A couple of paranormal investigators claim their Annabelle Raggedy Ann doll was “possessed” after it attacked one of them and knocked over their ouija table.
Lee and Linzi Steer, who run the Museum of Haunted Objects from their home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, say their Annabelle – an identical copy of a notoriously evil rag doll in the US that inspired the horror films of The Conjuring – said she was “scared before the “first time.”
Now Lee, 36, and Linzi, 52, both full-time investigating supernatural events, fear further reprisals from the toy, which they believe they narrowly missed a car crash.
Linzi, who says her fascination with the supernatural accelerated their romance when she and Lee met online five years ago, said, “What we saw the other day when she knocked over the oujia table or spirit board was pretty scary .
“It was October 24th, the two year anniversary of our birth.
“She comes from the same factory and is, if you will, a twin of the real Annabelle who inspired the evil doll in The Conjuring.”
Now housed in a museum dedicated to the occult, the American Annabelle doll gained fame in the 1970s after it was purchased as a children’s toy when it allegedly started attacking people.
“We didn’t know our Annabelle was obsessed when she first stepped into our lives,” says Linzi.
“It was given to us by a fan who thought it was just a replica of the American Annabelle doll. Little did we know it was being followed.”
She added, “But there is no denying that there is something powerful about her.”
Linzi, who first saw a ghost 25 years ago when she was alone in the tailoring shop she worked for one day, watching a curly woman “like Vera Duckworth of Coronation Street” watch her before she passed through a closed door went, fearing Annabelle might wish it harmed her.
She said, “Even when I saw my first ghost at the seamstress, I felt more calm than scared.”
She added, “I grew up looking at all kinds of things about aliens and ghosts, so I was always interested in the paranormal instead of being scared of it.
“But some of Annabelle’s actions frighten me.
“Our Anabelle was made in exactly the same factory as the American one, so it’s like her twin.”
Linzi blames two near accidents while driving Annabelle on the doll and a mysterious illness.
She said, “I had two near-misses when Annabelle was in my car in October 2019, shortly after she arrived.
“In the first, a white van almost drove sideways into the car and I had to turn off the road. In the other, I was on a roundabout. I was driven out, so to speak, and then another car pulled out in front of me pretty quickly. “
She added, “Then my mouth became full of abscesses and I got strangely sick. I just had this terrible pain in my stomach.
“I couldn’t suppress anything and even went to the hospital for one test after another, but they couldn’t find anything.”
Then on October 24th – the second anniversary of her acquisition from Annabelle – Linzi swears the angry rag doll struck again.
The museum, which the couple, who married on Halloween 2019, opened in March 2018 after being inundated with paranormal curios by some of the two million fans who follow their paranormal activity on Facebook, is also home to Elizabeth – supposedly “the most.” possessed doll of the world “. . “
Fearing that Annabelle would be jealous of the attention Elizabeth might get, Linzi said, “On the second anniversary of her purchase, I was watching Celebrity Coach Trip.
“I wanted to see how Elizabeth was and suddenly I felt a pain in my right arm, like a burning sensation.”
She added, “I looked down and my arm was bleeding. I couldn’t believe it, but I knew immediately it was Annabelle. I wonder if she was jealous. “
Then, later that night, the heavy ouija table used for seances to contact ghosts was overturned.
“We have an Ouija table for the visitors,” says Linzi.
She added, “Annabelle was sitting in the room staring at it and it suddenly turned and fell to the floor.
“It was in the middle of a visitor seance and they called us so we watched the video surveillance and couldn’t believe our eyes. It was definitely Annabelle who overturned the table as no one was touching it.
“I mean, it’s solid metal, there is no way it can tip over by itself.”
She added, “When we arrived the next day to assess the damage, it was clear that something paranormal had happened.
“The metal was bent and the base had peeled off the fixings. It was by no means an accident or coincidence. “
And this wasn’t the first time the couple believed Annabelle used the table to express her anger.
Linzi said, “We were doing an ouija when Annabelle first arrived.
“Basically, ghosts are communicating with you and we were sitting with Annabelle when a voice came through and said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’
“We never blessed the museum or anything like that as it always felt safe, but we now think that this had something to do with Annabelle.”
She added, “For now, however, I think her anger is definitely due to her jealousy of Elizabeth.
“When my arm got burned I think she said we should do more with her and get her out more.
“I think we definitely need to give her some dust and attention now!”
Lee, whose interest in the supernatural was piqued at the age of 20 when a variety of objects mysteriously flew off the shelves in his house and strange hand and footprints appearing on his window, agrees that they need to appease their angry doll .
Usually he doesn’t react emotionally to the inexplicable, he’s very scientific about their paranormal investigations – he uses electromagnetic field detection devices, thermodynamic monitors to look for strange sources of heat, and radios to help with communication.
But Annabelle left even this seasoned ghost hunter unnerved.
He said, “I was a little nervous when I went back to the museum.
“What happened is dangerous, it worried us very much. I showed the footage to some friends and they couldn’t believe she bent metal like jelly.
“I think we’re going to put Annabelle in her own case to make things safer.”
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