This has come up a few time as one of the creepiest places on Earth, so what is the story? The island is located on an ancient Mexican canal series, known as part of a set of Chinampas on the Xochimilco canals.

Chinampas were created along rivers, they are artificial agricultural plots made by rafts that were covered in soil and had crops planted on them. They were tied to juniper trees and as they sank morby we’re built in too, eventually repeatedly doing this would form a sort of rectangular island. They were an important part of the Aztec’s commerce and trade.

The remaining chimampa’s are part of the site and one of them belonged to Julian Santanna Barrera. He was a loner, who came to fame by collecting various broken dolls from the canals and rubbish tips. He would hang the dolls on the branches or tie them to tree trunks in order to keep away evil spirits and to appease the spirit of a dead girl he had found.

Santanna Barrera believed the dolls were ‘alive’ and a night it’s said they walk around the island, killing animals, and no doubt assisted in keeping unwanted intruders from entering the area.

His story however did attract the local media, when the island and its resident were discovered. He began to get more people visiting, and for a loner this may have been unwelcome attention.

Santanna Barrera died in 2001 and this created speculation on how. Some rumours say he went insane and drowned himself and others that the dolls came alive and killed him.

Recently I watched The River and the first episode appeared to lift these tales and twist them. His island can still be visited today and you can see pictures as well as information about here –


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