Since The Conjuring was released, people have shown an increased interest in Ed and Lorraine Warrens work. This is just a small bit of the story of Annabelle-the haunted doll. It started with 2 young nurses communicating with what they thought was a human spirit. At the time the case was referred to the Warrens, there was already a physical attack and the activity was still in process.
When the Warrens arrived they asked for the whole story. The one nurse replied that there were 2 stories, but both were about Annabelle. Ed asked who Anbabelle was, the girl pointed to the Raggedy Anne doll sitting on the couch. They said that the doll moved. The doll was about the size of a 4 year old child and quite heavy.
The doll was a gift from the girls mother. The girl told the Warrens that the activity started about a year previous. The doll would never be quite where they left it before leaving for work. It started with arms and legs in different positions and then it began changing rooms. It also began leaving notes in a child’s handwriting that didn’t make sense to them. The notes would say HELP US or HELP LOU.
One time they found 3 drops of blood on the dolls hand and 3 drops of blood on its chest. They also found a small chocolate boot on the stereo, none of them had bought it. The nurses and their friend brought in a medium. They learned that many years before a girl had died on the property. Annabelle asked if she could stay and move into the doll. The girls said yes, showing compassion for a long dead girl, but this is the weakness the spirit was looking for.
One night they had heard a ruckus in one of the bedrooms. Their friend Lou waited for it to calm down before he entered. The room was destroyed, no one was in there except for the Anbabelle doll crumbled in the corner. Lou suddenly felt afraid, like someone was behind him. He turned to see no one there and then felt an intense pain on his chest. There were claw marks across his chest. 7 cuts in all, 3 vertical and 4 horizontal and they all burned. Strangely the wounds healed immediately.
Ed immediately recommended a blessing , an exorcism of the dwelling. The doll was being inhabited by a demon, an inhuman force, something that never walked the earth. It showed all of the characteristics of a demonic infestation. The priest did the exorcism prayer, with no event. Lorraine Warren, an acclaimed clairvoyant, proclaimed the house clean of thr evil spirit. But the Annabelle doll gave the Warrens many problems, until they finally sealed it away.
The demon was not trying to possess the doll, the doll was a tool in scaring and weakening the people. This was the first step in a demonic haunting. Next comes oppression as the entity continues to break the people down, feeding off of their weaknesses. Then comes possession, everyone knows what that is. Sadly all 3 in that apartment were at severe risk for possession. They owe their lives, as well as many others to the Warrens and their dedication to helping others. I highly suggest reading the Demonologist, the book about the Warrens. I had to put it down several times because it scared me. Very good read though.