July 20th, 2010

The Haunted Doll

Posted in: Unexplained,Western — Tony
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  • Thanks to Robbo Hudson for sharing these images. Click on the image to enlarge

    40 years ago my father-in-law came across this doll in a dime store in America. It was displayed surrounded by old pictures of itself taken years before. On the floor in front of the display was a red line. The display had a sign saying this:

    “In 1888 this doll was given to Cedric Argyle of London. The doll Had previously been used in no fewer than 68 exorcisms. Reverend Thomas Blythe and his friend Mr.Argayus Brown used the doll in exorcisms when mischievous spirits haunted the stately homes and staff quarters of the gentry all over England. Thomas had often commented on the doll looking at him on numerous occasions and blinking or smiling. After a time the doll was finally photographed by a friend. When it was photographed again some 20 minutes later the photographer said he noticed the doll seemed to smile and it spooked him. No one took much notice until the plates were developed and the photographs revealed the face had actually changed!

    All the people that viewed the photographs were amazed at the difference and put it down to the lost souls unfortunately being trapped inside the doll.
    During the exorcism the doll had been used to distract the spirit by being offered up as a plaything. Mr. Brown made the assumption that whilst the banishing of the spirit from the house it was haunting, it somehow had entered the doll trapping itself! Over the next few years the doll was photographed by thousands of people and now resides here after being sold to the dime store by Mr Brown’s Grandson. Since being here, customers have stood on the red line and took 2 pictures of the doll one after the other and your advised to inspect these once developed. Almost every time the 2 photographs have different looking facial expressions. Sometimes looking like a boy…sometimes a girl! sometimes smiling….sometimes sad…

    The doll was passed to me and eventually ended up on display for 7 years in the MUSEUM OF CURIOS Cornwall until 2007. Again it was photographed thousands of times by digital cameras with the same results. It was a favourite amongst customers beating the collection of shrunken heads in popularity! The doll is incredible. I can honestly say I have never come across anything quite like it. I’m not superstitious or a believer in ghosts or spirits per-se but I have witnessed the changes when photographed and filmed.

    My conclusion was that subtle light changes or movement of the camera angle etc made the face appear different….maybe? The doll is made of cloth and what looks like real glass eyes. I have never seen eyes like this in a doll before. ruely life like and I hesitate to say quite spooky! It is around 9 inches long and delicate. This is definitely not for playing with and should be displayed in a temperature controlled environment

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    2. Look lively!

      Commented by Trecena — September 23, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    3. this is totally something that i really want to look at! something like a doll moving its eyes, smiling, what’s it ganna do next? i’ll bet ten that it’ll laugh! maybe when the museum’s closed, the lights are off, i bet it might laugh! :)

      Commented by Shannon Colbath — October 8, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    4. hai
      this store
      i would like and i need to some horror
      real storis




      Commented by RaGhu.B — October 14, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    5. Strange…i’ve actualy seen a doll similar to this. His name is Harold, and supposedly he contains the spirit of his first owner. And even weirder, he was said to walk around and laugh at night…creepy. I can see why some people are absolutely scared off dolls.

      Commented by Jaydee — November 21, 2010 @ 3:00 am

    6. hahahahaha! this is great! lol, i bet it wanks when everyones gone

      Commented by german — November 23, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    7. that was so freacky that i was totally shock if i saw that doll my self i would totally freack out if i am the buyer i would not buy that doll really it look like it smiled to me……..

      Commented by camille — December 9, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    8. wow freaky thtz sum scary doll im so shock

      Commented by jennifer — December 28, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    9. My room is actually filled with dolls, I swear! I have this one doll and its eyes changed colour the one time, from beaded black eyes to green to red and then normal again and it was REALLY heavy like lead. I got rid of that thing though!!

      Commented by Sarah — February 21, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    10. damn that thing look hella creepy

      Commented by Philip — April 11, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    11. i think that is so cool, and weird. it’s possible that the ghosts inside the doll are trying to scare us or just showing off. but it can be real. KEEP YOUR MIND OPEN.

      Commented by I BELEEVE — May 8, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    12. whoa… i wonder what would happen if we left a camera alone in that room that took time lapse photo every 15 seconds. if it were to change in those few 15 sec, i would be in shock. where is this place? i wanna go there and test my theory!!!

      Commented by draco — August 13, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    13. dang that doll looks a very scary and ugly

      Commented by tracey — August 18, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    14. Its like an old alien. that gives a creepy smile.

      Commented by gwen — September 29, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    15. OMG! That’s just creepy! Are there any more pics? *shudder*

      Commented by All for Science — October 20, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    16. I hate dolls, my grandmother has a faetish for them, and has them all around her house, and I swear to god, the stupid things watch me, you could be standing on the left side of the living room, and they’ll be watching you, then you move to the right, and again, they’re watchng!

      Commented by Katelyn — November 21, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    17. This one is waaaay better than chucky, thats why i HATE with a capital H these kind of dolls, but dolls like monster high, im not, sum1 tell me why? Im not scared of them while im scared of sumthin similar to them, like chucky and baby dolls

      Commented by Tintinlover101 — January 1, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    18. how horror waring! keep out dolls from your room at sleeping time

      Commented by laiba — January 6, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    19. If it was soft dolls like teddy bears, and they change their face, it’ll be so cute

      Commented by Tintinlover101 — February 19, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    20. really freakyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! my friend love it cool website ever

      Commented by annalise — June 22, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    21. I saw the doll today in a museum in Belgium. I took 3 pics. Every face was different…Very scary. The eyes are so alive. it is like the doll is alive too…Wanna see the pics?

      Commented by Philippe — August 27, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    22. Well, its not really scary things happen like this every day

      Commented by MadisonGirl200 — November 1, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    23. wow i ahve never read anythimg like that

      Commented by jenna — March 11, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    24. it looks at you no matter what angle you look at it

      Commented by romeo7d9 — April 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    25. i saw a doll at museum the doll was soo cute it says that the doll was ghost it came at night the one u shoots her pic she will kill her so she was thrown by his owner thanx…… if u beliveit………..

      Commented by sammu — June 16, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    26. I think this doll is awesome and if it was still in that museum i would totally go and take two pictures and see the different faces that it makes

      Commented by Gaby — June 26, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    27. Im a potato

      Commented by Kaylah — June 26, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    28. I am a mango

      Commented by daniela — June 26, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    29. Shortest scary story known to man:

      The last man on earth heard a knock on his door :)

      Commented by Jenny — June 26, 2013 @ 5:30 am

    30. Man that was…… SPECTACELR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Commented by Tara Bruner — January 19, 2014 @ 11:46 pm

    31. Try going to Mexico. they have an island called ‘Island of Dolls’. You can see many dolls hanging,blinking,making noises,crying, or smiling.

      Commented by Jane Austin — April 8, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    32. I want to buy the doll. I have been looking for it for a long long time. Can anyone help me find the doll. My # 864-357-9273, Sonya.

      Commented by sonya bishop — September 6, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    33. The last time I saw it was in Belgium, in a museum from a really nice zoo. The name is Pairi Daiza. You can contact them

      Commented by philippe — September 7, 2014 @ 5:08 am

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