The latest movie in “The Conjuring” cinematic universe titled, “Annabelle: Creation,” is currently doing well at the box office following its premiere on Aug. 11. As the film about the evil-possessed doll named Annabelle terrorizes the viewers in the cinemas, did you know that a real-life encounter with the actual doll had turned into a tragedy a few decades ago?

Annabelle became a household name following its appearance in “The Conjuring” movie in 2013. For those who have seen the film, the dolly was terrorizing young women, who asked the help of real-life paranormal experts and demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren to stop the effigy's evil doings.

The real Annabelle doll

Annabelle’s story is far from just being a work of fiction as the real doll truly exists and is sealed away in a cabinet at the Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut. The figure is one of the Warrens' haunted artifacts. According to Heavy, Lorraine Warren detailed that the doll started terrorizing people in 1970.

In the interview with USA Today, Lorraine told the publication that a woman bought the actual dolly in a hobby shop as a gift for her nursing student daughter, Donna.

However, the doll began “levitating and attacking people.” That is why she and her husband Ed were called to do an investigation. At the time, Lorraine said that they felt an “inhuman demonic spirit” possessing the object.

Real-life and dangerous encounters

Even though the Warrens have successfully locked the real Annabelle away, the process of the safe keeping was not very easy.

In fact, it involved a near-life experience for the Warrens when Ed, who died in 2006, drove the doll to their museum.

According to Lorraine, the steering wheel and the brakes of their car failed to work during the transport of the haunted object. Hence, they soaked the evil-possessed doll in holy water.

The Warrens’ near-death experience, however, was only one of the dangerous encounters involving Annabelle.

During the interview, Lorraine also revealed the tragic story of a couple, who visited their museum a few decades ago.

The tragedy began when the man mockingly banged the glass window of the cabinet where Annabelle is kept. Due to the man’s attitude, the Warrens asked the couple to leave the museum. But upon leaving the place, the couple got involved in a fatal accident that led to the young man’s death. According to the man’s girlfriend, they were joking about the doll when her boyfriend lost control of their bike and “crashed head-on into a tree.”

The couple's story is also not the only scary tale about the object's ability to terrorize people. If you read about the other Annabelle encounters on the Warrens’ website, it was revealed that the dolly was also responsible for slashing a man across the chest several times.

PRS Director Ryan Buell, on the other hand, claimed that he saw the doll’s head nodding at him when he visited the museum.

'Deceiving' appearance

Despite the fact that the actual effigy is just a huge Raggedy Ann doll that really appears innocuous, Lorraine tips off that “looks are deceiving.” She also stressed that it wasn’t the doll’s appearance that is making it scary but the evil entity that is possessing the said object.

Moreover, Lorraine also revealed that the real doll was relocated this year and they took extra caution with the entire process. To ensure that the men involved in moving Annabelle would never let their skin come in contact with the figure, they protected themselves by wearing gloves, using holy water and some blessings.

Lorraine also revealed that a priest comes to bless the haunted artifact every few months. And although it has also been exorcized several times, some negative energy still remained in the doll.