Lorraine Warren, a paranormal researcher who inspired "The Amityville Horror" and "The Conjuring", who died at age 92


Lorraine Warren was one of the most well known paranormal investigators in America. She and her husband, Ed, have traveled extensively in search of occult and paranormal phenomena, writing books and giving lectures.

She died "peacefully" in her sleep on Thursday night, her son-in-law, Tony Spera,


on Facebook. Warren was 92 years old.

The Psychological Research Society of New England, created by Warren and her husband Ed in Connecticut in 1952,


the news on his Facebook page: "The NESPR team regrets the death of our teacher, mentor, friend, mother, loving Lorraine."

According to "The Demonologist", a book that


In Warrens' career, the couple investigated more than 3,000 paranormal and supernatural disorders. The husband's team has published numerous books about their exploits and inspired many Hollywood hits, including "The Amityville Horror", "The Conjuring" and the "Annabelle" film franchise.

For more than half a century, religious authorities have repeatedly appealed to them during outbreaks of demonic phenomena, including alleged cases of priests possession, says the NESPR website.

She laid the foundation for many Hollywood movies

The writers and directors found their muse in the work of Warren.

"The Amityville Horror", starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, released in 2005, was a remake of the 1979 film of the same name. The Warrens went to the haunted mansion of Amityville, New York, in March 1976, with a press team and a photographer who installed an automatic camera to take infrared photos. This camera captured an image allegedly from a

demonic boy


Moviegoers may remember Warrens from the 2013 film "The Conjuring", in which they feature prominently. He portrays troubling events on a Rhode Island farm in 1971. The owners of the house called Ed and Lorraine Warren to investigate.

"Annabelle" of 2014 is a prequel in Conjuring movies. It contains a possessed doll and has powered two other movies. This real doll that inspired the movies is on display at Warrens' Occult Museum, located in Monroe, Connecticut.

In 1977, the Warrens investigated paranormal events in a house in Enfield, outside of London. These were described in the movie "The Conjuring 2" in 2016.

The actress Vera Farmiga played Warren in the films Conjuring and Annabelle, with the latest film "Annabelle Comes Home", which is expected to come out this summer.

Farmiga acknowledged Warren's death on Twitter. "My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed away, and a deep sense of sadness gives her a deep sense of gratitude," she writes. "I was so lucky to know her and I am honored to describe her."

She lived to prove that "the fairy tale is true"

On Facebook, Tony Spera, his son-in-law, paid tribute to Lorraine. "She was a remarkable soul, loving, caring and generous," he wrote. "To quote Will Rogers, she has never met a person she did not like."

Warren maintained that his faith had anchored him in a life spent trying to save people from demons.

"The fairy tale is true, the devil exists, God exists," summarizes a biography of Warren and her husband on the site of NESPR. "And for us, as people, our very destiny depends on the one we have chosen to follow."

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