‘The Conjuring’ house’s new owners say it’s still haunted

Just one month after buying the real-life haunted house that inspired the scary hit movie “The Conjuring,” its new owners say they’re witnessing unexplained paranormal activity.

Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, who bought the historic farmhouse in Harrisville, RI, in June, told to a local news station that weird occurrences have already cropped up.

“Footsteps, knocks, we’ve had lights flashing in rooms,” Cory said. “And when I say lights flashing in rooms, it’s rooms that don’t have light in there to begin with.”

He also told the Sun Journal — a publication based in Maine, where the Heinzens are from — that they’ve experienced doors opening on their own. He added that he has a hard time staying in the house alone.

“I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, [but] it’s very busy,” he said. “You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.”

The Heinzens, who say they work as paranormal investigators, admitted they are scared given the Perrons — the family “The Conjuring” is based on — said the supposed spirits were playful at first. But then they turned sinister, attacking the family, lifting their beds, causing mystery illnesses and more.

The couple has set up 12 cameras recording video 24-7 inside and around the house for what Cory called “research” — as well as a potential future documentary. (This week, the Travel Channel announced it will air a two-hour special about “The Conjuring” house on Halloween called “Ghost Adventures: Curse of the Harrisville Farmhouse.”)

Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, who are paranormal investigators, bought the Rhode Island house from "The Conjuring" earlier this year.
The Heinzens say they’ve heard footsteps and knocks. They’ve also seen doors opening on their own as well as lights flashing in rooms that don’t have any fixtures.WJAR

“It’s magical,” Andrea Perron, one of five daughters that lived in the house with her parents, told Rhode Island’s NBC 10 News. “It’s a portal cleverly disguised as a farmhouse. It’s multiple dimensions, interacting simultaneously.”

It was these occurrences that caused the family, in 1973, to tap famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to examine the house. The Warrens’ experiences inspired the 2013 horror movie. In fact, Lorraine was a major consultant on the film and maintained that the movie’s scenes — including phenomena such as clocks stopping at exactly 3:07 a.m., birds flying into windows and the family dog found dead in the backyard after refusing to go in the house — were accurate.

While all seven family members moved out in 1980, the house’s next owner, Norma Sutcliffe, said her “living hell” came after the movie was released. The home became an unofficial attraction with people trespassing to see the set at all hours of the day. It was so bad that Sutcliff actually sued Warner Bros. in 2015.

The case was settled out of court with a confidentiality agreement — and the Heinzens actually want to encourage visitors. They plan to preserve and fix up the historic home, originally built in the 1700s, in order to open it up to both curious travelers and other paranormal investigators later this year.

“This whole journey has been both scary — for many reasons other than paranormal — and exciting all at once,” Jennifer said. “I love that we have the opportunity to share the home with others.”

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