A tribute to a legendary supernatural pioneer, a trail-blazer who started a movement of paranormal investigation that collaborated with the metaphysical for the purpose of discovery of life after death.
Lorraine Rita Warren was born on January 31, 1927, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. She attended Lauralton Hall, a prestigious Catholic girls' high school in Milford, Connecticut. She was best recognized in her career as an American paranormal investigator and author associated with prominent cases of hauntings and professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband during their lives.
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. She once told a reporter, “When there’s no religion, it is absolutely terrifying. That is your protection. God is your protection. It doesn’t matter what your religion is.”
Edward “Ed” Warren Miney & Lorraine Rita (née Moran) had much in common, creating a journey that would last for decades. 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.
As he gained more recognition, Ed did not need to paint a haunted house, to have access to its investigation. Soon enough, he became noted in the community as a demonologist, author, and lecturer.
Lorraine, as a professed clairvoyant and medium, was a perfect fit for Ed's work. She worked closely with him for more than 20 years. In 1952, 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.
In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost-hunting group in New England. They followed with the establishment of The Warren’s Occult Museum. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated more than 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting.
Stories of ghost hauntings popularized by the Warrens have been adapted as or have indirectly inspired dozens of films, television series, and documentaries. They are best known for their work on The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), and The Haunted (1991), alongside 17 other films in the Amityville Horror series and seven films in The Conjuring Universe.
Ed passed away on August 23, 2006, at the age of 79. Lorraine continued representing and enhancing the legacy both Ed and Lorraine started over the span of over 50 years.
Lorraine was well known for her admiration, perspectives on the paranormal, and her teachings from one perspective that founded many of the beliefs ongoing in today's community.
Recently, on April 18, 2019, at the age of 92, her family members and many friends grieved with Lorraine's passing and the end of the Warren Legacy. This sentiment was shared by many of those in the paranormal community around the globe. Though missed, both Lorraine and her husband will never be forgotten.
The Warren Legacy Foundation for Paranormal Research is a worldwide network of dedicated experts from many diverse fields of study, working together to study the paranormal, teach the public and future generations of researchers, aid psychics with their abilities, and help those troubled by the paranormal.
Led by Chris McKinnell, this nondenominational organization continues the work of his grandparents, Ed and Lorraine Warren. Today this international network of paranormal researchers dedicate themselves to continue the Warrens’ mission all over the world. Their website is found here.
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