Robert (doll)

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Robert The Doll

Robert, otherwise known as Robert the Doll,[1] Robert the haunted doll,[2][3][4] or Robert the Enchanted Doll,[5] is a doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. The doll is alleged to be cursed.[6][7] The doll is currently located at the East Martello Museum.[8]


Supposedly, Otto was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who practiced black magic and voodoo. Otto's parents often heard him talking to the doll. At first they assumed that Otto was simply answering himself in a changed voice but later claimed to believe the doll was actually speaking. Neighbors claimed to have seen the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. Otto died in 1974.[9]

Current status[edit]

The doll is annually rotated to the Old Post Office and Customhouse in October. Strange activity in the museum supposedly increases during such times.[10]

The doll was shown at Taps CON,[11] a paranormal convention held in Clearwater, Florida in May 2008. This was the first time that it had left Key West, Florida in its then-104 years of existence.

The doll is currently located at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert The Doll
  2. ^ Robert The Haunted Doll
  3. ^ Robert the Haunted Doll - Shows - Coast to Coast AM
  4. ^ The Official Website Of Joshua P Warren Paranormal Investigator Broadcaster and Author
  5. ^ David L. Sloan, Ghost of Key West, Phantom Press, 2003
  6. ^ Schensul, Jill (2014-01-12). "Schensul: If you go to Key West, Fla., beware of Robert the Doll". 
  7. ^ Ella Morton (2013-11-18). "Robert the Haunted Doll: Creeping Out Floridians Since 1904". 
  8. ^ Robert The (Devil) Doll: A Case of Tourism Motivated Fabrication and Superstitious Irrationality ~ The Thoughtful Gamers
  9. ^ Moran, M, Austin, J, & Sceurman, M. (2006). Weird hauntings: true tales of ghostly places. New York City, NY: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 212.
  10. ^ Robert the Doll – The Haunted Doll of Key West
  11. ^ Taps CON Site

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