Haunted Doll: Image Courtesy of Charles 16e
It is perhaps because of their very innocent and harmless appearances that the dolls make the most perfect haunted objects. After all, no one can imagine a small girl’s beloved doll being possessed by a spirit that wants to bring doom to the family. But here are some spine-chilling cases of haunted dolls to give you hair-raising experience.
Robert the Haunted Doll:
When it comes to haunted dolls, Robert obviously deserves the first place. It all began Mr. Thomas Otto moved to a new house with his wife and son in Key West, Florida. The Otto’s were infamous for the mistreatment they inflicted upon their poor servants. One day, Mrs. Otto caught their Haitian maidservant, who was hired as governess to her child Robert, practicing voodoo in their backyard. Mrs. Otto decided to immediately discharge the maidservant from her duties. Humiliated, the maidservant presented Robert with a voodoo doll. This doll was 3 feet tall, had buttons for eyes and was stuffed with straw. There is also a belief that the doll contained bits of Robert’s hair. Everything went fine for the next few days and Robert became so attached to the doll that he gave it his own name. But soon enough, the doll revealed its true wicked form. At midnight, the Ottos would often find their child Robert emitting horrified shrieks from his room as everything around him lay ransacked. When inquired, he would blame everything upon the doll. Soon the neighbors began to see the doll actually moving from one room to another, and giving out nasty grins to scare away strangers. Scared, the Ottos had the doll put up in the attic. Years later, when grew up to be a famous artist, he had the doll out once again and remained very closely bonded to it till his death, just prior to which the doll was once again put up the attic. Later another family purchased the house, whose daughter claimed the doll for her. The doll again returned to its menacing activities and even attacked the girl, fatally. Today the doll lies for display at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida, where it is still reported to give out diabolic grins and tap on the glass case which encloses it.
Annabelle the Possessed Doll:
|Annabelle is the doll perched in the “DANGER! DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING” cage|
Another doll worthy of mentioning is Annabelle, who is reputed to be possessed by a demon. On a fateful day in 1970, a mother gifted her adult daughter Donna with a Raggedy Ann doll on her birthday. Donna, at that time, was living with her roommate Angie. Soon, the two girls started noticing strange things about the doll. It would be discovered from a place completely different from where it was left, and small parchments would be found all over Donna’s room filled with gibberish writings. One day when Donna discovered blood on the doll, she decided to call a medium to communicate with the alleged spirit which had possessed the doll. The medium found out that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins who felt comfortable with Donna and wanted to stay with her. The kind Donna agreed and let the doll stay with her. However, this mistake proved deadly. Lou, Donna’s friend, had always disliked the doll. One day the Doll actually attacked Lou when no one else was around, inflicting twelve claw marks on his back. Donna was now scared and called up the famous paranormal investigators Edd and Lorraine Warren to investigate into the matter. The Warrens were convinced that the doll was possessed by a demon and held an exorcism to ward it away, and, as an extra measure of precaution, took the doll away with themselves at their Occult Museum in Moodus, Connecticut. The doll now stays perched in a cage in that museum.
Joliet the Cursed Doll: Joliet the doll is a cursed doll owned by Anna G. According to her, every daughter in her family is cursed by the doll to give birth to one son and one daughter, and the son dies 3 days after birth. This curse befell their family when her great grandmother was presented the doll by a jealous friend. Since then, her great grandmother, her grandmother, her mother and herself were all cursed to bear a son and a daughter, with the son dying 3 days after birth. However, Anna also believes that the sons of their family who died have been doomed to possess the doll until the end of the world. Often at night the sound of many infants screaming at once is heard from the doll. Thus, Anna’s family hasn’t got rid of the doll as they feel a duty to care for the spirits of the deceased sons captured in it.
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