059 Annabelle – Haunted Doll with Bob After Dark

Warner Bros.; Jason R. Butler Annabelle from the movie next to the real Annabelle. 

Is the Annabelle Doll Possessed?

Is the Annabelle doll possessed?  Pat and Rebecca are joined by listener-favorite guest Bob from Bob After Dark to explore the stories about the world’s most haunted doll, Annabelle, who spawned three movies. One of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s most famous cases, Annabelle is surrounded by tales of teleportation, materialization, and demon claw marks. But are they true?

Questions Explored in this Episode

What is the history of the Annabelle doll? Who are the nurses that claimed she was possessed? When did Ed and Lorraine Warren get involved? What did these paranormal investigator’s do? Why is Annabelle locked in a wooden case? Did Annabelle escape from the Warren’s Occult Museum? What happens to people that mock her, and does that mean she is possessed? How similar are the movies to the real story? Does a demonic presence live in Annabelle?

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Ed and Lorraine Warren by Bettmann/Getty Images
Ed and Lorraine Warren by Bettmann/Getty Images

History of Annabelle

Pat explores the stories told about Annabelle the doll. He takes a look at what history can be verified, and what history is just folklore.  

The Debate

Rebecca, Bob, and Pat debate if the stories about Annabelle are true. Did she move on her own? Did she torment Lou, one of the nurse’s fiancé? Were the Warren’s telling the truth about why they locked the doll in a case?

Warrens’ Occult MuseumEd and Lorainne Warren look upon the original Annabelle doll in her glass case.
Warrens’ Occult MuseumEd and Lorainne Warren look upon the original Annabelle doll in her glass case.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabelle_(doll)
Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/annabelle-comes-home-real-stories-behind-artifacts-1216397
History Vs. Hollywood: https://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/annabelle/
All That’s Interesting: https://allthatsinteresting.com/annabelle-doll
Boston Ghosts: https://bostonghosts.com/annabelle-the-haunted-doll/
N.E.S.P.R.: https://tonyspera.com/annabelle/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jLFmb-gWxY
WickedHorror: https://wickedhorror.com/features/true-life-horror/my-life-turned-into-a-nightmare-after-meeting-the-real-annabelle-doll/

Thank you to Special Guest Bob from Bob After Dark!
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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann