Weird Things Keep Happening To The Couple That Bought The House From ‘The Conjuring’
Do you believe in monsters? The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot have millions of devoted folks that swear they are real. There are also countless people that believe in vampires, and even claim to be night-dwelling bloodsuckers themselves. However, it’s easy to poke holes in their logic and make fun of them for being gullible enough to think things that are so fantastical and silly could ever exist. But if you ask these same skeptics if they believe in ghosts, you’ll get a lot of different answers.
Look, physical monsters can’t be real, but ghosts? They’re invisible, so how do we not know if they’re lurking around right now? Ghosts play into our fear of the unknown and things that can’t be explained in life and in death. So it’s no wonder that there are so many people who aren’t willing to dismiss ghost stories. It’s also no wonder there are so many that we see on movie screens. But when fictional ghost stories intersect with real life, that’s where things get interesting (and terrifying)…
Almost as long as movies have been around there have been films made about ghosts and hauntings.
The Ring, The Grudge, and The Haunting are just a few examples that terrified multiple generations. But there are even comedy and romantic spirit movies such as Beetlejuice and Ghost with Patrick Swayze.
But one of most popular ghost films of all time is The Conjuring. It spawned not only sequels, but spinoffs and its own cinematic universe similar to what Marvel has with superhero films.
What makes these movies so popular? For one, they’re all absolutely terrifying. That helps when making scary movies.
But what makes them so terrifying? The fact that they are based on true events. And we know that many scary movies say that.
However, there was never a real Texas chainsaw massacre. They just drew inspiration from a serial killer and veeeeery loosely based a movie on it. Meanwhile, The Conjuring universe revolves around the Warrens, who were as real as you can get.
The Perron Family
Edward Warren Miney and Lorraine Rita Warren were paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of hauntings.
They traveled far and wide looking into any manner of ghost and demon they could find. One such case brought them to a house in Harrisville, Rhode Island.
The Perron family claimed that weird and scary things were happening. They thought it was being haunted by Bathsheba Thayer, a former resident of the home that was accused of being a satanist after her children died young. She allegedly hanged herself in the backyard.
If you’re familiar with the 2013 blockbuster The Conjuring, then this story sounds mighty familiar to you.
That’s because it’s what the movie was based on. Yeah, they didn’t stray too far from the source material. It was a real place with real people.
So, if you lived in a haunted house, what would you do? Burn it to the ground so no one else could ever be tormented by the evil within? Well, the Perrons didn’t and the house still stands.
Not only does the house still exist, but it was actually purchased by another couple.
Cory Heinzen and his wife Jennifer were originally from Maine, but they moved and bought this Rhode Island farmhouse. Want to guess what happened next?
Nothing. They had a lovely time and never noticed anything strange whatsoever… just kidding. You won’t be surprised to learn that almost immediately they started noticing strange happenings. They heard footsteps, voices and saw smoke. Well, what did they expect?
Cory described in detail all the otherworldly, spooky events that began happening around him almost the moment he entered his new home.
“It’s been very busy. Doors opening and closing on their own, footsteps, knocking and disembodied voices.
Last night, we had a black mist in one of the rooms. It looks like smoke. It’ll gather in one area and then it’ll move.”
Yeah, that’s definitely what you want to see when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Just As He Planned
So is Cory going to immediately pack up his belongings, find somewhere else to live and demolish this home like the Perrons should have done back in the ’70s?
Not at all. As you’d imagine, it would have been nearly impossible for him to purchase this home without hearing about its infamous reputation.
This isn’t a story of a real estate agent pulling a fast one on a gullible customer. This is the story of a savvy consumer getting just what they wanted…
You see, Cory is also a paranormal investigator. And this is the ultimate case of bringing your work home with you.
Or at least, buying a home for work. Cory became interested in ghosts during his time in the military.
He heard screaming and cannons on a Civil War battlefield. No one else could hear it, so he felt he must have a gift (though we personally think it’s a curse). So he purchased the house and decided to move their with his family.
Checking Things Out First
As you’d imagine, he was thrilled to find that there were actually strange events happening at this fabled location.
Also, you don’t have to worry: he never intended to put his family in any danger. He had a plan going in.
He moved in first, and his wife and teenage son would move in three weeks later after they realized everything was safe. He’d seen enough horror movies to know what goes down. However, that meant he was alone in this haunted house for 21 days!
Well, we guess he wasn’t really alone. After all, he kept hearing all those footsteps and disembodied voices, so something was in there with him.
And it wasn’t just him hearing it. Not even a paranormal investigator would want to be surrounded by ghosts all on their own, so Cory invited a friend to stay with him.
His pal Bill has also heard all these strange things. Bill is a fellow paranormal investigator and also a cryptozoologist (someone that looks for creatures such as chupacabras).
Bill understands that his field is an easy one to mock, and he’s quick to point out that skepticism is an essential element in it.
You can’t just believe everything you find. You need proof. And after staying in this house, Bill feels he’s found proof of these entities, saying:
“I’m a skeptic. First off, I do not believe in spirits. What I do believe however is there’s a possibility of other dimensions, something that is essentially on a different wavelength.”
One of the creepiest things that happened while the two were at the house happened one night (of course it had to be when it was dark).
At 10:30 P.M. the friends noticed the back porch’s motion-sensor light turn on, even though there was nothing there.
Of course, being out in the middle of nowhere in a haunted house and having a presence make itself known, they did what any rational person would do. Turn and run away forever? No: they grabbed their gear.
Their gear included an REM pod, which produces a siren that grows louder the closer a “presence” gets.
It also alerts its user when there is a sudden temperature change. Well, the thing started going off almost immediately.
The duo still didn’t flee, however. They actually decided to have a conversation with the presence. They said that as they spoke, the REM pod got louder. Was the spirit agitated? They weren’t sure, but it certainly made itself known to them.
See For Yourself
Are you skeptical about all of this? Well, you can go and check it out for yourself.
Cory and his wife are hoping to eventually open up their doors (which may even open on their own) to visitors for some non-profit tours of the historic house.
They are also in talks to produce a special with the Travel Channel about the site. So if you don’t believe in ghosts and aren’t scared, why don’t you prove it by visiting. Go on… we dare you.
Do You Believe?
So, if you were a skeptic, did this make you a believer in the paranormal?
Personally, we don’t know, but we aren’t in any rush to go buy a haunted house and live in it to prove one way or the other.
Either way, if you’re home alone at night and hear footsteps or faint whispers, it might be a good idea to leave as soon as possible. The last thing you need is to turn around and see something like this coming to greet you.