Robert the doll was owned by a painter and author, Robert Eugene Otto. The doll is believed to be possessed by many evil spirits and is one of the most popular, known stories.
Robert The Doll is currently in the Fort East Museum and is a popular attraction.
Robert Eugene Otto received the doll in 1906, by someone who practiced black magic and voodoo.
Eugene's parents noticed that he had been talking to the doll, and the doll seemed to have been talking back. But they thought it was Eugene talking back in a changed voice. They later believed that the doll was talking.
The family would catch glimpse of the doll running in and out of rooms. On several nights, Eugene would scream. When his parents ran into the room, they found furniture everywhere and Eugene in his bed saying, "Robert did it!"
Neighbors said they saw the doll moving from window to window when no one was in the house. The family also heard the doll let out sinister giggles. And guests swore they saw Robert's expression change right in front of their faces.
When Eugene died in 1974, the doll was left in the attic until a new family moved in. A ten year old girl in the family found the doll, and became Robert's new owner. After she found the doll, the girl would scream at night, saying Robert moved around the room and even tried to attack her.
More than 30 years later, she told interviewers the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.
For people who visit Robert in the museum, according to legend, you must ask the doll politely if you can take a picture of him. If he does not agree, he tips his head to one side. If you take the picture anyways, the doll will curse you and your family.