Ed Warren was born and raised in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut on the tough east side. That part of the city was known as the " Bloody Bucket ', because it was a frequent hang-out for hoodlums and gangsters.
While Ed was a boy, he lived in a haunted house from the age of 5 until age 12. His father, then a police officer would explain to young Ed that the strange occurrences witnessed in the home had a logical explanation…but of course his dad never did come up with a logical explanation. There were times when Ed would be out playing, and if he returned to the house and no-one was home, he would not enter the house…sometimes staying outside for hours in the freezing cold weather.
Ed would see ghosts, hear footsteps, pounding sounds, and rapping on walls frequently in the house. This frightened him, but also made him want to learn more about the types of phenomena he had encountered.
When Ed turned 17, on September 7, 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with the armed guard aboard a Merchant Marine ship. He saw action in the Pacific Theatre. He was decorated for heroism after saving a fellow sailor from icy waters after their ship caught fire.
Lorraine Warren was born Lorraine Rita Moran in Bridgeport, Ct. She attended prestigious Laurelton Hall private school in Trumbull, Ct. She worked at various jobs during the war to help the war effort.
Ed and Lorraine Warren were married on May 22, 1945 in Bridgeport, Ct. They have one daughter, Judy, who is married and lives in New Milford, Ct.
After his World War II service, Ed attended Art school . He painted nautical scenes, country landscapes, and his real passion-"Haunted Houses". He began touring the New England states with Lorraine seeking out haunted houses to paint .
One now famous house that he found was the "Ocean Born Mary House" in Henniker, New Hampshire. Ed likes to relate the story as such: "I was with Lorraine and another couple that we used to socialize with. We were probably about 19 or 20 years old at the time. We were traveling around New England trying to sell some of our paintings, which I did sell for tremendous prices, 3 or 4 dollars each! You have to remember though that back then gas was 12 cents a gallon, and hot dogs were a dime. A movie was a quarter. So the 3 or 4 dollars we made on each painting wasn't so bad after all. Anyway, we were driving through New Hampshire and I see this sign that says "Henniker" … I looked back at my friend Jerry who was in the back seat and said that I had heard of a haunted house…the " Ocean Born Mary " house and that it was in Henniker. Jerry looked at me and said, " Oh , come on Ed, there must be a hundred Hennikers". Just then we rounded a corner and there was a sign that said, " This is the only Henniker on EARTH! ". So I guess that solved THAT argument."
"Anyway, we asked some college kids where the house was, and they gave us directions to it. We pulled up front, and man, I gotta tell you, it sure did look haunted from the outside. I said to Jerry, who was a real skeptic up to this time, " Hey Jerry, why don't you go up to the door and see if they'll let us in?" His response was "Are you crazy? There's no way I'm going up there!"
"So I did the logical thing. I threw Lorraine out of the car and locked the doors! I knew if anybody could get us in, it would be Lorraine, with her Irish charm and all. We watched as she knocked on the door. We saw this light in a window high above, then the light reached the lower level and finally the door opened. We could barely make it out, but soon we saw Lorraine motioning for us to come on up. To make a long story short, we all got into the house and spoke with a Mr. Roy, the caretaker. This was the first time Lorraine had ever had a psychic experience…she astrally projected out of her body and hovered above us!"
Since that time, Lorraine Warrens psychic abilities have steadily increased. She has been tested at UCLA under the watchful eye of Dr. Thelma Moss. Her abilities are well documented. Lorraine can best be described as a clairvoyant and light trance medium. This means that she can hear, feel, and sense things through her sensitivity or "sixth" sense, rather than the normal five senses. She can also see a persons "Aura". Lorraine describes it like this; "A persons Aura is the supernatural glow that emanates from every living thing. It is the energy that surrounds us, it evens surrounds our pets. I can tell quite a lot about a person from this glow. You see the aura produces different colors, blue hues, green, red, yellow and various other shades. They have different intensities to them, some are bright, some are dull, sometimes they spike out like fireworks. From the condition of the aura I can tell a lot about a person. I can tell if they are religious or not, if they have emotional troubles, or even if they have a violent temper."
The Warrens have been the nations top psychic researchers for over 3 decades, and have lectured extensively at colleges and universities through out the country. They were 2 of only a handful of investigators ever allowed into the infamous "Amityville Horror" home and have the only pictures ever taken inside the house.
The Warrens have had 2 movies made of their cases, one "The Haunted" from their book, and the other "The Demon Murder Case'' also from their book "The Devil in Connecticut."
The Warrens have published 9 books. They are:
They continue to lecture throughout the country, and hold classes on the supernatural. They also personally escort a guided tour throughout England & Scotland annually.
Lorraine Rita Moran was born on January 31, 1927 at Bridgeport, Connecticut, to parents James and Georgiana Moran.
From an early age, Lorraine knew she was different from other children. At age 9 she recalls seeing lights around people, including the nuns who taught her at the prestigious Laurelton Hall parochial school in Milford, Connecticut. Of course she would later learn that she was actually seeing the human aura, the supernatural glow that surrounds every person.
She recalls commenting to one of her school mates that one of the nun's lights was brighter than Mother Superior's lights. Unfortunately for Lorraine, Mother Superior overheard her, and young Lorraine was roundly punished for talking about lights around people.
At age 16 Lorraine met her future husband, Ed Warren. Again, the encounter was not without a supernatural element. She recalls, "My friends and I were going out to a movie. One of my girlfriends said she knew a nice boy she wanted me to meet. Now I really wasn't into boys at all. I thought they were all rough and loud and scruffy. And besides, none of them could ever live up to my father or my brother, who were very gentle and loving to me. But after much coaxing I relented, and did agree to meet this boy. That boy was Ed."
Lorraine continues, "There was this young, cute kid, slim in stature and dressed very neatly. He was clean-cut and full of fun. After the movie, he asked if he could walk all of us home, and we agreed. About a block before my house, one of the girls said, "Hey Ed, there's your house, you'd better go. Now you must remember that times were different back then. Boys normally didn't walk girls all the way to their front door. My girlfriend knew that if we continued on our way, it would just be Ed and me, left alone. Ed smiled and waved good bye to all of us, and turned and ran across the street, toward home. At that moment, as I watched him, I didn't see the young, athletic boy of 16 years old. Psychically, I could see him as he was many years later, an adult man with graying hair and a more portly stature, the man that I would spend the rest of my life with. In fact, when I arrived home that evening, I wrote in my diary, "I will spend the rest of my life with him."
Lorraine Warren's psychic abilities have been well documented, having been tested at UCLA and deemed to possess a very high degree of psychic awareness.
She and her husband, Ed Warren have investigated thousands of cases of haunting and other supernatural phenomena, and have been acknowledged as "America's top Ghost hunters."
Director, New England Society for Psychic Research
Tony Spera is the son-in-law of Ed and Lorraine Warren. He is married to their daughter, Judy.
Tony has been interested in the supernatural since his late teens. A former police officer, Tony looks at possible haunting phenomena with a critical and skeptical eye. It isn't enough to be told by a family of phenomena that is occurring in a home. Tony's previous investigative experience allows him to methodically investigate a haunting, and with a very critical eye.
Tony began working with Ed and Lorraine Warren in 1981, and learned all that he could about the supernatural realm by reading books, gleaning information from Mentor Ed Warren, and going on hundreds of cases with them. He has assisted the Warrens with their college lectures for over twenty years.
He lives in New Milford, Connecticut with his wife, Judy.
Manchester Community College
Associates Degree, Law Enforcement
University of Connecticut
Bachelor's Degree, General Studies
Graduate, Connecticut Municipal Police Training Academy.