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Cancel Flag comment. Situated out the back of the Warrens house, it certainly has a sinister quality. Strip lighting from a hardware store? I for one appreciated it. Yes, this is where Annabelle lives.
After a quick, mandatory blessing by a deacon from the local Catholic church — ensuring I do not, by my ignorance, become a vessel for evil spirits during my visit — we enter the Museum. It is, as the kids say, a vibe. Every item here and there are literally hundreds has a story, which Spera is more than happy to relay. Everything here, from dusty books to Halloween masks to plaster skulls has some kind of alleged supernatural provenance. A normal-looking plastic dinosaur toy is in fact the centre of a demonic possession case which ended in a murder.
The main event, of course, is Annabelle. The backstory of this particular item hews pretty closely to its cinematic lore. According to Spera, a student nurse was given the doll back in The nurse visited a psychic medium, who told her the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle. Turns out that Annabelle is more than capable of exerting her psychic will on all manner of vehicles, so nobody is safe. Yes, I did deign to get a photograph directly next to the doll, disregarding my friends and loved ones who asserted quite confidently that doing such a thing would no doubt force me under the pall of a terrible curse.
I make no apologies for my dangerous lifestyle. It was definitely something to check off the bucket list. It leaves to be seen what the future of the Occult Museum is now that the Warrens are gone, but one thing is for certain: Judy Warren and Tony Spera are totally committed to telling the stories and keeping the legacy going into the next decade. Already registered? When he looks up she is just there looking at him. He is changing.
We lost our son about 4 years ago he was 28 years old and sadly committed suicide. Our family is very close and this was devastating. We have been blessed with a new Grandson who is now 18 months old. On several occasions he points up to the ceiling and says my sons name.
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He also looks into mirrors and says his name. He has been doing this since about the age of 10 months. He is not old enough to ask where he is yet so when he randomly just points up and says his name its pretty remarkable and gives us great validation that there is life after death. I have also lost my first little girl with a heart condition and when my son was 9 years old he came flying of the steps in our house and said mommy there is a little girl in your bedroom and described her. He was white as a ghost and I said its ok maybe its Amber the little girl I lost.
I said who did you run into and he said I saw that same little girl I saw when I was a little boy. I was shocked! I now wonder if that little girl was my daughter and if she was coming to familiarize herself with him because we lost him 6 months later. My daughter is For the last 2 years she has talked about my grandmother, her great grandmother coming to her at night. She describes the visits in vivid detail and says she really enjoys her visits… at first I was not sure what to make of it, but now I think she really is experiencing something meaningful.
Shirley, my 3 yr. He has seen him a couple of times before at night time and has woke up crying and almost unconsolable to where he had to go downstairs to sleep with his mommy and Daddy to calm down. We did not know if he dreamed him or what but he said the blue man woke him up?