For some, as a child your favourite doll or toy
would have become your nocturnal protector, your bodyguard against the
monsters lurking in wardrobes or under the bed, you were the lucky ones.
For others, it was your dolls or toys that became
the threat posed by the dark of night, seemingly animated after the
lights went out, they would move around by themselves, always appearing
elsewhere from the place they were left before you slept.
Dolls especially are often connected with
spirits and hauntings, if the doll is old it may still be connected to a
child to which it once belonged, even long after that child has grown-up
The most notorious of all the haunted dolls is
'Robert', Robert was the life-long companion of the painter 'Robert
Eugene'. As a child the painter spent many hours alone playing
with the doll, and was often heard talking to it, too which he would
respond in an entirely different voice.
As time passed Robert the doll never left
Robert Eugene's side, going everywhere with the child, strange
occurrences such as things becoming broken or stolen were blamed on the
doll, when confronted the child would simply say "Robert did it!"
Footsteps were heard late at night, and unusual
singing was heard coming from the child's nursery, resulting in
the entire household living in fear of the doll.
As a grown man Robert Eugene still kept the
doll, and when he married the doll continued to seemingly act of it's
own free will, his wife and servants all claimed to have seen the doll
darting between rooms and corridors. His wife forced the painter
to relegate the doll to the attic, but Robert the doll refused to remain
there, and was often found elsewhere, when confronted by his wife the
painter would tell her "Robert did it!"
After the death of Robert Eugene, a new family
moved into the house, upon finding Robert the doll in the attic he was
given to their daughter. However it appeared that the dolls
strange ways had not ended with the death of his former owner, and the
new owners claimed to have witnessed many strange and terrifying
incidents at the hands of the doll.