Ghost Stories Made Famous By Paranormal Investigators Ed And Lorraine Warren
Suffice to say, there's no spookier power couple than Ed and Lorraine Warren. You might have heard of the demonologist husband and wife team from James Wan's The Conjuring universe, where they've been infamously portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. While Ed passed away in 2006 and Lorraine in 2019, their ghoulish legacy of hunting the paranormal remains strong in horror pop culture today. Get your holy water and crosses if you dare cross into the realm of spirits — ahead, we break down the ghost cases made famous by the Warrens, from the haunted Amityville House to the creepy Annabelle doll.
The Enfield Poltergeist
The basis for The Conjuring 2, the Enfield haunting started when single mother Peggy Hodgson moved her four daughters into a new home in Enfield, London in 1977. Strange occurrences took place in their new abode, including levitating objects, moving furniture, and strange noises. Janet, one of the daughters, entered a trance where she spoke in a low, gruff voice, assuming the identity of a former resident who lived and died in the house. The Warrens were interested in the case and paid the home a visit. While they weren't as involved as the film suggests, the demonologists publicly stated that they believed there was something supernatural going on. Janet later admitted that she and her sisters faked about "two percent" of the events.
The Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson
"The Devil Made Me Do It" case is the popularized name for the truly strange trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for killing his landlord in 1981. The most bizarre part was the defense that he used in court: demonic possession. Apparently, a demon from 11-year-old David Glatzel's body took host in Johnson (the fiancé of David's sister Debbie), according to witnesses of Glatzel's exorcism. The Glatzel family had moved into a new rental home in Brookfield, Connecticut when David started saying that an old man would steal his soul. David had night terrors and unexplained cuts and bruises in addition to bizarre behavior. That's when the Warrens got involved and determined that there was a malevolent spirit present.
The demonic possession defense didn't stick in court, but Johnson only served five years of a sentence of up to 20. The incident inspired a TV movie on NBC called The Demon Murder Case and Gerald Brittle's book, The Devil in Connecticut — the latter was written with Lorraine Warren's help. The Glatzels received a portion of the book proceeds but later sued the publisher because of how its publication affected their family. Carl, David Glatzel's brother, said that the story was a hoax conjured by the Warrens to exploit the family. The Conjuring 3 will explore this case further.
Again, the story here starts when a family moves into a new place, this time the Snedeker House, a former funeral home. When settling into their new residence in 1986, the Snedeker family (Allen, Carmen, and their children) discovered all sorts of disturbing funeral paraphernalia in the basement, including toe tags, coffin hoisters, and blood drains. Not long after, the spooky stuff started with sexual attacks (slaps and gropes), spirit appearances, and unsettling personality changes in the oldest child, who was afflicted with Hodgkin's disease and schizophrenia.
The Snedeker House became the basis for the film The Haunting in Connecticut. The Warrens stopped by the home and said that it was possessed. However, Ray Garton, the horror author hired by the Warrens to write about the house, noted conflicting reportsbetween the family members. Still, he said that he was asked to hype up the story in the book, In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting, which he wrote with the Warrens.