Typical chores at home are certainly a bother — but imagine doing them in a haunted house.
A TikTok video from the spooky — and just-sold — Rhode Island home that inspired the 2013 horror film “The Conjuring” has gone viral for showing how those pesky spirits can get in the way.
Madison Heinzen, the daughter of the home’s former owners who works at the property leading tours and selling merchandise, has some 1.3 million followers on the app and shows them exactly how quotidian tasks can quickly go wrong there.
The 9-second clip, which got 1.1 million likes and more than 7 million views since it was posted in June, shows her doing work in one of the bedrooms when a Raggedy Ann doll — perched upright in a chair across the room with nothing else around it — suddenly topples over. The footage is recorded from a security camera feed — and as the doll slumps, she seems to take a few steps back in shock.
“Me going to talk to the ghosts inside the Conjuring House,” she wrote on the video.
“Starting praying NOW,” wrote one commenter in reply, while another said, “Oh how I fear living near that house.
However, the bulk of replies in the video came from nay-sayers — who mentioned in their own comments that the fall wasn’t the work of ghosts, but that of gravity. Still, others sought to make clear exactly where the video was filmed.
“Y’all do know what the conjuring house is right?” said another commenter.
Located at 1677 Round Top Road in Burrillville, the farmhouse was once the home of the Perron family who lived there in the 1970s and whose creepy accounts formed the basis of “The Conjuring,” now a franchise of scary movies. Carolyn and Roger Perron resided there with their five daughters — and noticed early-morning bed shakings, a broom moving by itself from place to place and a smell of rotting flesh. The family bought the spread from a seller who didn’t disclose the history of rape, murder and suicide there. The property is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, who lived there in the 19th century.
Madison’s parents, paranormal investigators Jenn and Cory Heinzen, bought the 1836 home for $439,000 in 2019 and also had their own paranormal encounters. While spending months keeping to one downstairs room as a means of respect for the other-worldly presence inside, they noticed an all-black apparition peeking at them from that room’s doorway. They’ve additionally heard footsteps and knocks, and have seen lights flashing.
In a previous TikTok upload, Madison described seeing a ghost there, as well.
“I was eating dinner by myself and I saw someone run by me,” she said. “I caught it by the left corner of my eye, and all I saw was a veil and a skirt and it just vanished into thin air. This had all happened in a span of three seconds, and I just sat there in complete disbelief not knowing what to do.”
The Heinzens listed the home for $1.2 million in late 2021. It sold in the spring of 2022 for $1.52 million — 27% above its asking price. The new owner? A Boston real-estate developer named Jacqueline Nuñez, who was one of more than 10 offers to buy the spread — and the requirements included not living in the home for the buyer’s own good.
Despite the overall spooky atmosphere, Madison also keeps running the house’s operations and sleeps there one week every month. Another one of her viral clips, posted in late July, shows a day in the life working there — including mopping the floors, checking the security cameras and taking inventory of merchandise.
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And, despite what terrors may come, she still takes time for herself.
“Then I get ready for the day by showering, brushing my teeth, all that fun stuff to make myself look presentable. Then I do a sweep of the entire house, just to make sure everything’s clean before the daytime tours and guests start arriving for the day,” she said.
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