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The real haunted doll that inspired the creepy story of ‘The Boy’

Have you watched the Hollywood horror film ‘The Boy’? Were you creeped out by it? What if you found out that it was actually based on a real-life story? What if you found out there really was a haunted doll who had demands and would throw tantrums when unsatisfied?

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Over a century has passed after a boy named Robert Gene Otto received an eccentric doll as a gift from his grandfather. For many others, the doll was a monstrosity — you’d really think it was a haunted doll even at first sight! Gene loved the doll anyway, and held it dear to his heart.

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Now, the doll was created by a German manufacturing company better known for the invention of the teddy bear. Well, if you are ever to behold the haunted, life-sized doll they created, you’d also need a teddy bear to help you sleep at night.

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For some reason, Gene developed an unhealthy attachment to the doll, which even shared his first name, “Robert.” He dressed it up in a sailor suit he also used to wear himself, and carried the doll wherever he went.

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It may be because of this unusual love and affection that the doll started to develop a personality of its own. The Otto household became witness to a lot of ghostly experiences like inanimate objects moving on their own, and stuff getting lost only to resurface somewhere odd after a while.

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As an adult, Gene got a place of his own. Although he no longer carried Robert with him wherever he went, the doll still had a special place in his heart, and his home. Even when he got married, the haunted doll remained a priority. Neighbors started to avoid Gene’s home as they claim to feel a strong presence, what with the doll being visible from one of the windows. Of course, strange things would still happen with Robert around!

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The haunted doll outlived Gene, and it eventually ended up in a museum, where people lined up to behold a haunted doll.

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What can you say? Do you think Robert was truly possessed? If not, what could be behind the strange activities that take place whenever the doll was around?

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