Edward Warren Miney was born on September 7, 1926, and died on August 23, 2006, and Lorraine Rita Warren was born on January 31, 1927, and died on April 18, 2019, were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of hauntings.
Edward was a World War II United States Navy ex-soldier and a former police officer who became a self-taught and self-professed demonologist, author, and lecturer. Lorraine professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked jointly with her husband.
In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost hunting group in New England.
They authored numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They alleged to have investigated over 10,000 cases during their career.
The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. uses a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students, and members of the clergy in its investigations.
Stories of ghost hauntings popularised by the Warrens have been adapted as or have indirectly inspired dozens of films, television series and documentaries, including 17 films in the Amityville Horror series and five films in The Conjuring Universe with two more yet to be released.
Skeptics Perry DeAngelis and Steven Novella have investigated the Warrens’ evidence and described it as “blarney”.
Sceptical investigators Joe Nickell and Ben Radford concluded that the more famous hauntings, Amityville and the Snedeker family haunting, did not happen and had been invented.
Lorraine Warren passed away at the age of 92.