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Lorraine Warren, 'Amityville Horror' and 'Conjuring' ghost hunter, dead at 92

She died "peacefully" in her sleep Thursday night, her son-in-law, Tony Spera, wrote on Facebook. Warren was 92.
The New England Society for Psychic Research, which Warren and her husband Ed founded in Connecticut in 1952, announced the news on its Facebook page: "The NESPR team regretfully announces the passing of our loving teacher, mentor, friend, mother, Lorraine."
According to "The Demonologist," a book that details the Warrens' careers, the couple investigated more 3,000 paranormal and supernatural disturbances. The husband and wife team published numerous books about their exploits and inspired a string of Hollywood hits, including "The Amityville Horror," "The Conjuring," and the "Annabelle" movie franchise.
For more than half a century, religious authorities repeatedly called on them during outbreaks of demonic phenomena, including alleged cases of priests being possessed, NESPR's website says.
Lorraine and Ed Warren argue with another investigator outside a purportedly haunted home.

She laid the groundwork for numerous Hollywood films

Screenwriters and directors found their muse in Warren's life work.
"The Amityville Horror," starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, released in 2005, was a remake of the 1979 film of the same name. The Warrens visited the haunted manor in Amityville, New York, in March 1976 with a news crew and a photographer who set up an automatic camera taking infrared photographs. That camera captured an image allegedly of a demonic boy.
Movie buffs might remember the Warrens from the 2013 film "The Conjuring," in which they figure prominently. It depicts disturbing events at a farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971. The owners of the house called Ed and Lorraine Warren to investigate.
A prequel to the Conjuring films, 2014's "Annabelle," features a possessed doll and fueled two more films. That real-life doll that inspired the movies is on exhibit at the Warrens' Occult Museum, located at their home in Monroe, Connecticut.
In 1977, the Warrens investigated paranormal events at a home in Enfield, outside of of London. Those were depicted in the film "The Conjuring 2" in 2016.
The actress Vera Farmiga played Warren in the Conjuring and Annabelle films, with the latest, "Annabelle Comes Home," set for release this summer.
On Twitter, Farmiga acknowledged Warren's death. "My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed. From a deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges," she wrote. "I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her."
Lorraine Warren arrives outside a courthouse in 1981, where a jury indicted a man for a killing in which his attorney said the murder was the work of the devil.

She lived to prove the 'fairy tale is true'

On Facebook, Tony Spera, her son-in-law, paid tribute to Lorraine. "She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul," he wrote. "To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn't like."
Warren maintained that her faith anchored her in a life spent trying to rescue people from demons.
"The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists," a bio for Warren and her husband on NESPR's site says. "And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow."
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Lorraine Warren Dies: Paranormal Investigator & Subject Of ‘The Conjuring’ Films Was 92

Lorraine Warren, a noted paranormal investigator and author who, along with her husband Ed, was the subject of James Wan’s The Conjuring films, has died. Warren died “peacefully in her sleep,” Thursday night according to Facebook posts by her grandson Chris McKinnell and The New England Society for Psychic Research.

Warren was a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband, who together were associated with some of the most prominent cases of hauntings and possessions. Ed Warren died in 2006.

Their cases became the inspiration for blockbuster horror films such The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, which were based on the Warrens’ real-life events. Set in Rhode Island in 1971, the 2013 film starred Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, who portrayed Warren, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Foy, and Joey King. Prequel Annabelle was released the following year and The Conjuring 2 in 2016. In 2013’s The Conjuring, Warren served as a consultant on the story and made a cameo appearance in the film.

Their cases also were subjects of films The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut.

“She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness,” Farmiga, who will portray Warren again in this summer’s Annabelle Comes Home, wrote on Twitter. “She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You’re waltzing with Ed now.”

The couple created the New England Society for Psychic in the 1950s, an organization which still operates to this day.

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Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator who inspired 'The Conjuring,' dies at 92

LOS ANGELES — Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator and demonologist whose life inspired franchises like "The Conjuring" and "The Amityville Horror," has died. She was 92.

Warren's son-in-law Tony Spera confirmed the news. Spera said on Facebook, "She died peacefully in her sleep at home." He continued, "She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn't like. She was an avid animal lover and contributed to many animal charities and rescues. She was wonderful and giving to her entire family. May God Bless her."

Along with her husband Ed Warren, the couple founded the New England Society For Psychic Research. The duo investigated a number of high profile supernatural cases including the Lindley Street poltergeist, the Smurl haunting, the West Point ghost, the Perron farmhouse haunting, and the Amityville murders.

The Warrens' work has inspired films like "The Conjuring" franchise, the "The Amityville Horror" franchise, "The Nun," and the "Anabelle" series. The couple also wrote several books based on their case files. Her husband died in 2006.

Vera Farmiga played Warren in "The Conjuring," "The Conjuring 2," "The Nun," and the upcoming "Annabelle Comes Home."

The actress tweeted, "From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword of compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You're waltzing with Ed now."

"The Curse of La Llorona," the latest film set in the Conjuring universe, opened Friday.

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Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

Ed and Lorraine Warren

American paranormal investigators

"Ed Warren" redirects here. For the politician, see Ed Warren (politician).

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Ed Warren

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Ed (right) and Lorraine Warren


Edward Warren Miney

September 7, 1926

Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

DiedAugust 23, 2006(2006-08-23) (aged 79)[1]

Monroe, Connecticut, U.S.

  • Paranormal investigator
  • Painter
  • Author
  • Demonologist
OrganizationNew England Society for Psychic Research

Lorraine Warren

(m. 1945)​
ChildrenJudy Warren

Lorraine Warren

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Warren in 2013


Lorraine Rita Moran

(1927-01-31)January 31, 1927

Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

DiedApril 18, 2019(2019-04-18) (aged 92)[2]

Monroe, Connecticut, U.S.

  • Paranormal investigator
  • author
OrganizationNew England Society for Psychic Research

Ed Warren

(m. 1945; died 2006)​
ChildrenJudy Warren

Edward Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006)[3] and Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran; January 31, 1927 – April 18, 2019)[4] were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of alleged hauntings. Edward was a self-taught and self-professed demonologist, author, and lecturer. Lorraine professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.

In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR), the oldest ghost hunting group in New England.[5] They authored many books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated well over 10,000 cases during their career.[6] The Warrens were among the first investigators in the Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the official website of the NESPR, Viviglam Magazine and several other sources, the NESPR uses a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students, and members of the clergy in its investigations.[7][8][9]

Stories of ghost hauntings popularized by the Warrens have been adapted as or have indirectly inspired dozens of films, television series, and documentaries, including several films in the Amityville Horror series and the films in "The Conjuring" universe.[10]

Skeptics Perry DeAngelis and Steven Novella investigated the Warrens' evidence and described it as "blarney".[11] Skeptical investigators Joe Nickell and Benjamin Radford concluded that the better known hauntings, Amityville and the Snedeker family haunting, did not happen and had been invented.[12][13][14]

Notable investigations[edit]


Main article: Annabelle (doll)

According to the Warrens, in the year 1968, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens took the doll, telling the roommates it was "being manipulated by an inhuman presence", and put it on display at the family's "Occult Museum". The legend of the doll inspired several films in the Conjuring Universe and is a motif in many others.[15]

The Witch Family[edit]

In 1971, the Warrens claimed that the Harrisville, Rhode Island home of the Perron family was haunted by a witch who lived there in the early 19th century. According to the Warrens, Bathsheba Sherman cursed the land so that whoever lived there somehow died a terrible death. The story is the subject of the 2013 film The Conjuring. Lorraine Warren was a consultant to the production and appeared in a cameo role in the film. A reporter for USA Today covered the film's supposed factual grounding.[16][17]


The Warrens are best known for their involvement in the 1975 Amityville Horror in which New York couple George and Kathy Lutz claimed that their house was haunted by a violent, demonic presence so intense that it eventually drove them out of their home. The Amityville Horror Conspiracy authors Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan characterized the case as a "hoax".[18] Lorraine Warren told a reporter for The Express-Times newspaper that the Amityville Horror was not a hoax. The reported haunting was the basis for the 1977 book The Amityville Horror and adapted into the 1979 and 2005 films of the same name, while also serving as inspiration for the film series that followed. The Warrens' version of events is partially adapted and portrayed in the opening sequence of The Conjuring 2 (2016). According to Benjamin Radford, the story was "refuted by eyewitnesses, investigations and forensic evidence".[13] In 1979, lawyer William Weber stated that he, Jay Anson, and the occupants "invented" the horror story "over many bottles of wine".[19][14]

Enfield poltergeist[edit]

Main article: Enfield poltergeist

In 1977, the Warrens investigated claims that a family in the North London suburb of Enfield was haunted by poltergeist activity. While a number of independent observers dismissed the incident as a hoax carried out by "attention-hungry" children, the Warrens were convinced that it was a case of "demonic possession". The story was the inspiration for The Conjuring 2, although critics say the Warrens were involved "to a far lesser degree than portrayed in the movie" and in fact had shown up to the scene uninvited and been refused admittance to the home.[20][21][22]

Guy Lyon Playfair, a parapsychologist who investigated the Enfield case alongside Maurice Grosse,[23] also says the film greatly exaggerated the Warrens’ role in the investigation. He stated in 2016 that they "turned up once" and that Ed Warren told Playfair "[the Warrens] could make a lot of money [...] out of [the case]." He corroborated the claim that the Warrens were "not invited" to the Enfield house and that "Nobody [...] in the family had ever heard of him until [Ed Warren] turned up".[24][25]

Arne Johnson[edit]

Main article: Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson

In 1981, Arne Cheyenne Johnson was accused of killing his landlord, Alan Bono. Ed and Lorraine Warren had been called prior to the killing to deal with the alleged demonic possession of the younger brother of Johnson's fiancée. The Warrens subsequently claimed that Johnson was also possessed. At trial, Johnson attempted to plead Not Guilty by Reason of Demonic Possession, but was unsuccessful with his plea. This story serves as the inspiration for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021).[26] The case was described in the 1983 book The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle.

Snedeker house[edit]

In 1986, Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived and proclaimed the Snedeker house, a former funeral home, to be infested with demons. The case was featured in the 1993 book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting. A TV film that later became part of the Discovery Channel series A Haunting was produced in 2002. The Haunting in Connecticut, a film very loosely based on the Warrens' version of events and directed by Peter Cornwell, was released in 2009. Horror author Ray Garton, who wrote an account of the alleged haunting of the Snedeker family in Southington, Connecticut, later called into question the veracity of the accounts contained in his book, saying, "The family involved, which was going through some serious problems like alcoholism and drug addiction, could not keep their story straight, and I became very frustrated; it's hard writing a non-fiction book when all the people involved are telling you different stories".[12] To paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford, Garton said of Lorraine, "'If she told me the sun would come up tomorrow morning, I'd get a second opinion'".[27]

Smurl family[edit]

Main article: Smurl haunting

Pennsylvania residents Jack and Janet Smurl reported their home was disturbed by numerous supernatural phenomena, including sounds, smells and apparitions. The Warrens became involved and claimed that the Smurl home was occupied by four spirits and also a demon that allegedly sexually assaulted Jack and Janet. The Smurls' version of their story was the subject of a 1986 paperback titled The Haunted and television film of the same name directed by Robert Mandel.

Union Cemetery[edit]

Main article: Union Cemetery (Easton, Connecticut)

Ed Warren's book Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery (St Martins Press, 1992) features a "White Lady" ghost which haunts Union Cemetery. He claimed to have “captured her essence” on film.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

The Warrens were responsible for training several self-described demonologists, including Dave Considine[28] and their nephew John Zaffis.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Ed and Lorraine Warren were members of the Roman Catholic Church.[30] They married in 1945.[31] On January 11, 1946, Lorraine gave birth to their daughter named Judy Warren.[32][33]

The Warrens held that demonic forces are likely to possess those who lack faith.[30]


According to a 1997 interview with the Connecticut Post, Steve Novella and Perry DeAngelis investigated the Warrens for the New England Skeptical Society (NESS). They found the couple to be pleasant people, but their claims of demons and ghosts to be "at best, as tellers of meaningless ghost stories, and at worst, dangerous frauds." They took the $13 tour and looked at all the evidence the Warrens had for spirits and ghosts. They watched the videos and looked at the best evidence the Warrens had. "Their conclusion: It's all blarney." They found common errors with flash photography and nothing evil in the artifacts the Warrens had collected. "They have... a ton of fish stories about evidence that got away... They're not doing good scientific investigation; they have a predetermined conclusion which they adhere to, literally and religiously," according to Novella. Lorraine Warren said that the problem with Perry and Steve "is they don't base anything on a God". Novella responded, "It takes work to do solid, critical thinking, to actually employ your intellectual faculties and come to a conclusion that actually reflects reality ... That's what scientists do every day, and that's what skeptics advocate".[11]

In an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that examined whether supernatural films are really based on true events, that investigation was used as evidence to the contrary. As Novella is quoted, "They [the Warrens] claim to have scientific evidence which does indeed prove the existence of ghosts, which sounds like a testable claim into which we can sink our investigative teeth. What we found was a very nice couple, some genuinely sincere people, but absolutely no compelling evidence..."[34] While it was made clear that neither DeAngelis nor Novella thought the Warrens would intentionally cause harm to anyone, they did caution that claims like the Warrens' served to reinforce delusions and confuse the public about legitimate scientific methodology.[35]

Occult Museum[edit]

In addition to investigations, Lorraine ran The Warrens' Occult Museum (now closed)[36] in the back of her house in Monroe, Connecticut, with the help of her son-in-law, Tony Spera.[16] The museum displayed many claimed haunted objects and artifacts from around the world. Many of the artifacts from their most famous investigations were featured.[37]


Cover art.
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warrenby Gerald Brittle was released as an ebook for the opening of The Conjuringbased on the Warrens' life story.
  • Ghost Hunters: True Stories From the World's Most Famous Demonologists by Ed Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1989) ISBN 0-312-03353-2
  • Ghost Tracks by Cheryl A. Wicks with Ed and Lorraine Warren (AuthorHouse, 2004) ISBN 1-4184-6767-7
  • Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery by Ed Warren (St Martins Press, 1992) ISBN 0-312-08202-9
  • The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare by Robert Curran with Jack Smurl and Janet Smurl and Ed and Lorraine Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1988) ISBN 0-312-01440-6
  • Satan's Harvest by Michael Lasalandra and Mark Merenda with Maurice and Nancy Theriault and Ed and Lorraine Warren (Dell, 1990) ISBN 0-440-20589-1
  • Werewolf: A True Story of Demonic Possession by Ed Warren (St. Martin's Press, 1991) ISBN 0-312-06493-4

Featured in[edit]

Media appearances[edit]

  • Lorraine was featured in several episodes of the Discovery series A Haunting, in which she discusses some of the cases the pair worked on as paranormal investigators.[38]
  • Lorraine also appeared on Paranormal State, where she acted as a guest investigator.[39]
  • Both Ed and Lorraine have appeared on Scariest Places on Earth.
  • Lorraine has a cameo appearance in the 2013 film The Conjuring, where she is also credited as a consultant.
  • Lorraine appears in the 2012 documentary film My Amityville Horror, where she reunites with Daniel Lutz, whose family was allegedly plagued by supernatural happenings in 1975. Ed and Lorraine Warren originally visited the house after the Lutz family fled the house after 28 days of occupancy.

Film adaptations[edit]

Over the years, several films and series have been released that are based in part or in full on the paranormal investigations or events that the Warrens are said to have witnessed and described. Films that are partly based on their story are the films from The Amityville Horror series, including The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Amityville Horror (2005).[10] In 1991, a two-hour made-for-TV film based on the Smurl haunting, titled The Haunted, was released by 20th Century Fox. Written by Robert Curran, Jack Smurl, Janet Smurl, Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, the film starred Jeffrey DeMunn as Jack Smurl and Sally Kirkland as Janet Smurl.[40] The 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut was loosely based on the 1986 Snedeker haunting investigated by the Warrens.[41]

The Conjuring Universe[edit]

Main article: The Conjuring Universe

The Warrens' case files serve as the basis for The Conjuring Universe series of horror films.

The 2013 film The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, spotlights a Warren case and stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren.[42] Its 2014 follow-up, Annabelle, a supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, is both a prequel to and spin-off of The Conjuring and was inspired by a story of the Annabelle doll. It stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard. The Conjuring Universe's next film was 2016's The Conjuring 2, a sequel to The Conjuring, directed by Wan, and with Farmiga and Wilson reprising their roles as Lorraine and Ed, respectively. It is based on the Enfield Poltergeist case. 2017 saw the release of another prequel, Annabelle: Creation, telling the origin story of the Annabelle doll. Farmiga and Wilson briefly appeared as Ed and Lorraine in the 2018 spin-off film The Nun, focusing on the character of Valak in its "Demon Nun" form, who was the villain from The Conjuring 2. The two reprised their roles again in Annabelle Comes Home, the sequel to Annabelle, and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.[43]


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Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigator Portrayed in ‘The Conjuring,’ Dies at 92

Lorraine Warren, who with her husband, Ed, gained fame investigating haunted houses and other manifestations of the paranormal — cases that were dramatized on television and in the “Conjuring” movie series — died on Thursday in Monroe, Conn. She was 92.

A posting on the Facebook page of the New England Society for Psychic Research, which she and her husband founded, announced her death.

Ms. Warren claimed to be clairvoyant; her husband, who died in 2006, called himself a demonologist. They said they had investigated countless paranormal occurrences over the years, including the supposedly possessed house in Amityville, on Long Island, made famous by the 1979 movie “The Amityville Horror,” which spawnedremakes, sequels and prequels.

A multiple murder had taken place in the Amityville house in 1974, and the family that moved in the next year, the Lutzes, reported a variety of disturbing sensations and incidents.

The Warrens were two of several investigators who examined the house. They were said to have found evidence of troublesome occurrences on the grounds long before the murders.

“The Warrens believed that the suffering there had left the property with a very negative energy and dark history,” the psychic research society’s summary of the case says, “and that such a negative history was a magnet for demonic spirits and the preternatural.”

The case helped raise their profile as paranormal investigators, but it also unsettled them, especially Ms. Warren.

“The case itself has affected our personal lives more than any other case we’ve ever worked on in 54 years of research,” she told the website Movieweb in 2005, when a remake of the movie was being released. “And that’s a lot of places.”

The Warrens didn’t charge for their investigations; they made their money from movie and television licensing rights, books, lectures and tours of a modest museum of supernatural artifacts adjacent to their home in Monroe, north of Bridgeport, Conn. They had, of course, many detractors.

“Warren, along with her late husband, Ed, are audacious and unabashed frauds, capitalizing on the completely meritless superstition which is all too common in modern society,” The Viking News of Westchester Community College wrote in a 2012 editorial objecting to the use of student activity fees to pay Ms. Warren to lecture.

The Warrens were Roman Catholic, and Ms. Warren said it was her belief that a lack of religion was what often opened the door for malevolent forces to enter a home or a life.

“When there’s no religion, it is absolutely terrifying,” she told The Irish Independent in 2013. “That is your protection. God is your protection. It doesn’t matter what your religion is.”

Lorraine Rita Moran was born in Bridgeport on Jan. 31, 1927. She began having clairvoyant experiences as a child, she said.

She was 16 when she met Ed Warren. Some friends had taken her to a James Cagney movie, and he was an usher at the theater. Soon he was fighting in World War II. They married in 1945, when he was home on leave.

Mr. Warren took art classes after the war and began selling his paintings on roadsides. He had grown up in a house that he believed was haunted, and he began to merge his interest in the paranormal with his artistic abilities: When the couple would hear of a house that might be haunted, he would set up outside it, paint it, then give the painting to the homeowner. He would often end up getting a tour.

The Warrens founded the psychic research society in 1952. Among their investigations was a 1971 case involving a house, said to be haunted, in Rhode Island. It became the basis for the 2013 box office hit “The Conjuring,” in which Vera Farmiga played Ms. Warren and Patrick Wilson portrayed her husband.

Ms. Warren herself had a small part (as she had in “The Haunted,” a 1991 television movie based on a book by the Warrens and three other authors). Ms. Farmiga and Mr. Wilson also played the couple in “The Conjuring 2” in 2016 and “The Nun” last year.

The Warrens drew considerable publicity in 1981 for their involvement in a murder case in Connecticut in which the defendant, Arne Johnson, sought to argue that he had been possessed by the Devil. The judge in the case disallowed the argument, and Mr. Johnson was convicted of manslaughter.

Ms. Warren’s survivors include a daughter, Judy Spero.

Ms. Warren often said that, when investigating a house, she preferred to be allowed to roam freely and to concentrate on the bedrooms.

“That is the easiest way, to sit on the edge of the bed,” she told The Irish Independent. “You know when you go to bed at night, how all these things go through your mind? That’s all recorded. You think these things out. What you have experienced, you go to bed and it is played out for you again. The moment between waking and sleep.”

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War Over ‘The Conjuring’: The Disturbing Claims Behind a Billion-Dollar Franchise

Fans of The Conjuring horror movie franchise will be familiar with the romantic tale of Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life married demonologists who claimed their Catholic faith helped them fend off the forces of evil. In the trailer for the first film, Warner Bros.’ New Line division sold The Conjuring as “based on the true story of the Warrens,” but according to legal filings and recordings obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, it’s possible that even the simple depiction of the Warrens as a devoted and pious couple might have stretched the truth past the breaking point.

It appears that top studio executives were made aware just weeks after the first film opened in 2013 of allegations that, in the early 1960s, Ed Warren initiated a relationship with an underage girl with Lorraine’s knowledge. Now in her 70s, Judith Penney has said in a sworn declaration that she lived in the Warrens’ house as Ed’s lover for four decades. It is unclear whether Warner Bros. took any action in response to these allegations, but the sequel continued to portray them as a happy couple in a conventional marriage. Warners declined to comment, but an attorney for the studio has asserted in court papers that a disgruntled author and a producer suing the studio over profits from the franchise are pushing the story of the Warrens’ personal lives as part of a vendetta. Ed Warren died in 2006, and Lorraine Warren’s attorney, Gary Barkin, says the family has no knowledge of the alleged conduct and his client, now 90, is in declining health and unable to respond to the allegations.

Movie marketers long have found value in claiming that films are based on fact, but there are no explicit rules governing how far filmmakers can deviate from the truth while still including “based on a true story” in advertisements. When challenges have arisen in the past, courts have given the studios a lot of latitude. Sometimes there is backlash against a film when its accuracy is questioned, as happened with Norman Jewison’sThe Hurricane or Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. (Both obviously are more serious “fact-based” films than The Conjuring.) Given the supernatural elements of the Conjuring films, it’s fair to assume that not every fan believed everything shown on the screen was literally true. Skeptical or not, audiences flocked to the movies: The Conjuring and its spinoffs have grossed $1.2 billion for Warners — profits that have spawned a veritable horror show of litigation over who owns the rights to the Warrens’ stories. Another spinoff is in postproduction, and a second sequel is in development.


Ed Warren was a self-taught ghost hunter, while Lorraine put herself forward as a medium who could communicate with spirits. The Warrens didn’t take fees for their work, but they enjoyed immense financial success nonetheless thanks to nine books, a busy lecture schedule and consulting on films based on their exploits — including the 1979 and 2005 versions of The Amityville Horror.

The original Conjuring film, set in the early ‘70s, tells the tale of the Warrens’ dramatic rescue of a family residing in a Rhode Island farmhouse supposedly inhabited by the spirit of a long-deceased witch. From the start, the Warrens’ romantic relationship is central, with Patrick Wilson playing Ed and Vera Farmiga as Lorraine. “Do you remember what you said to me on our wedding night?” Lorraine asks Ed at one point. “You said that God brought us together for a reason.”

But materials obtained by THR suggest that in real life, the Warrens’ relationship was far from divine. Among them is a sworn declaration from Penney, who maintained that Ed — with his wife’s knowledge — initiated an “amorous” relationship with her when she was 15. Penney, who has not been a party to any of the litigation over The Conjuring movies, declined to comment.

Ed Warren was in his mid-30s when he allegedly met 15-year-old Penney. Having not yet gained enough fame as a self-trained demonologist to pay the bills in the early 1960s, Ed was working as a city bus driver in Monroe, Connecticut. Penney was a student at Central High School in the nearby town of Bridgeport who rode his bus. The two began an “amorous relationship,” Penney said in a legal declaration she gave in November 2014. According to that document, as well as newly obtained recordings of Penney’s recollection of events, by 1963 she had moved into the Warrens’ home. For the next 40 years, she said, she had a sexual relationship with Ed with Lorraine’s knowledge. At first, Penney stayed in a bedroom directly opposite the one occupied by the married couple, but eventually she moved into an apartment built for her above the home. “One night he’d sleep downstairs,” she said in a recording. “One night he’d sleep upstairs.”

Even in 1963, a teenage girl did not move in with a married man without attracting notice. That year Penney was arrested after someone reported her relationship with Ed to local police. According to her November 2014 declaration, she spent a night in the North End Prison in Bridgeport while police tried to persuade her to sign a statement admitting to the affair. After Penney refused to cooperate, she was ordered by the court to report to a delinquent youth office for the next month. According to Penney’s account, Ed picked her up from school every week and drove her to the mandated meetings.

Penney has said Ed told her many times that she was the “love of his life.” The Warrens, according to her, presented her variously as a niece or poor girl whom they had taken in out of charity. In May 1978, in her 30s, Penney became pregnant with Ed’s child, she has said. In the declaration, she said Lorraine persuaded her to have an abortion because the birth of a child could become public and any scandal could ruin the Warrens’ business. Though Lorraine has claimed to be a devout Catholic, Penney said her “real god is money.” In a tearful recording obtained by THR, Penney recalled: “They wanted me to tell everyone that someone had come into my apartment and raped me, and I wouldn’t do that. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do, but I had an abortion. The night they picked me up from the hospital after having it, they went out and lectured and left me alone.”

Penney also has claimed Ed was sometimes abusive to Lorraine. Early on, she said, she witnessed him backhand his wife so hard she lost consciousness. “Sometimes Ed would actually have to slap her across the face to shut her up,” Penney said in one recording. “Some nights I thought they were going to kill each other.”

Penney has said she helped Ed maintain his reputation as a ghost hunter. He claimed to have captured the “white lady” — a ghost who supposedly haunts Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut — on tape in the summer of 1990 after camping out in the graveyard for a week. Penney claims Ed wanted to make a video that would show what the white lady would look like if she were spotted, so she took a page from every grade-schooler’s Halloween playbook and donned a white sheet for the filming.

Lorraine’s attorney Barkin tells THR that Judy and Tony Spera, the Warrens’ daughter and son-in-law, never saw any of the alleged conduct during the decades they spent with Ed, Lorraine and Penney. “The Warrens opened their home to Ms. Penney when she was 18 and had nowhere else to live following a childhood of neglect,” writes Barkin in an email. “During much of their career, Ed and Lorraine were on the road, working on cases and giving lectures — and Ms. Penney lived at and watched their house.” They also say Penney had a long-term boyfriend for much of that time, whom she eventually married, and the couple spent holidays with their family. The Speras believe Penney is now being manipulated.

But Lorraine seems to have been intent on preventing any sordid aspects of her story from being portrayed onscreen. Her deal with New Line to serve as a consultant on or model for The Conjuring includes unusual restrictions: The films couldn’t show her or her husband engaging in crimes, including sex with minors, child pornography, prostitution or sexual assault. Neither the husband nor wife could be depicted as participating in an extramarital sexual relationship. Talent attorney Jill Smith says she has never seen specific language barring such depictions, though individuals selling rights to their stories sometimes restrict portrayals. “I have done deals which prevented depictions of certain specific types of odious behavior which are not relevant to the underlying story and [in] which, typically, the person is not known to have participated,” she says.

Soon after the original Conjuring movie opened, producer Tony DeRosa-Grund sent an email informing top Warners and New Line executives that the film was a far cry from the advertised “true story of the Warrens.” DeRosa-Grund — now locked in a legal battle with Warners over profits from the movie after he claims he was unfairly shut out of the sequels and spinoffs — said in his September 2013 email that a woman close to the Warrens had seen the movie and was “mortified as to the inaccurate portrait of the relationship between Ed and Lorraine Warren.” Among those copied on the email were Warners chairman Kevin Tsujihara and marketing chief Sue Kroll as well as Toby Emmerich, then-president of New Line (now president of Warners‘ film studio); outside counsel Michael O’Connor; and in-house attorney Craig Alexander. It is unclear whether Warners responded. (A JAMS arbitrator interpreted DeRosa-Grund’s communication to New Line about Penney as a threat that undermined his credibility. New Line is currently pursuing sanctions against the producer in another pending litigation.)

Not only was the Warrens’ marriage a far cry from the one portrayed onscreen, DeRosa-Grund wrote in his email, but their daughter — also named Judy and portrayed in the original film by Sterling Jerins — had lived not with her parents but with Lorraine’s mother. Penney said she was the only young girl living in the Warrens’ house.

“Ed was a pedophile, a sexual predator and an [sic] physically abusive husband,” wrote DeRosa-Grund. “Lorraine enabled Ed to do this, she knowingly allowed this illegal (read criminal) relationship to continue for 40 years. They lied to the public.” That email was sent after the first film, but 2016’s The Conjuring 2 only amplified the loving relationship between the Warrens. At one point, Ed adoringly sings “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to Lorraine, and the film ends with a callback to that moment as Lorraine puts the record on and the two slow dance in their living room. “The Warrens’ straightforward earnestness fuels the film, more so than their Catholicism,” wrote Sheri Linden in THR‘s review of The Conjuring 2. “Amid the chills and thrills, the childhood anxieties and vulnerability, [director James] Wan has made a celebration of the demonologist duo’s marriage.”


In his September 2013 email, DeRosa-Grund wrote that he had assured Penney he could “temper” the romantic relationship shown between Ed and Lorraine in the sequels. He warned the executives that Penney might tell her story to the media. “Once this comes out, do you think Patrick Wilson or Vera Farmiga would knowingly play Ed and Lorraine ever again?” he asks. “The answer is no one would. … No amount of spin from any crisis PR firm can ever ‘fix’ this once the truth comes out.” (Neither actor commented.)

Penney has never told her story to the media, but it nearly surfaced as part of the sprawling legal fight over the films. Author Gerald Brittle claims in a pending lawsuit that the Conjuring franchise rips off his 1980 book, The Demonologist. Brittle is suing Warners and New Line for a staggering $900 million.

The studio has argued that its films are protected from copyright claims because “no one has a monopoly to tell stories or make movies about true-life figures and events.” But Brittle counters that the studio is aware that the portrayal of the Warrens in his book turned out to be far from truthful. Brittle claims he believed the stories the Warrens told him but later found out they were concocted.

Explosive allegations about the Warrens’ relationship were included in an October 2015 letter to New Line outside counsel O’Connor from attorney Sanford Dow. (It is unclear which party Dow was representing in this matter, and he did not respond to repeated inquiries from THR.) “Mr. Warren has been accused of being cut from the exact same cloth as convicted Penn State football child molester Jerry Sandusky and the accused sexual predator Bill Cosby,” wrote Dow. “Mrs. Warren, in both condoning and covering up these heinous acts, is as complicit as her husband.”

Dow threatened to add these claims in litigation against New Line unless the studio agreed to a settlement. The proposed deal suggested terms to resolve not only Brittle’s and DeRosa-Grund’s issues with the studio but also Penney’s, though she was not a party to the settlement discussions. According to the letter, Penney would transfer her life rights to New Line and sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for $150,000 — the same amount Lorraine initially received for The Conjuring.

The settlement didn’t happen, and explicit allegations have not been included in any litigation against the studio. But buried in a 355-page lawsuit that Brittle filed in March was a claim that Penney was ready to testify about the “epic falsity” of the family dynamic in the films. The lawsuit said Penney would disclose “the absolute charade of this family dynamic as told by the Warrens, and as depicted as ‘fact’ in all of the Defendant’s movies. The true family dynamic was known at the highest executive levels of both New Line and Time Warner.” The suit said the studio ignored the truth “to protect [its] billion-dollar franchise.”

Reached by THR, Brittle declined to comment on the matter or share his knowledge of Penney — whom he has known of for decades. The author even referenced her in his book in a chapter about a 1974 haunting of Peter Beckford’s family home in Vermont. Beckford’s 19-year-old daughter, Vicky, invited a demonic spirit into the family’s life through a Ouija board, the story goes, and he was referred to the local ghost hunters. “Pete telephoned the Warrens and spoke with Judy Penney, a young woman who works as a liaison when Ed and Lorraine are out of town,” Brittle wrote. “Judy has heard some hair-raising tales over the phone, but this one in particularly scared her. ‘The Warrens are out West,’ she told Pete Beckford, ‘but I’ll relay the message to them.’ “

In a countersuit against Brittle filed in September, New Line attorney Benjamin Rottenborn dismisses Brittle’s claims as part of an attempt to sabotage the Conjuring franchise, in league with DeRosa-Grund, who has been admonished for his conduct in at least two judicial proceedings. “For years, Brittle and his cohort, Tony DeRosa-Grund, have conspired to strip New Line of [its] rights, constantly changing positions and concocting new theories with complete disregard for the truth,” he said in court papers.

Legal experts say that Warners and New Line did not necessarily do anything wrong by allowing so heavily a fictionalized portrayal of the Warrens’ relationship. (At the end of each film, Warners includes a standard disclaimer reading, “Dialogue and certain events and characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization.”) “I do think the public understands that ‘based on’ means that some liberties with storytelling have been taken,” says attorney Lincoln Bandlow, who specializes in legal clearance for productions. “It’s a less enjoyable film if the ghost hunters are a bunch of assholes no one likes. You have to have your protagonists be likable.” He adds that because these films are ghost stories and not strictly historical, audiences are even more likely to expect fictionalization: “There’s a giant sense of ‘Take some of this with a big grain of salt’ to this whole project.”

Still, if he were representing the studio, he’d advise caution with respect to misleading fans, even though he doubts a false foundation would spark any viable legal claim.

Attorney Lisa Callif, an adviser to independent producers, agrees that the problem is more a matter of public relations than law. Filmmakers could easily argue that the relationship is not material to the story and justify sticking with the happy Hollywood version. “So what if people believe they have a good relationship?” says Callif. “If I were in this mix and the filmmakers knew all about this other woman, I don’t think I’d tell them that it was necessary to make any changes or to adjust the story.”

As for Penney, now in her 70s, it seems she has never received a cent from the Conjuring movies. Though she clearly has no love for Lorraine, she still seems to have fond feelings for Ed. Though their relationship ended in 2003 and she subsequently married, she remained friendly with Ed until his death in 2006. She still seems to be pondering her past and wondering about Lorraine’s role as well as her own. “As I’m older now, I can’t even fathom why Lorraine let me stay there,” she said in an October recording. “Lots of times I think about, ‘Why did I do this? Why did I screw up my life like this?’ Sometimes I get angry thinking about it, how so much was taken away from me.”

A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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How Did Lorraine Warren Die?

Fans of Lorraine Warren and her paranormal body of work are in mourning following the 92-year-old's death on Thursday. Warren, who traveled the country with her late husband Ed Warren, lecturing about demons, the supernatural and physic phenomena, died peacefully in her sleep, her son-in-law said.

Although the exact cause of death has not been announced, her son-in-law Tony Spera announced on Facebook that she died in her sleep at her Connecticut home on April 18.

"It is with deep sadness that I must announce that Lorraine Warren has passed away. She died peacefully in her sleep at home last night. The family requests that you respect their privacy at this time," the statement read. "Lorraine touched many lives and was loved by so many. She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn't like. She was an avid animal lover and contributed to many animal charities and rescues. She was wonderful and giving to her entire family. May God Bless her."

Warren's grandson, Chris McKinnell, wrote in a Facebook post that Warren was "happy and laughing until the very end."

"Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end," McKinnell wrote. "She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed. Please join us in celebrating her life and honoring her beautiful soul. Remember to treasure those you love while you can. Thank you and God bless you all."

Many fans of Warren's work and the work she inspired, like The Conjuring and The Amityville Horror moves, took to social media on Friday to pay tribute to the paranormal pioneer.

Actress Vera Farmiga, who portrayed Warren in The Conjuring, shared several photos of herself and Warren together.

"My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed. From a deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges," Farmiga wrote. "I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You're waltzing with Ed now."

Celebrity ghost hunter Lee Roberts shared a tribute to Warren on Twitter. "RIP Lorraine Warren, a pioneer in the Paranormal field," Roberts wrote. "Most of you will know the name from The Conjuring films but Lorraine and husband Ed were both Paranormal enthusiasts in their own rights. She'll be sadly missed by many."

"the real lorraine warren went to the heaven and now i'm [broken]! can't find words what i feel now RIP angel! lorraine is flying with angel, meeting with ed warren again," one fan wrote on Twitter.


Warren and her husband were among the most famous and prolific ghost hunters in the United States, leaving an indelible mark on the pop culture world. Along with spearheading paranormal investigations, Warren operated The Warren's Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.

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