When it comes to stories of cursed toys or cursed items in general, it’s wise to take what you hear with a grain of salt. There are very few cases that seem to recount real curses or cursed objects out there, and unfortunately, those are usually the ones that have a verifiable trail of destruction behind them.
Cursed dolls might make for the most chilling tales of all. Their very appearance is enough to send you hurtling into the uncanny valley: the blank stares, the waxy smiles, the fixed expressions. Add in some vintage clothing and nightmares can't be far behind.
Many would agree that dolls are naturally creepy all on their own. Add a curse or animation, courtesy of an angry spirit, and these would-be-innocent playthings become infinitely more sinister.
Robert Will Give You Bad Luck
As the story goes, Robert the doll was gifted to a boy named Robert Eugene Otto by his grandfather in the early 1900s. The boy - known as Gene - loved the doll, and the two became inseparable. Gene carried Robert around with him everywhere he went and spoke to him as if he were real. But then strange mishaps began happening - and all Gene would say was “Robert did it!”
In adulthood, Gene kept Robert with him - talking to him constantly and giving him a seat at the dining room table. After Gene got married, he kept Robert in the turret room of his house. Neighborhood children said they saw Robert moving around in the window from the street below.
Since 1994, long after Gene and his wife passed, Robert has lived in the Fort East Martello Museum. But his malevolent power seems to linger: visitors who have mocked the doll or taken pictures without asking him first have ended up with a string of bad luck until they apologize. People even send letters and bribes (candy and money) to try to get the doll back on their side.561113Is this scary?
Peggy Can Curse You With A Single Look
Even looking at Peggy can supposedly harm you. People who have viewed her - or just seen her picture - often report symptoms including dizziness, chest pains, headaches, horrible luck, nightmares, and full-on mania. One woman even claimed Peggy gave her a heart attack. Paranormal investigator Jayne Harris estimated that about 80% of those who see Peggy are affected in some way.
Now, Peggy sits in the Haunted Museum of Las Vegas, owned by paranormal investigator Zak Bagans. According to Dread Central, Bagans said: "I was very skeptical of this claim until the doll caused very terrifying activity during our filming, including: manifestations of flies, camera problems, negative mental effects on me, poltergeist activity... Peggy the doll will be displayed at The Haunted Museum, but releases will have to be signed should visitors want to see her."672150Is this scary?
Samson Torments Pets And Hurts Humans
While he isn't available on eBay anymore, the doll Samson is a tiny terror who has been described as “jealous” and “possessive” by a previous owner. His last owner believed Samson cursed her with a mysterious affliction, which caused breathlessness, neck tension, sore patches of skin, and a burst eye vessel. The doll supposedly made messes, broke other dolls, and tormented a cat.
Previous owners of Samson have reported heavy poltergeist activity in their home: lights flickering, things thrown around the house, and terrifying activity in their baby’s nursery. They found Sampson in the crib with their baby as the mobile spun wildly, water dripped from the ceiling, and the rocking horse seemed to have a mind of its own.
Samson has undergone sessions with a medium, and the entity attached to the doll claimed to be a little boy who was kidnapped and tortured before being brutally slain over 200 years ago.47895Is this scary?
The Old Man Puppet Moves On Its Own
Paranormal investigator Jayne Harris was given an old man puppet after its owner became too fearful to keep it in his home anymore. The man said the puppet came to life and tried to strangle him - through an eerie, disembodied shadow - while he tried to sleep.
Harris took the puppet, locked it in a glass box, and kept it under video surveillance for three months to see what kind of paranormal evidence she could capture. The resulting footage apparently shows the puppet slowly moving of its own accord.43882Is this scary?