By Pam McLoughlin, New Haven Register 10/04/14
MILFORD: On the night Hollywood released the horror movie, “Annabelle,” a sell-out audience at Lauralton Hall was spellbound, hearing about the real Annabelle — a demonic doll — from paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, who cracked the real-life case, along with her late husband, Ed Warren.
The real Annabelle doll lives in a locked box at Warren’s Occult Museum at her Monroe home.
The doll in the movie is a frightening looking porcelain doll in a child’s image, with long hair and the real Annabelle — the one in Warren’s museum — is a plain-looking classic Raggedy Ann doll with red yarn for hair.
But the Raggedy Ann at the Warren’s Museum is no ordinary doll. According to the Warrens, it is inhabited by an “inhuman spirit,” and there is a warning on the glass case not to touch.
One museum-goer who ignored the warnings and taunted the doll, died in a motorcycle crash shortly after being told to leave the museum.
The movie is a prequel to “The Conjuring,” based on the Warren’s real-life case involving the doll. The couple had a lot of input in the first movie, but “Annabelle,” is fabricated.