Published in Jul 2019 / Updated in Feb 2021
Following are real-life horror stories of haunted dolls.
They have terrorized their owners and left many shaking their heads.
Patty Reed’s Doll
Eight-year-old Patty Reed traveled to California in 1846 with her family and other pioneers, a group known to history as the Donner Party. As you may well already know, this group of travelers became snowbound and turned to eat bits of leather, mice, old bones, and finally, each other.
Halfway through their journey, the Reeds asked Patty to get rid of all her toys and other unnecessary items to lighten the wagon’s load. Though she complied, Patty managed to smuggle her beloved doll beneath her dress.
While this doll isn’t known to be haunted, it has a rather macabre place in history. It’s difficult to look at it and not immediately think of little Patty Reed chewing on human flesh.
Voodoo Zombie Doll
Why this thing has not been put through a furnace is beyond me.
The voodoo zombie doll originated in New Orleans and was sold through eBay to a woman in Galveston, Texas.
The eBay listing gave rules to abide by while owning this doll. These included not removing it from its silver casing, a rule the woman broke as soon as the doll arrived.
The woman claims the little hairy voodoo doll would attack her repeatedly. She relisted it on eBay several times and succeeded in selling it, only to have the new buyer receive an empty box while the doll kept reappearing at her doorstep.
Back in 2008, two-year-old James Bowman had an Elmo Knows Your Name doll. The doll was programmed to recite its owner’s name, along with various other personalized phrases. This particular doll knew James’s name and liked to include the word “kill” before it. Elmo would sing “Kill James!” repeatedly until James’s distraught mother, Melissa, decided to put it out of the toddler’s sight.
The doll only began spewing death threats after its batteries had been changed.
Mandy is a porcelain baby doll made in Germany between 1910 and 1920 and donated to the Quesnel Museum in British Columbia in 1991. Mandy’s donor had said she would hear crying in the middle of the night coming from the basement.
It wasn’t until after she gave Mandy away that the crying ceased.
It took the museum some time to decide where to place Mandy. They say she couldn’t be encased with other dolls because she tended to harm them. Visitors to the museum say her eyes will blink or follow you wherever you walk. She also likes to mess with camera equipment whenever anyone tries to photograph or film her.
Letta the Gypsy doll
In 1972, Kerry Walton returned to his Australian hometown for his grandmother’s funeral. During this time, he decided to face a childhood fear by visiting an abandoned building that had scared him for years.
When he went to this house, he discovered an old marionette underneath its porch. Kerry felt compelled to take it home with him, and they’ve been together ever since.
According to psychics, the doll was made 200 years ago by a Romanian gypsy for his son who had drowned. The gypsies believed in spirit transference, and dolls would act as a new home for the dead. The doll has real human hair, and underneath the scalp is a likeness of a human brain.
He was given Letta, or Ledda, due to his European gypsy heritage or because the doll occasionally screams, “Letta me out!”.
Dogs bark and attempt to attack whenever they’re near Letta. Letta is also supposedly capable of moving on his own, changing positions while seated, and emitting a pulse while held.
Chrystal, True, Monika, Sharla, Isaac, Lilly Ashley and Cameron
These are all the possessed dolls that live with a family of five in rural Pennsylvania. The owners of these dolls purchased each one knowing that they were haunted.
As investigators of the paranormal, the owners wanted to examine the dolls while also giving them a loving home. And for our viewing pleasure, a camera has been set up to record the dolls all day and night long.