Robert the cursed voodoo doll. 

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November 20, 2017

By Nicolle Bryson. 

Robert is a 20 century handmade doll that stands over three feet tall and is stuffed with wood shavings, he is dressed in a very old fashioned sailor suit which people suggest was an outfit the owner had worn as a young boy he also has black buttons for eyes and allegedly has human hair (believed to be his owners also). The doll is 111 years old. 

This doll was the property of a young boy called Robert Eugene Otto, it was brought as a birthday gift from Otto’s grandfather in 1906 although there is also rumours he was given as a gift from a woman who looked after Otto shortly after being fired. From the Key West area of Florida the Robert doll became a best friend to Otto who would take the doll everywhere, have private conversations and even had himself a seat at the dinner table. Although Otto lived in a mansion with his parents he was a very lonely boy, his child home was always filled with maids and servants who reportedly were not treated well at all. A woman was hired to take care of Otto and help with general duties around the mansion, one day Mrs Otto witnessed the woman practicing black magic and voodoo in the back yard. It’s been alleged she was so angry and upset at being fired and treated unfairly that she put a curse on the doll to punish those who lived in the house. 

The doll was like a member of the family going on shopping trips with Otto and being tucked into bed each night with the boy, it was an innocent relationship until creepy things started happening around the home. Otto’s bedroom would be found with items and toys mutilated and thrown everywhere, servants and family members would here Otto talking to Robert and Robert would reply in a childlike voice and a lot of the time getting very angry. People would burst into the room to find the doll Sat in a chair and the young boy cowering and shaking in the corner as if being told off by Robert and sitting in a naughty corner. Neighbours claimed they saw the doll moving across the bedroom throughout the day when no one was home. The doll would allegedly lock people in the attic of the home and physically attack servants, maids and guests.  It’s also reported Robert was found at the end of Mrs Otto’s bed with a knife in his hand.  The parents had no choice but to put the doll in a box and leave him locked away in the attic where he would stay for years to come, although that didn’t stop the creepy things from happening because people still reported voices and manic laughter coming from where Robert was. 

In years to come when Otto died a new owner took over the house and kept Robert for a few years where she claims there was still a lot of activity happening around the doll , in 1994 she donated Robert to Fort East Martello Museum in Key West where he is kept protected in a large glass case as a main attraction at the museum.

 

There is a lot of energy that resides around the doll today and people from all over the world go to the museum just to see Robert, they always ask permission before taking photographs as it’s claimed if you take one without permission the doll will put a curse on you. Many people are also too scared to look the doll in the eyes through fear of what will happen to them. Robert receives thousands of letters every year from visitors apologising for not asking for permission before snapping pictures with the doll and claiming they’ve had creepy and unusual things happen around them because of the doll. Do you dare visit? Is Robert scarier than Annabelle?, thats for you to decide.

When OUJIA Boards Go Wrong! – TRUE Crime Cases

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November 20, 2017

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By Charlene Lowe Kemp

When Hasbro trademarked the Oujia in 1991, the tradition of the board can be traced back to much further than that.

Many believe the Oujia Board to be a portal to the spirit world, while others will argue it is nothing more than a parlour trick. 

Whatever you believe, there have been many crimes commited which the ones involved, admitted that they believed it was to do with a seance they conducted at some time with a oujia board where they have stated spirits have took over a person,  instructed people to do the unbelievable and hurt, attack and even kill the people they are most close to.

”Demon Within”

Bessie Gilmore claimed to have contacted a demon as a child while playing with a Ouija board. She believed that the entity became attached to her family after her two sisters were paralyzed and killed.

gary-gilmore-11730320-1-402Years later, she married and began living with her mother-in-law, Fay, who was a medium. After an séance, she came home to discover Fay was exhausted and helped her to bed. She later woke up to a feeling of being touched and stated that she had saw an inhuman face leering at her in the darkness. Shocked,  She looked to Fay, who was staggering toward her, she told her to get out and shouted, “It knows who you are!”

Rushing through the house to get her children, Bessie discovered the creature now was standing over her son Gary, and was looking at him directly in his eyes. They managed to get out but Gary was plagued with nightmares for years after and Bessie believed that her son could been possessed.

When Gary Gilmore was older he was executed by firing squad in 1977 for the murder of two men. Bessie said that the ones who committed the crimes was not her son, but was the demon that dwelt inside him.

Interestingly, Gary’s last words before execution were, “Let’s do it” which earned him fame when advertising executive Dan Wieden credited his parting words as the inspiration for Nike’s tagline.

”KILL YOUR FATHER!”

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One of the most famous murder cases connected to a Ouija board involved Dorothea Irene Turley.  In 1933 she was convicted of assault and intent to murder her husband Ernest in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Mattie, Dorothea’s daughter told her mother that she wished to marry a handsome cowboy.  The two decided to do a Ouija board which soon began instructing Mattie to kill her father.

Dorothea had told her daughter that “could not be denied”. Days later, while Dorothea and Mattie’s brother was in town, Mattie shot her father twice in the back while he was carrying a milk pail.

Immediately Mattie had regretted what she had done and ran for help, Ernest died in hospital weeks later. Mattie confessed to the crime and was sentenced to a state reformatory and paroled after three years. Dorothea’s conviction was reversed by the state Supreme Court, but the two never reconciled.

The Urgent Message

In 2001 Carol Sue Elvakar did a séance with her daughter and granddaughters and received an urgent message through her Ouija board that her son-in-law Brian Roach was possessed by evil and had to be destroyed.

Carol stabbed Brian in the chest while he was sleeping, shortly after,  Leaving him to bleed to death. She got the other family members to the car, drove off, but soon steered the car off the road and began to attack her 15-year-old granddaughter because she’d come to believe she was evil as well.

She then ran from the car, stripped off her clothes, and jumped a highway median before running into the woods. This is where the police would later find her hiding. Although Carol was charged with first-degree murder, she was also judged insane and has been institutionalized. Her daughter was also charged as an accessory for hiding the knife, supplying the getaway vehicle and enabling child abuse.

POLL – Will Paranormal associations make a difference.

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November 18, 2017

Over the past days paranormal associations have been echoing through the paranormal community. but how do we truly stand on them?

Are we with or against? will they ever truly come into power to cover the paranormal community? this vote will not change anything but it will show how the community truly feels.

Will Paranormal Associations Make A Difference?

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