The Haunting That Inspired ‘The Conjuring’

A series of hauntings took place in the small country town of Harrisville, Rhode Island between January, 1971 and June, 1980 in a roughly 3,100-square-foot home owned by the Perron family. The story of Roger and Carolyn and their five daughters – Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April – would be chronicled in the case files of self-proclaimed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. However, the story would only receive limited notoriety until the release of …

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The Horrific True Crimes of Serial Killer Ed Gein

Most fans in the horror community are familiar with the name Ed Gein – the man whose crimes went on to serve as the basis for Norman Bates in ‘Psycho,’ Buffalo Bill in ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ and, most famously, as the inspiration behind Tobe Hooper’s chainsaw-wielding character Leatherface in ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’      But do you know why this one man was able to serve as the model for these three legends of film? …

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The Story of ‘The Dating Game Killer’ Rodney Alcala

On July 24, 2021, it was announced that serial killer Rodney Alcala, known more commonly as ‘The Dating Game Killer,’ had died while incarcerated at the California State Prison in Corcoran, California. This is the same prison that also once held the infamous Charles Manson and is still home to Joseph DeAngelo, better known as the ‘Golden State Killer.’ In a statement made by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials, Alcala died of “natural …

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The Real-Life Killer That Inspired Ghost Face

One night in 1994, aspiring writer Kevin Williamson was housesitting for a friend when he happened across a news broadcast about American serial killer Danny Rolling, or ‘The Gainesville Ripper’ as he had been dubbed by the media.   Over the course of four days in August 1990, Rolling had murdered five students in the town of Gainesville, Florida. As he watched the broadcast on TV, Williamson glanced over and noticed that one of the windows …

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The Devil Made Me Do It

With the next installment in the ‘Conjuring’ universe, ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,’ expected to be released on June 04, 2021, we at Horrorfacts thought we would investigate the real life Warren case file that inspired this film. ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ will focus on the real-life murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson and the bizarre events that were part of this controversial murder case. What made this …

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

On October 17, 1941, Seventy-three-year-old retired railroad auditor Phillip Peters was found beaten to death in his Denver home. His murder would lead to one of the most bizarre cases the Denver police had ever experienced. Five weeks before his murder, his wife, Helen Peters, had fractured her hip and was recovering in the hospital. During the five weeks she was away, Mr. Peters’ neighbors had been kind enough to look after him. They invited …

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The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb

On February 16th, 1923, Archeologists Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (Lord Carnarvon) opened the door to the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen, releasing a curse upon those present. In 1914, Lord Carnarvon along with Carter had secured the permission to dig in the region of Egypt known as the Valley of the Kings, an area where pharaohs and powerful nobles from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt were …

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The World’s Most Haunted Object – The Dybbuk Box

When you watch a horror film, it can sometimes leave you with a sense of fear or dread. Our only consolation is that we can tell ourselves that what we just watched isn’t real, that it never actually happened. But what if it was real and did actually happen? Think of the times you’ve watched a movie and received a message that what you are about to watch is based on actual events that occurred, …

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