From the beginning of time, people all around the world have woven and shared their own stories of strange creatures, mutinous murderers, and horrid spirits. One place rich in tall tales is Key West, Florida. Believe it or not, one of Key West’s most famous haunting stories comes from that of a doll-Robert, the haunted doll.
Robert’s story begins more than a century ago, when in 1904, at the age of four, little Robert Eugene Otto was given a doll as a “present” from his parents’ Bahamian servant. Supposedly the servant had practiced voodoo and witchcraft, and had cursed the doll from the beginning. Eugene kept a hold of the doll all of his life. In his childhood, if anything went wrong, he would blame it on Robert. As an adult, he actually took Robert with him, becoming an artist and moving in with his wife, Ann. It is said that there were times in which Eugene would become very angry, and even abusive toward Ann. When he calmed down, he would blame Robert for his rage.
Ann herself did not take a liking to the doll, and so for a while, she had moved him up to the attic. This apparently upset Robert, because he “didn’t have a room with a view” so Eugene brought him down to the guest room. It was there at the window that he sat, and children on their way to school claimed that the doll would move around and make faces at them. Once, when a plumber was working alone in Robert’s room, he said that Robert had been giggling at him, which caused the plumber to run out of the house like a madman, and honestly, who wouldn’t?
When 1972 rolled around, Eugene died, and Ann soon moved out of the house, of course leaving Robert behind. Once the new family moved in, they as well decided that they did not wish to have such a strange doll around them. Before ever getting rid of Robert, though, their little girl had added him to her other stuffed animals in her room. It wasn’t long before the ten-year-old woke up screaming one night, crying that Robert moved around, and that he had tried to murder her. Even as an adult she still claims the same tale.
Now these days, Robert can be found in the East Martello Museum, where spectators swear that Robert will make faces at them. But Robert isn’t found only there; it is said that his spirit, along with Ann’s, still roams Eugene’s old house. Workers there who rent it out as a guest house, say they won’t ever go upstairs to the attic or the guest room because they fear that the house is haunted by the doll.
Paranormal News Central (www.paranormalnewscentral.com)