Annabelle The Possessed Doll

Annabelle The Possessed Doll

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.

Strange Events

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.

The Séance

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’s Experience

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.

Conclusion

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.

The Ed and Lorraine Warren Cases

The Ed and Lorraine Warren Cases

If you see Lorraine Warren today, you’ll probably see a frail 89 year old woman but looks can be deceiving! Back in day, Lorraine and Edward Warren were what you’d call the “Bonny and Clyde” of ghost busting.

You’d have to be from another dimension if you haven’t heard of the Ed and Lorraine Warren cases.

The couple’s profound interest in the supernatural led to the establishment of a ghost hunting team and an organization called the “NESPR (New England Society for Psychic Research)” which began in 1952.

The NESPR has and still is a big part of America’s history and involvement with the underworld.

The Paranormal Pair

These two were literally a match made in heaven to uncover hell! Staunch Catholics; self proclaimed demonologist and medium (clairvoyant – light trance), the perfect recipe for something very, very unnatural.

And let’s not forget that Ed served in World War II and again as a cop. We all know what happens with guys who’ve been to overseas war right? …the PSTD?

Probably one of the reasons why the ghost hunting duo has so many critics. Their fascinating stories and adventures during their ghost hunting days have also created a massive following too.

Some of their real life cases have been adapted into hair raising horror movies and blood chilling books.

With an impressive 10, 000 paranormal investigation cases under their belt(s), it’s no wonder Hollywood came knocking on their door to borrow their diaries to develop scripts.

Some of the most notable encounters with the supernatural which started in 1970 include (not in chronological order):

The White Lady of Union Cemetery – This was a case where Ed claims to have captured the essence of the ghostly lady on camera during an investigation following reports of the cemetery being haunted. He later wrote a book about it which was published in 1992.

The Annabelle Doll Mystery – The story goes that two roommates discovered that their doll (an old raggedy Ann doll) was possessed by a demon going by the name of Annabelle.

The couple is said to have confirmed the doll’s possession by an unearthly spirit and actually took it and included it as one of their prized collections in their backyard “Occult Museum”.

The Controversial Amityville Haunting – Now this is one story that has stirred up a lot of talk and people still continue to throw shadows of doubt on this famous couple based on this particular case.

Okay, the case went on to attract a few negative public reviews plus a couple of lawsuits in a bid to uncover the truth about the whole Lutz family haunted house saga.

A book published in 1977 and written by Jay Anson titled The Amityville Haunting is one of the many ways the Ed and Lorraine legend has been kept alive.

The haunted house tale is said to have been started by two sisters (11 and 13) when they told their mother of strange knocking on walls and moving furniture. See why it’s so easy to doubt it?

More ghost stories include the werewolf demon case, the demo possessed murderer, the witch haunting the Perron family and Smurl family haunting among others.

Some of the infamous cases like the Amityville case, the possessed doll (Annabelle) and the Perron family house haunting have been adapted in Hollywood movies.

Conclusion

Going by the large number of divided believers and skeptics, it’s extremely hard to tell whether the Ed and Lorraine duo really encountered any real ghosts during their ghost hunting career.

The fact however is that they used many credible factions in their investigations and this included members of the clergy, law enforcement and other professionals (notable figures) in the field of supernatural happenings.

This to some extent throws a little weight behind their bizarre claims and collected “evidence” over the years.

We wonder if the late Ed still calls in to check on his wife from the “other side”…..now that, would be some interesting headline!

We are still waiting for someone to come up with concrete proof that these two actually met some real ghosts or if they helped people get out of their haunted situations. We are not saying that the Ed and Lorraine cases are a hoax and neither do we say that we believe them but… yeah, there’s a but there.

The opposing sides (believers and skeptics) almost match each other in terms of the following which is the number one reason we are letting you have the final word on this matter.

What do you think?