Lorraine Warren, inspiration for 'The Conjuring,' dies at 92

LOS ANGELES — Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator and demonologist whose life inspired franchises like "The Conjuring" and "The Amityville Horror," has died. She was 92.

Warren's son-in-law Tony Spera confirmed the news. Spera said on Facebook, "She died peacefully in her sleep at home." He continued, "She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn't like. She was an avid animal lover and contributed to many animal charities and rescues. She was wonderful and giving to her entire family. May God Bless her."

Along with her husband Ed Warren, the couple founded the New England Society For Psychic Research. The duo investigated a number of high profile supernatural cases including the Lindley Street poltergeist, the Smurl haunting, the West Point ghost, the Perron farmhouse haunting, and the Amityville murders.

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Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps the most famous American ghost of all, legend has it the former U.S. president never left the White House following his assassination. His spirit supposedly remains to complete the business of his abbreviated second term and to be available in times of crisis.

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Dolley Madison 

Dolley proved she's not one to mess with even after her death. Woodrow Wilson's wife Edith ordered White House gardeners to dig up Dolley's garden, but it never happened after her ghost supposedly scared the staff away.

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Andrew Jackson

The ghost of former president Andrew Jackson is believed to still be in his old bedroom -- the Rose Room -- at the White House. Twenty years after Jackson’s death, Mary Todd Lincoln, a devout believer in the spirit world, told friends that she’d heard him stomping through the corridors of the White House.

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Abigail Adams

Former U.S. president John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first inhabitants of the White House. It turns out Abigail never left! Supposedly the ghost of Abigail has been seen hurrying toward the East Room where she used to hang her laundry. 

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The USS Constellation 

The first sightings of ghosts started as soon as the USS Constellation was decommissioned and permanently docked in Baltimore in 1955.

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Theodosia Burr

The wife of wealthy Governor Joseph Alston of South Carolina, left her husband’s plantation and sailed north on the Patriot to visit her father in New York City. After her ship was raided, Burr was never seen again. Legend says that she survived and was taken care of by a Banker fisherman and his wife. 

Years later, Burr was on her deathbed. A doctor was called but Burr didn't have any money to pay the doctor -- he wanted the painting of Burr hanging on the wall as payment instead. She refused and ran out the door with the painting. The painting was found washed up on the shore and Burr was never seen again.

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Sarah Soule

There’s plenty of ghost ships in sea mythology.

One is the Sarah, named after a woman two sailors had fought over.

The one who won her heart named his ship Sarah, but ill-fortune had it lost at sea of Potts’ Point in Sydney. 

Some believers say they have spotted the ghost of the ship off the coast.

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The Warrens' work has inspired films like "The Conjuring" franchise, the "The Amityville Horror" franchise, "The Nun," and the "Anabelle" series. The couple also wrote several books based on their case files. Her husband died in 2006.

Vera Farmiga played Warren in "The Conjuring," "The Conjuring 2," "The Nun," and the upcoming "Annabelle Comes Home."

The actress tweeted, "From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword of compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You're waltzing with Ed now."

"The Curse of La Llorona," the latest film set in the Conjuring universe, opened Friday.

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