Let’s face it, most dolls look creepy. From Child’s Play up to Annabelle, dolls, have a way of freaking us out. The earliest known reports of a haunted doll date back to ancient Egypt where the enemies of Ramses III attempted to use wax images of his likeness to bring about his death. The dolls used in this ritual were said to be living and would curse anyone who bore their resemblance.
I list some of the most known and reportedly haunted dolls from around the world.
MANDY THE DOLL
Mandy is a porcelain baby doll who was owned for many years by a woman who claimed that she would hear the doll crying in the middle of the night from the basement she was kept in. Once the owner worked up the courage to investigate, she would only ever find an open window. The strange sounds were enough to scare her for good, and Mandy was donated to the Quesnel Museum in British Columbia in 1991. According to the previous owner, once the doll was no longer in her house the mysterious crying stopped altogether.
Since her permanent placement, there have been stories from staff about encounters with the haunted doll. Lunches would mysteriously disappear from the refrigerator and be found tucked away in a drawer. Objects such as pens, books and pictures would go missing. Footsteps were heard when no-one was around. When Mandy was placed in a room by herself, the staff found papers thrown all around the room as if she had thrown a tantrum.
Mandy is also known to “play” around with electrical equipment, causing it to malfunction. Visitors have claimed to feel uneasy or sad around her. Some say her eyes have a tendency to blink or follow people around the room. Her fingers and head move on their own as well. One visitor was videotaping Mandy only to have the camera light go on and off every 5 seconds. When the visitor’s camera was turned on another exhibit, it functioned just fine. Mandy the Doll draws loads of curious visitors to the museum every year.
AMANDA THE DOLL
Amanda’s beautiful but haunting face was originally designed by Heinrich Handwerck in 1884.
Amanda’s recent life can originally be traced back to an Ebay listing in 2003 but no further than that. Since she was sold she has been bought sold traded and given away more times than can be counted on two hands. The ghost that is said to possess her is very active if she does not like you. If she is happy then she just sits there staring into space. But when Amanda is ready to move on she begins to wreak havoc in the home she resides in until she is once again sent on her way.
ROBERT THE DOLL
Robert–who is often referred to as Robert the Haunted Doll–is a one of a kind doll who was once owned by a Florida painter named Robert Eugene Otto–thus the name, Robert. According to the stories, Robert was given the doll as a child by a female servant (who just so happened to be well versed in the art of voodoo) that tended to his abusive parents’ house. Legends suggest that the servant possessed the three-foot-tall doll as a way to get back at the Otto family.
Robert is said to have the ability to speak and move around on his own. The boy’s parents would often hear him having conversations with the doll. Whenever strange things would happen in the house, or misfortunes would befall the family, Robert would always place the blame on the doll, stating “Robert did it!” adamant that the doll was doing these things.
When his mother and father died, Robert inherited the house and moved in with his wife, Annette. On becoming ill, instead of spending time with his wife he locked himself alone in the guest room with his doll by his side and when he died, he was still in the guest room with the doll beside him.
Robert the Haunted Doll now calls the Key West Martello Museum home. There, he is visited by tourists who are captivated by his frightening story. Even within the confines of the museum, behind a glass case, Robert still manages to terrify and bewilder. Several employees have reported that he has changed position overnight, and in one case even had dust on his feet in the morning, suggesting that he was walking around when no one was in the building. If you want to take a picture of him, you must ask politely and apparently he will tilt his head in permission. If he doesn’t and you take a picture anyways it is said that a curse will befall you and anyone who accompanied, you to the museum. Something that has seen to be true as the museum constantly receives apology letters for Robert from visitors who didn’t ask permission and bad luck has befallen them.
The tale of Child’s Play, written by Don Mancini was in fact inspired by Robert the haunted doll.
One of the creepiest parts of the truly scary film The Conjuring is the evil doll Annabelle, who makes up the cornerstone of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s spooky museum of trophies. In real life Annabelle is just your run of the mill Raggedy Ann doll.
A woman named Donna received Annabelle from her mother in 1970 after her mother bought the used doll at a hobby store. Donna was a college student at the time, and living with a roommate named Angie, and at first neither thought the doll was anything special. But over time they noticed Annabelle seemed to move on her own; at first it was really subtle, just changes in position, things that could be written off as the doll being jostled. But the movement increased, and within a few weeks it seemed to become fully mobile.
Donna agreed to bring in a medium. The psychic sat with the doll and told the girls that long before their apartment complex had been built there had been a field on that property. A seven-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins had been found dead in that field. Her spirit remained, and when the doll came into the house the girl’s spirit latched on to it. She found Donna and Angie to be trustworthy. She just wanted to stay with them. She wanted to be safe with them.
Being sweet, nurturing types, Donna and Angie agreed to let Annabelle stay with them. This is when things escalated. A friend of the girls was viciously clawed by Annabelle, though he could he never prove it. The ladies then turned to an Episcopalian priest, who in turned called in Ed and Lorraine Warren. Annabelle now resides in the Warren’s room of haunted objects.
PUPA THE DOLL
Pupa the doll was given to her owner in the 1920’s and belonged only to her until she died in July 2005. The owner was about five or six years old when she received Pupa. At the time, she lived in Trieste, Italy but later travelled to the United States where she eventually stayed.
The dolls hair was crafted from locks of its owner’s real hair and Pupa’s owner often claimed that the doll would speak to her. She would go on to tell her grandchildren that the doll was her best friend.
When Pupa’s owner died in early 2005, the family put Pupa in a glass display case with other items. However, Pupa doesn’t like being locked in the case and she periodically changes positions. Often she is said to push things around in the display case, with the family reporting hearing a sound like someone tapping on the glass as they pass. When they turn to look, they have seen Pupa’s hand pressed against the glass or her legs crossed when they were not before.