In 1971, Ed and Lorraine Warren 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. 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.
The Warrens are American paranormal investigators and authors. Edward Warren or Ed was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer. He would later become a self-taught demonologist, author and lecturer. His wife Lorraine Warren is a psychic / clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.
A Haunting Worse than AmityvilleIn 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR), the oldest ghost hunting group in New England. They authored numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations which documented their various encounters with paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 cases during their career. However it should be noted that multiple sources estimate the real number of Warren paranormal cases to be in the hundreds.