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Three Tales Of Haunted Dolls

Updated on January 4, 2014

Robert The Doll

I don't know about you, but this doll is just creepy looking to me!
I don't know about you, but this doll is just creepy looking to me! | Source

Be Careful About Dolls You Choose To Bring Into Your Home!

Three Tales of Haunted Dolls

There is a belief that human spirits who were not quite ready to leave this world may find hosts in the bodies of dolls. It doesn’t matter whether dolls are made of fabric, porcelain or straw. Once spirits find their way into dolls, the results are terrifying. Haunted dolls often belonged to children. At times they were acquired by adults as well. There are three very famous dolls with histories and stories of being haunted.

Robert the Doll

One of the most famous stories is about a mysterious looking straw doll from Key West Florida. The story goes that this particular doll was given to a boy named Robert Eugene Otto. Coincidentally, he also named his doll Robert.

His parents had servants who worked for the family and they were also known for mistreating household workers. One of their maids was a woman from the Bahamas who was reported to be very skilled in the arts of Voodoo and Black Magic.

Once when Robert’s parents mistreated their maid, she became angry with them and decided to put a curse on the doll that she had given to young Robert. Once the maid left her job, strange things began to happen in the family home.

Robert would talk to the doll and a voice would answer and talk back to him. His parents thought it was their son changing his voice and answering. Upon further investigation, they came to believe that it was the doll talking.

In other stories, young Robert would awaken in the night scared. His parents would occasionally hear furniture being knocked over. When they investigated, Robert would tell him that Robert the doll did it. Children would tell stories of seeing this doll move from window to window without human help. He would peer out at them and make faces at them, scaring them.

The doll is now in a Key West museum for most of the year. There is one quirk that visitors must obey when they visit him on display there. They must ask the doll if they can take a picture of him or he will become angry and cause bad things to happen. He gives permission by tilting his head.

Once a year Robert the doll is transported to Historic Custom House to be displayed for a month. In another odd quirk, the museum staff at Custom House has found that they need to put peppermints in the doll case to appease him. In the morning when they check on him there are empty peppermint wrappers strewn about in his case. The story goes that Robert the doll loves peppermints.

Annabelle The Doll Looked Like An Innocent Raggedy Ann Doll ~

Funny to think that a seemingly harmless Raggedy Ann doll became such a scary entity in the case of Annabelle the doll!
Funny to think that a seemingly harmless Raggedy Ann doll became such a scary entity in the case of Annabelle the doll! | Source

The Stories Of Annabelle And The Haunted Gypsy Doll

The Story of Annabelle

Annabelle the doll got her name from a seven-year old child who had been found dead many years ago on the property where the doll now was. This property eventually became an apartment complex. The belief is that the deceased child’s spirit found its way into this seemingly normal looking Raggedy Ann doll. This was when Annabelle took on strange paranormal characteristics.

The doll was bought used at a craft store in 1970. She was given to a college student named Donna and her roommate Angie by Donna’s mother. Things began innocently enough until the girls would leave the doll alone in their apartment. When they returned, the doll was in a different position than she had been left in.

They began to find pieces of parchment paper left throughout the apartment with messages scrawled on them in a childish scribble. The problem was that neither girl owned parchment paper. From there, things got stranger. One day Annabelle was found with red liquid on her hands. The girls feared the red liquid was blood. They contacted a medium to try to get the story behind the strange happenings with this doll.

The medium concluded that the doll was now home to the spirit of the seven-year old girl named Annabelle who had been found dead years before.

The Possessed Gypsy Doll

The incredible story of the possessed gypsy doll began 170 to 250 years ago. It was believed that a grieving Romanian gypsy crafted the doll so the soul of his son could be transferred into it. His son had died in a bad storm in Romania.

The doll was brought to Australia by a man who found the doll at his deceased Grandmother’s home. The possessed gypsy doll began to make strange things happen from the moment the man brought him into his home.

Every time this doll was taken outside it began to rain. Pictures fell from walls. Dogs and humans alike became terrified in the presence of the gypsy doll. The doll was able to turn its head and make strange noises and could move its arms and legs. A psychic examined the doll on national television in Australia and concluded that it was possessed by the spirit of the young drowning victim. The doll did the things he did because he was frightened and confused.

The strangest part of the story is that the possessed gypsy doll was examined and found to have a brain. Upon lifting the top of the doll’s head the man found something that looked like the colors of a wet newspaper. Anyone who had spent time near this doll experienced odd, unexplainable events that frightened them more than anything in this world ever had.

Dolls can simply be playthings for children or they can be much more. They can even be sinister depending on their history. They can be the home of spirits who were never ready to leave this world and who left much too early. If you ever find a doll that you believe is possessed or haunted, try to find out its history. You may be shocked by what you find.

I recently found a website where haunted doll and paranormal enthusiasts can watch reportedly haunted dolls in action. People watch these dolls, take a screen shot of any unusual happenings, then share what they've found in a chat room. I've never tried this, probably because I think it would creep me out too much! Let me know in the comments below if you do try it, and what your experiences were. I'm curious!


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    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      It would definitely be interesting I think! You would have fascinating stories to tell for sure! Thanks so much for commenting, Azriel! I appreciate that!:)

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      5 years ago

      I for one would love to be able to acquire possessed objects.. Sorta collector of souls/spirits if you will and I kinda find it cool

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Thanks Sheri Faye! Glad you found this interesting, even with the creepiness factor! :-)

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Yikes....creepy is right! Interesting hub!

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Sorry Janis! You and I can be creeped out together then, because this totally creeped me out, too! Thank you for reading though, I appreciate that! :)

    • WriterJanis profile image


      5 years ago from California

      You now have me so creeped out!

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I've heard of that too, Laura, it is very terrifying! Something about both dolls and clowns tends to be creepy to many people. Thanks so much for commenting, I appreciate it! :)

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      5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      A very interesting read! I'll never get over the island of dolls featured on the Oren Peli television show The River. It was cancelled halfway through the first season, but the scariest episode featured a bunch of abandoned dolls hung in the trees.

      Terrifying! :)


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