The world is full of dark corners that are, as of this writing, untouched by the illuminating light of modern science. Before you start rolling your eyes like youâ€™re auditioning for an Exorcist remake, here me out.
Exorcists and exorcisms are growing in popularity. Violent crime is at a steady rise, alcohol abuse is a constant, and even our collective mental health is on the decline. We can attack these issues from a sociological perspective. After all, inequality, a lack of formal education, and the death of the platonic family have been shown to contribute to civic unrest. But, maybe thereâ€™s more to it than that. The people featured in these seen stories certainly believe that to be the case.
Today, we explore some noteworthy, real-world examples of demonic possession in practice. Murders, hauntings, death, destruction â€¦ are they the product of mental lapses and human error? Perhaps we should leave ourselves open to the possibility that there are some things, no matter how hard we try, that are beyond human comprehension. Read ahead and decide for yourself.
7. Robert the Doll
Robert the Doll is a pock-marked, pre-pubescent, 111-year-old doll thatâ€™s terrifying to look at in his own right. He currently resides at the Fort East Martello Museum in Florida. But, before that, he was paving a path of destruction, fear, and death.
You see, Robert the Doll is far from ordinary. Over his 111-year life, heâ€™s been accused of orchestrating car accidents, broken bones, job loss, divorce, and much, much more.
The toy originally belonged to Robert Eugene Otto. The doll was given to him as a gift by his grandfather. Otto would develop a strange relationship with the doll and credited the doll for many of his lifeâ€™s pratfalls. Others that knew the two would often back-up these sinister claims.
"Haunted dolls have been a fascination of the public for years, and one of the most infamous haunted dolls out there is, of course, Robert the doll."#amwriting #FolkloreThursday #folklore https://t.co/gISVvC1mU9 pic.twitter.com/hWWGxE7GIq
— Storied Imaginarium (@StoriedImagina1) September 27, 2018