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Dolls have been around since a long time now. In 2004, a 4000-year-old doll was found in an excavation which makes the history of dolls even longer. Dolls are used as toys since many centuries and although dolls from different places and different nations known to reflect cultural values, some dolls still creep us out.
Dolls manage to do this to us largely because they look human, but we know they are not. Since years, doll manufacturers have tried to make the dolls look benign, but no matter how cute a doll is, it's lifeless eye manages to send a chill down the spines of many. Devil worshippers and other such people also have a strong history with dolls and it is when these dolls mix up with the harmless ones that a chaos ensues. Here is a detailed list of the ten creepiest dolls the world has ever seen.
Patty Reed, 8, was a small girl traveling to California with her family in 1846 along with some other pioneers. This group of travelers became snowbound and had to survive eating bits of leather, mice, old bones and finally, each other. When Patty's family had asked her to abandon all her toys, Patty did so, except her favorite doll. It was this doll that along with the Reeds, miraculously survived the journey. While this doll isn't actually haunted, it belonged to Patty Reed who, at the tender age of eight chewed on human flesh with the doll by her side. Patty's doll is now on display at Sutter's Fort State Historical Park Museum in Sacramento, California. A children's fiction book was also written on the experience of Patty and her doll in 1956.
Made in New Orleans, this doll was bought through eBay by a woman in Galveston, Texas. eBay had specified a rule that the doll wasn't to be removed from the silver casing it came in. The woman broke this rule as soon as she had her hands upon the doll. She later claimed that the doll haunted her dreams and kept attacking her while she was asleep. She tried to resell the doll on eBay several times, but every time she succeeded, the buyer received an empty box whereas the doll reappeared at her doorstep. This doll now rests with a self-proclaimed ghost-buster who has plans to solve the mystery behind it.
Strikingly similar to the stories of paranormal activity movies, the story behind this doll goes that whoever possesses it, will have one son and one daughter but the son will die on the third day of his birth. This doll is with a woman named Anna right now, whose family has been handing down the doll for four generations. Joliet was given to Anna's then-pregnant great-grandmother by a vengeful friend. Soon after, her great-grandmother gave birth to a boy, who died on the third day from his birth. The doll is said to giggle during the night and cries of babies can also be heard sometimes.
Coming from New Orleans where voodoo is very prominent, the story of this ugly creature goes back to the beginning of the 19th century when a girl from an affluent family married a rich Scot. Due to this, the vengeful ex-lover of the girl sought the help of Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau. Laveau cursed the bride and the curse affected with the girl giving birth to an ugly child that was said to be the progeny of the Devil himself. Laveau brought the boy to her own house and took care of him until she died. This Devil baby wrecked havoc wherever he went and people were so scared of him that they began carving hideous dolls out of wood to keep the devil baby at bay. When this baby died, it was buried alongside Marie Laveau. Some dolls that resembled this devil baby came in the market soon and in a short while flooded the markets because of their popularity. Some of these dolls are still said to be possessed.
During the first World War, a German couple traveling through Singapore was interrogated by the British to find out whether they were spies. The daughter of the couple escaped this investigation and ran off, only to fall off a cliff and die. A shrine was erected at the spot of her death by the locals of Pulau Ubin. In 2007, a man had the same dream while sleeping three nights in a row where he saw a fair girl leading him to a toy store and asking for a doll. On the fourth day, he actually went to the store and saw that doll there. He bought it and it is since then placed at the girl's shrine, dressed in creepy clothes.
A toy that can store information such as your name, your birthday, and names of your friends and family, Elmo is the top favorite doll of many children from around the world for many years. In 2008, two-year-old James Bowman had an Elmo Knows Your Name doll. This doll used to say James' name in a different fashion. It used to say 'Kill James!' After changing it's batteries, the doll began saying the same thing, only it was more threatening and louder. The manufacturers of Elmo offered the family a replacement later.
A porcelain doll made either in England or Germany between 1910 to 1920, Mandy was in the possession of a woman until she gave it away to Quesnel Museum in British Columbia in 1991. The owner of the doll admitted that she used to hear sounds of someone crying from the basement where the doll had been placed and the noises ceased only since she gave the doll away. Mandy has also troubled the museum by following visitors with her eyes, blinking at them and playing with the camera equipment if someone tries to photograph her. The doll cannot be kept in a casing with other dolls either because according to authorities, she has a tendency to harm other dolls.
Pupa was a doll custom-made for her owner in 1920. The owner of the doll claimed that Pupa used to talk to her and after her death in 2005, the family of the woman decided that Pupa should be kept in a glass case. Since then the doll is said to change positions inside the case, and even taps on the glass as if she wants to go out.
In 1972, Kerry Walton decided that he was old enough to abandon the fear of a building that had been scaring him since childhood and walked in that house. He discovered an old marionette underneath its porch. Kerry picked it up and it has been with him ever since. According to experts, this doll was made 200 years ago by a Gypsy for his drowned son. The gypsies believed that dolls host the spirit of the dead and this doll is no different. Though it has not harmed anyone as yet, it has human-like scalp and occasionally shouts 'Letta me out!' which is why it has been maned Letta. Letta also has a pulse and makes people feel extremely uneasy when around.
These are the names of the dolls that reside with a family in rural Pennsylvania. The dolls were specifically purchased after knowing that they were haunted. These dolls are kept a watch on through a camera all the time and in 2009, in a freaky encounter, an unknown boy was seen on the stairs of the house, believed to be a paranormal entity that has something to do with the dolls.