Did Annabelle the Haunted Doll Escape From The Museum?
Recently, there have been some rumors about Annabelle the haunted/possessed doll escaping her museum display case.
It all started on Friday when the word circulated on social media that Annabelle was allegedly missing from her case at the occult museum established at the Monroe, Connecticut home of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators whose cases inspired such horror movies as The Conjuring series, the Annabelle series, and The Nun.
The Annabelle doll used in the film "Annabelle." (Wikimedia Commons)
Apparently, Annabelle, the haunted doll star of her own titular horror franchise, was currently leading police on a high-speed, multi-state car chase after escaping her museum display case.
It seems that the museum itself has actually been shuttered since 2017 due to reported zoning violations.
In 2019, the Monroe Sun quoted Monroe police chef John Salvatore on the Warren home: “It is not a museum. It is a residential house. The street is a very narrow public roadway, inadequate for parking for any commercial enterprise. And the traffic generated by the home inconveniences neighbors.”
In the meantime, the possessed doll has reportedly been placed in the custody of the Warrens’ son-in-law, Tony Spera, along with the rest of their artifacts.
In 2014, the late Lorraine Warren explained that Annabelle cannot just be destroyed, because “getting rid of the doll would only get rid of the vessel, not the evil that resides within the doll,” but sounds like the Monroe, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Department is doing the next best thing.
However, to reassure social media users the escape is nothing more than a hoax, museum owner and caretaker of Annabelle, Tony Spera, also the son-in-law of Edward and Lorraine Warren posted a video to YouTube and stood alongside the doll on display, proving she is right where she belongs.
Spera said. “I appreciate all of the concern. I’d be concerned if Annabelle really did leave because she’s nothing to play with.”
Before she was turned over to the Warrens, the doll was first owned by two women who claimed she was “moving through their apartment” and was leaving written notes, according to a Newsweek report. The owners of the doll then consulted with a psychic.
Some paranormal experts claim the doll was tied to a demonic spirit, pretending to be a child, Newsweek reports. Eventually, the doll went into the Warrens’ possession, which led to Annabelle being housed in their museum before its closure.
Even on the Warrens’ first car ride with the doll, Newsweek said the pair claimed they were put in serious danger, and they believed Annabelle caused their car’s brakes to fail. Ultimately, Spera said he wants to put the rumors to rest, but that isn’t without a word of caution, in case Annabelle did actually ever leave.