Do Urban Legends and Local Stories contain a morsel of truth.

                 If you look around on the internet you will find thousands of local and urban legends. But do any of these stories contain even a morsel of truth? The majority seem to be just what they are, stories. Then you have a small percentage that could be true and a smaller percentage that is true. The nature of these stories is to scare people and in many cases it works.

Alien abduction is a source of consternation for me, why would so many people lie, but where is the tangible proof. I just recently looked into the story of Sheepsquatch. It is in the Appalachian mountain region. It has reportedly been seen by many people. It apparently is a huge sheeplike creature that walks on 2 feet and it can snap the neck of a German Shepherd. People say they hear growls and screams from the mountains in the area of Breckinridge,Ky. It has reportedly been seen by many people but again no tangible evidence has bee collected.

Another popular one is the Jersey Devil. The most prominent story of its creation is a freak of nature mated with a human and created this monster. A winged monster that is about the size of a large deer. The only evidence found here are blurry pictures and witness accounts. Not that I think these people are lying, but police say eyewitness reports are never very good. That bring said, you are already on a scary situation, anything is going to set your already on edge senses off. Is that the case, I don’t know, but where is the proof. Hundreds of people went looking and come back with nothing.

The Mothman, everytime he is seen a tragedy happens. He was seen before an important bridge collapsed and this happened on more than one occasion. The Grass Monster, supposedly 8 feet tall, 500 pounds. Only thing that has been found is a couple blurry pictures. The Tommyknockers in the old coal mines. A bit harder to prove, but they supposedly warn the miners of a possible cave in. In some cases miners have heard it and disappeared. A miner hears that, they leave.

Locally, one of our legends is called the Legend of Baby Road. Apparently a woman leaved out there with her child. One rainy night she heard her child crying, but it wasn’t from the child’s room. She looked out the window and the baby was outside. When she ran outside the rain coming down turned to blood and her child was gone. The women supposedly killed herself. The legend says that on rainy nights in the area of her home she appeara holding a baby and anyone that stops to help disappear, leaving their car right on the road. I have investigated this several times and the only thing I got was wet.

I am sure the majority of these people are telling the truth. What would lying get them? Tangible proof seems so difficult to come by and in many cases it doesn’t make sense. Big monsters in the woods and we cannot get a DNA sample. Maybe as more people investigate proof will come out. But until then Urban and Local legends will be looked upon as stories.

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Ed and Lorraine Warren- The Donovan Case part 3, from The Demonologist

             One item in a demonic haunting that is off limits to the demon are Rosary Beads. Only the strongest anf most menacing entities will touch them. Ed was speaking with Father Jason on the phone. Father Jason watched hid Rosary Beads float out of his room, make a left down the hall and then another left into the kitchen. There they wrapped around a kitchen chair in a gesture of strangulation. Ed told Father Jason to get himself and the family out of the home. The Donovans went to stay with Ted’s parents.    

While at his parents house the spiritual assault continued. Plumbing was ripped out of the wall and the banging continued. Objects levitated throughout the house. Father Jason was affected as well. He saw a dark mass blocking his way to his room. The same mass would keep him prisoner in his room at night. While shaving the light turned off, disassembled and theb parts were set on the sink. On Thursday April 25 the Warrens returned to dedicate their time to the case.

The Warrens met Father Jason at a local restaurant. The Donovans were no where to be found, but they had given Father Jason a spare key. When they got to the Donovan house, Ed went in first. The house was trashed. Furniture strewn about, a repulsive smell, all fluids were dumped everywhere, beds were flipped, the refrigerator contents were dumped on the floor with the plates and silverware dumped on top of it. Halfway down the hall Ed realized something was wrong. The house began to rumble and shake but Ed couldn’t mive to get out. Father Jason and Lirraine realized something was wrong and tried to find Ed. He stumbled into the room with 2 long gashes in the form of the cross on his arm.

He was cut in the arm when he put his arms up to protect his face. Realizing that this case had become a confrontation, they realized that they had no alternative but to fight it. If they did not the Donobans were most likely going to die and these entities would torment the Warrens and Father Jason for life. About noon on April 25 the drained Donovans arrived home to the disaster abd immediately began to despair. But a collective effort between everyone put the house in a semblance of order and lifted their spirits. April 26 the Warrens helped Father Jason with the paperwork to present the church. The date of the Exorcism was Thursday May 2.

In the meantime the Warrens stayed with the Donovans. Metal picture frames smoldered and caught on fire. Scarves, towels and linens burst into flames and were flung at people causing very painful burns. Furniture was appearing in different rooms and then reappearing in the right room. Ed told the Donovans how much he liked their car. The next morning the spark plug wires were tied in knots and the carburetors hoses were pulled loose and dangling. The activity intensified as the exorcism came closer. The night before sleep was impossible. About 10:30 that night they saw a bright light in the living room doorway. They watched the form of an older women materialize from the waist up. Lorraine told Ed to back up because it wasn’t human. Two chairs tumbled toward Ed and pinned him against the wall. He made the sign of the cross and both chairs dropped. At 9:30 in the morning the exorcist arrived.

Father Roark and Ed had worked together once before. Ed felt fairly certain there were several lesser inhuman spirits and an Incubus were present. As well as a higher diabolical intelligence, a devil. Before beginning the ritual Father Roark blessed everyone there. Father Roark confronted Patty. He asked if she willed this upon her family. She shot back in anget that she didn’t. Then more calmly told him she did not intend for this to happen. He asked if she asked the lord for forgiveness. Father Roark started the exorcism.

As he conducted the exorcism, Ellen saw something materializing by the fireplace. Its head was horned, it had cloven feet and a tail. The temperature in the room dropped bear freezing. Father Roark cast holy water on it and it immediately disappeared. Only to be replaced by a blood red face of a devil on the carpet. Again it had the menacing horns. It looked up at them with absolute hate. Father Roark swung the apergillum filled with holy water at the face. It slowly faded and left a pink outline on the floor. The exorcist said the sign of departure had been made, he said a prayer to wrap up the exorcism.

This is a documented case of a diabolical attack. It lasted 60 days. Ted’s brother wrote a statement that Ed kept in his records.
I, nor anyone else in my family, have ever before witnessed or actually experienced anything so weird and terrifying. I am sure the impact of the obscure experience shall remain with my frightened children and wife indefinitely. The incomprehensible predicanent that we have witnessed leaves our frightened family group in bewilderment. At least for the present time, it defies all rational and logical explanations. All the tangible evidence and facts related to the preternatural mysteriousness of those events witnessed by our family group should be laid bare and then rationally reviewed by competent people who are experienced in these weird abd perplexing matters. When and if a review is completed, I firmly believe that the ultimate conclusions will eventually suggest that unearthly powers ir influences were at work. Phillip Donovan

After the exorcism the Donovans life returned to normal. The damage was not covered by insurance, they refused to cover acts of God. Brian went on to college. Patty is now married and of course has 3 children. The Donovans still livevin the home.

Ed and Lorraine Warren- the Donovan case part 2, taken from the Demonologist.

                   Ted Donovan finally got in touch with the Warrens. He recited his tale to Lorraine Warren. At first she thought his imagination had run wild, but by the time he finished his tale she was sure his home was under demonic siege. She told him they would be there the next day.

When the Warrens arrived they found stones littering the yard, but the house looked placid. Inside they saw the damage and Lorraine sensed the presence of entities so numerous and malevolent that she had to fight not to leave. Ted walked them through the house reciting at least a dozen incidents in each room. When the tour was over Ed began to conduct his customary interview. Asking what may have caused this, when it first began, is anyone seeing a psychiatrist, did they purchase antique furniture or has anyone used an Ouija board. Patty replied yes. They asked if the spirit told her its name. Which of course it did not. The Warrens both agreed that something needed to be done.

Ed Warren telephoned Father Jason, who arrived a just after sunset. The activity already had started. To test it, Ed pounded on the wall twice, he recieved to pounds in return. He then rapped 4 times, in response it rapped 4 times on the table and then the floor. Ed asked Father Jason to perform a blessing in each room. That reduced the power and frequency of the blows. The Warrens were leaving for Maine that night, Father Jason would stay with the family. During the next few days activity continued as usual. The Wensday of Easter week the demonic showed its defiance of the priest. If Father Jason asked for a pencil or glass of water it would float over to him. Sometimes he didn’t even say it out loud and it would be on its way.

That night no one could sleep because of the evil permeating the home. Thursday the Warrens returned to find an ashen and sgaken Father Jason. He left and the Warrens stayed with the Donovans. The screams and pounding and ripping made Ed question whether the home would handle the assault without falling in on itself. That night the family said an ultra-black figure materialized in their room. The double bed levitated with 3 of the Donovans sitting on it. The dresser rolled across the room at Ed, all after he challenged the entity. At this tine Brian was with Lorraine. He levitated off tye bed and was thrown 5 feet in a wall where he landed in a crumbled heap.

The activity kept up, Ed questioned whether the house could handle the abuse. Ed challenged the entity, causing a bed with 3 of the Donovans on it to levitate and dresser to be rolled at him. At the same time Brian was with Lorraine. He was levitated then flung against the wall. Knowing an exorcism was the only chance to save these people, the Warrens began compiling data and doing personality interviews. The Exorcist the movie had recently been released, so the church was reluctant to act. Ed interviewed Ted first. He was the most affected, he couldn’t handle the idea the Devil was in his home. Ellen was next, she questionef why God would let this happen. Brian was a tough read, but he would definitely need counseling. Patty showed a range of emotions, hostility, indifference, lashing out, Ed thought she was primed for possession.

What if mythical creatures were reality?

                Mythical creatures brings to mind Dracula, werewolves and other creatures from books. Is it at all possible that some or any of these are real? Sasquatch is another big one. Are they real? Despite some skeptical evidence many believe in its existence.

There are Bigfoot Research Organizations around the country. They not only claim to have seen Bigfoot but to also hear their communications. They do wood knocks and calls to communicate with Bigfoots. They use updated equipment to try to collect evidence. They are convinced of Bigfoot’s existence but as of now do not have the proof that scientists would say are conclusive. Do they exist?

UFOs are another highly researched topic. There have been numerous videos over the years showing strange lights in the sky. Of course everyone has heard of Roswell, the recovery of an alien and its ship. I have never seen anything like this but I also never take the time to look. I am not clear on whether there is documented evidence or not. But I have heard of a ranch in Wyoming where they see odd flying lights in the sky almost every night. Are they real?

I believe in ghosts and demons but I am on the fence about UFOs. Sasquatch might be real, I don’t know. If these things are real isn’t it possible that Vampires and Werewolves are real? There are so many species discovered daily that there is no telling what we might eventually find. If we could prove the existence of ghosts, I am sure we could prove these other things. I know it is a big what if, but what if? Many stories have a bit of truth to them; why should these be any different?

Ed and Lorraine Warren and Annabelle.

             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.

The Conjuring, Ed and Lorraine Warren and the paranormal.

               Today I went to see The Conjuring. It was the first horror movie in a long time that scared me. It scared me because it was based on the Warren’s case files. I read the book the Demonologist about the Warrens work in the paranormal field. I had to stop reading it several times because it scared me.

The movie itself was fanatastic. Very well written, not as many cheap scares as usual and it seems to have stayed close to the story itself. I am not going to give details; I don’t want to rob anyone of the incredible story it is. They portrayed Ed and Lorraine Warren as the wonderful people they were, giving part of their life for others. The story of the doll was in it, which I highly recommend looking up.

The truth is that I am an amateur ghost hunter. I have gone on several investigations and recieved some compelling evidence. So a true demonic possession scares the hell out of any paranormal investigator. Just to hear and see evidence of things you cannot see is unnerving enough. To ask a question and recieve an answer from the air can really throw a monkey wrench into your way of thinking. Then to add demonic possesion to it really can ruin your day.

The paranormal is nothing to play with. It is interesting and fun in a scary type of way, but you have to be careful. Never go alone. But the true topic of this article was The Conjuring. If you like horror and ghosts or paranornal investigation, WATCH IT. If you don’t, watch it anyway. It s a good scare and a well written movie.