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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the REAL house that inspired horror film The Conjuring where owners are ‘not allowed to live year-round’ due to paranormal activity


The house that inspired blockbuster movie The Conjuring sold for a whopping $1.5million in 2022 and has since opened its doors to amateur paranormal investigators and curious ghost-hunters who want a scary story of their own to tell.

DailyMail.com exclusively visited the real property that inspired the iconic series of horrors movies – now officially named The Conjuring House. 

The owners of the ‘haunted house’ have to stick to one creepy condition: they can’t live there all year round because of the rampant ‘paranormal activity’ – so instead they opened the house up to the public for all kinds of activities and events.

Despite its reputation as one of the most haunted sites in America, the house at 1677 Round Top Road in Rhode Island was snapped up for $300,000 over the asking price by Jacqueline Nuñez, who dropped $1.5 million on the historic house back in 2022.

The home shot to notoriety after the Perron family were relentlessly haunted when they lived there in the 1970s.

The supposedly 'haunted' farmhouse that inspired the 2013 paranormal horror flick The Conjuring opened its doors to the DailyMail.com  (pictured: paranormal investigators Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes at The Conjuring House in Harrisville, RI on September 27, 2023)

The supposedly ‘haunted’ farmhouse that inspired the 2013 paranormal horror flick The Conjuring opened its doors to the DailyMail.com  (pictured: paranormal investigators Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes at The Conjuring House in Harrisville, RI on September 27, 2023)

The property was 1677 Round Top Road in Rhode Island - the exact house where the Perron family were relentlessly haunted in the 1970s

The property was 1677 Round Top Road in Rhode Island – the exact house where the Perron family were relentlessly haunted in the 1970s

Paranormal investigator Cody Desbiens said the house 'has been known to be one of the most haunted places in the entire world' - the decor in the house matches its spooky history (pictured: the dining room with some ghost-like smoke around the chandelier)

Paranormal investigator Cody Desbiens said the house ‘has been known to be one of the most haunted places in the entire world’ – the decor in the house matches its spooky history (pictured: the dining room with some ghost-like smoke around the chandelier)

The saga of hauntings that ocurred at the Rhode Island farmhouse went on to inspire an entire series or movies - The Conjuring Universe (pictured: The Conjuring)

The saga of hauntings that ocurred at the Rhode Island farmhouse went on to inspire an entire series or movies – The Conjuring Universe (pictured: The Conjuring)

A spirit box, K2 device, tri-field meter, a laser grid and REM pods allegedly help visitors communicate with the non-living at The Conjuring House

A spirit box, K2 device, tri-field meter, a laser grid and REM pods allegedly help visitors communicate with the non-living at The Conjuring House 

The notorious house in Burrillville, Rhode Island was at the heart of the 2013 horror movie, with its former owners, the Perron family, who lived there in the 1970s, serving as inspiration for the film

The Conjuring House attracts paranormal investigator wannabes from all over to experience the hauntings of the property

The Conjuring House attracts paranormal investigator wannabes from all over to experience the hauntings of the property 

The Perrons’ torment and their experience with famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren because the inspiration for the iconic horror movie The Conjuring after Andrea Perron, the eldest daughter, documented their experiences in a book. 

Cody Desbiens, Director of Operations for The Conjuring House, said: ‘this has been known to be one of the most haunted places in the entire world because of all the experiences people have had here for some reason.

‘It’s just an amazing place. we have the land, the history of the land, and the history of the families that have lived in this house which makes it the perfect property to have something paranormal happen.’

Reed Boett, 22, works as a caretaker at The Conjuring House. He said that the home’s living room space was nicknamed the ‘séance room’ because of all the rituals that have taken place there.

Boett told DailyMail.com that hauntings ‘could happen at any second of the day.

‘A lot of people think 3am is the best time to investigate but us caretakers could roll out of bed at 6am and pull out a motion detector or spirit box and we get some crazy activity.

‘Any time of the day you can get something in the house and I think that’s what makes this place so special.’

The previous owners of the haunted hotspot - 'paranormal investigators' Cory and Jennifer Heinzen - bought the house in July 2019 for $439,000

The previous owners of the haunted hotspot – ‘paranormal investigators’ Cory and Jennifer Heinzen – bought the house in July 2019 for $439,000

Reed Boett, 22, works as a caretaker at The Conjuring House. He said that the house's living room space was nicknamed the 'séance room' because of all the rituals that have taken place there.

Reed Boett, 22, works as a caretaker at The Conjuring House. He said that the house’s living room space was nicknamed the ‘séance room’ because of all the rituals that have taken place there.

Boett told DailyMail.com that hauntings 'could happen at any second of the day'

Boett told DailyMail.com that hauntings 'could happen at any second of the day'

Boett told DailyMail.com that hauntings ‘could happen at any second of the day’

The previous owners of the haunted hotspot – ‘paranormal investigators’ Cory and Jennifer Heinzen – bought the house in July 2019 for $439,000.

The Heinzens, who described themselves as paranormal investigators, hosted events at the site and rented rooms overnight for people eager for a scare.

The couple said in 2021 that they experienced ‘doors opening, footsteps and knocks’. Cory Heinzen said ‘I had a hard time staying there by myself. I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, but it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.’

Just three years later – the pair of ‘paranormal investigators’ sold the house for reasons relating to Cory Heinzen’s health and the stress of running their spooky business at the same time as their personal property in Mexico, Maine

The couple wasn’t ready to part ways with the ‘haunted’ house completely and have agreed to stop by monthly to help the new owner continue to host paranormal investigations at the Rhode Island home.  

‘This purchase is personal for me,’ buyer of the conjuring house Jacqueline Nuñez, told the Boston Globe. ‘It’s not a real-estate development. It’s around my own beliefs.’

Nuñez bought the house for $1.5 million – which was $300k over the asking price and over $1 million more than the Heinzen couple paid.

But allegedly the house comes with a special condition: ‘no one can live there all year round’ because of ‘high-levels or paranormal activity’. 

Since her purchase in 2022 – Nuñez has continued to host special events, house tours, investigations, GHO-Events and private events at the historic house.

The house was originally built in 1763, though records date back only to 1836. The Perron family moved into the farmhouse in 1971 with their five daughters 

The Heinzens said in 2021 that they experienced ‘doors opening, footsteps and knocks’. Cory Heinzen said ‘I had a hard time staying there by myself. I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, but it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house’

The house's caretaker - Reed Boett, 22, said: 'us caretakers could roll out of bed at 6 am and pull out a motion detector or spirit box and we get some crazy activity'

The house’s caretaker – Reed Boett, 22, said: ‘us caretakers could roll out of bed at 6 am and pull out a motion detector or spirit box and we get some crazy activity’

The Conjuring House has become a full-blown business - with care-takers and a website to advertise their investigations

The Conjuring House has become a full-blown business - with care-takers and a website to advertise their investigations

The Conjuring House has become a full-blown business – with care-takers and a website to advertise their investigations 

All sorts of antiques and odd memorabilia is spread throughout The Conjuring House in Harrisville, RI

All sorts of antiques and odd memorabilia is spread throughout The Conjuring House in Harrisville, RI

Desbiens said The Conjuring House offers a wide range of activities including small investigation events with a tour guide, day tours and even overnight investigations.

People who have taken part in the investigations shared their spooky stories about what went on in the ‘haunted’ house.

‘Around 11 pm, we started our investigation in the library and turned off all the lights. Within minutes a nearby motion detector was triggered repeatedly for no apparent reason. There were also loud creaks in the living room as if someone was walking by,’ one brave visitor told People.

Emily Penke – the visitor – said: ‘As we were standing in a room next to an old well, a table somehow shifted into Liz’s leg even though no one was next to it.’

In the house’s library, one of the books supposedly mysteriously flew off the book shelf – according to Penke.

Overnight investigations at the property cost $960 per night for groups of six and $160 for each additional guest. 

The business’s website tells guests to bring: ‘Ghost hunting equipment, a friendly attitude, sleeping bag or blankets, and a camera to take photos! You can also bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.’ 

Carolyn Perron decided to do research and to her shock and horror discovered that their new home was previously inhabited by a family for eight generations which had seen multiple horrific deaths under strange circumstances 

The oldest sister said: 'Whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position'

The oldest sister said: ‘Whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position’

The family lived in the home for 10 years and the Warrens visited them multiple times to investigate – including one visit when Lorraine conducted a seance to try and contact the spirits possessing the family

The 14-room-farmhouse gained its creepy reputation after rumored Satanist named Bathseba Sherman lived there  in the mid-1800s. The Perron family believed it was Bathseba who was haunting their family

The 14-room-farmhouse gained its creepy reputation after rumored Satanist named Bathseba Sherman lived there  in the mid-1800s. The Perron family believed it was Bathseba who was haunting their family

'Around 11 pm, we started our investigation in the library and turned off all the lights. Within minutes a nearby motion detector was triggered repeatedly for no apparent reason. There were also loud creaks in the living room as if someone was walking by,' one brave visitor said (pictured:  a 2023 investigation of The Conjuring House)

‘Around 11 pm, we started our investigation in the library and turned off all the lights. Within minutes a nearby motion detector was triggered repeatedly for no apparent reason. There were also loud creaks in the living room as if someone was walking by,’ one brave visitor said (pictured:  a 2023 investigation of The Conjuring House)

The house gained its reputation for being a paranormal hotspot after the Perron family were relentlessly ‘haunted’ during their time living at 1677 Round Top Road. 

Roger and Carolyn Perron moved into the 200-acre, 14-room farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island, with their five young daughters in 1971.

Immediately after moving in – the family began to notice strange and disturbing things.’

Carolyn would notice the broom went missing or that some other item had bizarrely moved location. She would hear weird scraping sounds from the kettle when no-one was around. She found dirt in the middle of their freshly-cleaned kitchen floor.

Their daughters also picked up on strange happenings and told their parents they had noticed spirits around the house.

Carolyn decided to do research and to her shock and horror discovered that their new home was previously inhabited by a family for eight generations which had seen multiple horrific deaths under strange circumstances. The deaths included drownings in a nearby creek, hangings in the attic and a murder.

The oldest sister said: ‘Whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position.’

There was a rumored Satanist named Bathseba Sherman who lived in the Perron’s house in the mid-1800s. The family believed it was Bathseba who was haunting their family.

Bathsheba was rumored to be a relative of Mary Towne Eastey – one of the women that were executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. 

The spirit of Bathsheba Sherman was thought to be responsible for the bizarre events and hauntings that happened at the farmhouse – but Bathsheba did not die by suicide from hanging herself after sacrificing her son, as the movie suggests.

Bathsheba died in 1885 at age 73 and her son, Herbert Leander Sherman, lived 18 more years and didn’t die until he was in his 50s.

The family lived in the home for 10 years and the Warrens visited them multiple times to investigate – including one visit when Lorraine conducted a seance to try and contact the spirits possessing the family. 

During the seance, Carolyn supposedly became possessed and began to speak in tongues and rising from the ground in her chair.

Carolyn Perron would notice the broom went missing or that some other item had bizarrely moved location. She would hear weird scraping sounds from the kettle when no-one was around. She found dirt in the middle of their freshly-cleaned kitchen floor

After the seance - Roger Perron kicked the Warrens out because he worried for his wife's mental stability - but the family remained in their 'haunted' because they couldn't afford to move until 1980

After the seance – Roger Perron kicked the Warrens out because he worried for his wife’s mental stability – but the family remained in their ‘haunted’ because they couldn’t afford to move until 1980

The eldest Perron daughter Andrea documented the events that took place during the time her family spent in the house in a series of three books House of Darkness: House of Light, published in 2011 onwards 

The movie wasn't filmed at the Perron's actual house - but the plot and setting was inspired by the events that took place there

The movie wasn’t filmed at the Perron’s actual house – but the plot and setting was inspired by the events that took place there 

Flashback: The Perron family, pictured, owned the house for about a decade and experienced strange occurrences

Flashback: The Perron family, pictured, owned the house for about a decade and experienced strange occurrences

After the seance Roger Perron kicked the Warrens out because he worried for his wife’s mental stability – but the family remained in their ‘haunted’ because they couldn’t afford to move until 1980.

The eldest Perron daughter Andrea documented the events that took place during the time her family spent in the house in a series of three books House of Darkness: House of Light, published in 2011 onwards.

The exorcism scene from the movie was not based on entirely real-life events. The actual ritual that was performed was a seance – where Perron was allegedly levitated and thrown into the room next door. 

The saga of hauntings went on to inspire an entire series or movies – The Conjuring Universe. 

The first movie is directly based on the Perron’s traumatic experience at the secluded Rhode Island farmhouse. 

The film – which made $319.5 million from box office – starred Vera Farmiga and Ed Patrick Wilson as acclaimed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and featured Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as the Perron parents.

The movie wasn’t filmed at the Perron’s actual house – but the plot and setting was inspired by the events that took place there.

The Conjuring 2 was based on another case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren: The Enfield Case.

In 1977 the Warrens investigated a family home in the North London suburb of Enfield – which they clamed was haunted by poltergeist – ghost or spirit – activity.

Single mother Penny Hodgson called the police to her home because she had witnessed furniture moving on its own and her two children had heard strange knocking from inside the walls.

The Conjuring House’s website tells guests to bring: ‘Ghost hunting equipment, a friendly attitude, sleeping bag or blankets, and a camera to take photos! You can also bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.’

In 1977 the Warrens investigated a family home in the North London suburb of Enfield - which they claimed was haunted by poltergeist - ghost or spirit - activity.

In 1977 the Warrens investigated a family home in the North London suburb of Enfield – which they claimed was haunted by poltergeist – ghost or spirit – activity. 

The case of the Enfields became the inspiration for the second movie in The Conjuring Universe - The Conjuring 2

The case of the Enfields became the inspiration for the second movie in The Conjuring Universe – The Conjuring 2 

Overnight investigations at the property cost $960 per night for groups of six and $160 for each additional guest

Overnight investigations at the property cost $960 per night for groups of six and $160 for each additional guest

In the following months more than 30 people – neighbors, psychic researchers and journalists – said they saw the alleged hauntings for themselves.

Two of Peggy’s daughters were photographed ‘levitating’ during the time of the hauntings.

The Warrens concluded upon their visit to the Enfield family’s home that a demonic presence did inhabit the house.

This story was the inspiration for The Conjuring 2 – although it has since been revealed that the Warrens weren’t as involved as the movie suggested and that they showed up on the scene uninvited and refused to leave.

The third movie in The Conjuring series was again based on one of the Warren’s investigations.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It followed the case of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson – who pleaded not guilty to the gruesome slaying of his landlord and friend, Alan Bono, in Brookfield, Connecticut, in 1981, the first murder in the town’s 193-year history. 

Arne Johnson was the first and only person in U.S. history to use ‘demonic possession’ as a defense in a murder trial. 



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