Monday, 9 February 2015

Robert the Haunted Doll

I had heard of Chucky, the evil doll of the Child's Play franchise, but until I was doing research for my second supernatural novel, I wasn't aware that Robert the Doll was in fact the inspiration for Chucky.

Robert is a hand-crafted doll made around the turn of the 20th century and named for Robert Eugene Otto, to whom the doll belonged until his death in 1974. As a child, Otto invested the doll with a human identity, often talked to him, and blamed the doll when he was accused of misbehavior. According to Otto's parents, the doll talked back to their son, giggled, and was capable of movement. After Otto's death, the doll remained in the house, and the new owner took Robert with her when she moved six years later. In 1994 she donated the doll to the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida, saying that the doll was haunted. (She too had observed the doll's ability to move from room to room.)

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Robert the Doll now has his own website at, Twitter account at, and Facebook page at You can also send him an e-mail at

And if you'd like your own Robert doll, you can buy one from the Key West museum where Robert currently resides.

Next week's post ... Annabelle the Doll


Robert Eugene Otto
Robert Eugene Otto
Robert Eugene Otto

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