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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Robert the Doll

If La Isla de La Munecas has showed us anything, it is that a benign child's toy can be the subject of nightmares. Stories of haunted dolls is not uncommon but one stands out above the rest. In the late 1800s, Thomas Otto and his family moved in to a mansion at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets in Key West, Florida now known as the Artist House. The Ottos were known to be stern with their servants sometimes even mistreating them. It was the treatment of one such Haitian servant that provides a twist in this story. This woman was hired to take care of their son Robert. One day, Mrs. Otto supposedly witnessed her practicing black magic in their backyard and fired her.

Before she left, the woman gave Robert a life-like doll which stood 3ft tall, button for eyes, human hair (believed to be Robert's) and filled with straw. Dolls that resembled children were not unheard of during this time, but this one proved to be special. Robert named the doll after himself and often dressed it in his clothes. Robert the doll became his trustworthy companion. He took it with him on shopping trips in to town. The doll had a seat at the dinner table where Robert would sneak it bites of food when his parents weren't looking. Robert would even be tucked in to bed with the boy at night. Soon this innocent relationship took on a strange nature.

Soon after, Robert chose to be referred to as his middle name Gene after being scolding by his Mother. He told her the doll's name was Robert not his. Gene was often heard in his toy room having conversations with Robert. Gene would say something in his childish manner and response could be heard in a much lower voice. Sometimes Gene would become very agitated, worrying the servants and his mother. She would on occasion burst in to find her son cowering in a corner while Robert sat perched in a chair or on the bed glaring at him. This was to be only the beginning.

Household objects would be found thrown across the room. Gene's toys turned up mutilated, giggling could be heard. Whenever these unusual acts took place, Gene always said, "Robert did it!" The boy took the punishment but always insisted the blame was Robert. As the mischief grew, more and more servants took their leave as new ones were hired. The Ottos' relatives felt it was time to do something. With the recommendation of a great aunt, Gene's parents removed Robert from his care and placed him in a box in the attic. This is where he resided for many years.

After the death of his father, Gene was willed his boyhood home. He decided to live in the Victorian mansion with is new wife. Gene had become an artist and felt the house was spacious and would provide a place for him to paint. He went to the attic and dusted off his childhood toy. He became attached to the doll despite his wife's displeasure. Gene would take the doll along with them everywhere they went. He even sat in his favorite little chair while Gene and his wife slept nearby. The Turret Room became Robert's domain after Mrs. Otto moved him back to the attic. Their marriage slowly became sour until Mrs. Otto supposedly went insane and died of unknown reasons. Gene followed soon behind.

Robert supposedly attacked people, sometimes locking them in the attic. People who passed by claim to hear evil laughter coming from the Turret Room. For some time, Robert remained in the empty house by himself until a new family purchased the mansion and restored it. The doll was once again moved to the attic. This pleased it as much as the last time. The doll was often found throughout the house. On one certain night, Robert was found at the foot of the owners bed giggling with a kitchen knife in hand. This was enough to send them fleeing from the home.

Robert was later moved to the East Martello Museum in Key West where he sits perched in a glass box. Despite his new living quarters, the doll is believed to not have given up his menacing ways. Visitors and employees claim they have seen the doll move. His smile has been known to turn in to a scowl. One employee cleaned Robert, turned off all the lights and left for the night. The next day, they returned to find lights turned on, Robert sitting in a different position than the night before and a fresh layer of dust on his shoes. Some say he'll even curse you. If you want to take a picture of him, you must ask politely. He'll tilt his head in permission. However, if he doesn't and you take the picture anyways, a curse will befall upon you and anyone who accompanied you to the museum. The same will happen if you make fun of him.

To this day, Robert remains at the East Martello Museum in his sailor suit clutching his stuff lion, continuing his menacing ways.

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Do you think people give more power to curses than they should?

Chernobyl

The Chernobyl Power Plant located outside the town of Pripyat, Ukraine (11 miles from the city of Chernobyl) began construction in the 1970s with the first reactor. Over the next few years three more reactors were added and two more were in the middle of construction at the time of the disaster. On April 26, 1986 at 1:23 a.m., the no. 4 reactor was shut down for maintenance. An experiment was being performed to test a safety emergency core cooling feature during the shut down procedure. It's uncertain as to what exact processes led to the explosions but a disruption in regulation seem to be a part of it.

The first explosion was that of steam. Steam from the wrecked channels entered the reactor inner space that caused the destruction of the reactor casing, tearing off and lifting by the force of 2,000 tons the upper plate. This ruptured further fuel channels, the reactor core suffered total water loss and a high positive void coefficient could entirely appear.The second explosions occurred seconds after the first. Some theorized the second explosion was caused by the hydrogen which had been produced either by the overheated steam-zirconium reaction or by the reaction of red-hot graphite with steam that produce hydrogen and oxygen. Others believed it was more nuclear or a thermal explosion of the reactor as a result of the uncontrollable escape of fast neutrons, caused by the complete water loss in the reactor core. Either way it was considered the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. The fallout released was four times more than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The explosions caused a chain reaction. The fire in Reactor 4 burned until May 10th, 1986 before it was finally extinguished thanks to Helicopters dropping sand and lead as well as injecting liquid nitrogen in to it. Radioactive particles were released in to the air. Smoke and wind carried it in to the nearby town as well as across international borders. Most of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus. Light nuclear rain fell as far as Ireland. Over 336,000 people were evacuated. 600,000 people were exposed to radiation. Two people died in the initial steam explosion, but fifty-six people (47 accident workers and 9 children with thyroid cancer) directly died due to the disaster. There were as many as 4,000 cancer related deaths from those exposed to radiation. The nearby pine forest turned ginger brown and died earning the name "Red Forest". Horses left behind during the evacuation died due to destroyed thyroid glands. Some cattle also died but of those that survived, suffered stunted growth due to thyroid damage. Wild animals in the worst-hit areas either died or stopped reproducing.

After the disaster, all work on reactors 5 and 6 halted. Reactor 4 was sealed off with 660ft of concrete placed between the disaster site and operational buildings. A fire broke out in the turbine building of reactor 2 in 1991. It was declared beyond repair and shut down. Reactor 1 was decommissioned in November 1996 as part of a deal between the Ukrainian government and international organizations such as the IAEA. Then-President Leonid Kuchma personally turned off Reactor 3 in an official ceremony on December 15, 2000, shutting down the plant entirely.

The accident led to alleged governmental cover-ups and ghost towns. Pripyat has become somewhat a wildlife reserve. Most of those who were evacuated never came back. About 400 people were allowed to resettle in the Excursion Zone as along as they never request money or aid if they become ill. Since 2002, tours are provided for all those who want to see the infamous site.

Is the Chernobyl Power Plant haunted? Josh Gates and the Destination Truth team investigated the area and will determine whether or not eyewitness claims are true.

Some believe aliens were involved with the disaster. Witnesses claimed to have seen a UFO hovering above the plant for six hours during the accident. Three years later, a Doctor Gospina stated he saw an "amber-like" object above the plant. A year after that, a reporter photographed an object similar to the one Gospina described hovering above the disaster site.

A creature known as the Black Bird of Chernobyl was also sighted days leading up to the disaster. It is described as a large black, bird like creature or a headless man with a 20 foot wingspan, and red eyes. It has been compared to that of the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. This creature has not been seen since the disaster. People experienced horrific nightmares, threatening phone calls and first-hand encounters with the winged-beast. Did they really see an unknown creature or was it something out of nature such as the black stork? We may never know.

The Pripyat, the Chernobyl worker town, is believed to be haunted. People have had the feeling of being watched when walking past the city hospital. Considering it looks like the aftermath of an apocalypse, that feeling may be anything but supernatural. Apparitions and shadows are often seen. Some have even reported being touched. But could the spirits of its victims be roaming the affected areas? We'll find out on Wednesday during the first paranormal investigation of Chernobyl.

FYI: This is my 666 post. Will the Beast be coming? :)

Reader Submission - I have Seen the Night Marchers

This is a story sent in by Christl. Night Marchers are primarily a Hawaiian legend but this story comes from the Netherlands Antilles:

"One night me a boyfriend and another couple went to the beach to have fun. The other couple drove themselves and soon we were in our own cars. Suddenly I see torches on top of the mountain. I figure campers were up there or people doing Voodoo. I did not think anything of it. As I look further I see people walking from on top of the hill coming down in a like large zigzag winding march. It was dark so I could not see where they were coming from, but they were a lot of them walking slowly down the hill to the beach. They also walked in perfect line, but not like military style. As if something was keeping them herded together. Each being, was walking and talking like they were strolling along the beach. They seemed young and cool looking and dressed. There must have been more that a million of them.

The boyfriend I was with was from the area, so I had asked him if the hill those folks were walking from was passable by humans, and he said no only goats. I told him ok, so they are not humans! Maybe they are friendly I told him as I was trying to look at the leader in the eye trying to gauge if he was friendly or not. To my surprise he came straight at me. I saw his eyes were like fire. Where the pupil should be was a flame on both eyes, and it did not look friendly. So I told my friend to step on it! We were trying to get away. I remember being in the car driving away not looking back, but I do not remember anything after that. I do not remember talking to my friends after wards about it, I do not remember getting home or how I got home. I just do not remember.

The only reason why I remember anything at all, was because after several years after the incidence i had returned to area. I was at a vacation home and I was terrified of something and I could not sleep. I had no idea why I could not sleep. And than suddenly it hit me! I was so scared! Something about the moon that evening had something to do with it too I believe. I stayed up told my sister the story. Now she could not sleep lol. You see, for many years I had no recollection of that night. To this day my friends that were with me do not remember that night either. The most interesting thing about this is that after that night we were all like scattered away from each other. I lived in Texas, my other friend in St Maarten, the one now lives in Curacao, and the other in The Netherlands. If that night has something to do with that I do not know. I do not believe I was not suppose to remember that night. I believe they may have done something to us that we have blocked out.

I can give you a description of the leaders. The ones that were in the front row. They were 3. The one in the middle is the one that came straight at me, and the two that were one either side of him kept walking with there torches leading the group away across the beach. The leader looked like a big muscular very dirty blond long haired viking warrior. He had a metallic shielded clothing and boots, but his stomach was exposed, and his arms and legs. He was moving like he was going to attack us. He may have too!

They look alive to me. They seem to be able to walk through terrain, and objects we could not. I do not believe that these are the same that march in Hawaii, since I am in a totally different part of the world. Than again who knows. Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience. If you have anyone else who has experienced something similar please share with me also. I would like to put the pieces together to find out what really happened to us that night."

Curse of the Mummy

Is there really a curse or is it all hype? Mummies have always been associated with magical powers, particularly in Egypt. Some found were ground up in to powder and sold. It was believed this powder had magical healing properties. Of course this was before the discovery of King Tut's tomb.

Tutankhaten or Tutankhamun became pharaoh at the age of nine years old. He reigned for ten years likely during the 18th dynasty. He was well known for his rejections of the radical religious innovations presented by his predecessor and of course, his tomb. He died at the age of nineteen with a wife, Ankhesenamen, and possibly two female children (these babies were found in his tomb and their significance and identity is still unknown). His cause of death is still a mystery although recent CT Scans showed he may have died from gangrene thanks to an infected broken leg. If this is proven to be true then his death was likely unexpected. Therefore, his royal tomb was not completed prior to his death. It's possible he was buried in a tomb meant for his successor Ay in the Valley of the Kings. Does the tomb come with a curse?

Many believe the curse was hype created by the media. In 1922, Lord Carnarvon discovered the pharaoh's tomb. He died shortly after the tomb's opening, but was it natural or supernatural? The problem began when he was bitten on the cheek by a mosquito in 1923. He further aggravated the bite during his morning shaving routine. It soon became infected and became quite ill, suffering a high fever and chills. He sought medical attention but it was too late. It wasn't so much how he died but what happened when he died. At the exact moment of his death, all the lights in Cairo mysteriously extinguished. This possible coincidence sent the media in to overdrive with rumors of a curse and vengeance sought out by King Tut.

They didn't take in account the facts that Lord Carnarvon was not in the best of health prior to the discovery or his death occurred months after it. They also didn't mean Howard Carter, the archaeologist who opened the tomb, lived for decades after the discovery logging and recording artifacts found in the tomb. Although, there were speculations his pet canary was killed by a cobra which was associated with the so called "curse". You also have to factor in that the tomb not only contained bodies but also food: meats, vegetables and fruits. Rotten food equals bacteria and mold. Scientists have found both within the tomb. These toxins aren't considered dangerous unless you have a compromised immune system. Therefore, could explain some of the illnesses acquired by visitors.

Does this explain away the curse? Possibly. Curses only have as much power as you give them.

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Mountain Meadows Massacre

On September 11th, our country came together to remember the almost 3,000 lives who were lost due to the terrorist attacks. Some remembered the lives of about 120 men, women and children who also lost their lives in on that day in 1857. Mountain Meadow Massacre began on September 7th and extended to September 11th.

The Fancher-Baker wagon train led by Captains John T. Baker and Alexander Fancher left Arkansas for California. Along the way, they picked up several families and by the time they entered the Utah territory, there were roughly 140 members. The wagon train stopped in Salt Lake City to replenish their supplies. These emigrants picked the wrong time to travel, especially through Utah. Since the founding of their church, Mormons had been heavily persecuted and fear of war hung in the air. Theocratic leader Brigham Young allegedly told his Mormon brethren not to sell supplies to non-Mormons, especially guns and ammunition. When the emigrants attempted to buy supplies in Salt Lake City, they were turned away out of fear of aiding the enemy.

Without the much needed goods, the wagon train continued on the Old Spanish Trail and at some point encountered Mormon missionary and Indian agent Jacob Hamblin. Hamblin suggested they rest their cattle and spend the night in Mountain Meadows, a traditional stopping point on the Old Spanish Trail and adjacent to his homestead. Hamblin and company continued to Salt Lake City leaving the emigrants to their fates. Rumors spread about the so called "bad behavior" displayed by members of the wagon train. They were accused of using abusive language and robbing hen roosts as well as poisoning Corn Creek. These rumors may have attributed to the massacre.

On the morning of September 7th, local Mormon militiamen dressed as Native Americans were aided by Paiutes Indians in attacking the Fancher wagon train led by John D. Lee and Isaac C. Haight. The emigrants encircled and lowered their wagons. Then dug shallow trenches and chained wheels together for protection. During the five day siege, fifteen emigrant men were killed. Fresh water and food along with ammunition slowly depleted. On September 11th, Lee along with two other militiamen entered the encirclement under a white flag. Lee told them he would negotiate a truce with the Paiutes and escorted them safely to Cedar City. All the emigrants had to do was turn over their livestock (approximately 800 cattle) and their supplies to the Native Americans. They accepted their terms.

Women and children were escorted out first. Then the men and boys followed, each with n armed militiaman at their side. They walked about a mile. With a signal, the militiamen fired upon the men and boys, killing them one by one. The Paiute Indians came out of hiding and attacked the women and children. About a hundred and twenty men, women and children were murdered. Their bodies were left decomposing on the open plains for two years before given a proper burial by U.S. Army Brevet Major James Henry Carleton's troops. Their possessions were auctioned off. Only seventeen children under the age of eight were allowed to live possibly because they were thought to be too young to remember or tell anyone of the events that had transpired. They were distributed and adopted by local Mormon families until 1859 when they were reunited with their extended families in Arkansas by the U.S. Government.

The actual reasons for the massacre remain unknown though some believed it was a mixture of politics and religion. The mass murder was initially blamed on the Native Americans. When word reached Brigham Young, he was appalled by what had taken place and began an investigation. In the first trial, nine men of the Utah Territorial militiamen of the Tenth Regiment "Iron Brigade" were indicted for murder or conspiracy in 1874: Maj. John D. Lee, Issac C. Haight, Maj. John H. Higbee, Philip Klingensmith, William C. Stewart, Samuel Jukes, Ellott Willden, George Adair, Jr. and W. H. Dame. Klingensmith agreed to testify and escaped prosecution. Cases against Dame, Willden and Adair were not pursued. Bounties of $500 each were posted for the capture of Haight, Higbee and Stewart who went in to hiding. Lee's first trial ended with a hung jury. He was convicted after the second one. He was executed by firing squad at Mountain Meadows in 1877.

On the spot were so much blood was shed sits a memorial. Have the emigrant souls found peace? Possibly not. Some have reported unexplained sorrow upon visiting the memorial site. Voices are heard at the nearby creek. Perhaps they want to keep the invasion alive. Whether the site is really haunted or not, it's a burial site. Therefore, sacred ground and should be treated with the up most respect.
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Do you think inventor Thomas Edison ever developed an "apparatus" to communicate with the dead?

Mission Inn Hotel



What place could even come close to comparing to the insanity of Winchester Mansion? Mission Inn Hotel. This building began as a 12-room adobe boarding house called the Glenwood Cottage, built by civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876. After his death, Miller's son Frank took over the business. He gave it a new name, Mission Inn, and gradually expanded the hotel until the day he died in 1935. The 12-room structure grew to 239 rooms extended over an entire city block.

His vision for the building extended many styles including Moroccan, Mediterranean, Chinese, Turkish, Babylonian, Spanish, Oriental, Italian Renaissance, and Gothic-Hawaiian. The building contains narrow passageways, exterior arcades, a medieval-style clock, a five-story rotunda, innumerable patios and windows, castle towers, minarets, a Cloister Wing (with Catacombs), flying buttresses, Mediterranean domes and a pedestrian sky bridge. The reason for some of the complexity was tailored to Frank's height challenged sister. Miller also traveled the world bringing treasures back to display in his hotel. This includes his bell collection containing over 800 bells, one dating back to the year 1274. The value of some of the artifacts is estimated well over $5 million.

Pat and Richard Nixon were married in one of the two wedding chapels. Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned there as well. The Presidential Lounge pays homage to 10 U.S. presidents who have visited the hotel.The bar stands where President Theodore Roosevelt once slept during his visit in 1903. Other presidents who have visited include Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. A chair stands in the lobby specially made for President William Howard Taft. Miller heard about the incident when Taft was stuck in the White House bathtub and had the chair made for the banquet held in his honor.

Numerous entertainers have also passed through the doors including Clark Gable, Harry Houdini, Bette Davis (married at the inn in 1945), Cary Grant, the Osbournes, Ethel and Drew Barrymore, Governor Schwarzenegger James Brolin and Barbara Streisand. Social leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington, Joseph Pulitzer, and Helen Keller. Carrie Jacobs-Bond wrote the lyrics of her famous song "A Perfect Day" during her stay at the Mission Inn in 1909.

After Miller died in 1935, his daughter and son-in-law Allis and DeWitt Hutchings managed the inn until their deaths in 1952 and 1953. Then ownership shifted hands a multitude of times. Some of the older rooms were even converted in to apartments. The building was at one point on the brink of being demolished. In December 1992, the Inn was sold to Duane R. Roberts, a Riverside businessman, and lover of the Inn and was reopened to the public shortly after.

With someone who puts so much love and history in to a place, why would they want to leave? The Miller family is believed to haunt the location. Guests have reported hearing beautify singing coming from empty rooms, large blue lights floating in the air, touched and pushed by unseen hands, and equipment malfunctioning. Apparitions have been seen walking hallways, floating near the ceiling in the Dining Room, and the storage building behind the hotel.

Reminder Sunday

If you are a long time reader here, you know I participate in National Novel Writing Month every November. In preparation for this event, I write and save articles to be posted during the month. Now, I'm always willing to take suggestions for post topics but this year is going to be a little different. Next month, Ghost Stories will be celebrating it's 5th anniversary. I'm dedicated Thursdays in November to remembering the good ol' days. Reposting some of the earlier articles. Any favorites you would like to suggest are welcomed.

I also want to remind you folks that the October edition of Ghost Stories Carnival is a special Halloween edition to be posted on Oct. 31st. You have until Oct. 30th to submit your articles, essays, etc.

Wyoming Frontier Prison

Ever have the morbid urge to sit in a gas chamber? One of Wyoming Frontier Prison's tourist attractions allows you to sit in the same spot where five men were executed though you won't suffer the same fate as them. The building of this fortress began in 1888 but due to several setbacks it didn't begin operation until December 1901. Several additions were made throughout its eighty year history. It housed some women the first few years but remained mainly an all-male prison containing 13,500 prisoners during the years it was open.

Men were punished in several different manners if they misbehaved. They were strapped to a metal pole called the "Punishment Pole" and whipped with rubber hoses and leather straps. Prisoners were kept in solitary confinement cells naked for up to six weeks. The gas chamber wasn't the only form of execution. The prison also contained "humane gallows". A condemned prisoner would stand on a trap door and hang himself as his body weight forced water out of a counterbalanced bucket. If the guards didn't like you, they would make you fill your own bucket.

There is one particular inmate who was executed at the prison that is believed to now haunt it. Andrew Pixley was convicted and sent to Wyoming Frontier Prison for murdering and cannibalizing two young girls. During his stint there, he was considered extremely violent. He was put to death in the 1960s and supposedly took longer to die than most men. Some say after death he has continued his angry, violent ways and he may not be the only one. Employees, past and present, have seen many spirits wandering the building. The reports state some are aware of the people around them and others not so much. Voices and sounds are often heard in areas including showers, the Chapel, holding cells, and Death Row.

The Wyoming Frontier Prison closed down in 1981 but is now opened as a museum. Are you brave enough to take the tour?

Dandy Exorcism

In 1970, Clara and Phil Dandy moved in to a century-old farmhouse in Hinsdale, New York, leaving the chaos of city life behind. Shortly after, their son Mike befriends some local boys. They decided to explore the nearby woods one day and encounter something unexpected. Upon spotting a hunter, they begin to follow him until he mysteriously disappeared right before their eyes sending the boys running from the forest. This would be the beginning of a stressful four years.

A couple of weeks later, Clara walked the family dog in the very same woods and heard strange chanting. One night, board games were pulled off a shelf on to Mike's bed waking him from a deep sleep. They also experienced mysterious burns on their bodies, bricks pulled from a crawlspace chimney dismantled and placed in the middle of the room, a female spirit spotted wandering the house and witnessed "energy orbs". All these experiences led the Dandy's to contact Rev. Alphonsus Trabold from nearby St. Bonaventure University to rid themselves of the haunting in 1974.

After a few phone calls, Rev. Trabold arrived at the house with psychic Alex Tanous. Tanous relays to the Dandy's that the house was a stop on the stagecoach route. Tells them he saw several bodies in the crawl space of travelers who were robbed and killed or died of natural causes. Claimed he sensed seven spirits under those stairs. Several days after the visit, Mike had a car accident suffering a ruptured spleen and head injuries. He told state troopers someone was in the car with him but no trace of another person was ever found.

After Mike recovered from his injuries, Rev. Trabold and Alex Tanous made another visit. Tanous contacted the spirits haunting the property telling them to move on. Then, Father Al and the family joined together and performed a "common exorcism", an exorcism of a house or object. The ritual brought peace to the family and calmed the paranormal activity...for a few months. After the activity returned, the family decided to move out. They couldn't find a buyer and had to declare bankruptcy, but managed to leave for California in 1975.

Clara later penned a book about their experiences entitled Echoes of a Haunting (A House in The Country). The house has also been the subject of a docudrama and featured on an episode of the Discovery Channel's A Haunting. The famed house on McMahon Road has made a jump back in to recent news. Current owners Florence and Joseph Misnik have lived in the house since 1986. Their experiences have not compared to that of the Dandy's. Flo saw a man in blue jeans with a rifle in their bedroom. They have often heard the sounds of a phantom car in their driveway and smelled cigar smoke even though neither smokes.

Now in their 80s, the subject of the structures future is in question. Michael Rambacher, a friend of the Misniks and medium/paranormal investigator, is in the process of trying to acquire the house from them in order to establish a paranormal research centre. Rambacher is in the process of trying to raise enough money to pay off their mortgage and make necessary repairs to the dwelling. He hopes the couple will then donate the house and land to paranormal research with the assurances they can remain on the property until their deaths. The Misniks believe the house has a lot of history and don't want it to disappear in to ruins.
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Do you think a giant octopus really exists?

Island of the Dead Dolls



Where can you find mutilated plastic children mounted on trees? La Isla de las Muñecas or Island of the Dolls in Mexico and one of the next stops on Destination Truth's crypto-tour of the world. Why dolls on trees? The man responsible didn't take this secret to his grave in 2001.

The gist of the story begins with Don Julián Santana who lived on the island for fifty years as a hermit despite having a wife and family. Shortly after arriving on the island he believed it to be haunted by a young girl who drowned while visiting the island. Some thought he fished dolls out of the canal because he was mad and was convinced they were real children. The truth is whenever he spotted a doll floating by he retrieved and placed it on a tree. Thus, appeasing the spirit and protecting himself from evil. One doll wasn't enough though. He soon turned the whole island in to a shrine dedicated to the poor young girl. He even traded home grown vegetables for old dolls to add to the collection.

Don Julián was found dead by his nephew in the very same canal the girl drowned in. Some believe there may have been foul play as Don often heard voices in the water calling to him. Beckoning him to come in. Since his passing, La Isla de las Muñecas has become one of Mexico's creepiest tourist attraction. Each doll is believed to be fueled with the paranormal energy of the girl. They supposedly move and whisper to travelers, offering an invitation to their home. Upon visiting the island, you must bring an offering of a doll, candles and hard candy to appease the spirit. But is she the only one? Some think Don Julián also haunts the property warding off visitors. I warn you not to trespass on La Isla de las Muñecas. It is private property and you need permission from Don Julián's nephew Anastasio Velasquez.

Will Josh and his crew encounter the spirit girl or discover La Isla de las Muñecas is nothing but another hot spot for "dark tourism" enthusiasts?
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