Notorious Haunted Objects
Here are four notorious haunted objects which you should avoid like the plague:
1. Robert The Doll – When he was just four years old, Key West artist Robert Eugene Otto was presented with a rather cute little doll dressed in a white sailor suit and carrying a miniature stuffed lion. Absolutely delighted with his gift, Robert christened the doll “Robert”. But his initial joy at his new toy soon began to evaporate, as a series of weird events began to plague the Otto home. For example, Robert’s parents would often hear their son chuckling with somebody – somebody with a deep voice – whenever they walked past his bedroom door. Also, items of furniture would be overturned in rooms whenever Robert was present in them, and he began having terrifying nightmares. Toys would also mysteriously disappear and reappear. Not surprisingly, all these strange things suggested that Robert was a very haunted doll indeed, and possibly cursed. Robert is now kept under lock and key in the Key West Fort East Martello Museum, and many would say (naturally) that this is the best place for him! A new movie is currently in production about Robert, who is said to be the inspiration behind the Child’s Play movies.
2. The Hands That Resist Him – The notorious eBay painting, it depicts a young boy and a doll-like girl standing in front of a window and a sea of disembodied hands. It was discovered by a Californian couple on the site of an old brewery. They auctioned the painting on eBay in February 2000, and said that the figures it depicted seemed to mysteriously move around. The painting eventually sold for a whopping $1,025.
3. The Dybukk Box – The 2012 horror movie The Possession (which is reminiscent in its plot of The Exorcist) is loosely based on the true story of the Dybbuk Box, a wine cabinet which is reputed to be haunted by a demonic entity called the Dybbuk. The box had once belonged to a Polish Holocaust survivor named Havela, who’d fled to Spain and bought it there before emigrating to the United States. The Box had been kept in her grandmother’s sewing room and was never opened because a Dybbuk — an evil spirit from Jewish folklore — was said to live inside it. He offered to give the box back to her, but she became upset and would not take it. Contained within the box were: two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word “Shalom”; a small, golden wine goblet; one dried rose bud; and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs. The box was auctioned on eBay by a seller who claimed that strange things had been occurring in their home after purchasing it at a flea market. This is the box that inspired them to make the movie The Possession, and as I say, a damn scary movie it is too!
4. The Annabelle Doll – Any fan of the supernatural will doubtless know that the movies The Conjuring and Annabelle were both based on this true story of a haunted doll that terrorised a pair of nursing students. Leading paranormal experts Ed and Lorrain Warren were called in to investigate, and they found that “Annabelle” was actually a demonic entity in the form of a little girl. After solving the problem with an exorcism, the Warrens took possession of the doll and it is now locked away in their Occult Museum.
Alan Toner is a paranormal writer whose True Ghost Stories series of books can be bought from Amazon Kindle Store. In addition to writing, he also runs the True Ghost Stories site at http://www.trueghoststories.co.uk