Yesterday marked the passing of one of the most well-known paranormal icons, Lorraine Warren. She was 92. Her husband Ed Warren, also her partner in investigations, passed in 2006.
Although the Warrens began the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, they shot to fame with their investigation of the infamous home in Amityville, New York. Their other two major investigations in the years just prior to the Amityville case were of the Ragedy Ann doll Annabelle, haunting two roommates in 1968 and the Perron family whose Rhode Island home was haunted by a witch.
The Warrens were a part of other famous paranormal investigations, including the Enfield Poltergeist in North London as well as many cases of alleged demonic possession.
In the last decade, many movies have been made based on the lives of Ed and Lorraine and their more famous investigations. They wrote many books in the course of their lifetimes, in addition to the investigations, and ran an Occult Museum.
While we don’t talk about exorcism and demonic possession here on this blog, it is, nonetheless, a real part of the field of paranormal, being outside the realm of what is accepted as “normal”. However, I thought it important to shed light on the things that can and do go wrong when people erroneously believe that an individual is possessed. I hope that this young woman has found peace on the other side from whatever she might have been suffering from.
A teenage girl thought by her father to have been possessed by an ‘evil spirit’ died from suffocation during an exorcism, it has been reported.
Tomomi Maishigi’s father and a monk performed a ‘waterfall service’ on the 13-year-old where she was allegedly bound to a chair by a belt and placed face-up underneath a water pump for five minutes at a Buddhist church in Kumamoto, south Japan.
Back in November 2010, I wrote about the story of Patience Worth and her life as the “original” ghostwriter. Patience lived during the heyday of Spiritualism, as did the subject of a story I came across recently. Her name was Lurancy Vennon and hers is a story of spiritual possession.