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What Makes Robert the Doll So Darned Popular?

Robert the Doll photo by Rob O'Neal from Key West Art & HIstorical Society press release dated Sept. 20, 2004

The past few months I’ve watched in rapt interest as one post in particular continues to be hands down the most popular of all the posts I’ve written: Key West’s Robert the Doll.

In my Google Analytics account I’ve watched it do nothing but dominate. Then, not too long ago, I found a WordPress plugin that lets me track popular posts not only in my Dashboard but also displays it on the blog.

If you scroll to the bottom of my blog you’ll see the Popular Posts display. Leading the charge without a contender even coming close to challenging the number of hits is the Robert the Doll post. (As of this writing it was at 10,600 hits. The second most popular post was at 940.)

Back in July I was in bed flipping through channels late one night. I happened to flip to Univision right as Primer Impacto was running a story about Robert the Doll.

It was all in Spanish and mine is severely limited so I couldn’t understand exactly what they were saying, but I got the gist. It was a ghost hunting team investigating Robert. And judging by how their K2s were lighting up, he was being active that night. Very active.

I would’ve liked to know what the EVPs they got said. And, now that I’m thinking about it more, you know how people question Americans when they travel to foreign-speaking areas and get English-speaking EVPs? Well, this was an international paranormal investigation team in America that got Spanish-speaking EVPs. Curious.

Anyway, it was really interesting to watch. Then, thanks to a comment a reader left just this week on the Robert the Doll post, I learned Robert was recently the topic on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

I am cussing myself up and down that I didn’t try and go see Robert for myself when we were in Key West last year. Granted, I had only just learned about him when we docked and I started talking to the ghost tour man. Plus, we didn’t have much time in that port.

Oh well. Just gives me another reason to go back to Key West. I gotta figure out what it is that makes Robert the Doll so darned popular. You got any ideas why?

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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6 thoughts on “What Makes Robert the Doll So Darned Popular?

  1. We are psychically linked! I blogged about Robert Yesterday! If Andrea and you and I all thought about writing about Robert on the same day, what does that mean? Good story. You have lots of good stuff I missed in here.

  2. The story and history of this very eerie doll is what is so fascinating. Dale the doll scares me at times, but hands down, Robert is much more creepy.

  3. Jessica: I think it means Robert’s got us under his spell!!!!!!!!!!!

    Julie: LOL You’ve actually got to meet Dale in person. Is he as creepy as he looks? Or is he not the bad-ass he comes off to be on the Net?

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