Rumor of the Annabelle doll, the supposedly supernatural toy that inspired horror films such as “The Conjuring,” escaping from the Warren occult museum in Connecticut has continued to trend on social media and google top trend, but what actually triggered the speculation?
The terms “Annabelle” and “Warren Museum” both started to trend on Twitter as social media users posted messages about the demonic doll that purportedly was on the loose. These fears, however, were for naught, as the Annabelle doll did not actually escape from the Warren Museum — it is, after all, an inanimate object.
For those unfamiliar, the Warren’s Occult Museum was a real place and housed some of the artifacts collected by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The duo is perhaps most famous for investigating a haunted house in New York in 1975.
That investigation inspired the book “The Amityville Horror” and several films of the same name. The pair also investigated reports about a Raggedy Ann Doll that was supposedly possessed by a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. This doll, which was later put on display at the museum, also inspired a number of horror movies.
Here’s an image from the New England Society for Psychic Research Facebook page that supposedly shows the real Annabelle doll.
But the Warren’s Occult Museum is no longer in operation right now, and both Ed and Lorraine Warren are dead and according to Atlas Obscura, the museum was shut down in 2018. The Monroe Sun hinted that the Warrens’ son-in-law, Tony Spera, was searching for a new home for the museum.
Mind you, the status of the museum is a bit of a moot point, as this rumor did not start with any police reports, ghoulish videos, spiritual sightings, or a frantic call from Spera to be on the watch for a demonic doll like the Annabelle. The rumor actually started from what could be said to be a mistranslation.
We learned of the rumor circulating on social media shortly after the Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Annabelle Wallis, the actress who played Mia in the “Annabelle” movie. Wallis talked about her new film, “The Silencing,” as well as what it was like to work with Tom Cruise in “The Mummy.”
Annabelle Wallis also discussed “running” in her interview, and the Hollywood Reporter, of cause, included a video of some of the “escape” scenes from “The Mummy.” As this news circulated on Chinese-language social media sites, the news about Wallis running appears to have been misconstrued as the Annabelle doll escaping from her base.