Ed and Lorraine Warren- The Donovan Case part 1, taken from the Demonologist

                    Patty Donovan had few friends and her parents kept a tight rein on both her and her brother. She was very lonely and decided to use an Ouija board to communicate with a friend. She took hold of the planchette and asked if anyone was there, was there a spirit that could hear her. The planchette quickly moved up to yes. This started a year long relationship with the spirit. The spirit played to her vanities, told her she was pretty, prettier than the other girls. They shared secrets and she looked at it as her boyfriend.

In February of 1974 she asked the entity to tell her future. It gave her the birthdate of her first child, that she would have 3 kids by 1978, all of which proved to be true. March 2, 1974 she asked the entity to manifest, she wanted to see her boyfriend. The next morning, Ted Donovan tried to start his car. It wouldn’t start because the sparkplug wires were pulled out, rubber hoses unfastened and the fan belt was cut. Patty’s car wouldn’t start either, the local garage said the internal engine parts had been disassembled.

That weekthe back doorbell was torn out of its housing, shrubs were ripped out roots and all and a 6 foot cast iron pipe on the roof was bent at a ninety-degree angle. March 8 was the first flat tire on Patty’s car. No sooner did it get fixed and it got another flat, it looked as if it were stabbed with a knife. Patty couldn’t raise her spiritual fruend, planchette just kept going to goodbye. Ted called the police but of course that didn’t do any good.

Ted and his wife were questioning their son Brian about the vandalism when they heard a loud bang from inside the house. They found and 18 inch hole in the walk in Brian’s room. The jagged edges were pointing inward, indicating it was done from inside the house. That night they heard scratching in the wall, Ted could not find a reason why. The noises continued all week. Patty had 3 flats by now, they bought new tires. They parked it in a locked garage and the tire was cut the next morning. The third week they began hearing loud pounding on the walls, sharp jarring raps and it sounded like boards being ripped off the wall.

The weekend of March 20 and 21 the pressure valves on the radiators became unscrewed, he wanted to blame kids but they weren’t home. He screwed them back on and they came back off. The banging became more frequent, so Ted spent a whole day looking for the problem, no answer. He called in a guy to look at the furnace, he heard the pounding as well. After 19 hours he said it wasn’t the furnace. A plumber came in changef the pressure valves, but he would immediately find them back on the floor. He told the Donovabs they had a problem. Another of Patty’s tires were slashed.

March 31 another tire was slashed, that made 6. About 10:00 that night the Donovans were watching T.V. in their bedroom, the quietest room in the house. The lights went off and on 3 times then the T.V. shut off. A 6 foot long, 250 pound dresser levitated off the floor and started twisting back and forth. It set down and the doors started slamming. Then a chair loaded with clothes levitated, dumped the clothes and fell on top of the clothes. The pictures lifted from their hooks and floated in a circle around the room. Later they heard a kitten which then turned into a baby, they did not check it out.

There were poundings on the roof, outside the house and on the roof. On April fools day it rained rocks on the house. The stones fell for an hour, witnessed by the police, who told them to call a priest. After the sun went down objects began levitating in full view of everyone. They would drop on the floor, slam against the wall and even hurl themselves at the people. Ted called a priest. When the priest arrived all activity stopped. The priest said that someone in the house was disturbed. Ted went to work later that day. He explained to his superviser why he was missing work. His superviser gave him the Warrens name.

Ted unpacked a plaster statue of Saint Anne. He immediately heard a ruckus and found the recreation room furniture levitating, as well as laundry soaps, which were spilling on the floor. He went upstairs and the statue was missing. He later found it next to the toilet. He found obscenities written on Brian’s door in pencil. Ted flew into a rage, only calming down when Brian broke into tears. No one could sleep, because of the continuous commotion. They left to stay in a hotel, only to find out there was no escape. Lights switched on and off and the pounding started up in the hotel. The next more the Donovans returned to their room after breakfast to find the room trashed. The manager said neighbors were complaining about the kids banging on the walls and such. Ted said it wouldn’t happen again, it did. They were forced home.

On April 6 when they returned home their house was destroyed. Rugs and beds were drenched with spilled floods, cleaning fluids, liquor, shoe polish, cologne and perfume. Towels stuffed in toilets, all furniture was knocked over or broken, blasephemies scribbled on the walls. It took all day to clean. On April 7, which was Palm Sunday Ted’s brother Phil brought his family over. They told Phil what was happening, strangely nothing happened for a while. Phil started showing slides from a recent vacation, including shots from Holy Land, a roadside attraction. When a slide came up depicting religious symbolism, they found water flowing out of the cellar wall.

The next day Ted went to the Monastery that bordered his property. Ted explained the problem and monk agreed to come to his house. The monk explained that they were being oppressed by a demonic spirit and got the Warrens number for Ted. Ted called and was told the Warrens were out west due back in 5 days. Rocks rained on the house throughout the week. Some embedding in the roof, some vanishing when they hit the ground. Crucifixes were turned upside down, pictures if Saints were tore up and the Saint Anbe statue was constantly being hidden.

One the box spring of the bed was thrown against the wall covering a picture of Jesus. Twice the refrigerator was moved to the middle of the kitchen, accompanied by a hellish moan. Ted found his anvil in the deep freezer and his heavy steel toolbox in the attic. There seemed to be a physical presence in the home and Ellen even turned to see a black mass standing behind her. The Donovans only hope seemed to be the Warrens.

TO BE CONTINUED

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