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Meet the Perron Family: The Real Story Behind THE CONJURING

Roger and his wife Carolyn Perron moved into their Harrisville, Rhode Island home in 1970. Built in 1736, the country home surrounded by 200 acres was the ideal spot for them to raise their five daughters: Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cynthia, and April.  However, it didn’t take long for the home’s older inhabitants to make their presence known.

From almost the first day, they family began to notice several bizarre occurrences. Strange voices in the middle of the night and furniture moving about of it’s own accord was fairly common place. It wasn’t surprising considering that the house had been the home to several generations of families. For the most part, the spirits were harmless, but there was one ghost who didn’t appreciate having to share the home.

Born in 1812, Bathsheba Thayer was the mother of four children, three of whom died at a very young age. Although, during that time an infant’s death wasn’t all that uncommon, it did arouse suspicion in the local town. Some of the townsfolk even believed she was sacrificing her children to the devil, although these claims remained unsubstantiated. After several unexplained encounters with this not-so-friendly ghost, the Perron’s were convinced that Bathsheba was haunting their new home. Most of the Perron family had encountered Bathsheba at one time or another, but it seemed to focus a lot of its attention on Carolyn. Not only would it issue verbal warnings fairly regularly, Bathsheba likes to show up in “person” just to make sure she was really getting her message across.

Bathsheba as portrayed in THE CONJURING
Bathsheba as portrayed in THE CONJURING

Bathsheba also made it apparent that she had a thing for Roger, touching him inappropriately when she thought he was alone. She was extremely jealous and wanted Carolyn out of the house, at one point appearing in the middle of the night and screaming “Get out. Get out. I’ll drive you out with death and gloom”. Bathsheba took great pleasure in tormenting Carolyn, slapping and pinching her on many occasions.

From THE CONJURING
Scene from THE CONJURING

The Perron’s quickly enlisted the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple paranormal investigators who had already gained a pseudo celebrity status for their investigation into many other paranormal claims. After an extensive investigation into the Perron’s claims and the property’s history, it became apparent that the spirit of Bathsheba, not satisfied with ordinary haunting, had actually possessed the body of Carolyn.

Unlike the 2013 film, this possession did not have a happy ending. The presence of the Warren’s only infuriated Bathsheba, as she stepped up her game and became more violent. In the end, the Perron family asked that the Warren’s leave immediately. Once the Warrens were gone, Bathsheba left the body of Carolyn but continued to be a pain around the house.

Unfortunately, financial constraints would keep the Perron’s in their home for the next ten years. In 1980, the Perron’s were finally able to sell their home and move away to Georgia. Years later, daughter Andrea wrote a book entitled HOUSE OF DARKNESS: HOUSE OF LIGHT, which retold her account of those frightening years in their Rhode Island home.

The home itself still stands and has had many new residents, all of whom have had some kind of encounter with the spirits who still reside there.

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