By Nicolle Bryson.
This Halloween we were invited to tour Zak Bagans Haunted Museum In Las Vegas ,along with the rest of the Ghost Adventures team and the infamous Annabelle Doll.
Who is Annabelle ? If you don’t already know Annabelle is rumoured to be the most haunted doll of all time ,with 2 movies under her belt. Taken in by Ed and Lorraine Warren the doll was reported to be causing strange happenings in an apartment where she was owned by 2 student nurses in 1970. The mother of one of the student nurses Donna bought the doll as a birthday gift for her daughter. It wasn’t long until strange things started happening around the home, with the doll moving on her own to different rooms and positions from where she was left and allegedly attacking people in the apartment and even levitating !
The doll has caused such mayhem its now been locked in a glass case in Ed and Lorraine Warrens Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. With reports of harming and even killing a visitor of the museum, the doll has scared many people and is protected in the case with daily prayers and holy water never to be touched by bare hands , where shes only been touched with gloves and holy water for no longer than a minute due to the supposed demonic evil residing inside the doll.
For Halloween this year we got a real treat when viewers where told that the Ghost Adventures team would be handling Annabelle the doll out of the glass case in Zaks own haunted museum. The now official owner of the doll Tony Spera brought the doll along to the museum in a small case where he cleansed his hands in holy water then saying a prayer before putting on gloves to take the doll out of the case placing her on a wooden chair where she is sat upright. Zak places the doll in a room with other alleged haunted dolls where she is sat in a dark room in the chair in the middle of the other dolls . We see what the team refer to as auras and Zak sits next to the doll with another team member where they both report feeling electricity and strong energy beneath the doll, they place the EVP underneath her where we hear words such as “Listen ” and ” Annabelle “. After a short while Tony places Annabelle in another room where she is sat in the middle of the room again , Zak keeps saying over and over again how he feels connected to the doll and how he really wants to touch the doll, he crawls towards the doll trying to entice the evil energy inside . More words are heard through the EVP where it says “Grab” and “Foot” , Zak then touches Annabelle’s foot were he says it was completely unintentional and he felt Annabelle Commanded him to do so.
Many viewers have been left feeling disappointed and people who were once strong believers are now saying they believe it to be a hoax. There are many references to the way the doll was handled such as how was the doll allowed in an open space with the team when she has been left in a glass case for years due to being seen as an evil demonic entity. Viewers are also saying how the Ghost Adventures team made it look like a theatrical performance with Zak as the main lead. Others are even reporting that it wasn’t the real doll at all but another raggedy Anne doll because if the doll is as evil as has been reported then why would they allow it to be used in such a way ,especially after stories of the doll causing death to those who have taunted it. Zak has also been called disrespectful by those who have watched the episode after repeatedly being warned to not touch the doll by any means. Shortly after touching the doll the owner came downstairs where he then says to Zak ‘If you have touched that doll you’re in serious danger’. Tony carries on to say that ‘When i said that doll put slashes on somebody, it did ‘, ‘When i said that doll was responsible for killing a kid on a motorcycle it was , Even a priest wasn’t safe’ he is very angry and removes Annabelle from the room and back into her case.
Was there sufficient evidence to make you believe the stories , or could all the strange happenings have been the other spirits that reside in the extremely haunted museum ? Do you believe it was the real doll or was it a replica? Either way it has certainly made an impact on believers and non believers alike. After many famous hauntings being proved to be hoaxes and clever marketing ploys its anyone’s guess.