The Perron family reaches out to the spirits of the ‘Conjuring’ house
BURRILLVILLE – Andrea Perron learned the terrible news during a phone call when she was 21 at Chatham College in Pittsburgh.
His father, Roger Perron called but could not tell him. Instead, he put Andrea’s mother, Carolyn, on the phone.
“The house has been sold,” Andrea, now 63, told the distressing message. “The farm was gone.”
It wasn’t just any family home that was sold while the child was in college. It is possibly Rhode Island’s most infamous house, the inspiration for the movie “The Conjuring”.
“I thought I would be there my whole life,” said Andrea, who was born in Central Falls and moved to the Round Top Road house with her parents and four sisters when she was 12.
This weekend was like a homecoming as Andrea and her sister Nancy, 61, along with their father, 86, visited the house to participate in a paranormal investigation that was broadcast live.
The woman’s mother, Carolyn, 82, and two other sisters, Christine, 60, and Cindy, 58, stayed at home in Georgia, virtually joining the event. Younger sister Perron, April, who was 5 when the family moved home from Cumberland to the home in 1971, died in 2017 of an accidental overdose of a fentanyl patch prescribed for surgery.
The phone call to Andrea at college was the result of an ultimatum Carolyn had given to her husband.
“My mom told my dad she wouldn’t survive another winter in the house,” Andrea said before a lunch for about 50 people at Wright’s Farm restaurant on Sunday.
“She had been under attack in this house for 10 years,” Andrea said of the evil spirits who the family said had assaulted them.
But that was only part of the reason, according to Andrea. “The house is brutally cold in the winter.”
So the family moved to Georgia. “She wanted to go home,” said Andrea, who now lives in Florida, of her mother, “and her home was Georgia”.
All left the house except Nancy, who persuaded the neighbors who bought the house to let her stay. A year later, Nancy moved to Chepachet.
The Perron family, Roman Catholics, were not predisposed to believe in ghosts, Andrea said. “The only time we heard that word was in church: the Holy Ghost.
That changed almost as soon as they moved into the house on June 11, 1971.
“Things happened right away,” said Andrea, who said she saw an apparition full of bodies that looked like flesh and blood to her. “I said hello to him.
“I always got along with the spirits from the start,” she said. “I had moments of fear because I saw what was happening to my mother and my family.”
She said different family members had different experiences in the house, which is why only Nancy and her father joined her this weekend. “We were the ones who never wanted to leave.”
So what happened this weekend?
Andrea said that she heard a number of spirits through a “spirit box”, a sort of high-power radio receiver that sometimes renders words static and intelligible to white noise.
Andrea said they had contacted April. “She was right there,” she said. “Other spirits were saying his name.”
This was not the only message investigators received.
“The only thing that came up over and over again last night was the word ‘cry’,” Andrea said.
Others interpreted this as spirits trying to make Andrea cry, she said, but added, “I don’t think they were.”
The family mourn the death of Nancy’s granddaughter, Lucy Connor, who was swept away in the August flooding in Waverly, Tennessee. And they miss April.
“Spirits know how heartbroken we are,” Andrea said. “It’s as if they recognize our loss.”
She said that after “living among the dead” for a decade, she had a different take on such losses.
“One thing I know: life goes on,” she said. “Death is not the end. It is the start of another journey.”
Even though the family left when Andrea was 21, she still felt drawn to what she calls “the farm”.
“Every now and then he comes up to me and says, ‘Come home. “”
At the premiere of “The Conjuring” Andrea saw Lorraine Warren, who, along with her husband, Ed, are the main characters in the film and its two sequels. Now deceased, they were some of the best-known paranormal investigators of the late 20th century, Ed a self-proclaimed demonologist and Lorraine a clairvoyant and psychic.
Andrea told Lorraine Warren that she would like to get the farm back someday.
Warren gave him an ominous warning:
“If you go back, you won’t make it out alive.”
The house has since been bought by Corey and Jennifer Heinzen, who rent it overnight to people who pose as paranormal investigators.
The Heinzens recently put the house on the market, but their asking price – $ 1.2 million – excludes Andrea.
“I’ll let the universe decide if this is our last visit to the farm,” she said. “I don’t need to own him. He owns me.”