3 Famous Ghost Stories
The Annabelle Doll
Most horror enthusiasts know of the super creepy Annabelle doll in the Conjuring universe, which was so frighteningly lucrative that it landed three spinoff films: Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and Annabelle Comes Home. The real Annabelle doll was an innocent-looking rag doll that for years sat in the Warrens' now-closed Occult Museum. The story begins in 1970 when a mother bought the doll at a hobby shop for her daughter, a nurse. Things got weird fast when the doll levitated and moved around. People were convinced that it tried to strangle them by means of dreams and necklaces.
The Warrens came in and determined that the toy was possessed by an inhuman demonic spirit, locking it up in their museum with ritualistic prayers soon after. We'll be sticking with our mass-produced Barbies, thanks.
The Perron Family
The case of the Perron Family became the basis for the James Wan film that started it all: 2013's The Conjuring. In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron had moved into an 18th-century Rhode Island farmhouse with their five daughters. They claimed that spirits from eight generations of one family lived in the house, including a tall woman whose head was "like a sack of cobwebs with little tendrils of hair hanging out."
In 1973, the demonologists dropped by to help the Perrons investigate the house. According to Andrea Perron, one of the daughters, there was a scary seance in which her mother spoke in a strange language and started levitating in a chair. The Perrons lived in the house for seven more years.
The Amityville Horror House
The demonologists became a household name for the supernatural after their involvement in the infamous Amityville house. The scary elements of this story really began in 1974, when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr., one of the children of the DeFeo family, murdered his two parents and four siblings in their sleep. The house was empty for a year, but George and Kathy Lutz eventually bought the house for a very cheap price of $80,000. The couple and the children only stayed for 28 days after seeing slime ooze from a wall and a red-eyed pig creature among other disturbances. In addition to these occurrences, George saw his wife levitating and said that he woke up at 3:15 am every day, the time when DeFeo killed his family. The Warrens came in and determined that there were psychic troubles even before the notorious murders.
The house became the stuff of horror pop culture, most notably portrayed in the 1979 and 2005 films The Amityville Horror based on Jay Anson's 1977 book on the case. (Yes, the latter film is the one with an especially hot Ryan Reynolds.) We see it mentioned briefly in The Conjuring 2. But did the Amityville haunting really happen? Back in 1979, lawyer William Weber (DeFeo's attorney) apparently claimed that he and the couple made the story up over lots of wine.