True Ghost Stories

Robert The Doll

Robert The Doll is a true ghost story about a haunted doll in a museum in Key West, Florida. The doll is real and some say it is the subject of an evil curse. Many people claim they have seen it blinking and moving.

Robert The Doll

Take a look at Robert the Haunted Doll. He sits under lock and key in a glass case located in the basement of a museum in Key West, Florida. At first glance Robert may seem like a harmless children’s doll. But looks can be deceiving, because Robert is the most haunted doll in the world.

In 1897, a family named Otto lived in a nearby house in Key West. They owned a plantation and had a lot of servants working for them who they treated very badly. One servant girl gave their son, Gene, a present of a doll. What the Ottos didn’t realise was that this servant girl knew voodoo and black magic.

Gene’s full name was Robert Eugene Otto. His parents had always called him “Gene”, so he decided to give the doll his real name, “Robert”.

Many strange things began to occur in the Otto household. Neighbors claimed to see Robert moving about from window to window, when the family were out. Gene began to blame Robert for mishaps that would occur. The Ottos claimed to hear the doll giggle, and swore they caught glimpses of the doll running about the house.

Gene began to have nightmares and scream out in the night, when his parents would enter the room, they would find furniture overturned, their child in a fright, and Robert at the foot of the bed, with his glaring gaze! “Robert Did It”, Gene would cry.

The doll was eventually put up into the attic. Where he resided for many years. But Robert had other plans. Visitors that entered the house could hear something walking back and forth in the attic, and strange giggling sounds. Guests no longer wanted to visit the Otto home.

Gene Otto died in 1972 and the house was sold to a new family. The story of Robert the Doll had died down, but Robert waited patiently up in the attic to be discovered once again.

The 10-year old daughter of the new owners was quick to find Robert in the attic. It was not long before Robert unleashed his displeasure on the child… The little girl claiming that the doll tortured her, and made her life a hell.. Even after more than thirty years later, she steadfastly claims that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.

Robert, still dressed in his white sailor’s suit and clutching his stuffed lion, lives quite comfortably, though well guarded, at the Key West Martello Museum. Employees at the museum say that Robert is still up to his old tricks today…

Robert the doll served as an inspiration for the doll Chucky in the Child’s Play movies.


  • I infact saw the movie curse of chucky. The doll in more creepy than this one, this a bit ugly. Annabelle is also more creepier than this one.

  • I’ve lived in Key West before. My friend and I visited him once. He is locked in a glass case and if you don’t ask permission to take his photo, he will destroy you camera or your pictures. And behind the glass case, there is apology letters.

  • That doll don’t look harmless!

    And when the child says, “Robert did it!” He could easily be talking about himself, but using his real first name. Telling the truth, but his parents didn’t know.

  • k, i am creeped out because i got this doll today! my grandmother gave it to me. i am now creeped out, srsly i feel like it is tapping my shoulder while i am typing this… going to burn it.. now…

  • B-O-R-I-N-G 4 real
    and if he come to me in the night than i will giggle with him and take an ax and chop him up.

  • Did you know that there is another doll that is hunted and it’s called annabell it’s in the conjuring and in the new movie annabel and that doll gives me the creeps
    BTW i’m new here:D

  • Dyk: dolls were originally made to house the spirits of the dead?
    Btw this story is the reason why I chose this username

  • Why someone would keep a doll like that. MORAL of the story-Play with dolls at your own risk. XD

  • i saw the museum. i took a picture of him with my new camera. almost immediately i thought i was going to pass out. i felt like i jad a high fever and i ay have seen the dool smile and giggle. i then delete the picture on my camera and the torment stopped right away. hes real!

  • I know why he’s haunted. First, the little servant girl gave him a doll already charged with magic (I’m a Wiccan/Witch and have been practicing for years. I understand how these things work.) Then, ROBERT EUGENE, or Gene, as he called himself, gave the doll his OWN NAME. Thus giving it power. He did it himself, he created Robert. He was responsible for it. Giving a spirit a name is dangerous, and he was careless.

    This is what happens when inexperienced people play with magic, thinking it’s a toy, and it’s not.

  • This i just freaky! Robert should not be in a museum He should be buried under ground along side Gene however how would you like it if you were haunted all your life and now when your dead. Crikey!!!

  • In my ghost book, it sais that if u go to the museum and ask Robert to take a picture of him, he’ll either nod or shake his head. If he shakes his head and u take a picture, he will haunt u

  • It Was A Documentary On Robert “The Haunted Doll” So Yea Its True, I Think It Was On The History Channel….

  • In the story it says a servant knew voodoo so she is probably the one who cursed the doll. So yeah, you could send the doll to hell but that’s not where it origianlly came from. Just to clear that up :P

  • COOL! i’ve known about this story ever since i was really little. in the first grade we got to write about anything we wanted and we all read it to the class. and i wrote about this story! all the kids were freaked out. LOL!

  • Okay, it was scary. I go to Florida for vacation, but next time we go, I am going to BEG my dad to see robert. In the second picture, are his legs made of giant sasuages or something? Lol. I am new here and idk if you can add people as friends but if you can ADD ME!!

  • What I don’t understand that if the doll wanted to kill someone why didn’t it? I’m serious. The doll had years to kill Robert but he never did. I wonder why. But now I’m freaking more scared of dolls.

  • Wow that was awesome!!! Makes me wonder about my porciline Clowns, I don’t think they are evil though. I believe that all dolls have a little piece of you soul in them, that’s why we are so close to them

  • i waz alwayz scared of dollz. i knew that some were possesed and killed things…… i know a lot of horrible, scary things even though im 11. NEVAH EVAH TRUST ROBERT,CHUCKY,OR CREEPY/PORCELEAN dollllllllz

  • Dolls… Great story to read when I have Pediophobia (phobia of dolls) I HATE ROBERT AND ALL DOLLS THEY LOOK SO FREAKING POSSESSED!

  • robert looks cute and i love dolls and i agree with laosbabii4u i will do whatever it tells me to do if he doest kill me or my family and friends but its better than die or anybody youlove

  • I actually went to Key West and visited Robert. When I first heard of him during the ghost tour, I was extremely intrigued by the thought of a living, aging doll. The last time I saw him, he was like 100 and something. Less than the age 110. That’s what I remember. He was in a case and was surrounded by letters. He even got a letter from the President of the United States! I think it was Bush, correct me if I’m wrong. Most letters were apologies for taking his picture without his permission. People who do that usually are overcome with misfortune when they travel back home, like really bad luck and sometimes life threatening events. I was so nervous when I met him. I felt ridiculous by talking to a doll and asking for permission to take it’s picture. My sister took his picture on her cell phone, nothing happened. Also when I entered the museum, I saw the cat that lurks around (from the vid, it looked like the same cat, it was soooo cute and sweet), I did not feel any ghost-like presence or any heat. It seemed like a normal museum. When I met Robert, he did not respond to me in any way. (Maybe I had creep him out by staring at him in awe for the first 20 minutes, I don’t know,) I was really disappointed though. Was it really haunted? I went there during Spring Break, so maybe it would have been different if it were near Holloween.

  • I dont think the doll came from hell maybe a little boy had it maybe somebody murdered him and now his spirts inside the doll looking for revendge!!!

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