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Annabelle’s Real – But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

Annabelle’s Real – But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

Annabelle’s Real – But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

There’s no doubt that the Annabelle doll is a real object, taken into custody by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose experiences with the supernatural informed the movie, The Conjuring.

Sure, Annabelle is one scary sista, but so much attention is paid to this creepy doll that a lot of people don’t know that there are other equally fascinating portions of The Conjuring that are based on real life evidence too…

Annabelle's Real - But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true.– Ed Warren

The Warrens Investigate

The Warrens – played in The Conjuring by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson – are perhaps the most famed paranormal investigators of all time. Among their famous cases were the Amityville Incident and the Haunting in Connecticut (both the subject of horror movies) and the lesser known case of the Smurl Family, in which a Pennsylvania couple were sexually assaulted by a demon stalking their home.

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The Warrens actually knew that The Conjuring was going to be made – and supported director Wan and Whannell’s depiction of events. In fact, the movie had been in the pipeline for more than two decades, starting from the point at which Ed Warren himself shared tapes made at the Perron house with producer Tony DeRosa-Grund.

If we can’t make this into a film I don’t know what we can.

– Ed Warren

The House in Harrisville

The Warrens picked up on the malevolent presences in the Perron’s house in Harrisville, Rhode Island – although a double for the setting was created for the movie in Wilmington, North Carolina.

THE HOUSE IN HARRISVILLE

The house had a real life tragic history – two hanging suicides, four men freezing to death, and the murder and sexual assault of an eleven-year-old girl, Prudence Arnold. Local law does not require house history to be made public, so the Perrons were not aware of any of these incidents when they moved in.

There’s a lady in a dirty nightgown that I see in my dreams.

– Cindy Perron

 

The True Story of Bathsheba Sherman

Annabelle's Real - But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

There really was a Bathsheba Sherman – and The Conjuring‘s claim of witchcraft and child-killing may have some truth to them. Bathsheba was born 1812 and married 1844. She had one son, Herbert, who lived into adulthood, but allegedly had up to three more children who died before the age of seven – census records for this period were patchy at best.

You have a lot of spirits in here, but there is one I’m most worried about because it is so hateful.

– Lorraine Warren

However, it is known that an infant in her care died in mysterious circumstances – the child was found dead, killed by a long sewing needle piercing its spinal column under the skull. Townsfolk murmured that she was conducting a nefarious ritual, but this is unconfirmed. Regardless of cause and intention, this child died in the manner that was portrayed in the movie; a frightening and sadistic act.

If you’re in the Rhode Island area, Bathsheba Sherman is buried in downtown Harrisville. She died in 1885.

The movie was fully endorsed by the Perron Family

Annabelle's Real - But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

There is something horrible happening in my house.

– Carolyn Perron

Carolyn and Roger Perron – played by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston in The Conjuring – really did contact Ed and Lorraine Warren when the realized something sinister was going on in their house. Carolyn described a horrifying incident when she was resting on the couch and felt a sharp pang in her lower leg. She saw blood and the wound was like nothing in the room that could have reasonably left such a mark, described by her daughter Andrea as,

A perfectly concentric circle… as if a large sewing needle had impaled her skin.

Lorraine Warren made the connection after researching local history and learning of Bathsheba Warren and the crime she was suspected of; she warned Carolyn that Bathsheba had taken the needle she used to kill the infant with her to the other side, and was now using it to harm the living. From her meeting with Lorraine onwards, Carolyn called the presence in her house Bathsheba.

The Legacy Lives On

Annabelle's Real - But The True Story of The Conjuring Is Far More Terrifying

The Perron children grew safely into adulthood despite the bizarre occurrences at that that house in Harrisville, Rhode Island. They talk freely about their experiences, in particular the eldest, Andrea, who has written extensively on her family’s ordeal in her book series, House of Darkness, House of Light.

For those as yet unconvinced of the veracity of the movie’s interpretation of real life events, I’ll leave you with this quote from Andrea Perron, who lived through it all:

The Conjuring IS based on a true story… our story. It’s a fair reflection of the chaos and danger we faced at the farm. There are liberties taken and a few discrepancies but overall, it is what it claims to be — based on a true story, believe it or not.

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