Ed and Lorraine Warren are well known in the paranormal investigation field. They have led an interesting life and in this article, we will discover what that looked like.
Ed Warren was born on September 7, 1926, in Connecticut and passed away on August 23, 2006, at the age of 79. In his early life, Ed had personal experiences with what he felt was a paranormal presence in his family home. It was in his early years that he encountered what he called a ghost globule.
A ghost globule is known by other names such as a ghost orb, or a ghost nebula. They may appear as a circle of light when photographed.
Ed was only 16 years old when he first met Lorraine Rita Moran who had been born on January 31, 1927. At that time Ed was working as an usher in theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ed and Lorraine became friends and eventually, he asked her out on a date. The rest is history.
Ed Warren joined the United States Navy when he turned 17. That was 1943, right in the middle of WWII. Ed’s ship sank in the North Atlantic and he received a 30-day-survivor’s leave. This allowed him the chance to marry Lorraine. Ed returned to continue the fight for victory in WWII. After the end of the war, Ed and Lorraine started a family with the birth of their daughter. Ed also attended Perry Art School until he realized he knew more about painting than the instructors did.
Ed supported his family by selling his paintings to tourists in the NE states. They did well and had fun. But Ed was always intrigued by the paranormal. He began to use his artistic talents to gain entrance into houses or places that he had heard were haunted. The story goes that Ed would set up in the middle of the road in front of a rumoured haunted home and begin sketching the house with ghosts entering and leaving the home. Lorraine would then knock on the door and using her natural charm would begin a conversation about her husband’s love of sketching haunted houses. This would more often than not end with the Warren’s being invited into the home where they would then learn about the paranormal experiences of the residents. Lorraine was Ed’s sidekick from the beginning.
Initially, Lorraine did not believe in the paranormal. Through Ed’s curiosity and determination to speak with people that had experienced events similar to his, Lorraine became a believer.
New England Society for Psychic Research
Ed and Lorraine Warren began the New England Society for Psychic Research and The Warren’s Occult Museum in 1952. Over their extensive career, Ed and Lorraine, have investigated over 10,000 paranormal events. They became well known for investigating demonic hauntings and possession. The Warren’s worked side-by-side until Ed’s passing in 2006. Some of the notable cases that the Warren’s worked on are:
- Amityville in New York, the story was the basis for the movies, The Amityville Horror, made in 1979, and again in 2005
- The Demon Murder Trial in Connecticut
- The “Werewolf Demon” possession of Bill Ramsey in 1983
- The Smurl Family Haunting
- The Perron Family Haunting, the story was the basis for the movie, The Conjuring, made in 2013
- Stepney Cemetary
- Borley Church
- Union Cemetary in Easton, Connecticut
- The Snedeker Family Haunting, the story was the basis for the movie, The Haunting in Connecticut, made in 2009
Currently, the Warren’s Occult Museum is closed due to zoning regulations. It will re-open to the public if a new location for the museum can be found. We hope it reopens as it houses hundreds of items from locations that experienced supernatural events. One of the most awe-inspiring items housed in the museum is the Annabelle Doll. Click here to read my article about it.
Lorraine Warren is now over 90 years old. She has lived an amazing life full of adventure. Lorraine has stated that Ed wanted her to continue their work after his passing and she has done that. Lorraine has been seen on different television shows including Paranormal State with host Ryan Buell. It was through that program that we first learned of her and Ed. I am pleased to say that as of the summer of 2017 Lorraine has decided to officially retire. Lorraine has passed the torch to the next generation as her son-in-law, Tony Spera, has taken over operations of NESPR and the Warren’s Occult Museum. The Society and Museum are in good hands. Tony has worked with Ed and Lorraine for over 30 years.
We here at HauntedRealities wish Lorraine and Tony well. May the future be bright for them and their family.
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