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HAUNTED DOLLS ON EBAY

Posted on: June 4, 2018

A curious phenomenon of modern times is the current craze for buying allegedly haunted objects Online. It’s only something I’ve become aware of in recent months, but it seems to have become quite a thing in the paranormal world, and I can’t help feeling it’s not very healthy.

Some people buy Haunted Mystery Boxes. I’ve watched a couple of unboxing videos on YouTube like this, and find it hard not to come to the conclusion that it is a total scam. All someone has to do is collect together a load of old tat – the sort of thing that your local bric-a-bac sale might reject for being rubbish – and then concoct a few dark stories around them, such as “an old lady vowed to curse anyone else who drank out of this, her favourite teacup”. Even if it’s not a scam, and there is some truth to it, then why on earth would you want such an object, riddled with negative vibes, in your home?

One object that often makes an appearance in these kind of videos is the Haunted Doll. I know some people really, really do not like dolls at all. In fact, they don’t even like being in the same room as one. Personally, they’ve never bothered me at all. I’ve always put the spooky effect they can have down to the glassy, staring eyes. It’s curious that it’s usually porcelain dolls that have this effect. I’ve never come across people freaking out at Barbie or Sindy dolls for instance, and there might well be cursed Barbie dolls out there, but I’ve never heard of one.

I have a vintage porcelain doll myself. She’s called Nina, and she’s been standing on the bookcase in my office for years. I can honestly say I have never felt any freaky vibes from her at all, although I have sometimes wondered why she’s dressed as a Victorian sex-worker (Nina will probably now take umbrage, and cause poltergeist activity to break out). Most of the time I forget she’s there, but I know some people would react to her presence quite badly.

Having seen a Haunted Doll video, I decided to have a look at the ones on eBay myself, and it was then that I finally understood why some people really don’t like dolls. Page after page of sinister, close-up shots of dolls faces can leave you feeling a bit “ooh crikey”, and that was even before I read the descriptions that came with them. It was like looking at glassy-eyed police mug-shots. The dolls were a mixed-bag. Some were reputed to come with positive vibes, but they seemed to be outnumbered by the cursed, demonic ones. It was impossible to tell from the faces alone which were the bad ones and which were the good ones. One that looked like a sweet Victorian doll with wavy blonde hair was reputed to be possessed of “demonic” energy. A Spanish flamenco doll with scary eyes (the eyes were blank, and had no orbs), was said to have “playful” energy. So, like books and their covers, you clearly shouldn’t judge a doll by its looks.

One seller, who specialised in haunted dolls, had a huge collection. Here is a small selection of some of the descriptions:

  • One doll, called Kelsey, used to live at a Scottish castle. She was kept in the dungeons there with the express purpose of frightening visitors. It seems she did this too well, as they wanted to get rid of her. Whilst she was in-situ, paranormal phenomena broke out. A ghostly woman was caught on CCTV at night. A security guard had nightmares about spiders and was also subjected to sleep paralysis (have had this myself, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone). An area manager was pushed down two flights of stairs. Although this was caught on CCTV, no one was seen standing behind him. Whilst waiting to be sold, Kelsey is kept inside a salt circle, which is probably just as well.
  • Another doll, with black plaits, was fine with women, but seemed to hate men. The husband of the doll owner reported seeing a ghostly old hag in a doorway, and dreamt about banshees.
  • A black doll, dressed in what seems to be some kind of African tribal costume with a grass skirt, is reputed to have a “nasty” vibe to her. She was presented to the seller with her arms and legs bound. When the seller asked why this was so, the person presenting it to her said “untie them and you will see”. I remember hearing a few years ago that vintage black dolls are hugely sought after by collectors, as they are quite rare, so perhaps a brave collector would like to snap this one up.
  • Poltergeist activity seems to be par for the course with many of the dolls. Owners have reported having plates broken, a washing-machine flooded, doors slamming, lights flickering at 3 AM, and one owner’s son was drawing strange, shadowy figures on his sketch-pad.
  • Another seller had an extremely menacing-looking doll listed called “Veronica”. With her ghostly, pale white skin, huge dark eyes and slightly predatory expression, Veronica looks the stuff of nightmares. The seller added the comment “you will not be disappointed”. Why, is Veronica going to approach you in the night with her arms outstretched and a demoniacal leer on her face? Or crawl out of the TV like the girl in Ring?

Frankly, after looking at this lot I doubt I will ever tolerate having another doll in the house! But what about the positive energy ones, you may well ask? They are usually advertised as “needing a loving home”, and the description of one of them credited the doll with bringing you good fortune. “She likes to sit in the sunlight, so put her on the windowsill ….” STOP!! Now look, I find living human beings quite demanding enough these days, without having to pander to the wishes of a porcelain doll!

Haunted dolls have also become tabloid fodder, with stories of such objects wrecking havoc in homes across the country. One woman though said she loved collecting them, and was now dedicating her life to helping the souls of spirits trapped inside the dolls. I feel the same about them as I do the Haunted Mystery Boxes I mentioned earlier. If it’s all fake, then it’s a scam, pure and simple. If you buy one of these boxes you will just be left with a load of worthless, dust-collecting trash cluttering up your house, of no sentimental, aesthetic or monetary value. If there is truth in it, then God knows what vibes and energies you will be recklessly attracting. I think this is one craze I will be glad to see the back of.

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