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"There Was a Crooked Man" is an English nursery rhyme that dates from the year 1842. While the song was not originally villainous, it was later used in the 2016 horror film The Conjuring 2 by the demon Valak when it started terrorizing the Hodgson family under the form of the titular character.

The film's version was performed by a children chorus.


There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

There was a crooked man... and he walked a crooked mile
The crooked man stepped forth and... rang the crooked bell
And thus his crooked soul... spiraled into a crooked hell
Murdered his crooked family... and laughed a crooked laugh.

Other Appearances

  • The Conjuring 2 version was featured in the movie's soundtrack under the name "Crooked Man Rhyme".
  • Valak later speaks its own twisted version of the rhyme when going after one of the Hodgson children.




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