The East Martells Museum, Key West, Florida

A doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. It is allegedly cursed and is a feature in the Fort East Martello Museum. He resembles an early 20th century American Naval Officer. The doll’s hair is not made from human hair, it’s made from a synthetic material, but that’s another lovely rumour.

Eugene got the doll from a black slave, the slave was displeased with the family and at first the parents thought he was talking to the doll and then answering in a pretend voice. However the doll may have actually been speaking.

Neighbours claimed to have seen it move from window to window when people were out. In the night Eugene would scream and his parents would run in to find furniture changed around or knocked over. The child was adamant that the doll had done it.

When Eugene died in 1974 the doll was left in the attic, a new family with a ten year old girl became Robert’s new owner. It wasn’t long before she began to report a similar story and 30 years later maintains that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.

If you go to visit Robert and want to take a picture you need to be sure to ask him first. If he does not agree his head tips to one side, if you should still take a picture the doll will curse you and your family. Don’t say I haven’t warned you!

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