Ben HaywardJuly 11th

Now, call me cynical, but if you were to purchase one of the most famously ‘haunted’ houses in the world you couldn’t be too surprised if some ‘weird’ stuff started happening to you…

The chequered history of the Harrisville home in Rhode Island wasn’t enough to put off Cory Heinzen and his wife Jennifer from buying their dream home which coincidentally is the real life house which inspired The Conjuring.

Based on the true story of the Perron family, who lived in the Harrisville home in the 1970s, The Conjuring was a surprise box office hit back in 2013 and has since given birth to the a successful franchise.


The Conjuring depicts the 18th-century farmhouse where Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters were supposedly terrified and even possessed by spirits - and the resultant visit of paranormal experts and ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Although Ed died in 2006, Lorraine was a consultant on the film, insisting that many of the movie’s most harrowing moments actually happened, telling USAToday: "The things that went on there were just so incredibly frightening. It still affects me to talk about it today.”

So what drove the Heinzens to purchase the allegedly cursed property. Well, for starters Cory is himself a ghost hunter. 


“We immediately fell in love with it,” Cory told the Sun Journal. “Eight-and-a-half acres, a river in the back and a pond, it’s so serene down there, never mind the story behind the house, it’s a beautiful home. (Jennifer) honestly was more excited than I was, I think.”

The couple are hoping to fix up the property, preserve and tell its history, and open it up to visitors and investigators later this year.

And it sounds like they won’t have trouble attracting people as they say there’s already been some strange goings on: “We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks,” said Cory. “I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself. I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, (but) it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.”


Cory first saw the infamous farmhouse after joining friend and paranormal investigator Bill Brock at the Ocean State ParaCon. 

Bill said: “My first reaction to the whole thing was like, ‘No way, you’re going to own ‘The Conjuring’ house!’ I was just blown away. “It’s kind of like the new Amityville House. It is, to me, the pinnacle of haunted locations because you have the people who experienced these things still alive and they can still talk about it, they can still tell you the stories of what happened there.”

Rather you than me guys, rather you than me…

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