Where are Ed and Lorraine Warren now? The OG 'Conjuring' demonologists investigated 10,000 plus cases
When the Winchester brothers set out to hunt down ghosts in 'The Supernatural' we all thought it was a scripted concept until 'The Conjuring' happened. The movie opened up a whole new universe that is richly inspired by Connecticut demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Over the decades, the duo has solved a good number of paranormal cases, some of which have been thoroughly dissected in the James Wan-directed films. The hugely successful franchise enjoys a cult following and that has a lot to do with how close the stories are to the real cases. In 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It', Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as the Warren couple, but where are they now?
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Lorraine passed away on April 18, 2019, in her sleep in her Connecticut home. She was 92. Ed died when he was 79, in 2006. They are survived by daughter Judy Spero. Ed and Lorraine may be gone now but they have left behind a rich legacy that will not only inspire generations of paranormal enthusiasts and but also continue to be subjects of film and television content.
The Warrens were married for 61 years and in that time, they investigated as many as 10,000 cases in the US and abroad. They would often pen down their experiences, which were later read as journals and at times books. Among other things, they founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, Monroe, Connecticut, Bloomberg reported.
They never made money from their visits but would always ask that their expenses be covered. Most of their income came from the books they wrote and the lectures they delivered, most of which were faced with severe criticism from those who refused to believe in the authenticity of their spooky adventures.
Among the countless paranormal occurrences over the years, which includes the haunted Amityville house and Rhode Island villa, what gave them most publicity was the Arne Cheyenne Johnson case in 1981. The accused, 19 at the time, claimed he was possessed by the devil when he killed his landlord to death by stabbing him 20 times using a pocket knife. "The judge in the case disallowed the argument, and Mr. Johnson was convicted of manslaughter," NYtimes reported. He was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison but served only five.
'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' is streaming now on HBO Max.