Wow, had to share this from Ghostly Worlds Blog! Any of my followers or though’s that know me, know I cringe at the sight of a doll. (shudders) I will be adding this place to my bucket list!
Location: Xochimico, MexicoHistory:In the canals of Xochimico (which is located near Mexico City) lies a rather twisted and disturbing island decorated with dolls. The Island of Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) is home to several hundreds of deformed and creepy dolls, typically missing limbs, heads, or eerily blank eyes. Although haunting by day, they are terrifying by night. The island’s history began when the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a little girl who had drowned in the canal about fifty years ago. Being as haunted by the sight of her skeletal corpse, when he found a doll floating in the canal recently after finding the girl, he put it on a tree in hopes to please the girl and protect the island from evil. Santana was not pleased with just one doll, though. He found more dolls and doll parts in the canal, and he would fish them out and hang them on trees on the island. This method, though, was not providing him enough dolls, so he started “dumpster diving” during his rare trips off of his private island. Later on, he began trading fruits and vegetables grown on the island for the dolls. Legends and rumors have orbited this mysterious place for years. One such story says that Santana went insane, believing that his dolls were real children who he attempted to rescue. However, his family members (who now operate the island as a tourist destination) said that Santana simply believed that the island was haunted by the young girl, and he believed that he could make her happy by displaying the dolls. In 2001, Santana drowned in the canal just like the little girl. Several people have rumored that the dolls were possessed by evil spirits and murdered Santana, while others say his death was accidental and the dolls have taken his place as the island caretaker. The island received very little tourism during Santana’s lifetime, but it has since become a famouse attracion in Mexico. Several TV shows have featured the island, a few of them proving the island haunted. The island is considered one of the most scary and disturbing places on earth, providing an experience you can’t find anywhere else. In Popular Culture: The island was featured on an episode of Destination Truth.
External Links: Island of the Dolls – WebUrbanist