Zak Bagans Shuts Down Cursed 'Devil's Rocking Chair' Exhibit Jun 4, 2019 8:26:49 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jun 4, 2019 8:26:49 GMT -5
Zak Bagans Shuts Down Cursed ‘Devil’s Rocking Chair’ Exhibit
Zak Bagans has closed a new exhibit at his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas after a series of visitors were allegedly affected, as was his own home. Bagans welcomed the new addition, a rocking chair from the museum of Ed and Lorraine Warren that inspired the upcoming Conjuring 3 movie, at the end of April. This is the first time Bagans has closed an exhibit at his museum because of paranormal activity.
The Haunted Museum houses a wide variety of notoriously haunted objects, but the item, known as the “Devil’s Rocking Chair,” caused concerning reactions in at least six patrons. “This is the first time where I have decided to shut an exhibit down at The Haunted Museum due to multiple people being affected in connection to unexplained paranormal activity of the Devil’s Rocking Chair,” Bagans announced. “Six people all shared the same disturbing, uncontrollable crying during the short time I opened the exhibit, one of them being a guest who also collapsed directly above the Devil’s Rocking Chair on the stairs.” He explained the chair was located directly under the set of stairs.
While visitor reactions to haunted objects aren’t entirely uncommon at the museum – ambulances have been called more than once – the rocking chair triggered a chain of emotional reactions, even a terrifying experience Bagans and a friend suffered in his own Las Vegas home. “Me and a friend felt an evil presence move between us as we were sitting down in my living room, which then caused my dog to growl,” Bagans claimed. “I then became very affected, began speaking strange things about God and Satan with my head down and then my friend began to cry uncontrollably and literally ran outta my house.”
Bagans purchased the chair for around $67,000 just hours before the death of Lorraine Warren, who had investigated the chair’s history. In 1980, David Glatzel, an 11-year-old “demonically-possessed” Connecticut boy, was allegedly sitting in the chair when he was “exorcized” by Warren. Unfortunately, when the demon left Glatzel, it allegedly passed into Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who later stabbed his landlord to death. Johnson’s attorney claimed his client wasn’t responsible because the devil made him do it, but the judge disallowed the defense and Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison, though he served just five. The sensational case resulted in a book, The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle, and the NBC movie, The Demon Murder Case.
Some claim to have seen “the beast” sitting in the chair, while others who sat in the chair allegedly developed excruciating back pain requiring surgery. It is unclear if the exhibit will reopen, or what will happen to the chair.
The Haunted Museum features a lineup of haunted items, from an entire haunted doll room to relics from Bagans’ now-demolished “demon house.”
Sources: Kelly Wynne, Newsweek, June 3, 2019, and The Devil in Connecticut by Gerald Brittle.