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Where It All Began

Ed & Lorraine Warren

Although they’ve passed on, Ed and Lorraine Warren have been considered America’s preeminent experts on the subject of spirits and demonology. Even more important perhaps, is the fact that for the past 50 years, religious authorities have consistently turned to Ed & Lorraine to control some of the most profane outbreaks of diabolical phenomena in the country. If you had nobody that would listen or help, you turned to the Warrens.

 The Warrens dedicated their lives to investigating the supernatural to help bring an understanding of the other side to the forefront while helping bring peace to the families affected.  The work they performed and the events they have encountered is nothing short of remarkable.   The cases they have documented, along with the relics and artifacts they have collected, are considered to be the most powerful connections between the human world and spirt world.

Ed Warren was a demonologist.  Lorraine Warren was a trance medium.  They were not occultists.  They were not strange.  If you had the privilege of speaking to them, they would seem like normal folks with regular jobs.  They were ordinary people who happen to do extraordinary work in a field that most people fear or don’t believe.

The forces they confronted are religious entities that – by their own admission – exist for the sheer purpose of opposing the works of God.

Diabolical forces are formidable.  These forces are eternal and they exist today.  In a world that scoffs at ghosts and laughs at the unusual, the Warrens deliver a contrary message.  That message is this: The fairy tale is true.  The devil exists.  God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.

Timeline

1944

Ed & Lorraine Meet

When Ed was 16 years old, he worked as an usher at “The Colonial Theater” in Bridgeport, CT, where Lorraine and her mother were regulars.  Ed befriended Lorraine and they began dating.

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1944

1945

Ed Warren Gets Deployed

Ed Warren enlisted into the Navy on his seventeenth birthday and would be deployed for just 4 months before his ship was sunk in the North Atlantic.

1945

1945

Ed & Lorraine Get Married

After Ed’s ship was sunk, he returned state side on a 30 day “Survivor’s Leave.” While home, Ed & Lorraine wed and became Mr. & Mrs. Ed & Lorraine Warren.

1945

1951

Ed Returns & The Family Grows

After the Warren’s got married, Ed concluded serving in the Navy during WWII and returned home. Ed & Lorraine had a daughter and named her Judy.

1951

1951

Ed Goes To Art School

Ed had a talent for painting and enrolled in Yale’s art subsidiary, Perry Art School.  His painting depicted mostly haunted houses throughout Connecticut and other ghostly works.

1951

1952

Ed & Lorraine Hit The Road

Ed withdrew from school after 2 years and the couple set up “pop up” stands throughout tourist areas of Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island & coastal Connecticut to sell Ed’s paintings.

1952

1952

N.E.S.P.R. is Founded

Ed’s interest in the paranormal went beyond his paintings & drawings.  When he heard any report of a structure being haunted, he & Lorraine (a skeptic at the time) would travel to the site to investigate.  Ed would stand out in the street and sketch the house, then approach the homeowners with the sketch as a friendly gesture to get invited into the home.  It worked.

1952

1968

Annabelle

A student nurse is given a Raggedy Ann doll as a gift and she brings it home where she lives with a roommate.  Almost immediately, the roommates noticed strange occurrences with the doll and they were introduced to a medium who told them the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle.  The two roommates tried to accept the doll’s spirit and please it only to have it reciprocate maliciousness and violent intent.  This is when Ed & Lorraine Warren were called and pronounced the doll demonically possessed.  They removed the doll from the house and encased it in a glass box to contain the evil spirited entity.

1968

1971

The Perron Family

Situated in Harrisville, Rhode Island, the home owned by the Perron family  was said to be haunted by a witch from the 19th century by the name of Bathsheba Sherman.  Based on the Warren’s research, the witch cursed this particular piece of land so that any inhabitants would eventually suffer a painful untimely death.  This case inspired the 2013 film, The Conjuring, which Lorraine Warren was a consultant on.

1971

1974

Amityville (Lutz Family)

In 1974, in the small Long Island Town of Amityville, NY, 23 year old Ronald DeFeo, Jr. brutally shot his parents and his 4 siblings while they slept in their beds.  Just 1 year later, George & Kathleen Lutz purchased and moved into the home for a bargain price of just $80,000, which also included much of the DeFeo’s furniture.  The Lutz family only stayed in the home for 28 days before being terrorized out of their home by a demonic presence.

In May of 1975 (5 months after the Lutz family left the home), Ed & Lorraine investigated the home along with a news crew to document the findings.  During the investigation, an infrared time lapse camera picked up an image of a demonic boy standing at the bottom of the stair case.  The Warrens concluded that the house was inhabited by an evil supernatural entity due to its violent history.

Some aspects of Ed & Lorraine’s account of this case was portrayed in the opening scenes of the 2016 film “The Conjuring 2.”

1974

1977 - 1992

Other Cases

The Warrens investigated over 100 known cases and collected evidence, relics, artifacts and testimony from each site of demonic activity.  Many of these accounts inspired books, TV Shows and Hollywood movies such as the ones in “The Conjuring” universe.

1977 - 1992

1979

Judy Meets Tony

It truly was love at first sight, well, for Tony anyways!  When Judy waved at Tony, mistaking him for someone else, Tony was determined to chase her down and find this mysteriously gorgeous woman.

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1979

1952 - Present Day

The Warrens’ Occult Museum

Throughout the Warrens’ investigative career, Ed & Lorraine collected various artifacts and relics that were attached to some form of demonic presence.  Those items are housed  in the museum that was founded by Ed & Lorraine.  

Today, Tony Spera, whom has worked with Ed & Lorraine for over 30 years and is still actively investigating demonic activity, now Director of NESPR and head curator of the Warren Occult Museum located in Monroe, CT.

1952 - Present Day

Meet the N.E.S.P.R. Team

Tony Spera
Co-Director, NESPR
Curator, Warren's Occult Museum

Tony Spera is a paranormal researcher and the son-in-law of famed paranormal researchers, Lorraine and Edward Warren. Tony has worked with the Warrens since the mid 1980's and is considered an expert in paranormal research. A former police officer, Tony holds an Associates degree in Law Enforcement, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut. He has appeared on several paranormal television reality shows and has spoken at numerous colleges and universities. Tony and his team are continuing the legacy and work of the Warrens through their passionate involvement in paranormal phenomena and desire to help families afflicted by haunting phenomena. Tony was a consultant on two movies, " The Conjuring " and " The Conjuring 2 " released by New Line Cinemas. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Judy.

Judy Spera
Co-Director, NESPR

Judy Spera is the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and married to Tony Spera. Although Judy does possess psychic ability, she has not developed it to a high degree, due to her aversion to becoming too involved in the supernatural realm. Growing up, stories related to her by her father scared her to such an extent that she finds it difficult to immerse herself in some of our more serious investigations. Rather, she serves as our voice of reason, offering useful insights into methods and techniques we employ while performing our investigations.

Dan Rivera
Sr. Lead Investigator

Dan Rivera has been involved in paranormal research and investigations for over a decade. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, at an early age he was introduced to haunting phenomena, having witnessed paranormal events occurring in his home. Dan is a U.S. army veteran and is an expert in the rites and rituals of Santeria.

Chris "Jeek" Gilloren
Lead Investigator

Chris "Jeek" Gilloren has been part of the NESPR team since 2012. A decorated 25 year veteran police officer that has served on several units, extensively trained in interview and interrogation techniques. Chris is a skeptic, always seeking the truth and looking for logical explanations. He's not quick to label something as paranormal or haunted. There are people, alive and in the afterlife, who are suffering and Chris wants to be part of a solution to helping them.

Jimmy Petonito
Lead Investigator

In the late 80’s. Jimmy started taking pictures and audio recordings in local cemeteries that were thought to be haunted. In 1991, Jimmy shared his research with the Warrens. He became a part of the NESPR team as a paranormal photographer. Jimmy also taught classes on the paranormal and ghost hunting for 10 years. Since then, he has earned the name, "Mr. Haunted." Jimmy has been investigating the unexplained for over 30 years, having investigated hundreds of homes and locations and has assisted in 49 exorcisms.

Rick Clark
Senior Investigator

Rick Clark is a medical technician in a pathology lab. He’s been a member of NESPR for 25 years. Rick believes in doing his best to solve a haunting with non paranormal explanations first without jumping right to the result of being paranormal. That’s the scientific mind in Rick. Over the years working with Ed and Lorraine, Rick has seen some extraordinary things that could not be explained by the known realm.

Lauren Fay
Spirit Rescue, Medium, Empath

Lauren has always been sensitive to spirits and the energies around her. Lorraine claimed that Lauren had such a brilliant light that the earthbound spirits can see it from heaven! Lauren also takes many paranormal photos that show unusual energies and anomalies. Spirits have been drawn to Lauren since she was a child and they trust her. This brought her to her current job of being a spirit rescue medium. She crosses over earthbound spirits.

Anthony Holmes
Motivational Speaker, Religious Advisor, Investigator

Anthony really enjoys working with other paranormal investigators to help give the clients the answers they need. Anthony enjoys working hands on with clients to better understand what they may be going through, as this can be a helpful tool in future educational material.

Deena Holmes
Motivational Speaker, Religious Advisor, Investigator

Deena really enjoys conducting deed research and historical data collecting, as she feels this aspect of what they do can help them paint a picture of the past. This is also the backbone of their investigation, because without having the history of a location, they are doing a client a disservice.

Tim Dalton
Investigator, Equipment Tech & Videographer

Tim Dalton is our teams Equipment Tech / Videographer for the NESPR Society. He extensive knowledge on the use of unique equipment that gives our group the results and evidence needed to make a formal decision of possible paranormal activity.

Eric Vitale
Investigator

Eric Vitale has been investigating the paranormal for six years and is heavily influenced by the work of the Warrens. He finds he is often drawn to dark, dangerous cases that involve evil and sometimes demonic entities. He feels the team’s use of trigger environments are a surefire way of communicating and eventually crossing over trapped spirits. He’s from Rochelle Park, New Jersey, and feels his Catholic faith guides him in his mission to help families in need.

Michael Salerno
Catholic Demonologist, Spiritual Warfare Counselor

Michael Salerno is a US Navy Veteran with over 10 years of experience in the paranormal realm. He is a Catholic Demonolgist & Spiritual Warfare Counselor who helps clients experiencing demonic hauntings. Michael is also the founder of East Coast Angel's Paranormal Rescue.

Eric Morin
Catholic Paranormal Investigator

What began as a childhood filled with paranormal encounters has led to a career of 20 years experience. Eric currently in Law Enforcement & is an artist. He is knowledgeable in the Occult and New Age practices. He is also an associate with East Coast Angel’s Paranormal Rescue.

Team Spiritual Advisors

Archbishop Plato Angelakis

Archbishop Plato Angelakis was ordained an Orthodox Catholic priest with the Oblates of St Therese in Wisconsin in 1999, Independent priest in the Old Roman Catholic Rite. He was instituted as a cannon with the Anglican Missionary Society of the Americas in 2005. He is an active member of the American Association of Exorcists since 2013 and holds a certificate as Registered Exorcist -Deliverance Minister - Advance Practice. He was elevated to Archbishop and Official representative for The Mexican National Catholic Church for Canada in 2018.
Presently, he presides as Archbishop of The Holy Order of Saint Michael The Archangel and Archdioceses of the Mexican National Catholic Church in Canada. Since 2013, he has been registered as an Exorcist in Communion with The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel In California. To continue his education and development, he is also enrolled in the Exorcism and Prayers of Deliverance course at Instituto Sacerdos at Vatican Rome 2020. Due to the extremely volatile and often dangerous nature of performing exorcisms, he is also a registered Critical Care Nurse.

Keeyah Lynn

Keeyah Lynn is an empath and clairvoyant, as well as a Tarot and Konxari reader. She assists Archbishop Plato Angelakis with exorcisms and intense house cleansings. She is a Reiki Master, studying to be a Grand Master and does extensive crystal work. Keeyah is a trained critical care nurse, due to the often-times dangerous nature of exorcisms. She has appeared on “Into the Haunting “ and “The Other Side” and is currently writing a book about the haunting she lived through. Her favorite expression is “Kicking at darkness until it bleeds light."

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