Paying Our Respects to Robert The Doll – Paranormal History

Paying Our Respects to Robert The Doll – Paranormal History

September 5, 2019 5 By William Hollis


well hello everyone I’m Maryann Donnelly
from dark shadow ghost tours panic decom and our haunted travels today I’m here
with a miniature version of Robert the doll the real Robert the doll is over
three feet tall he’s a little shorter anyways today what I’m going to talk to
you about is a little bit about the history of Robert the doll and how
people go to pay him respects our audit routes into host Sean and very
easy one hahahahahaha on July 17th and 18th of 2016 we
traveled to the Key West Florida and Fort East Martello to pay our respects
to the infamous Robert the doll there are many videos out there on YouTube as
well as books TV shows etc that document the history of Robert but we’re just
going to cover the basics here Robert was a gift to a little boy named Robert
Jean Otto when he was a young boy in fact when he received the doll he was
about the same size as Robert and the sailor uniform that you see Robert
wearing today it used to be jeans it was not uncommon
in those days for little boys to receive dolls as gifts and Robert became a very
close friend to Jean in fact once Jean names the doll Robert he insisted that
he should be called Jean from there on in any time the Jean would get in
trouble he would always say he didn’t do it
in fact that Robert did it his parents would often hear him in his room at
night having long conversations with the doll and playing with him but they just
figured it was a young child playing with his toy legend has it that the doll
was a gift from a nurse who was mistreated and she placed a curse on the
doll some also say that it was a gift from his grandmother
either way the relationship between the child and the doll was extremely close
when Jean got older he moved to New York where he met his wife a concert hall
pianist when Jean moved away he left Robert back with his parents in Key West
the couple lived in New York for some time until jeans father became ill and
then they moved back to Key West and back into the artist house once living
back in Key West the strange relationship began again Robert would
often neglect his wife and spend several hours with Robert he even built him a
small house and several other things in the Attic where Rob
lived and when things started to happen around Jean again he began to say wasn’t
me Robert did it again you can find out more detailed information about the
story of Robert and Jean but what happened to Robert after the death of
Jean well Robert was again left in the Attic of the artists house after the new
owners took over they began to report several strange occurrences happening
within the house neighbors would sometimes ask who the
little boy was that was dressed in the cute sailor suit looking down at them
from the attic window well let’s skip ahead even more Robert finally wound up
at the Fort East Martello Museum where visitors can come and pay their respects
and that’s exactly what we did twice actually once during the nighttime
ghosts tour and the next day during the day one thing we have to warn you you
need to ask Robert for permission to take his picture before you do if you
don’t you might be cursed in fact here’s a story we experienced on the second day
when we bet went back to visit Robert as I mentioned before if you make fun of
Robert or take his picture without permission it’s believed that Robert
will pursue or in some kind of way put some bad juju on you there are many many
many visitors who actually believe in this and in fact Robert receives
sometimes three to five apology letters a day asking for forgiveness from the
curse we were aware of this when we visited Robert last summer but before we
took our pictures we did ask for permission and we were very respectful I
actually let him left him a little loving message from dark shadow Ghost
Tours panic D and Shawn and myself and we wished him well now as with pretty
much any museum that you visit you’ll always leave through that’s right the
Gift Shop well we were getting ready to leave but of course we were looking
around at different items that we were going to purchase and
John went up to the counter and started talking with a couple that was there
waiting for something it turns out that they were there to stop to see Robert
again by their daughter they were there waiting for her to come out of the
museum where she was spending a little time with Robert herself here’s the full
story of how they reported it to Sean in 2015 we were down here on a family trip
our daughter was going to be a senior in high school and it would probably be the
last trip that we could make as an entire family before our oldest went off
to college well the kids wanted to stop and see Robert the doll they’d always
heard about him and thought it would be fun to stop since we drove by the museum
anyways on our trip well when we stopped our second oldest kind of got a little
rude with Robert and was making fun of him and teasing the others she was
making faces at him and saying how the legend was just a big joke etc when they
got back home is when their bad luck started a week after we got home she was
out jogging tripped and fell she thought she just sprained her ankle
but it did much more worse damage and pretty much she couldn’t participate in
any sports her whole senior year next right after school her and one of her
friends were in a car accident neither one got hurt but she did lose her
license and they pretty much couldn’t drive to school each day again for their
entire senior year they both had to ride the school bus as seniors one month into
school her and her boyfriend had a huge falling-out and broke up and they were
dating since junior high school but their relationship was now over and for
the first time she began to struggle with her schoolwork so this year before
she left for college she demanded that we bring her back down here to see
Robert so she could apologize in person for being so rude to him before during
their last visit she was there talking with Robert while they were telling the
story to Sean and I have you been down to pay your respects to
BIRT or have you heard of any others misfortunes who didn’t get permission
from Robert before taking his picture if so please leave a comment in the
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