The "Ghost Adventures" star reveals the freaky incident that happened to him after his interaction with the doll.
She may look harmless, but interacting with the real-life Annabelle comes with some truly terrifying results.
Known for her role in the "Conjuring" films and spinoff series, the allegedly-possessed doll was inspired by a cursed Raggedy Ann toy, which demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren kept locked up in their Occult Museum in Connecticut.
"Ghost Adventures" host Zak Bagans couldn't resist some one-on-one time with the real thing, but he quickly learned that maybe that wasn't the best idea.
"When it comes to haunted objects, you think of Annabelle right away," he says in this clip from Sunday's new "E! True Hollywood Story." He continues, "An inhuman demon's going to possess a doll to trick the living into thinking it's a little kid."
In footage from his time with the doll, he asks, "What do you want?" as two "anomalies" are seen on his structured light sensor camera. "You had two skeletons on you!" his assistant exclaims.
"A figure appeared out of her and then went into me," Zak explains. "Next day I'm still recovering from my investigation from Annabelle and all of a sudden, like in the movies, the skies just turn black. They're rumbling and then boom, lightning strikes a light pole where my car is and leaves a huge gash on the light."
He then asks himself, "If I wasn't around that doll, would that have happened?"
Saying he believes dolls can be possessed by a demonic spirit, he went on to tell a story Lorraine Warren once shared herself about a visitor to the museum who was "antagonizing" Annabelle, got in a motorcycle accident and died.
"She told us that they were both laughing and joking about the doll when the young man lost control of the bike and crashed head-on into a tree," Warren told USA Today in 2017.
Bagans filmed his interaction with Annabelle back in 2017 for a Halloween special of his show, which generated some "outrage" when he touched the doll. In a Facebook post at the time, he defended his reaction to the object, which some felt was disingenuous.
"So many of you in outrage because I touched 'Annabelle"' so here's my response. While so many viewers think they know exactly what it's like to be in these type situations, in all due respect, they do not. I am a 100% sensitive," he explained. "What's that mean? I absorb and sense energies around me at a very high level. Whether it's from living people, residual energy, objects or from spirits. I've been like this my entire life. I am not a psychic medium. I am a sensitive. And while some perceive this to be 'overreacting' or 'too dramatic' well those people will never be able to relate to what I feel when I'm around spirits. It's a rush, its draining, it's exhilarating, it's terrifying all-in-one depending who or what I'm in contact with."
"I touched Annabelle but felt like I had to," he added. "Not because it would be a great TV moment but because of things most of you wouldn't understand.... something had a grip on me and I had a tremendous amount of sadness thru the whole thing except one quick moment of rage near the end when Tony took her and left."
He also apologized to the doll's current owner, Tony Spera, and Lorraine. "Touching her I feel has lead to many strange events and I do believe was indeed a dangerous thing to do," he added.