Imagine by Alexander Shustov of a doll//found on unsplashed (Alexander Shustov)
Imagine by Alexander Shustov of a doll//found on unsplashed

Alexander Shustov



February 7, 2023

The Conjuring is probably one the most popular horror movies today, and because of its popularity there are many sequels, making a whole “Conjuring Universe.”


Most people love ghost stories because they are certain what they are seeing in the movie cannot happen.  Most people also are on their phones while watching movies, so it would be easy to skip over the “based on true events.”


That’s right, The Conjuring is supposedly a true story. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is no denying that the paranormal investigators in the movie, Ed and Lauren Warren, did in fact go to houses in hopes of finding the supernatural and even collect haunted objects. 


The story that inspired The Conjuring took place on Rhode Island when a mother and her five daughters noticed strange happenings in their home. Eventually as things got out of hand, they called in the Warrens to exercise the spirits and bad energy from the house only to find a family member they claimed to have been possessed.  As it’s told, catholic priests were involved in expelling the demon.


The Warrens founded the oldest ghost hunting group in New England, the New England Society for Psychic Research, and while the case that inspired The Conjuring is one of the most well known, they’ve worked many other cases. They have a room filled with haunted artifacts they’ve collected over the years.


The room is filled with all types of haunted and creepy dolls, including the Raggedy Anne famously known as the “possessed Annabelle.” The room is also open to “The Shadow Doll.” Ed Warren claimed this doll has the power to visit people’s dreams to haunt them and even stop people’s hearts.


It’s also home to artifacts believed to be used in sacrifices, black magic, and rituals.


The room was open as a museum for a little while but is currently closed, but you can see pictures of all the cursed objects online.

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Taylor Hill is senior at Lincoln Park and is a writing and publishing major. She’s the editor in chief for The SIREN newspaper and is also writing the horror column for The SIREN this year.

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