Ed Warren was first introduced to the supernatural world as a young boy living in a haunted house. Spurred by his father’s suggestion that every happening had some sort of logical reason, Ed has devoted his career to searching out ghosts and hauntings. As a strong Catholic (although ecumenical in the other professionals he works with), Ed views ghosts within the realm of the supernatural, which, he states, is what every great religion is itself based upon. When visiting a haunted place, Ed makes it clear that he does not go there looking for devils or ghosts. Instead, he is looking for a logical, natural explanation. When it has been proven to him, such as through hearing voices or seeing ghosts, it is only then that he will accept a supernatural explanation.
Lorraine Warren, a clairvoyant, first discovered her powers as a young child, when she began to see lights around people. Only later in life did she realize that these were auras, supernatural glows that emanate from the body and express one’s personality and health. Her experience with Catholicism was a bit different than Ed’s – she did not feel comfortable or accepted talking about the supernatural around her nun teachers or her family. So, when Ed would talk about these things during their courtship and first few years of marriage, she frowned on them. After working with the supernatural over the years, however, Lorraine feels that her work has actually enhanced their faith.
As a clairvoyant, Lorraine has a developed amount of psychic ability that she uses for her work with police and in haunted homes. While every person naturally has some sort of psychic abilities, Lorraine discusses how hers is much more developed than the average person.
In discussing New England as the most haunted area of the country, Ed and Lorraine suggest that this is because it is the oldest area and, therefore, has the oldest homes. These older houses, simply because of their age, have more of a chance of tragedy happening in it – tragedies which draw spirits to them. Some homes are haunted only when certain families live there and not when others inhabit the house. As Ed explains, evil spirits do not like happy homes and happy families so they leave in order to find other families where they can feed and thrives off of the antagonism.
The Warrens next describe their experience in the Belle house which was haunted by the grandfather who built the house. Lorraine and the ghost of the grandfather communicated, leading her and other witnesses to a house on the other side of the town that contained a box in the attic of condolence cards surrounding his death.
Ed and Lorraine continue to speak about haunted areas – Union Cemetery, Dudley Town – and the strange occurrences and auras experienced there.