SDCC@Home: Travel Channel’s Shock Docs Series Explores True American Horror Stories

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Stories of paranormal encounters have always been the subject of fascination. Now, Travel Channel will revisit some of the most infamous horror cases in American history with their new series, Shock Docs. The announcement was made during the Comic-Con@Home panel, “Wonder Women: Superstars of the Paranormal.” 

The series begins on Labor Day, Monday, September 7 with a look at America’s first modern-day paranormal investigators. “Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren” covers the 50-year career of the titular pair who investigated thousands of hauntings. Ed, a demonologist, and Lorraine, a clairvoyant, were an unassuming couple who devoted their lives to battling demonic forces inhabiting families or homes.

Some of their famous cases include the Amityville Horror house, the real-life Rhode Island home behind The Conjuring films, and the Bridgeport Poltergeist. They are pictured above outside Superior court in Danbury, October 28, 1981, as they waited for Arne Cheyenne Johnson to arrive for the first day of jury selection in Johnson’s trial for murder in connection with the death of Alan Bono in February 1981. The Warrens said that Johnson is possessed by demons.

The couple’s life mission was to prove the existence of good and evil; God and the devil. Along the way, they pioneered many techniques still used in the field today, including audio and visual recording devices and advanced electromagnetic devices. This two-hour special features interviews with their daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tony Spera, who share never-before-broadcast audio of Ed conducting interviews for the Bridgeport, Connecticut poltergeist case, and rare video of the Warrens helping a young woman coming under demonic possession. Tony also has granted the production access to his catalog of footage from his television series, Seekers of the Supernatural. It includes many hours of Ed and Lorraine discussing their work with Tony.

Additional Shock Docs on the slate for later this fall will delve into the true-life hauntings of the “Amityville Horror House” and “The Exorcism of Roland Doe.”

“Travel Channel fans have an insatiable appetite for the classic cases that even the paranormal investigators revere,” said Matthew Butler, general manager, Travel Channel. “In these ‘shockumentaries,’ we start at the beginning and explore why these places and cases remain the most famous – and the most haunted – in the country.”

“Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren” premieres Monday, September 7 at 9pm. 

Stephanie Coats