15. Letta The Doll

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Kerry Walton moved from his home town in Australia as a child. When he became an adult, he went back for his grandmother's funeral in 1972.

During that time, he decided to face his childhood fear.

His fear was an abandoned building which had scared him for years.

He decided to crawl under the floor boards in the building hoping to find some old antiques, but instead the torch swept across his face.

"What I found was something that looked like a dead child," Walton explained, "I jumped in fright and almost knocked myself out when my head whacked a floor beam."

Walton took a closer look and discovered that the creepy object was a doll. "Its clothes turned to dust in my hands," he said, "what I can't understand is the house had been flooded many times over the years, so why weren't the clothes washed away?"

After Walton found the doll, the house was suddenly pulled down after standing for over a hundred years.

Walton feels as if the doll knew what was going to happen and so it directed his actions to take it out of there.

The scariest thing about the doll is the fact that it has a presence of a real brain inside it's head.

"When one lifts up the top of the doll's head, there's a brain," Walton said, "it looks like something like the color of wet newspaper."

Walton took the doll home in a sack and put it in the back of his van for a long journey back home with his brother.

"I was dozing in the passenger seat when my brother nudged me awake and said the doll was making noises. I listened carefully, and could hear the bag rustling in the compartment behind us. My brother was really shaken, and I had to take over the driving, even though I was just as nervous."

The doll was stored away as his children would awake screaming at night, and his dog would turn savage, growling and trying to attack the doll.

Walton took the doll to a museum in Sydney after storing it in the basement for nearly five years.

On the way to the museum, it rained heavily as the doll was placed in the car. 

Walton soon realized it would rain whenever he took the doll out in public.

Museum experts told him that the doll was around 170-250 years old, and from the work of a Romanian Gypsy.

Gypsies of that time believed that spirits could take sanctuary in dolls after death.

Walton decided to try to sell the doll after learning about the value and how rare the object was. 

After a short time on advertisement, someone offered a good amount of money for the doll. Walton set out on a car journey with the doll to the buyer's residence.

When he arrived, he was shocked to find out he could not move. "I was glued to my seat. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't move."

The doll was featured on a daytime program, and was consulted by a highly regarded psychic.

"When the doll arrived at my office (in the rain) a painting immediately fell from the wall and the clock stopped," the psychic said, "the camera crew organized themselves and I placed the doll on my lap. Then, ever so slowly, the doll moved it's head. You could hear the wood creaking as it turned and looked directly at the camera. One of the camera men went white and ran out of the doors. The event was broadcast in front of thousands of viewers. As I tuned into the doll, I discovered the soul of a 6 year old boy was trapped within the wooden vessel. The child had drowned during a storm in an isolated area of Romania. His father, overcome with grief, fashioned a life-size figure in readiness for the ceremony of soul transference."

"The child has been imprisoned for centuries. He's confused and frightened," the psychic told her television audience, "the doll was brought to Australia by an immigrant and stored beneath a house."

A group of American paranormal investigators found out about the doll through an article in the newspaper and wanted to hold a seance.

The Americans wanted to put the doll on a talk show, but Walton refused and instead conducted a national tour.

"We had placed the doll on stage and the crowd was beginning to gather around when suddenly a woman started screaming," Walton said. He remembers that as the hushed crowd looked on, the doll moved its head.

"On rare occasions I have actually seen the doll move myself," he said, "for a long time I had him sitting in an old rocking chair upstairs. His arms and legs would move on their own. Many times we've had tradesmen arrive and they refused to enter the house, even though they had no idea we owned this doll." He added, "they just felt an evil presence and refused to come inside."

Walton's wife insists that the doll also has the uncanny ability to alter its physical appearance. "Some days I visit him and he looks very sad," she said, "other days he seems very happy and smiling. I know it sounds weird, but he does change his facial expressions."

Walton still owns the doll to this day.

You can find Letta's television appearance on youtube, titled "Letta-Me-Out".

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