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From “Puppet Master”, to the clown in “Poltergeist” to “Chucky” there are myriad stories of haunted or possessed dolls. Coming out of Key West, Florida is a story of voo doo, revenge and an angry sailor.

From Robert’s own Webpage

Robert The Doll

The story of East Martello’s most famous resident began over 100 years ago when a Haitian girl gave young Robert Eugene Otto a handsome straw doll. Robert the Doll was to be Gene’s companion and friend for his entire childhood. Every Time the young boy was accused of some mischief, he would point to the doll and say “Robert Did It.” Today, Robert Did It”, remains a common expression in Key West. To find out more about Robert and East Martello visit RobertTheDoll.org

From Wikipedia

Robert, otherwise known as Robert the Doll, Robert the Haunted Doll, or Robert the Enchanted Doll; is a doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. The doll is said to be possessed by evil spirits, and has a terrifying reputation.

The doll, which is supposedly cursed, has become a fixture of ghost tours in the Key West area since it was inducted into the Fort East Martello Museum. Aesthetically, Robert resembles an early 20th-century American Naval officer. Contrary to popular belief, however, the doll’s hair is not made of human hair, but rather, it consists of a synthetic material resembling wool yarn.

Eugene was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic and voodoo and was displeased with the family. Soon afterward, it became clear that there was something eerie about the doll. Eugene’s parents often heard him talking to the doll and that the doll spoke back. Although at first they assumed that Eugene was simply answering himself in a changed voice, they claimed to have later realized that the doll was actually speaking.

Neighbors claimed to have seen the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. Sometimes the doll would emit a terrifying giggle, and the Otto family caught glimpses of it running from room to room. In the night Eugene would scream, and when his parents ran to the room, they would find furniture knocked over and Eugene in bed, looking incredibly scared, telling them that “Robert did it!”. In addition, guests claim to have seen Robert’s expression change before their eyes and he often blinked.

When Eugene died in 1974, the doll was left in the attic until the house was bought again. The new family included a ten-year old girl, who became Robert’s new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attempted to attack her on multiple occasions. More than thirty years later, she still tells interviewers that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.

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

Apparently in the past people have offended Robert, and he is able to exact his revenge from a distance. The only thing you can do is apologize.

Concerning your Remorse and Regrets…

Robert will listen to your appeals in several different forms these days.

Traditionally people write good old fashion letters to Robert. This shows him you have put the time and effort into what you are saying and really does grab his attention. Please send your mail to….

Robert the Doll
C/O Fort East Martello Museum,
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.,
Key West, Florida 33040

He also understands that we live in the age of modern technology, so your emails wont go over looked either. Send your Emails to… [email protected]

*Remember it’s bad manners to not include your full name and return address.

“Study ” has been made to see if there is any truth to reports of Robert’s paranormal activities.

Robert Has An AURA!

While Robert was making his brief appearance at the Atlantic Paranormal Society’s Convention in Clearwater, FL., Sandy Duveau used her special Aura detecting camera to take Robert’s picture.

The colors are blue on the top and purple at the bottom. According to Sandy Duveau, a blue aura conveys, “deep feeling, communication, peace and love,” while a purple (or violet) aura conveys, “Magical, unifying, deep spiritual understanding.”

I am guessing someone is seeing some green as well. Especially since none of the stories about Robert describe a spirit of “deep feeling, communication, peace and love,” or “Magical, unifying, deep spiritual understanding.”  I would have to go with destructive, menacing and angry.

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  • Jason Sentelle

    This is one of the subjects that always gives me genuine chills, that little bugger is scary.

  • Adam W

    I live in South Fla and went to Key West. We saw Robert at the Museum and it was really freaky looking in person. Although I will say, we did take pics of and with Robert (next to him in the Glass case) and never had any issues. This was over 15 years ago and nothing bad happened right after. I’m hoping the statute of limitations has passed on bad things happening! (Crosses fingers). Glad to see a cool story like this one here.

  • lindsay

    my favorite storyyyyy <3

  • DrAllen77

    Good article as always Henry. You state, “More than thirty years later, she still tells interviewers that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.”
    Are you aware of her name and/or any links to said interviews? I am addicted to the chills of a good haunted doll story.

  • jibberish13

    I think that if you just copy the Wikipedia entry and post it on your site as your own work it is called plagiarism.

  • Henry

    It absolutely is, unless of course you credit your source, as has been done here. Of course WIkipedia is open source, and not proprietary which means you are free to cite them as a source. Then again they are not the only source cited here, so you can hardly make the case that I have “just” copied Wikipedia.

  • Adam Ziolkowski

    If Robert takes a selfie without asking permission to himself, will he curse himself?

  • Kat Wesson

    While I would agree that you didn’t commit plagiarism by using the wiki entry. I thought it was rather sad that most of this article is someone else’s ideas and you actually did very little with it of your own. I counted 13 sentences that were of your own writing.

  • It is a presentation of a story which may be of interest to our readers. If that I did not do the research is your main concern, all I can say is I have included links to all source material for the benefit of those who would rather read the story there.

    But I am curious, what revelations do you think could be added by my having traveled to see Robert in person? Spoken to those who have personal knowledge of him if any are still alive? Lacking any living who could give personal accounts, what information do you think would appear here substantially different from that which has already been written?

    Are you interested in UFOs? The Monkey Canyon attack?
    Ghosts? Do you think you are not reading second hand information when you read about those?

    When you read any history written today, you are reading the compilation of the work of others, often that is based further on the compilation of the work of those who went before them. Depending on how far back that history goes you could be reading a dozen iterations of the same information, sometimes cited, other times not.

  • I find the fact that her name is never mentioned suspect. After all how can one look up any info on her if you don’t know her name. So in essence how true her story is can never be verified.