IT has a shocking face of white porcelain and a smile to send shivers right down your spine.
And this doll, which used to reside in one of the most haunted houses in the world, has a story even creepier than its ghost-like appearance.
Located in Key West Florida, a number of spooky sightings and weird sensations have been witnessed in Audubon House, which was the home of Captain Jack Geiger, a well-known wrecker, and his 12 children more than 200 years ago.But no stories are more terrifying than that of the ‘Camera Shy Doll’ that lived there.
Hundreds of visitors and passers-by have witnessed apparitions of children laughing, crying and playing in the nursery. The captain himself has even been seen walking with his daughter Hannah in the gardens.
And the doll is thought to have belonged to the girl, whose strangely eerie portrait still hangs in the house and has moved some visitors to tears.
When a cholera epidemic was sweeping town, many sick children were brought to the nursery, where they would spend their last days in the oppressive room, shuttered away from the fearful town folk. So many children died here that the room itself took on a chilling aura of death.
The house was opened as a museum in 1960, at which time the doll was placed in a toy pram, in the corner of the faithfully recreated nursery.
After an elaborate security system was installed, the museum manager was constantly being called back to investigate alarms tripped by movement in the house. The activity would always be from the children’s room. Security Staff frequently reported seeing someone or something in the window but, when they went to investigate, no-one was there.
This doll was placed in this crib before it vanished
The house is said to be one of the most haunted in the world
Whenever visitors tried to take photos of the strange looking doll, they all experienced problems with their cameras. Either pictures just didn’t come out at all, or black streaks appeared.
In one instance, the back suddenly flew off a photographer’s camera, exposing the film and destroying the image.
This particular photographer, a director planning to shoot a series for the Discovery Channel, determined to disprove the story of the camera shy doll, so he returned and took more pictures.
This photo is one of them – the last to be taken of the doll. The black streak is clearly visible.
A portrait of Captain’s Geiger’s daughter Hannah, who owned the doll
Intrigued by this experience, the director decided to shoot the bizarre story of the doll.
But, the morning he was due to start filming, the Geiger House staff arrived and found the doll was gone.
None of the alarms had been tripped. Nobody had been in the house.
The doll had mysteriously escaped, and has never been seen since.