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Annabelle, the real story

Written by Tamara Murga, News Editor 

The bar was set high after the success of the 2013 horror, The Conjuring. Despite a promising movie trailer, the prequel Annabelle disappointed many with its dull and slow-paced storyline and its complete digression from the true events in which the movie was based on. The 98-minute film did not reach the anticipated expectations, but the true story behind the eerie doll never disappoints.

Though director James Wan portrayed Annabelle as a disturbing porcelain doll for the film, the real-life Annabelle was non other than a Raggedy Ann doll. Paranormal investigators Lorraine Warren and husband Ed Warren took charge of the case. The real doll currently sits in a locked box at the Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut with the label, “Warning: Positively Do Not Open.” According to the Warren’s own website, Annabelle is visited twice a month by a priest to bless her. A series of mysterious and frightening events occurred before the Warren’s were contacted. According to the Warren’s website:

“In 1970 a mother purchased an antique Raggedy Ann Doll from a hobby store. The doll was a present for her daughter Donna on her birthday. Donna, at the time, was a student in college, preparing to graduate with her nursing degree and resided in a tiny apartment with her room mate Anngie (a nurse as well). Pleased with the doll Donna placed it on her bed as a decoration and didn’t give it a second thought until a few days later. With in that time both Donna and Angie noticed that there appeared to be something very strange and creepy about the doll. The doll apparently moved on its own, relatively unnoticeable movements at first, like a change in position, but as time passed the movement became more noticeable. Donna and Angie would come home to find the doll in a completely different room from which they had left it . Sometimes the doll would be found crossed legged on the couch with its arms folded, other times it was found upright, standing on its feet, leaning against a chair in the dining room. Several times Donna, placing the doll on the couch before leaving for work, would return home to find the doll back in her room on the bed with the door closed.”

The Warrens took interest in the case and concluded that the doll was controlled by an “inhuman presence.” The spirit was looking to possess a “human host” and not stay attached to the doll. That is why the Warrens warn everyone to avoid opening doors to evil. For more information on the story, visit the following:


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