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  • The sound of furniture being tossed around  wakes up a couple in the middle of the night.  

  • Terrified for the safety of their little boy, they  rush to their son's room, throwing open the door  

  • and expecting to see the worst- some  kidnapper in the middle of attempting to  

  • kidnap their eight year old son. But as the  door is hurled open, the couple are stunned  

  • to discover that though the room is a messthere's no one in there save for their son,  

  • curled up in a corner of the room, terrified  and pointing the finger at his favorite doll-  

  • which just happens to be perfectly  perched at the foot of his bed.

  • Forget what you may have heard about Annabelle,  

  • because the true story of the world's most  haunted doll is too scary even for Hollywood.

  • Robert the doll was made in Germany in 1904,  by the now famous Steiff company which produces  

  • high-end collector's teddy bears for people  who are definitely not on an FBI watch list.  

  • Robert's owner, Robert Eugene Otto- from whom he  adopted his name- received the doll as a gift from  

  • his grandfather, and little Otto was overjoyed  at his life-size doll and new best friend.

  • The two were inseparable, and Otto would  take his favorite doll to bed with him,  

  • out to play, even on shopping tripseventually the doll got his own wardrobe,  

  • including a sailor outfit likely worn by  Otto which the doll wears to this day.  

  • However, things would soon start to take a turn  for the dark in Otto and Robert's relationship.

  • Otto treated his doll as a real, living best  friend, and as time went on things would start  

  • to go missing or get broken in the houseThat's nothing new for any household with  

  • a rambunctious little boy, but Otto was  insistent that it was actually Robert's  

  • fault, and not his. As more and more things  went missing or were found smashed to pieces,  

  • Otto's parents grew increasingly exasperated  with him- though he remained insistent that  

  • it really wasn't his fault. The doll was  behind it all, or at least most of it.

  • Naturally, Otto's parents didn't  believe him- until one fateful night.

  • It was late at night when little Otto woke up  to find Robert sitting at the foot of his bed,  

  • staring at him with his black glass eyes. Then,  

  • pandemonium. Furniture suddenly began to be  thrown around the room, dressers were tossed over,  

  • clothes spewed out all over the floor. Book  shelves were violently cleared of books,  

  • a desk smashed into a nearby wall, the  chair flying in an opposite direction.

  • Otto's parents tore out of bed, expecting to run  into an intruder either trying to rob the place  

  • or steal their precious child- but when they  threw open the door all the commotion suddenly  

  • stopped. The room was a chaotic mess, but  utterly silent, and there was young Otto,  

  • curled up in terror. While the entire  room had been tossed upside down,  

  • Robert the doll remained delicately  perched on the foot of the bed.

  • From here things would only escalate.

  • Young Otto's obsession with his doll only  increased after the incident. He would  

  • frequently be engaged in lengthy discussions with  Robert, treating it as if it really were living.  

  • However, now his parents started to hear  an unfamiliar voice occasionally respond,  

  • prompting them to rush into the room only  to discover little Otto and his doll,  

  • all alone. When questioned on who he was talking  to, Otto would simply shrug and point at the doll.

  • Sometimes though Robert would get angryand that's when furniture would once  

  • more be flung across the room. Once Otto's  terrified parents would rush into the room,  

  • the pandemonium would settle and Otto would be  left there alone, pointing at Robert. As the  

  • doll's displeasure increased, toys would be found  missing limbs, or with their heads ripped off.  

  • The eyes on other dolls would have been  pulled off. Each time, the doll was blamed.

  • It wasn't just Otto and his parents  experiencing the paranormal phenomenon either,  

  • even the neighborhood kids were first hand  witnesses. Stories about the haunted doll  

  • quickly spread through the local community, and  children passing by the house would give it a  

  • wide berth. While Otto was at school or awaythe doll would be left on a chair looking out an  

  • upstairs window. Often children would report  that they would look and see the doll there,  

  • only to look again and have the doll be gone.

  • A plumber once got dragged into Otto's paranormal  world. Visiting the house to make some repairs,  

  • the plumber began to hear the sound of children  playing, even though nobody but him was inside  

  • the house at the time. Investigating the source  of the sound, he walked into Otto's room to find  

  • Robert sitting there, having moved from one side  of the window he was seated at to the other.  

  • Leaving the room, the plumber heard the sound of  objects being thrown, and rushed back in only to  

  • discover that several toys that had been on the  doll's lap were now on the other side of the room.

  • Eventually young Otto grew  up and moved out of the home.  

  • Now Mr. Robert Eugene Otto, he went away  to art school in Chicago and New York.  

  • Eventually Otto made his way to Paris, where he  met his wife. The two were married and moved back  

  • to the US. Otto was quick to recover several  of his childhood items from his parent's home  

  • and move them to his new home with his new  family- including of course, Robert the doll.

  • Robert the doll got his own special room  in the attic, decorated with furniture,  

  • toys to play with, and even a teddy bear just  for him specifically. Otto took good care of  

  • his childhood best friend, but it seems Otto's  wife took serious issue with his obsession,  

  • and the general creepiness of the doll itselfShe requested that the doll be kept locked up,  

  • so Otto made sure to lock the door  to the attic room after every visit.

  • Robert the doll however, did not like being locked  up. Somehow, he would reappear on a chair facing  

  • out one of the upstairs windows, like he had sat  back in Otto's childhood home waiting for his  

  • best friend to get back from school. Predictablypeople began to give Otto's new home a wide berth,  

  • unsettled by the very creepy doll staring out  the window at them. Rumors began to spread  

  • that Robert's glass eyes would actually  turn in his head and follow passerbys,  

  • with others saying that he would simply  disappear and when they looked back,  

  • reappear looking incompletely different direction.

  • It wasn't just unwary pedestrians  who got spooked however,  

  • as visitors to Otto's home would often complain  of supernatural phenomenon. Many would swear that  

  • they heard footsteps in the attic where Robert  was kept locked up. And of course, despite  

  • being under lock and key, Robert would havehabit of turning up places he didn't belong-  

  • like the guest room of a sleeping visitorEven more terrifying, shocked guests would  

  • find random objects move completely on  their own, as if pushed by an unseen force.

  • Robert Eugene Otto died in 1974, leaving Robert  the doll to a woman who bought the house.  

  • She kept it for 20 years before donating it  to the Fort East Martello Museum in Florida,  

  • warning that the doll was indeed hauntedand should be treated with great care.  

  • The museum staff naturally discounted the tales  of a haunted doll, but were quick to change their  

  • minds when they experienced their own paranormal  phenomenon. Once more Robert would wander out of  

  • his locked display case, showing up places he  didn't belong. The sound of children's voices  

  • would be heard in the dead of night, when nobody  but the closing staff was still in the building.  

  • Often these would be accompanied by the sound of  running feet, and objects getting knocked over.

  • Robert remains locked in his display case  to this day, and is one of the museum's  

  • prime attractions. Visitors are warned to ask  for permission before taking Robert's photo,  

  • as those who don't almost always  find themselves running into tragedy.  

  • Cameras will glitch when taking a photo when  permission was not granted, only to begin  

  • working again as soon as the visitor leaves  the museum. Others however suffer worse fates,  

  • with tragedy befalling them shortly after their  visit. Car wrecks, divorces, ruined finances,  

  • job losses- the misery that Robert has wrought  in people's lives is so great that the museum  

  • regularly receives letters begging for his  forgiveness, and for him to lift the curse  

  • he's placed on people's lives. An incredible  1 to 3 letters a day are sent to Robert.

  • Not all letters however are asking for  forgiveness. Some are asking Robert for advice,  

  • others asking for him to place a curse  on the subject of the writer's ire.  

  • Some are even fan lettersperhaps most disturbingly,  

  • from children as young as eight years old  who often include portraits of the doll.

  • If you're curious to meet Robert in personyou can visit the Fort East Martello museum  

  • in key west yourself, but you better take  our advice and mind your manners when you do-  

  • or you might find Robert waiting  for you at home when you get there.

  • Now check out Real Creepy Cursed Objectsor click this other video instead!

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