One such doll is Annabelle. In 1970, this Raggedy Ann doll was given to a little girl named Donna for her birthday. Donna was a nursing student at the time and sharing an apartment with another nursing student named Angie.
Neither gave the doll much thought until it started moving from where they had left it. Donna and Angie would come home and find the doll in an entirely different room from where she had been.
Suddenly notes began to appear, written on parchment paper, reading "Help us". Neither Donna nor Angie kept parchment paper in the house.
Things only became stranger when the doll began to "bleed". It was then the Donna and Angie sought help from a medium to find out exactly what was going on. The medium came in and stated that the doll was possessed by Annabelle, a little girl that was found dead in the field where the apartment now stood. The medium said that Annabelle only wanted comfort from them.Feeling sorry for Annabelle, the girls said that Annabelle could stay in their home and inhabit the doll.
Annabelle, though, was not was she claimed to be. Suddenly, the doll was actually attacking their friend Lou. Lou awoke to find the doll strangling him and one time he felt someone behind him, turned, no one was there but he felt a burning pain across his chest. There were seven distinct claw marks on his skin.
After hearing what they girls had to say, the Warrens believed that a spirit was haunting the doll and looking for a human to possess. The priest performed an exorcism and the Warrens took the doll with them when they left.
Fearing the spirit, they traveled back roads in stead of the interstate. A wise decision since they were plagued by car trouble such as a stalling engine that made it impossible to steer the car or brake.
Annabelle was taken to their home, but after levitating a few times and then the mysterious death of a priest that challenged her, she was placed in a glass case on display in the occult museum. Her reign of terror though was far from over. One visitor, a young man, dared Annabelle to scratch him.
He and his girlfriend were asked to leave. They drove off on the young man's motorcycle. Along the way, he lost control and crashed into a tree. His girlfriend survived, but he was not so lucky. Annabelle had claimed another victim.
Annabelle is now on display at the Warrens Occult Museum. Her glass case clearly states "Warning: Positively Do Not Open".