ROBERT THE DOLL – FORT EAST MARTELLO
Robert the Haunted Doll is the inspiration for the Chucky doll in the film franchise. The doll once belonged to Robert Eugene Otto, a Key West painter and author. Robert the Doll is known to be cursed, or possessed by evil spirits, and can be viewed at the Fort East Martello Museum and on many ghost tours, although the place where the doll is on display rotates annually. The doll looks like an early-20th-century American Naval officer, and was given to Otto when he was a child in 1906 by a Bahamian servant skilled in black magic and voodoo. The servant was said to have deliberately cursed the family by giving him the doll. Otto’s parents soon noticed that the boy seemed to be conversing with the doll, and that the doll seemed to talk back. The doll also was caught giggling madly while running from room to room, and the neighbors said the doll moved from window to window while the family was out. Robert was also blamed for knocking over furniture in the night. In short, the doll seemed to be alive. Fast forward to 1974 when Otto passed away and the doll was left in the attic. The new family who bought the house had a 10-year-old girl who would often scream at night and say Robert tried to attack her. It is said that 30 years later she still maintained that the doll was alive. This doll was the inspiration for the Chucky film franchise.
Beware! Legend has it that those who want to take a photograph of Robert where he is on display must ask nicely. If he agrees to let you photograph him, he will tip his head to one side. If he does not acknowledge your request and you photograph him anyway, he may curse or follow you.
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