The Haunting of the Hillman Family and the Warrens.

          In May of 1977 Ed and Lorraine Warren recieved an odd phone call. There was a bizzare series of clicks and odd whirring sounds followed by the voice of an unfamiliar woman.
       ” I hope you can hear me. My name is Hillman, Mrs Jeanne Hillman. I don’t know exactly what has happened here but my children have been hit and…. chased by something. And there is something or someone in the house, upstairs, in one of the kids bedrooms. Please call me back just as soon as you can.”
It was 12:40 A.M. when Lorraine called back. The phone rang continuously and then hung up. The second time it was like someone picked up but the phone kept ringing. The third time she got the same response. She then called the operator, who also got the same response. His supervisor ran a test and said the line was in perfect working order.

The next morning on the way to church they were assaulted by a rank; powerful smell of excrement. They were assaulted again in church and in the car on the way home. There was no way to associate the atrack with the upcoming case. When they arrived home, they phoned the Hillmans and told them what happened the night before. The Hillmans said they did not recieve any calls after midnight. The Warrens arrived at the Hillmans in mid afternoon.

When they arrived Ed sat down to interview the family, while Lorraine walked the house. All members of the Hillnan family were there. The father Al, 35, mom Jeanne, same age, and their 3 children. Dee, 15, Bob, 14 and Melanie, 11. The mother and father made it clear that they did not experience anything. Jeanne did explain that Dee was interested in the occult, had a small library, and that Jeanne hsd bought her a book on conjuring demons for Christmas. Dee explained that she did some of the easier rituals, but nothing happened so she quit. Ed told her that demons answer in their own time.

When asked what happened Dee said she just finished a shower. She went downstairs to lock the door, turned the radio and lights off as well. When she got to her room, she heard the faucet running in the bathroom. She turned it off, saw the lights on downstairs and the radio on. She went down and turned them off again, came back upstairs and the faucet was on. She turned it off and the lights and radio were on again. No one else turned it on.

The radio was changing stations by itself. Then the kids heard footsteps and the furniture slamming around downstairs. Her hair was pulled 3 times and she ran into her brothers room. They called their parents, but the parents said they were imagining it. The second time was more of the first. This time an invisible force pulled Dee partially off the bed. The kids ran out of the house, the downstairs was like a furnace.

The entity chased them up the street. The birds were screeching on the left side and dogs were running away from them backwards. They ran for the streetlight. Safely under it, it started to dim, so they ran further up the street. That is when they felt safe.

Lorraine let Ed know there was an inhuman entity. They asked the family to leave. Ed and Lorraine went room to room in the house blessing it. Ed throwing holy water in the 4 corners of all the rooms. When they went to go upstairs they smelled the dank smell of mildew and a shadow shot into one of the rooms. When they attempted to climb the stairs, it was like a force wouldnt let them pass. They went back down and heard diabolical laughter. Ed threw holy water on the steps and preceeded to climb them.

They blessed every room until they reached Dee’s. When they opened the door and they felt a horrible sense of misery, although there was nothing there. The room was freezing cold. Ed threw holy water into the 4 corners of the room and commanded that the demon show itself or a sign of its leaving. Almost instantly the feeling went away. The Warrens gathered Dee’s books and conjuring candles and trashed them.

Ed informed them the demon was dormant. That they should get the house blessed immediately. They should attend church once a week. They should make positive changes to counteract the negative ones they had made. In full view of everyone, Lorraine’s eyeglasses looped in the air and smashed to the floor. Breaking only the left lens.

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Satans Harvest-Ed and Lorraine Warren, the possession of a farmer

             One of the most bizzare cases of demonic possession occurred in Warren, Ma. in the mid 80’s. The case involved a farmer, was witnessed by police and was resolved by Ed and Lorraine Warren. The entire case is documented in the book Satan’s Harvest.

As a child Maurice “Frenchy” Theriault lived a hard scrabble life in the New England area. He worked long hard hours on his fathers farm and dealt with the abuses his father doled out. His father became more violent toward him as he got older. Frenchy called for help from anyone, unwittingly asking Satan to help him. At some point in his teen years, Frenchy was forced to watch or participate in horrific sexual acts in the barn, although who or what happened was never really clear.

As time went on Frenchy noticed he was much stronger than he should be and also had knowledge of things he had never learned. He was forced to quit school to work on his fathers farm. His attempt to join the Army was foiled by his father as well. After he left home he floated around the New England area for several years before settling in Warren. The spring of 1985 he and his family began to notice signs of the unusual with Frenchy. He turned his guns into the Sherriff and asked him not to return them. The family would hear voices when no one was around and things would move throughout the house and farm. Frenchy would lose chunks of the day and fires would break out all over the property. This brought them to the attention of the police.

The most disturbing activity was the other Frenchy. He would be in a room and appear to his wife in another room. She would follow him and find him in exactly the same place he had been. This happened in front of others as well. A physical and psychological exam showed nothing. This is when the Warrens were called in.

The Warrens arrived with their team of investigators. They immediately witnessed dozens of examples of an evil presence and the events intensified the longer they stayed. Team members were often followed home. There was alot of poltergeist activity, as well as physical attacks. All of the team members came under atrack. They were either involved in the activity or experienced severe mood changes. Frenchy tried to turn to God to end the exorcism but this only resulted in more attacks. While reciting the Hail Mary, Frenchy became so violent he tried to choke his wife.

The Warrens called on Bishop Robert Mckenna for an exorcism, although it was not cleared by the church. During the exorcism the demon identified itself as “I am what I am” and “You say I am proud”, also invoking the name of Kingdom. The exorcism was successful, despite Ed Warren almost losing his life. The sight is still experiencing smaller phenomenon. Frenchy was later arrested for sexual abuse of a minor and he also recieved a nice chunk of change from the damage the demon had done. The Warrens reputation remained as good as ever, despite the critics constantly challenging their credibility.

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.