Is creepy Annabelle from The Conjuring a real doll?


The Conjuring is supposed to be based on a true story, but one of the scariest parts of the film is the creepy doll Annabelle. Is she real too?

The haunted doll in the movie IS based on a real doll, but she looks nothing like the one in the movie. The real Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll who resides at the Occult Museum at the back of the house of the demonologists depicted in the film, Ed and Lorraine Warren.

According to lore on the Warrens’ website, the antique Raggedy Ann doll was purchased by a mother for her nursing student daughter in 1970. Soon the daughter, Donna, and her roommate Angie claimed that the doll would appear in different places and rooms, and in different positions. They reported that the doll would write messages like “Help Us” and “Help Lou” in a child’s scrawl.

After the unexplainable behavior continued the girls took the doll to see a medium who contacted a spirit who said it was a young girl named Annabelle Higgins who died in a cornfield where their apartment complex was built. They decided to give Annabelle permission to live with them and be loved, but it turned out it was not a young girl’s spirit they contacted, but a supposedly evil, demonic one.

The real Annabelle doll with The Warrens

Donna and Angie’s friend Lou, who didn’t know about the doll, claimed that he awoke to find the doll strangling him when he stayed over one night. Eventually the Warrens came to investigate the situation and arranged an exorcism. Afterward the exorcism they took Annabelle home with the, where she appeared to levitate in a chair. After a number of other strange incidents they had a special case built for Annabelle to protect themselves from the spirit believed to be inhabiting her. Since the case was built she has reportedly not moved, but the Warrens blame her for the death of a young man who came to visit the museum and aggressively banged on the glass of her case.

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Do you believe the story of the haunted Raggedy Ann doll?

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15 thoughts on “Is creepy Annabelle from The Conjuring a real doll?

    1. Ohmygosh I woke up 3ish and was all I’m bored let’s starcasm. I saw that movie opening weekend and read the article title. Needless to say I decided against it very quickly.

  1. Google “Robert the haunted doll” for a really creepy story.
    Also, quick clarification because I’ve seen other people asking this elsewhere—the Warrens belong to a denomination of Christianity that does not believe in ghosts so therefore anything supernatural is attributed to a demon.

    1. omg! yes, i went on the ghost tour in Key West and heard that story! i immediately thought of robert when i read this story.

  2. Ummmmm holy crap, I used to have a doll just like the raggedy ann doll just like this one. My grandmother gave it to me when I was 8 and it was my Mother’s before me. We both hatted that doll and always had nightmares about it. I would always throw a sheet or blanket over it …. CREEPY.

  3. Horrible that director changed the appearance of the original doll,
    Annabelle (a Raggedy Ann Doll). Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I am
    way more terrified by a Raggedy Ann Doll gone evil than by this fake
    portrayal of the Annabelle doll. In the first place, who would ever let
    this disgusting looking doll into their house? And it’s looks are not
    at all historical (that the movie claims it to be) to a Victorian era
    doll. What were they thinking about? Probably sensationalism for money
    at the cost of the Warren’s hard earned life’s work and reputation.

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