BURRILLVILLE- The Rhode Island home showcased in 2013’s box office hit ‘ The Conjuring’ is up for sale this October for a whopping $ 1.2 Million. Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty listed this property- a 3100 square feet home with 8.5 acres of forestland at a comparative value to the renowned Lizzie Borden House in Fall River sold earlier this year at $ 1.7 Million. They declared it to be “one of the most well-known haunted houses in the United States” in a news release.
Present owners Cory and Jenn Heinzen are paranormal investigators who bought the Rhode Island house in 2019. Soon afterward, they opened up the property for day-tours and one-night bookings after some renovations were done to the home. Although the Rhode Island Home is booked full throughout 2022, the Heinzen want to sell out because of the nosy trespassers -not the ghosts.
Mr. Cory Heinzen says that he has post-traumatic stress disorder which may escalate due to the frequent trespassers- fans of ‘The Conjuring’ franchise. Ms. Jenn Heinzen adds that they suffered financial losses at the hands of an unscrupulous renovation contractor. However, they are happy with what they started. “We bought the house hoping to share it with the world,” says Ms. Heinzen, “and I feel like we have done a great job starting that.”
Is the Home Haunted?
According to popular belief, the house built in 1736 is said to be haunted by the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, a witch, who lived here in the 1800s. She was said to have sacrificed her child for witchcraft. This legend started after the Perron family moved in with their daughters to this Rhode Island home in the 1970s.
In a trilogy written by the eldest Perron daughter Andrea, it was described that Bathsheba possessed a sister of hers, making a scythe nearly decapitating her mother. The Movie ‘Conjuring’ narrows it down to the encounters occurring during the paranormal investigation led by Ed and Loraine Warren. The Warrens had been contacted by the Perrons to look into the supernatural happenings.
The Heinzen believe that the house is truly inhabited by spirits. However, they claim that they could not find any substantial evidence linking Bathsheba, buried in a cemetery nearby, to the haunting of the Rhode Island home. Instead, they believe the spirits are from the era of King Phillip’s War (16751678). The brutal war was fought between the local natives and the white settlers with much bloodshed. Mr. Heinzen aptly says, “it’s the land that is stigmatized, not the home itself”.
Ms. Heinzen says she has felt “no malevolence” on the part of the spirits. In one of the encounters, they had with a black shadow, it seemed to be more of a curious spook than an evil demon. Keith Johnson, another paranormal investigator who spent a night at the home disagrees by saying,” My personal belief is that there is a demon there”.
Etiquettes of Living in a Haunted House
Instead of barging into the place, according to Mr. Heinzen, the key is to show respect to the spirits and let them get used to your presence. He further describes how for the first four months after they moved in, they slept on cots and used only one out of the fourteen rooms. Also, the house is “very busy” with doors banging amongst other things. If you intend to buy this scary Rhode Island Home, make sure to keep the lights on at night -just like the Perrons did when they lived here.