Ed Warren (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) was a noted demonologist, author, and lecturer. Lorraine Warren (January 31, 1927 – ), his wife, is a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.
The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and later opened the Occult Museum. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and their own private investigations into various hauntings. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 hauntings during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting.
The Warrens were responsible for training several current paranormal investigating demonologists including Dave Considine, Lou Gentile, and their nephew John Zaffis.
The Warrens are well known for their involvement in the Amityville Horror case in which New York couple George and Kathy Lutz claimed that their house was haunted by a violent, demonic presence so intense that it eventually drove them out of their home.
Lorraine Warren told a reporter for The Express-Times newspaper (Easton, Pa.) that the Amityville Horror was not a hoax, saying about the Lutzes, “We know them”. Beneath pleasant outward appearances, the Warrens’ Web page on Amityville casts them unfavorably in describing the Amityville case’s most vociferous critic, the late Stephen Kaplan, coauthor of “The Amityville Horror Conspiracy.” The Warrens write: “It’s believed that the hoax rumor began with a man who called himself Dr. Steven Kaplan, although he held no doctorate degree from any university. This fact was exposed on several occasions, yet that never stopped Mr. Kaplan from making these claims. He was the self-proclaimed president of the Parapsychology Society of Long Island and some other related societies, presumably founded by himself.” The Warrens failed to note that they, too, had founded their own paranormal organization and saw nothing wrong with it.
The reported events of the haunting are the basis for the 1977 book The Amityville Horror and 1979 and 2005 movies of the same name.
The Warrens’ most famous case, the Amityville Horror, has been thoroughly investigated by other researchers and revealed to have most likely been a complete hoax. Despite such evidence, the Warrens’ continued belief in the events surrounding the Amityville case seriously strained their credibility in the eyes of many other paranormal researchers.
The New England Society for Psychic was founded in 1952 and the goal at first was to simply investigate hauntings. Then, around 1965 the Warrens went into a home where remained the spirit of a little girl named Cynthia and they listened to the little child coming through a deep-trance medium and she was looking for her mother. Ed thought to himself, “This is horrible, this little child is earth-bound. She’s looking for her mother constantly day in and day out. How do I help this child?”
It was no longer just experiencing the hauntings, now the Warrens wanted to help. The question arose as to where to get the knowledge to help anybody in spirit. The Warrens decided the logical course of action was to turn towards the Catholic Church. The results of their interviews and investigations helped form the basis of the N.E.S.P.R. The Warrens believed that the combination of both scientific and spiritual methods were necessary to properly investigate and resolve cases. The N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals as a result, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college student and house wives, all of whom work as volunteers. The N.E.S.P.R. works on a non-profit basis.