BURRILLVILLE – The house that inspired the 2013 hit horror movie The Conjuring has been purchased by a Boston-based developer for $1.525 million, in a sale reportedly set to close on Thursday, May 26.
The owner of real estate development firm WonderGroup, LLC, Jacqueline Nuñez, has reportedly said the property will remain open to the public following the sale, first reported this week in The Wall Street Journal.
The property at 1677 Round Top Road was listed by Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.2 million last September. Current owners Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, formerly of Maine, purchased it in 2019 for $439,000, and have since run a lucrative business offering tours and overnight stays in the allegedly haunted 300-year-old farmhouse.
Previous owner, Norma Sutcliffe bought in 1987 for $169,500, and has disputed paranormal claims about the property.
It was the story of a family who owned the property in the 1970s that brought fame and curiosity to the once quiet Burrillville neighborhood. The Perron family called in Ed and Lorraine Warren, a Connecticut couple who built a career in the paranormal, to investigate unexplained phenomenon in the home during their time there. Their story was later adapted into The Conjuring film, the first in a series of movies now known as The Conjuring Universe.
A spokeswoman for Nuñez described her interest in the property as “personal,” stating, “she believes that there’s some spiritual activity that happens in the house,” according to The Providence Journal.
Nuñez holds a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and bachelor’s and law degrees from Northwestern University.
The Heinzens have scheduled a live event on a Facebook page created for the business for Thursday, the day of the scheduled closing, starting at 1 p.m.
As usual, someone is continuing to profit off of fabricated history. The slanderous accusations made against an innocent dead woman is the very reason the home gained publicity in the first place. Those accusations inspired the movie, which in turn made that house infamous. All based on lies. Meanwhile, Bathsheba Sherman lays in a grave without a proper headstone because of vandalism done to her marker after ne’er-do-wells watching & believing said lies on the big screen. Poor Bathsheba, she just can’t rest in peace.