The Annabelle porcelain doll, which appears in James Wan’s horror films, is based on a Raggedy Anne doll with red thread for hair that is kept behind a blessed glass panel in a wooden box at the Occult Museum of ‘Ed and Lorraine Warren in Monroe, Louisiana.
The true story of the Annabelle doll that sparked a horror franchise is far scarier than in the movies.
The doll appears in films set in the Conjuring universe, created by horror director James Wan.
Annabelle appears as a disturbing porcelain doll supposedly haunted by a demonic spirit.
But the real doll — a Raggedy Anne toy with red yarn for hair — looks nothing like the one in the movies.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren said Annabelle belonged to a nursing student who took her to a psychic after ghostly phenomena began occurring around her house.
The medium told the young woman that the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a little girl named Annabelle.
But after an inspection, the couple decided that Annabelle was in fact possessed by an “inhuman spirit”.
This spirit is blamed for the death of a biker who tempted fate by ignoring the “positively do not open” sign attached to the doll’s containment box.
Visitors to the Warren Occult Museum in Monroe, Louisiana have been told that an “inhuman spirit” inhabits the doll and that they should not touch its display case under any circumstances.
But a motorcyclist who visited disobeyed the demonic rulebook – which brought him to a gruesome end.
The curators were forced to escort him out for taunting Annabelle and tapping on her drink. He was then involved in a fatal accident with a car.
Speaking of the motorcyclist’s plight, the demon fighter couple’s son-in-law Tony Spera said, “Never take things like this lightly, thinking it’s a joke.”
Spera – who now owns the museum – has refuted claims that the doll escaped, a rumor that emerged from a Chinese translation error.
A Chinese YouTuber called Hi Tech was translating an interview with Annabelle actress Annabelle Wallis, who discussed the possibility of running with Tom Cruise on camera.
The mistranslation turned her statement into “Annabelle got away”.
Fears that an allegedly possessed doll might be released lit up social media, but the fears were quickly put to rest.
Spera – who now works as a paranormal investigator – uploaded a video from the museum to reassure people that the doll was still behind her glass prison.
“I’m here at the museum because of the rumors that Annabelle escaped.” Spera said in the video.
” I need to tell you something. I don’t know if you’re going to want to hear this or not, but Annabelle didn’t escape…
“She didn’t go on a trip. She didn’t fly first class and she didn’t go out to visit her boyfriend.”