There's something especially creepy about the idea
of a haunted doll, after all these are usually the items most cherished
by children and just the idea that somehow deep within this most
innocent of childhood companions lies something far darker is guaranteed
to send a chill down the spine of even the most hardened of souls.
But not all haunted dolls hide behind the mask of
innocence, some are far more blatant and obvious in intent, such is the
case of the haunted rag doll. Resembling a voodoo doll of sorts
made from rags and poorly stitched this haunted doll was found washed up
on the beaches of a small town in Somerset, England. Found washed
up amongst the flotsam by a 16 year old girl this haunted rag doll was
found contained within an ageing old jam jar. The strange looking
doll inside had obviously been forced in and was bent at a strange angle
to make it fit inside, around it neck was a brown string that wound
around it's neck to form a noose that then fed out from under the jars
lid and wound around the rim of the jar. Inside behind the doll
sat a folded piece of paper and on the metal lid had been etched the
words "Do not open".
Despite the dolls unattractive appearance and the
unease she later claimed to have felt upon finding the doll, combined
with the apparent warning etched into the jars lid the girl having found
such an unusual item decided to take it home with her. Later after
a party the girl decided to show the doll to some friends who were all
intrigued by the strange doll and particularly by the message "Do not
open" etched into the jars lid. Being teenagers and curious the
obvious thing to do when confronted with such a warning was to open the
jar, those present later claimed that upon opening the jar a feeling of
great unease seemed to fill the room and all in attendance and the room
seemed to become colder.
However despite this feeling of unease the
teenagers having now opened the jar began to examine the doll inside,
and the strange noose-like attachment that bound the doll to the jar.
It wasn't long before one of the teenagers extracted the folded up piece
of paper that sat behind the doll in its prison and unfolded it.
The piece of paper inside the jar once unfolded contained a written
message of just four words: "He's your problem now."
Just at the moment they all read the note the
television in the background suddenly exploded into a loud burst of
static that scared all of the teenagers present, and the girls dog began
to bark uncontrollably at something none of them could see. At this the
teenagers visibly scared placed the doll, note and all back into the jar
and screwed the lid back on as tight as it would go.
With this the television picture returned to
normal and the girl's dog became calmer, the girls friends despite her
protests one-by-one eventually left and went home, leaving her alone
with the doll in its jar.
The girl over the next few weeks experienced
several strange occurrences regarding the rag doll in the jar, twice
during the night the jar fell from the shelf within her cupboard where
she had placed it, and clattered loudly waking her, in addition the
posture of the rag doll squashed tightly within its prison seemed to
have changed. The girl also claimed to have repeatedly dreamt of
the doll, her dreams seemed to suggest that even though the jar had been
opened and the girl and her friend had witnessed something odd, had they
removed the noose that attached the doll to it's jar prison things would
have been much much worse.
After the second time the doll fell from its shelf
late at night a small crack appeared in the side of the jar, terrified
by the idea of the little haunted rag doll inside breaking free from its
prison the girl took the doll on advice from her Aunt to a
parapsychologist friend of her Aunts. The doll is currently
undergoing analysis, early results so far have included EVPs recorded
surrounding the doll within which can be heard the faint but unnerving
sounds of a child crying.