Movie Night: Annabelle

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The other night I finally got around to watching Annabelle. I read about the real Annabelle doll years ago so I was excited when the movie came out. I won’t say much about the plot of the movie, except that it is completely different and fictional compared to the true stories of the doll. Still very entertaining.

I read some articles about paranormal happenings on the set of the movie. I always think it’s really interesting when I read stuff like that. The same thing happened with The Conjuring, which is the sequel to Annabelle (even though it came out prior to Annabelle).

Here’s some links to just a couple of those articles if you’re interested:

What I found most interesting is that the doll is blessed twice a month by a priest. I think I read that before, but I’d forgotten. After I watched the movie the other night, I re-read the story for a refresher.

Click here to go to The Warrens website and read Annabelle’s story

 

 

 

The Possession in Gary, Indiana

Source: IndyStar

Source: IndyStar

The story of Latoya Ammons and her family has gotten the attention of practically the whole world. There’s almost 800 pages of official records as well as dozens of interviews with police, psychologist and family members. There’s also interviews with employees of the Department of Child Services and a Catholic priest.

Latoya moved in to her rented home in November 2011. The oddities didn’t take long to manifest. First, the family noticed a peculiar amount of black flies swarming their screened-in porch. That might not sound weird at first, but this was in December. And no matter how many were killed, they just kept coming back.

In March 2012, the family had some company over. Screams were heard from upstairs and when Latoya made it up there, she witnessed her 12 year old daughter unconscious and levitating above the bed.

The family decided it was time to try and get some help. Most of the churches in the area refused to get involved, though one did offer the suggestion of using oil to draw crosses on all of the windows and doors in the home (which they did).

Then, the family met with a few clairvoyants who told them there was more than 200 demons in their house and they should move.

Unable to afford a move, the family took more advice and put an altar in their basement and smudged their house with sage. The house was only still for 3 days before the activity began again. This time at an alarmingly increasing rate.

Latoya’s twelve year old daughter said that she was held down while a voice told her that she wouldn’t live another twenty minutes or see her family again.

The children’s grandmother (Latoya’s mother), Rosa Campbell said in an interview that “the demons didn’t affect her because she was born with protection from evil. She said she, and others like her, have a guardian who protects them.”

Some nights were so bad the family was forced to stay in a hotel.

Next, they consulted their family doctor. While in the office, both of Ms. Ammons sons began cursing in demonic voices while one of them was lifted and thrown into the wall (incidentally knocking him out). When he woke up, it took 5 grown men to hold down the seven year old.

Valerie Washington from Child Services interviewed the family at the hospital. While doing so, the youngest son started to growl and his eyes rolled up into the back of his head. Then, he wrapped his hands around his brother’s throat and wouldn’t let go until his hands were pried off of him.

Later that evening, Valerie and registered nurse Willie Lee Walker brought the two boys into a small exam room for an interview. Their grandmother joined them.

The 7-year-old stared into his brother’s eyes and began to growl again. “It’s time to die, I will kill you,” he creepily said in an unnatural voice. While he spoke, his older brother started to head butt his grandmother in the stomach repeatedly. She grabbed his hands and began praying.

All of a sudden, to everyone’s amazement, the boy oddly smiled and started walking backwards UP a wall to the ceiling. Then he flipped over onto his feet, all while his grandmother was still holding onto his hands. Valerie said there was no way possible that this could happen and said that he “glided”.

The boy does not recollect this occurrence and he was unable to repeat the unbelievable feat.

Child services then took the kids into custody with out a court order.

In April 2012, Rev. Michael Maginot visited the family. While he was there, he witnessed lights flickering, blinds swinging in one of the bedrooms (when there was no wind or air flow to cause it), and he also saw unaccounted for wet footprints in the living room. He told the family the home wasn’t safe, so they temporarily moved in with a family member.

Clinical psychologist Stacy Wright evaluated the youngest son and said, “This appears to be an unfortunate and sad case of a child who has been induced into a delusional system perpetuated by his mother and potentially reinforced” by other relatives, she wrote in her psychological evaluation. It was noted that his stories started to change each time and he would begin to act possessed when he was challenged or asked a question he didn’t particularly want to answer.

Clinical psychologist Joel Schwartz, who evaluated Ammons’ daughter and older son, came to a similar conclusion.

“There also appears to be a need to assess the extent to which (Ammons’ daughter) may have been unduly influenced by her mother’s concerns that the family was exposed to paranormal experiences,” Schwartz wrote.

Latoya, and all three of her children continued to insist they were possessed by demons.

The Dept. of Child Services decided to set goals for the family. One of them stipulated that the children “not discuss demons and being possessed and … take responsibility for their actions.” It was also necessary to begin attending therapy to address past behavior.

While Latoya was credited for sharing a “close bond” with her children, the agency also said she needed to use “alternate forms of discipline not directly related to religion and demon possession.” Appropriate discipline included encouragement, rules and withholding privileges. She could work on those goals during supervised visits with the children.

The mother also had to find a job and appropriate housing “due to the paranormal activity” at the house on Carolina Street. While she worked on meeting those objectives, police and The Dept. of Child Services officials continued to investigate strange happenings in the house.

On May 10, 2012, the people present at the home were Rosa Campbell, Latoya Ammons, Charles Austin, Rev. Michael Maginot, child services family case manager Samantha Ilic and a few other officers.

Police Captain Charles Austin said he left the house at nightfall. The officer has dealt with many scary instances; he’s been shot at, investigated homicides, rapes and robberies, but he said he would not stay in the house after dark.

From the article at IndyStar:

“The other officers continued to walk through the home. On the main floor, they noticed an oil-like substance dripping from venetian blinds in a bedroom but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, police records state.

To make sure Campbell or Ammons hadn’t poured oil on the blinds, two of the officers used paper towels to clean it off. The officers sealed the room for 25 minutes and stood nearby so no one could walk in.

When they went back in, the oil had reappeared, according to police records.

Maginot told police the liquid was a manifestation of a paranormal or demonic presence.”

The family’s case manager, Samantha Ilic went through a string of medical problems after visiting the home. A week after she visited the house for the last time, she got third-degree burns from a motorcycle. Within the next 30 days, she also broke three ribs while jet skiing, broke her hand when she hit a table, then broke her ankle running in flip-flops.

“I had friends who wouldn’t talk to me because they believed that something had attached itself to me,” she said.

Rev. Maginot told Latoya to look up the names of the demons that were tormenting her. Each demon has a name and personality; and the name has power, he said.

Latoya said she and a friend looked up the demons’ names online by searching for demons that represented the problems the family had been having. The computer kept shutting down. She said she felt sick, lightheaded. But they did find names that fit.

One such name was Beelzebub, lord of the flies, she said. She said they also found names of demons that torture and hurt kids, which she felt explained what happened in the Carolina Street house.

Rev. Maginot ultimately performed three major exorcisms on Latoya Ammons – two in English, and the last one in Latin – in June 2012 at his Merrillville church after he was given permission by Bishop Melczek to perform the rites.

The Reverend said his voice continued to get louder and more forceful until the demon weakened. He said he could tell how strong the demon was by how much Ms. Ammons convulsed.

Two police officers stood nearby in case Ammons needed to be restrained.

Latoya said she prayed with Rev. Maginot until it became too painful. She said she felt like something inside her was trying to hold on and inflict pain at the same time. “I was hurting all over from the inside out,” she remembered.

In the final exorcism at the end of June 2012, Rev. Maginot said he prayed and berated the demons in Latin, rather than English.

Police officers didn’t attend this time, so Maginot said his brother stood guard. The Reverend said Latoya convulsed while he condemned the demons but did not convulse during prayer. When she fell asleep, he was thankful.

It would be the last time that Latoya saw Rev. Maginot. She and her mother drove back to Indianapolis, where they say they now live without fear.

The Aftermath:

Ammons’ old home on Carolina Street became an object of local curiosity — so much so that the owner and landlord, Charles Reed, called the Gary Police Department to ask officers to stop driving by the house because it was scaring his new tenant.

He said there were no problems in the home before or after Ammons and her family lived there. “I thought I heard it all,” said Reed, who’s been a landlord for 33 years. “This was a new one to me. My belief system has a hard time jumping over that bridge.”

However, when told of the Catholic Church’s involvement in the situation, Reed said that made him “less skeptical.”

Latoya regained custody of her three children in November 2012, about six months after they’d been removed. DCS continued to check in on the children and make sure they were going to school until the case was closed last February.

Ammons called her children’s return the happiest day of her life. “It was just awesome,” she said. “I hadn’t been that happy in God knows how long.”

The children said they felt safe after they left the house on Carolina Street. “No demonic presences or spirits in the home,” family case manager Christina Olejnik wrote in her meeting notes dated Jan. 10, 2013.

For her part, Latoya said it was not the psychologists who resolved her problems but God. “When you hear something like this,” she said, “don’t assume it’s not real because I’ve lived it. I know it’s real.”

Story Source: IndyStar

Who WAS That?

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I had a weird thing happen yesterday. It was around 3:00 – 3:30 and I was sitting at my desk at my office.

I could hear something outside, so I looked towards the window and saw one of our employees doing something like throwing something in the back of one of our trucks. I barely paid attention.

Then, a few minutes later, he came into the office, got into the key cabinet for a minute, either put back or grabbed a set of keys, then left. I had quickly glanced at him to see who it was that came in the office. I thought about asking him about a job he’d been on earlier that day, but figured I’d just wait. This was a very common thing for the guys to do, so I went back to doing whatever I was doing on the computer without any thought.

Then, about a half hour later, that same employee calls me and says that they are heading back from the job they’re on…which is an hour away. I said, “Wait, you weren’t just in here a half hour ago?” He said, “No, we’ve been down here the whole afternoon.”

I am still trying to figure out what happened. We only have about six employees. Two of them called off work yesterday and weren’t even here. Another two of them were out doing other jobs. The one I thought I saw was with another employee an hour away! None of them look alike for me to have mistaken one for the other.

WHAAAAAAAT?!

Emails From the Dead

Communication with those who’ve passed is changing right along with technology. Long ago are the days when we waited for a sign from our loved ones in person. Now, it can happen from unexpected sources like your email inbox.

Excertps from an article on Yahoo!:

When Jack Froese, 32, died of a heart arrhythmia in June 2011, he left behind a number of grieving friends and family members. But the BBC reports that several mysterious posthumous emails from Froese’s account have brought some happiness and closure to those who were closest to him.

Last November, five months after Froese’s death, his childhood best friend Tim Hart received an email from Froese’s account.

“One night in November, I was sitting on my couch, going through my emails on my phone and it popped up, ‘sender: Jack Froese.’ I turned ghost white when I read it,” Hart told the BBC. “It was very quick and short but to a point that only Jack and I could relate on.”

The email had the subject heading, “I’m Watching.” While the text of the message itself read, “Did you hear me? I’m at your house. Clean your f***ing attic!!!”

Could you imagine? I don’t know what I would do if I saw an email from my dead friend saying, “I’m Watching.” Yikes!!!

Read the full article here

Ther article also tells about a website, Dead Man’s Switch, where YOU can send your loved ones emails after you pass on, too.

WHAAAAAAT?!? Teen Exorcists (UPDATED)

This is absolutely crazy.

Introducing, Brynne, Tess and Savannah, three sisters from Arizona that have been exorcising demons since they began experiencing the demons of puberty. Now aged from 17 to 20, they say they’ve already performed dozens of demonic exorcisms all the way from here in the US of A to Africa. They’ve been in extensive training with Reverend Bob Larsen (who claims to have performed over 15,000 exorcisms) and the three are hoping to make the air waves shiver with the possibility of a new reality show highlighting their spiritual slayer skills. In a recent CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, the girls discussed how they became involved in exorcism (the eldest is the daughter of the aforementioned reverend), what Hollywood has gotten right about the possessed (ohhhh how delightful! It’s their crazy eyes!) and their hope in joining the multitude of paranormal-themed reality television shows that grows in number annually. This reporter seems skeptical considering that they seem to be more interested in selling themselves as opposed to be the humble and loving Christians that they claim to be.

Maybe TV fame will “possess” them and they’ll decide to turn into slutty pop music wannabes who make horrible decisions. One can only hope, huh?

Here is a response from Reverend Bob Larsen on how he feels he was mistreated on the show:

“I just completed an appearance on “The Anderson Cooper TV show,” seen nationally, Wednesday, February 22, 2012. You may read this before or after seeing the appearance.  (To see excerpts of the show, go to:  http://www.andersoncooper.com/episodes/i-am-a-teenage-exorcist-plus-jesse-tyler-ferguson-modern-family/). Of all the national media appearance I have done, this was by far the most hostile. Cooper has a reputation for being a fair journalist, but his treatment of me was far from fair. It was “ambush” journalism at its worst.  Anderson was cynical with his mind made up from the start.”

Read the rest of his response here

What I think…is that it was quite foolish of him and the teenage ladies to go on a talk show to begin with. And these girls, if they are sincere in their wishing to help expel evil — they don’t belong on TV. Especially after I read that they’ve been home schooled their whole lives; this world will eat them up alive and spit them out. TV is the last place they should be focusing their energies.

Adele’s Haunted House

Picture from: dailymail.co.uk

Last week it was reported that Adele is a bit spooked to stay in her rented home alone. The mansion, in Sussex, is her home while renovations are being done on one she’s to own. Thinking it may be haunted, she’s recently moved in her female bodyguard so she doesn’t have to stay in the house at night by herself.

According to the Sun, her friends said she said she keeps “hearing things that made her jump” in the ten-bedroom mansion, which used to be a convent, and has vowed never to spend another night alone there. It’s been said she told her friend, “I’m not rattling around here on my own. It gives me the creeps.”

And she is reportedly paying the bodyguard, a former chauffeur, £100,000 a year to stay with her in the mansion, which is set in 25 acres of land and boasts two swimming pools.

(I’ll live with you, Adele!!!)

Speaking to the paper, her friend said, “Adele was so excited to be renting such a lavish property but it has not turned out as happily as it should have. She is convinced it is haunted. She knows about its religious history – and it’s a big place to be in on your own in the dead of night.”

Check out this really cool video of Adele chatting with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes:

 

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