to stay in the house with the painting.
Investigations Into the Anguished Man Painting
Several paranormal investigators have looked into the effects of the painting, including John Blackburn from Mysteria Paranormal.
After his inquiry, Blackburn stated that the activity brought on by the painting was some of the strangest he had encountered throughout his career.
As her daughter’s 28th birthday approached, one American mother looked out for a unique and special gift to give her favorite child. Nothing too expensive, but something that showed she had chosen with care.
Spotting an antique Raggedy Ann one day, the mother knew at once that she had found the ideal present. Harking back to childhood days she knew her daughter would find the traditional doll both sweet and quaint.
Before long the little ragdoll found herself ensconced on daughter Donna’s bed in the tiny apartment she shared with a fellow student nurse, Angie.
Of course, the daughter loved her gift and the story should have ended there. There was just one problem, though, Donna’s mother had unwittingly gifted her daughter, Annabelle the possessed doll.
A terrible nightmare was about to unfold, one that would only end when the doll was safely locked away by a pair of paranormal investigators.
Almost immediately, Donna and Angie began to be unnerved by the doll who they both found a little creepy. Donna became convinced that the doll was moving around her bedroom while she was away.
Returning to her room in the evening she would discover that the doll had moved position. Her arms and legs were crossed and uncrossed or she was discovered standing up when she had been left lying down.
On one occasion the little ragdoll was discovered kneeling upon a chair, a feat which proved physically impossible to recreate.
After initially putting down the doll’s movements down to an over active imagination, both young women had to admit that something truly bizarre was going on.
Increasingly, they would arrive home from work to discover the doll had moved from room to room in the apartment, yet the apartment had remained empty all day and all of its doors were closed.
Things took on an even stranger turn when tiny pieces of parchment paper began to appear around their home. The writing on the paper appeared to have been written in a childlike hand and included messages such as ‘Help us’ or ‘Help Lou’.
Lou it transpired, was the fiancée of Angie. He often stayed over in the apartment and was later to become the focus of Annabelle’s anger.
Not quite believing what was taking place in her apartment and reluctant to destroy or give away her mother’s gift, Donna was eventually forced to take action when she discovered blood on the hands and chest of the little doll.
When no reasonable explanation could be found for the blood, Donna and Angie concluded that the source must be paranormal and resorted to drastic measures.
Turning to a psychic medium the two young women held a séance in the apartment. During the séance, the medium invoked the spirit of a seven-year-old child, Annabelle Higgins.
Annabelle had played on the plot of land where the apartment had once stood. Tragically, she had been killed young, run down by a car whilst playing nearby.
According to the psychic, she was essentially a harmless spirit who had chosen to occupy the ragdoll, possibly because she wanted to be close to the two young women.
Assured that she meant them no harm and pitying the poor dead child, Donna and Angie decided to keep the doll in their apartment, a decision they were both later to regret.
Lou, Angie’s fiancée, was the third person who unofficially occupied the apartment. Unlike the two women, he felt no fondness for or compassion towards the Raggedy Ann.
In fact, it wouldn’t be too far off the mark to say that Lou hated it!
He warned both women that far from being occupied by a childish spirit, Annabelle was evil and malevolent and they should be very wary around the doll.
Lou should have taken his own advice…
One day when Donna was at work, Lou heard rustling noises coming from her room. Approaching the bedroom cautiously, he quietly opened the door and turned on the lights.
The little ragdoll was lying on the floor in the corner. As he walked over to Annabelle, he sensed that something was behind him. Turning quickly around he discovered that nobody was there.
Suddenly, feeling a sharp pain Lou discovered that he had been scratched and blood was pouring from his chest, opening his shirt he could see a clear and very distinct claw mark.
Unfortunately, Lou’s experience didn’t end there. Sleeping alone in the apartment one night he awoke with a start. Disorientated he looked down at his feet to see Annabelle, slowly moving up his body.
Paralyzed with fear he could do nothing to throw off the doll. Creeping gradually, she eventually reached his neck and began to strangle him. Eventually, Lou blacked out, unconscious.
The next morning he awoke but was convinced that he had not experienced a nightmare. It was time for Annabelle to go.
Ed and Lorraine Warren
In desperation, the three friends turned to an Episcopalian priest and asked him to perform an exorcism on the doll.
Realizing that this case wasn’t entirely within his remit he called in Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators, to support him.
Almost immediately the Warrens realized that it was not the innocent spirit of a child but an evil demon that was occupying the Raggedy Ann doll.
The aim of the demon was to possess the soul of Donna and the ragdoll was merely the means to an end.
While the priest exorcised the small apartment, the Warren’s removed the doll from the home. During their trip home, their car repeatedly broke down, the power steering failed and they suffered numerous punctures.
Eventually, they were forced to sprinkle Annabelle with holy water before continuing their journey in safety.
It wasn’t long before Annabelle settled into her new home and returned to her old tricks. She began to move about their home and at one stage was discovered levitating above a desk.
When a priest visited their home and dared to scoff at Annabelle’s supposed abilities, he was the victim of a terrible automobile accident on his way home and only just survived.
The Warren’s decided that Annabel had caused enough damage and suffering and resolved to stop her hurting anybody else.
Warren’s Occult Museum
The Warren’s solution to the problem of Annabelle was to lock her in a cabinet and put her on display in their occult museum.
Displayed with a sign ‘Warning positively do not open’ she attracts thousands of visitors intrigued by her history.
Despite the warning there are still those foolhardy enough to provoke and tease the embittered spirit daring her to do her worst.
Some visitors have reported that Annabelle has nodded at them when they approach the case.
Others who have taunted Annabelle for being locked in her cabinet have suffered automobile accidents on their way home. At least one of these accidents has been fatal.
The Warren’s themselves believe that despite being exorcised a lingering evil still occupies Annabelle.
What started out as an innocuous Raggedy Ann doll bought as a birthday present has become one of the most famous if not infamous dolls in the world. Annabelle, the possessed doll has even become the subject of a major Hollywood movie.
Now residing securely in a museum dedicated to the occult, some have suggested that her story is merely an elaborate hoax, fabricated to attract visitors.
But looking at this innocent little ragdoll in her cabinet, you can’t quite shake the feeling that she is just itching to get out of that cabinet and wreak havoc.
So would you grant her wish and release Annabelle once more onto an unsuspecting world, I know I wouldn’t.