03/31/14

Reader Submission: Ka-bala Possession

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“Back in the early 1970’s there was game called Ka-Bala. It was supposed to be a fortune-telling game. This game was EVIL. There were tarot cards and the player were supposed to chant while this large, black marble spun around the board. Whenever the marble stopped, you had to pick up a tarot card and read it.

Anyhow, my sister got the game for Christmas when she was about 10 and I was 9. My younger sister and brother would use the game while the three older kids were at school. I had this little fairy doll that was my favorite. My younger sister would play with the doll while I was at school too. One day my younger sister said ‘Your doll comes to life.’ Not believing this for a moment, I said, challengingly, ‘Show me.” She picked up the doll and said ‘Be alive.’ And I know how crazy this sounds, but the doll’s body began to take on the look of human flesh. Being young and not understanding anything about demonic possession, I kept it…at first.

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05/18/13

Reader Submission: The Haunted Dolls

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A reader submitted these true tales about eerie dolls that walk and talk. Enjoy!

It Moves Even Now
“Once I went to a charity shop and bought a pot doll with ginger curly hair and a green Scottish dress. I took it home and put it on the bottom step of my staircase. I then went upstairs to get something, but when I got down the doll had moved to the mat at the front door.

The following morning I awoke, and my husband said he had got up in the night and heard singing and footsteps. In the afternoon, my husband went out and I was alone. I made myself a sandwich, and I went to the living room. I turned the lights on and sat down. Two minutes later, the light turned off by itself and the doll was on the sofa next to me. I got up and turned the light back on, sat down, and two minutes later the lights went off again. Ever since I bought the doll I’ve heard singing and laughing and I’ve seen it moving…even now.”

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08/4/12

Robert the Haunted Doll

robert the doll moving by itselfWhen it comes to haunted dolls, Robert is among the most famous. The Key West plaything has terrified residents of the tropical community for over a hundred years and now serves as a tourist attraction.

Legend has it that a Bahamian maid gave the doll to future Key West painter Robert Eugene Otto when he was just a boy. The servant was reportedly angry with Robert’s parents and cursed the doll before seeking employment elsewhere. Soon after her departure, strange events began plaguing the Otto household.

Robert named the life-sized doll after himself and loved to have conversations with his new friend. At first, the boy’s parents were amused, but they soon grew concerned after servants insisted they heard the doll talking back. Members of the household were also spooked when the doll’s expression seemed to change before their eyes or when eerie giggles rang from Robert’s bedroom when only the doll was inside. The Otto’s neighbors also reported seeing the doll move from window to window when the family wasn’t home.

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