Robert the Doll

Robert the Doll

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

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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Henry Paterson