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Every Time Ed & Lorraine Warren Were Exposed As Total Frauds
Some say they were a modern-day P. Barnum, using illusions and trickery to convince people of their encounters. Some say they were a sweet, loving couple who just wanted to share their experiences and insights into the spirit world with other believers. Since their founding of the New England Society for Psychic Research in , the Warrens have become synonymous with all things ghost and demon. Many a movie has been made.
Edward was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught and self-professed demonologist , author, and lecturer. Lorraine professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband. They claimed to have investigated over 10, cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the N. Stories of ghost hauntings popularized by the Warrens have been adapted as or have indirectly inspired dozens of films, television series and documentaries, including 17 films in the Amityville Horror series and seven films in The Conjuring Universe. According to the Warrens, in , two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins.
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Paranormal research has steadily gained more mainstream acknowledgement since the s, following the release of books and films such as The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror , the latter of which was supposedly based on a true story. Perhaps the forebearers to this conglomeration approach are Ed and Lorraine Warren, self-described demonologists whose names have been attached to some of the most well-known paranormal cases in the latter half of the 20th century. Lorraine claims to be a psychic who can communicate with spirits. Many people swear they are "the real deal" - in particular devout Christians; according to Ed Warren, one has to believe in God in order to understand the couple's research. But other writers and skeptics have discovered outright fabrications in their claims. Below are some of the Warrens' most famous cases, and the thorough debunking they've undergone. Note: The intention of this list is not to question the existence of supernatural entities, nor to assert that the families investigated by the Warrens are also frauds or in any way co-conspirators of hoaxes.