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Have you ever heard of Robert the Doll?
Thomas Otto and his wife moved into the Artist House in Key West, Florida. In 1900, Robert Eugene Otto was born. The family were harsh with their servants. Mrs Otto spotted the family servant, originally from the Bahamas, practising black magic and fired her. Before she left, she gave Robert a life-like doll as a gift which stood 3 feet tall, covered in scars, had beady eyes, filled with straw, a malevolent smirk and human hair (possibly Robert’s) and held a dog on his lap that had a big eyes and a long tongue hanging out of its mouth. Robert gave the doll his name and kept his middle name for himself and dressed the doll in his sailor’s suit.
Soon this companionship between the child and the doll took on a strange nature. Whenever Eugene was accused of mischievous acts such as knocking over lamps and furniture, torn clothing and misplaced objects, he would proclaim, “Robert did it!”. A plumber claimed to hear laughter and caught glimpses of the doll running about the house. School children claimed to see Robert moving from the window when the family was not at home. Eugene was heard conversing with Robert and a deep voice was heard answering back to Eugene. Eventually, the doll was placed in the attic due to all the unnatural activity.
Eugene travelled to Paris to become an artist and married Anne. Once his father passed away, he returned to his childhood home with his wife and repossessed the doll. Anne hated the doll and begged Eugene to return the doll to the attic. Anne claimed to hear Eugene pleading to Robert not to harass him anymore. In 1974, Robert was seen on top of Eugene with his hands around his neck. After Eugene’s death, Anne rented the house to a new family and moved back to France. In the contract, she clearly stated that Robert must not leave the attic. The daughter of the new tenant found Robert in the attic and brought the doll to her room. In the night, the daughter saw Robert was moving around and claimed that the doll attempted to murder her.
Finally, Robert was donated to the Martello Gallery-Key West Art and Historical Museum. Robert was displayed like any other regular objects. The next day, an employee found the whole place wrecked but nothing was stolen and Robert was found in a different position and the shoes were coated in the dust. Employees have heard tapping sounds as they pass Robert’s case and noticed his hand on the glass. Psychics discovered that Robert has an aura. The museum receives numerous letters written by those asking him for suggestions, jinxing those who have mistreated them or for mercy in lifting the unlucky encounters such as car crashes, loss of job, failed marriages, sickness etc., they have endured because they disrespected him.
In 2015, a movie based on Robert the Doll was released.
Thank you for reading, fellow humans 🙂