This is a terrifying case of a Raggedy Ann doll named Annabelle. The case is from the 1970's and is highlighted in the book The Demonologist. This is one of the Warrens most asked about cases. The referral came from an Episcopal priest.
A somber toned clergyman told Ed Warren of two young nurses who had communicated with what they thought to be a human spirit. One of the girls’ friends had been attacked physically, and the activity was still in progress, so Ed accepted the case.
With that the priest gave Ed the phone number of the girls. Ed immediately called the number and upon reaching one of the girls, Ed verified the existence of the problem and told the young women that he and Lorraine were on their way.
Today, AnnaBelle remains locked in a glass case, and is on display at the Warren Occult museum. The only one of it's kind, the museum houses haunted artifacts and objects collected from over 50 years of paranormal investigations. It is still reported that while very week, AnnaBelle still manages to turn up in the strangest of places.
In the 1970's a mother strolling along the street walked into a hobby store, and purchased a large Raggedy-Anne doll as a present for her daughter's birthday. Thus begins one of the most unusual cases of a possessed object on record. Annabelle's antics were so bad, she is now locked inside a protective glass case in an occult museum to keep her at bay.
This incident is a terrifying case investigated by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970's. A priest had contacted Ed, and told him of two young nurses who were experiencing terrifying phenomenon in their home. Strange things were occurring to the point that they had contacted the church for help. The church referred the case to the Warrens, who immediately began investigating.
The disturbance began in the home when the girls discovered a piece of chocolate candy mysteriously left on the stereo in the living room. None of the tenants had bought chocolate, and they were perplexed as to how it had gotten there.
Strange messages were found written in a child's handwriting scrawled on paper. Objects were often moved about the home, never being found where they had originally been left. It seemed as if somebody... or something was sharing the house with the frightened tenants. After a month of unusual occurrences the girls decided that they needed help.
They investigated the history of the property, and also contacted a local medium. They discovered that before the apartments had been built on the land, a young girl named 'AnnaBelle' had died on the property. AnnaBelle used to love playing in the field... they were happy times for her, and her spirit had never left.
The medium explained that little AnnaBelle's spirit was still there, and responsible for the occurrences in the Home. AnnaBelle asked if she could stay with them, by moving into the doll that Donna's mom had bought for her birthday. Not knowing what else to do, the girls said yes, and eventually even renamed the doll AnnaBelle.
The girls came to think of Annabelle as a harmless mascot of sorts, and often left her on the bed in the mornings, or perched on the sofa in the living room. Returning home from work, it seemed to them as if the doll had repositioned itself from where it had been left earlier.
At first, they noticed that the arms and legs of the doll were in a different position. In time... AnnaBelle was changing rooms all by herself. The girls would come home at night to find AnnaBelle sitting in a chair by the front door, or kneeling on the floor. Other times, they would find AnnaBelle sitting on the sofa, even though she was left in Donna's room.
Things reached a fever pitch one night when loud noises were heard coming from the bedroom. Thinking someone may have broken in, they quietly tip-toed to the door. Entering the room, one of the tenants was physically attacked by an unseen entity and ran from the bedroom with slashes and cuts. Nothing out of the ordinary was found in the bedroom except for AnnaBelle... lying roughly tossed in one corner.