Everyone loves a creepy, haunted doll story. The juxtaposition of something as childish and innocent as a doll with the supernatural malevolence of a ghost or a demon is the source of many venerated modern legends and spooky stories.
It’s also the basis of some pop culture phenomenon. Nearly all kids have some dolls; they’re ubiquitous with growing up.
They represent the fancy of owning and having responsibility for a bit of human being the way parents have over their children. So if one of those toys were to be truly possessed, it would be every kid and parent’s worst nightmare.
Everyone knows Annabelle, but far earlier than she was Robert the Doll, an allegedly haunted doll owned by an eccentric member of the Key West family, Robert Eugene Otto.
It exhibited a slew of strange powers and behaviors not familiar to a doll, most notably that it could move without assistance and talk, which dolls made in the early 1900s were not supposed to do.
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Robert the Doll came into Otto’s, or “Gene’s,” possession when he was still just a boy.
His grandfather came home after a trip to Germany in 1904 and brought the straw-stuffed doll home as a birthday gift where it was promptly dressed up in an old child’s sailor uniform, which became its eternal look to this very day.
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Gene loved the doll and treated it like it was his best friend. He took it everywhere with him. They shared the same room, the same food when possible, and Gene insisted on treating him like family.
It got to the point where young Gene even narrated Robert’s thoughts aloud, spoke for him, acted on his behalf, and would have conversations with the doll like it was alive, but only he could see how.