Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Odds & Ends: Possessed Doll Annabelle is Real -- Police Squad Car UFO Encounter -- Missouri Cattle Mutilations


Annabelle is Real: 'The Conjuring' Doll

One of the creepiest parts of the truly scary The Conjuring is the evil possessed doll Annabelle, who makes up the cornerstone of Ed and Lorraine Warren's spooky museum of trophies. Director James Wan redesigned Annabelle for the movie, giving her a much more disturbing appearance, but in real life Annabelle was just your run of the mill Raggedy Ann doll.

Donna got Annabelle from her mother in 1970; mom bought the used doll at a hobby store. Donna was a college student at the time, and living with a roommate named Angie, and at first neither thought the doll was anything special. But over time they noticed Annabelle seemed to move on her own; at first it was really subtle, just changes in position, the kinds of things that could be written off as the doll being jostled. But the movement increased, and within a few weeks it seemed to become fully mobile. The girls would leave the apartment with Annabelle on Donna's bed and return home to find it on the couch.

Their friend Lou hated the doll. He thought there was something deeply wrong with it, something evil, but the girls were modern women and didn't believe that sort of thing. There must be an explanation, they reasoned. But soon Annabelle's actions got even weirder - Donna began to find pieces of parchment paper in the house with messages written on it. "Help us," they would say, or "Help Lou." Just to make the whole thing that much creepier nobody in the house had parchment paper. Where the hell was it coming from?

The escalation continued. One night Donna returned home to find Annabelle in her bed, with blood on her hands. The blood - or some sort of red liquid - seemed to be coming from the doll itself. That was enough; Donna finally agreed to bring in a medium. The sensitive sat with the doll and told the girls that long before their apartment complex had been built there had been a field on that property. A seven year old girl named Annabelle Higgins had been found dead in that field. Her spirit remained, and when the doll came into the house the girl latched on to it. She found Donna and Angie to be trustworthy. She just wanted to stay with them. She wanted to be safe with them.

Being sweet, nurturing types - they were both nursing students - Donna and Angie agreed to let Annabelle stay with them. And that's when all hell broke loose.

Lou started having bad dreams, dreams where Annabelle was in his bed, climbing up his leg as he lay frozen, sliding up his chest to his neck and closing her stuffed hands around his throat, choking him out. He would wake up terrified, head pounding like all blood had been cut off to his brain. He was freaking out. He was worried about the girls.

A few days later he and Angie were hanging out, planning a road trip, when they heard someone moving around in Donna's room. They froze - was it a break in? Was there an intruder in the apartment? Lou crept over to the door, listening to rustling within. He threw open the door and everything was as it should be - except Annabelle was off the bed and sitting in a corner. As he approached the doll Lou was consumed with that feeling, a burning on the back of the neck that indicates someone was staring at you and he spun around. Nobody was there. The room was empty. And then sudden pain on his chest. He looked in his shirt and saw a series of raking claw marks, rough ditches in his flesh that burned. He knew Annabelle had done it.

The weird claw marks began healing almost immediately. They were totally gone in two days. They were like no wounds any of them had ever seen before. They knew they needed more help, and they turned to an Episcopalian priest, who in turned called in Ed and Lorraine Warren.

It didn't take the Warrens long to come to their conclusion: there was no ghost in this case. There was an inhuman spirit - a demon - attached to the doll. But they warned that the doll wasn't possessed; demons don't possess things, only people. It was clinging to the doll, manipulating it, in order to give the impression of a haunting. The target was really Donna's soul.

A priest performed an exorcism on the apartment and the Warrens took possession of the doll. They put it in a bag and began the long drive home; Ed agreed to stay off the highways because there was a concern that the demon might fuck with the car, and at 65 miles an hour that would be disastrous. And sure enough, as they drove on the back roads, the engine kept cutting out, the power steering kept failing and even the brakes gave them trouble. Ed opened the bag, sprinkled the doll with holy water and the disturbances stopped... for the moment.

Ed left the doll next to his desk; it began levitating. That happened a couple of times and then it seemed to just quit, finally laying quiet. But in a couple of weeks Annabelle was back to her old tricks; she started appearing in different rooms in the Warren home. Sensing that the doll was ramping back up the Warrens called in a Catholic priest to exorcise Annabelle. The priest didn't take it seriously, telling Annabelle "You're just a doll. You can't hurt anyone!" Big mistake: on his way home the priest's brakes failed, and his car was totaled in a horrible accident. He survived.

Eventually the Warrens built a locked case for Annabelle, and she resides there to this day. The locked case seems to have kept the doll from moving around, but it seems like that whatever terrible entity is attached to it is still there, waiting. Biding its time. Ready for the day when it can again be free. - Bad Ass Digest

Deliver Us From Evil: True Cases of Haunted Houses and Demonic Attacks: Taken from the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren Demonologist and Medium

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Dennis Brekke -- sheriff of Warren, Minn., in 1979 -- stands in front of the car that reportedly was struck by a UFO that year. Brekke said the incident began when deputy Val Johnson decided to check out a bright light. Johnson's vehicle eventually collided with a foreign object that shattered the police car's headlight, dented the hood, cracked the windshield and bent two antennas. (AP Photo/The Grand Forks Herald, Jenna Watson)

'UFO squad car' still a talker at Minnesota county fair

Back home for her 55th class reunion, Janet Anderson visited the Marshall County Historical Society Museum. It's a routine stop whenever she and husband Lyle return to their hometown from their residence in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The top museum attraction for the Andersons -- and many others -- is a patrol car from what's commonly known as the "Warren UFO Encounter" of 1979, the Grand Forks Herald reported (http://bit.ly/148lokR ).

"Most of this kind of stuff, I don't believe," Janet said. "But I believe this story. You have to believe in some things that you don't understand."

The Andersons aren't alone. During county fair week each summer, museum visitors routinely number 5,000.

"The car is the single item that most people mention as their reason for coming here," said Kent Broten, the museum president.

Added Vice President Mike Johnson: "People drive hundreds of miles out of their way to see it. At least, that's what they tell me."

Dennis Brekke, the county sheriff in 1979 and now retired, regaled the Andersons and others about the incident, which involved Deputy Val Johnson, who is believed to now live somewhere in Wisconsin. Johnson appeared on "Good Morning America" soon after the incident, but quickly grew tired of interviews and attention about the episode.

Bit by bit, Brekke recounted details that baffled investigators, including Honeywell scientists:

The patrol car left skid marks of 800 feet. Johnson suffered "welder-type" burns to his eyes from bright lights. The car's two antennas bent, one at a 90-degree angle, one at 45 degrees. Both the patrol car's clock and Johnson's watch stopped for 14 minutes. Johnson remembered nothing during a 40-minute time period. The windshield was cracked, but the force of the damage didn't seem to come from either outside or inside forces.

"Val told me that he knew something happened, but he didn't remember what it was," Brekke said. "The last thing he remembered was a big light that came all of a sudden."

County officials wanted the patrol car, a rust-colored 1977 LTD with only 60,000 miles on it, repaired and returned to the fleet. However, Brekke said, he persuaded them to leave it as it was for public consumption.

"People like strange and unusual things they don't understand," Brekke said.

The Warren UFO has resulted in two programs on the History Channel and another in 2012 on the Travel Channel, according to Herald archives.

Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis is making the Warren episode part of his upcoming book on Minnesota UFO sightings and other phenomena such as crop circles and creatures such as Bigfoot.

"Some people who come to my talks believe in this and some are skeptical yet still curious," Lewis said. "Some are hoaxes, planes or satellites, but some are unexplained. I leave it up to the audience to make up their own minds.

"Plus, I simply don't know. After more than 20 years of doing this, I'm left with more questions than answers."

However, 82-year-old Ethel Thorlacius, who has worked at the museum for decades, has witnessed a trend.

"At first, a lot of people made fun of it," she said. "But there's a different mentality now. People are much more likely to believe there is something different out there, that we're not alone." - Twin Cities

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Missouri Rancher Discovers Three Mutilated Cows; UFO Group Investigating Alien Theory

Lyn Mitchell, a Missouri rancher living about 80 miles from Kansas City, has reported three cow deaths on her property. That wouldn't be unusual were it not for the state the carcasses were found in.

The most recent cow was discovered in the field, her tongue removed, her teats cut off, her heart removed and dangling outside of her body. When the rancher moved her, there was a strange, char-like pattern in the dead grass.

What does all this mean? One theory: alien experimentation.

The vet said that there was no blood on the ground, the cuts were precise, and that the heart and chest cavity had little blood in them, which was very unusual and unexplainable. He vet also said that he knew animals did not cause the wounds. He looked for bullet holes or other injuries to the cow but could find none, and he does not know the cause of death.

Mitchell says she's found two of her other bovines in similar states. One had her entire udder, anus and tongue removed. In 2011, she says, she found a heifer calf with her tongue, genitalia and jaw muscle removed.

Mitchell told news station KSHB that she's open to the possibility that these bizarre surgeries were performed by aliens who touched down on her property. Daily RFT would like to posit a slightly more plausible but equally worrisome solution: A total freaking psycho is loose in Henry County and he/she is now the proud owner of cow cadaver anus, udder, tongue and teats and doing who knows what with them.

To that end, we put in a call to the Henry County sheriff's department to find out what they have in terms of human leads -- we'll update if we hear back. - Riverfront Times

Stalking the Herd: Unraveling the Cattle Mutilation Mystery

Enter the Valley: UFOs, Religious Miracles, Cattle Mutilations, and Other Unexplained Phenomena in the San Luis Valley

An Alien Harvest: Further Evidence Linking Animal Mutilations and Human Abductions to Alien Life Forms


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Rihanna ‘enlisting help of psychic as she is paranoid about losing her fame’

If she’s not on stage performing for her fans, she’s in the studio, on Twitter or lapping up the life of luxury on a yacht with pals.

Constantly doing something, the 25-year-old has also turned superstitious and has invested in a Buddhist fortune-teller and a psychic for help.

‘Rihanna is exhausted at the moment and feeling lonely,’ a source said.

‘She’s worried her fans could turn against her and is also convinced she’ll lose her fame.

‘It’s made her really superstitious. She sees signs and omens in normal events.

‘Rihanna has been to see a psychic and a fortune-teller, and asked for a look into her future.’

But in addition to her physcic, she’s also got best pal Cara Delevingne on side to help her out.

The source added to The Sun: ‘She has also been spending more and more time with model Cara Delevingne.

‘She has a phone that only Cara and her mum can reach her on. When they are together they stay up all night talking and drinking.

‘Cara is the person she turns to for everything these days, especially when she’s feeling down.

‘They speak and text constantly and are trying to spend as much time together as possible.

‘Rihanna’s bodyguards have a nightmare because they disappear down stairwells and out side doors and go out on childish jaunts when they are out together.’ - Metro

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