Edward "Ed" Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) and
Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran, born January 31, 1927) were
investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was
a World War II United States
Navy veteran and former police officer who became
a self-taught demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine is a
professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.
In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research,
the oldest ghost hunting group in New England.They are the
authors of numerous books about the paranormal and about their private
investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have
investigated over 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the
very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the
Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals, including medical
doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students and members of
the clergy in its investigations.
The Warrens were responsible for training several demonologists including Dave Considine, Lou
Gentile, and their nephew John
Zaffis. In addition to investigations, Lorraine runs The Warren's Occult
Museum in the back of her house in Monroe, Connecticut with the help of her
son-in-law, Tony Spera.
The Warrens are best known for their involvement in 1976, in the Amityville Horror case in which New York
couple George and Kathy Lutz claimed that their house was haunted by a violent,
demonic presence so intense that it eventually drove them out of their home.
The Amityville Horror Conspiracy authors Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan
characterized the case as a "hoax". Lorraine Warren
told a reporter for The Express-Times newspaper that the
Amityville Horror was not a hoax. The reported haunting was the basis for the
1977 book The Amityville Horror and 1979 and 2005 movies of the same
In 1981, Arne Johnson was accused of killing his landlord, Alan Bono. Ed and
Lorraine Warren had been called prior to the killing to deal with the alleged
demonic possession of the younger brother of Johnson's fiancée. The Warrens
subsequently claimed that Johnson was also possessed. At trial, Johnson
attempted to plead Not Guilty by Reason of Demonic Possession, but was
unsuccessful with his plea. The case was
described in the 1983 book The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald
In 1991, the Warrens book Werewolf: A True Story of Demonic Possession
was published in which they claim to have exorcised a "werewolf demon" in
According to the Warrens, in 1970, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed
by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens took the
doll, telling the roommates it was "being manipulated by an inhuman presence",
and put it on display at the family's "Occult Museum". The 2014 film Annabelle
directed by John R.
Leonetti is loosely based on the story.
Jack and Janet Smurl reported their home was disturbed by various supernatural
phenomena, including sounds, smells and apparitions. The Warrens became involved
and claimed that the Smurl home was occupied by three spirits and also a demon
that allegedly sexually assaulted Jack and Janet Smurl. The Smurls' version of
their story was the subject of a 1986 paperback titled The Haunted and a
1991 made-for-TV movie of the same name directed by Robert Mandel.
In 1971, the Warrens claimed the Perrons' Harrisville, Rhode Island home was
haunted by a witch, named Bathsheba Sherman, who lived there in the early 19th
century. Bathsheba Sherman cursed the land so that whoever moved there somehow
died. It is the subject of the 2013 film, The Conjuring. Lorraine
Warren was a consultant to the production and appeared in a cameo role in the film.
The Warrens believed that the cemetery was haunted by a "white lady" ghost.
Ed is buried in the cemetery.
The Haunting in
In 1986, Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived and proclaimed the Snedeker house, a
former funeral home, to be infested with demons. The case was featured in the
1992 book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting. A TV movie that
later became part of the Discovery Channel series A Haunting was produced in
2002 and a film based on the events, directed
by Peter Cornwell, was released in 2009.