I know I have written several times about dolls as I don’t like them. They creep me out beyond belief. I found a pretty cool site called Aliens-UFOs.com that has a thread called Dolls where people have shared their experiences with dolls. Here is just a sample of whats on the site.
A Scary Sleepover
Last year I had a sleepover with my friends and I had an American girl doll. Her name is Julie. She really creeps me out. Ali, Hannah, and Jasmine had come over by then. That night the doll moved when we where on the bed talking. We got freaked out. The doll eyes started to blink at us. By then we were crying because it was freaky. I got off the bed and opened the closet and I grabbed the doll. The doll turned its head and stared at me and I threw it in there. Last night the doll was on my bed. And when I went home from my moms Tae Kwon Do thing. When I went upstairs the doll was not at the foot of the bed it was at the front where the pillows are. I was freaked out! ~ Elizabeth, Copyright 2010
I found various other sites that have stories about haunted dolls. My question is though, can a doll actually be possessed by a spirit or is it simply attached to the doll and manipulating it (by manipulating I mean moving them around, making them walk, blink, head turning, etc.)? This is rather interesting, yet I’m wondering how true it is. Just the thought alone freaks me out.
I take no credit on the articles below. I have simply added them to this post to share with everyone. I have also added the sources under each article for reference/credit.
Robert the Doll
There is a doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. The doll is alleged to be possessed by evil spirits and has a terrifying reputation.
The doll, which is allegedly cursed, has become a fixture of ghost tours in the Key West area since it was inducted into the Fort East Martello Museum.
History: Eugene was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic and voodoo and was displeased with the family. Soon afterward, it became clear that there was something eerie about the doll. Eugene’s parents said they often heard him talking to the doll and that the doll appeared to be talking back. Although at first they assumed that Eugene was simply answering himself in a changed voice, they later believed that the doll was actually speaking.
Neighbors claimed to see the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. The Otto family swore that sometimes the doll would emit a terrifying giggle and that they caught glimpses of it running from room to room. In the night Eugene would scream, and when his parents ran to the room, they would find furniture knocked over and Eugene in bed, looking incredibly scared, telling them that “Robert did it!”. In addition, guests swore that they saw Robert’s expression change before their eyes.
When Eugene died in 1974, the doll was left in the attic until the house was bought again. The new family included a ten-year old girl, who became Robert’s new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attempted to attack her on multiple occasions. More than thirty years later, she still tells interviewers that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.
The doll is annually rotated to the Old Post Office and Customhouse in October, with the museum staff claiming that strange activity in the museum increases during such times.
A new other notes:
For individuals who visit Robert in the Fort East Martello Museum and wish to take a picture of him, according to legend, the person must ask the doll politely. If he does not agree (by tipping his head to one side), and the individual takes a picture anyway, the doll will curse the person and their family.
The doll served as an inspiration for the Chucky doll in the Child’s Play film franchise.
– (source) Wikipedia, Robert the Doll
Annabelle the Haunted Doll
Annabelle was the focus of a case that famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren took part in during the early 1970’s and is highlighted in the book The Demonologist. It has been stated that this is one of the most unusual cases of a possessed object on record.
This is Annabelle’s story:
In 1970 a mother, doting on her only daughter, purchased a Raggedy Ann doll from an antique store. The cute red headed little doll was a present for her daughter Donna. Donna was, at that time, currently residing with her roommate Angie in a small apartment and preparing to graduate from college. Thinking nothing more of the doll than a sign of gratitude and affection from her mother she placed the doll on her bed in her room and basically forgot about it.
As time passed both Angie and Donna noticed an air of strangeness about the doll. Apparently, the doll would move, relatively unnoticeable movements at first, like a change in position, but as time passed the movement became more noticeable. The doll was even once found standing upright, leaning against a chair with its legs crossed. After awhile the doll was said to have actually changed rooms! It would be left in the living room before Donna left for work and upon returning it would be found on her bed, in her room. A moving doll? Very strange indeed.
This Doll Does More Than Just Move
About a month later Donna began to find what she thought were penciled messages. The creepy messages looked to be written in the hand writing of a “small child”, scribbled and almost illegible. Although, it could be seen that the messages clearly stated “Help Us” or “Help Lou”. Not sure of the messages meanings Donna was uncertain of exactly who the “us” was. Apparently, Donna had never kept parchment paper in the house either. So where did the paper upon which the messages were written come from? Could it have been conjured by the doll itself? Could a doll possibly be writing messages? If so how?
Who’s Annabelle Really?
Donna came home one night to find the doll had moved once again. Only this time Donna felt as though something was off. A menacing presence seemed to emulate from the doll and she had the deepest urge to inspect it for some reason. What she found would haunt her forever.
The doll had blood on it. Blood or what seemed to be blood, a liquid like red substance had appeared on both the back of its hands and its chest. Now completely scared and desperate for help, Donna decided it was time to seek an expert. Something was going on and she wanted answers.
Determined to get down to the bottom of things, Donna decided to contact a medium. The medium agreed and a seance was held. Apparantly, there was in fact a spirit taking up residence in the doll and her name was Annabelle Higgins. From what the medium could determine Annabelle Higgins was a young girl of only seven years old when her lifeless body was found in the field upon which the apartment complex now stands. The details of her death never came to light. The so called spirit basically took up residence with the doll and it wanted to stay. Seeing no harm in it and feeling sorry for what the spirit had experienced in life Donna agreed. The true nature of this entity had yet to be revealed…….
Lou, a friend of Donnas’ was less than thrilled with the doll. On numerous occasions Lou warned Angie the doll felt threatening and sinister. Something was off and Lou knew it. Lou’s dislike of the doll was well known. He would have more than one terrifying experience with Annabelle. Here is the story of Lou’s experience as related by the Warrens themselves:
“Lou awoke one night from a deep sleep and in panic. Once again he had a reoccuring bad dream. Only this time somehow, something seemed different. It was as though he was awake but couldn’t move. He looked around the room but couldn’t discern anything out of the ordinary and then it happened. Looking down toward his feet he saw the doll, Annabelle. It began to slowly glide up his leg, moved over his chest and then stopped. Within seconds the doll was strangling him. Paralyzed and gasping for breath Lou, at the point of asphyxiation, blacked out. Lou awoke the next morning, certain it wasn’t a dream, Lou was determined to rid himself of that doll and the spirit that possessed it. Lou, however, would have one more terrifying experience with Annabelle. Preparing for a road trip the next day Lou and Angie were reading over maps alone in her apartment. The apartment seemed eerily quiet. Suddenly, rustling sounds coming from Donnas room aroused fear that someone had possibly broken into the apartment. Lou determined to figure out who or what it was quietly made his way to the bedroom door. He waited for the noises to stop before entering and turning on the light. The room was empty except for Annabelle whom was tossed on the floor in the corner.
Lou scoured the room for forced entry but nothing was out of place. But as he got close to the doll he got the distinct impression that somebody was behind him. Spinning around he was quick to realize that nobody else was there. Then in flash he found himself grabbing for his chest, doubled over, cut and bleeding. His shirt was stained with blood and upon opening his shirt there on his chest was what looked to be 7 distinct claw marks, three vertically and four horizontally, all were hot like burns. These scratches healed almost immediately, half gone the next day, fully gone by day two. (“Annabelle, The Curse Of The Devil Doll.”warrens.net,Web. 2010)
Had the entity finally revealed it’s true purpose/nature? Usually, claw marks in a paranormal situation relates to a demonic entity. Demonic entities usually lead to cases of possession. The doll may be just a temporary anchor to the physical world. Possession of a human body may be its true intent. A human possession would make it almost impossible for the demon to be extricated from our world, making the interaction between the spiritual world and the physical world much easier to manipulate.
Paranormal Investigation: The Warrens
Due to the nature of Lou’s experiences the doll was no longer believed to be a docile spirit but inhuman and demonic in nature. Donna decided to contact a priest. Bringing in the big guns seemed like the best way to go. Afterall they were fighting a paranormal war of sorts and had nothing to loose by doing so. Father Hegan was the priest they contacted. With his help their case was referred to the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
“Ed and Lorraine Warren immediately took interest in the case and contacted Donna concerning the doll. The Warrens, after speaking with Donna, Angie, and Lou came to the immediate conclusion that the doll itself was not in fact possessed but manipulated by an inhuman presence. Spirits do not Possess inanimate objects like houses or toys, they posses people. An inhuman spirit can attach itself to a place or object and this is what occurred in the Annabelle case. This spirit manipulated the doll and created the illusion of it being alive in order to get recognition. Truly, the spirit was not looking to stay attached to the doll, it was looking to posses a human host.
The spirit or in this case an inhuman demonic spirit, was essentially in the infestation stage of the phenomenon. It first began moving the doll around the apartment by means of teleportation to arouse the occupants curiosity in hopes that they would give it recognition.Then predictably the mistake of bringing a medium into the apartment to communicate with it. The inhuman spirit now able to communicate through the medium, preyed on the girls emotional vulnerabilities by pretending to be a rather harmless, lost young girl with which during the seance, was allowed permission from Donna to haunt the apartment. Insofar as demonic is a negative spirit, it then set about causing patently negative phenomena to occur; it aroused fear through the weird movements of that doll, it brought about the materialization of disturbing handwritten notes, the symbolic drops of blood on the doll, and ultimately it even attacked Lou leaving behind the symbolic mark of the beast. The next stage of the infestation phenomenon would have been complete human possession. Had these experiences lasted another 2 or 3 more weeks the spirit would have completely possessed, if not harmed or killed one or all of the occupants in the house.” (“Annabelle, The Curse Of The Devil Doll.”warrens.net,Web. 2010)
An actual exorcism was placed on the doll before they left hoping it would rid Annabelle of the infectious demon. Least to say, upon the conclusion of the investigation Ed and Loraine decided the best course of action to prevent the spirit from doing further harm was to relieve Donna of its presence and take the doll home with them. They weren’t completely sure if the doll had been exorcised of the entity…..
-source, Haunted America & Annabelle the Haunted Doll: A Terrifying Case
By the way I’d like to add its cool to read up on Annabelle after seeing The Conjuring over the weekend. It sheds a little more light on the doll. Stay tuned for tomorrows Halloween Count Down post. 🙂