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Letters To Robert The Haunted Doll

Robert The Haunted Doll letters in the backgroundLong time readers of this blog may remember the story of Robert The Haunted Doll from last Halloween.

Basically the story told of the true story behind the doll in the movie Chucky, not a lot of people know this but the movie however crazy and terrifying was inspired by true life. Or should I say a true life doll.

The doll was called Robert by the little boy who had him, and just like in the movie the boy started to notice strange things happening that showed his doll had come alive.

He’d put his doll down on a chair at night and after lights out people in the house would hear little footsteps running up and down the hallway. But everybody was in bed where they’re supposed to be. When the lights were turned down Robert would be in a slightly different spot. Anyway, I don’t want tell the whole story here so if you want to read it feel free to click the link above and read it for yourself.

Amazingly Robert the doll is still around and these days he is currently spending most of his time behind glass in a museum in Florida. In fact one of the readers of this blog, Kat, had even visited him herself:

Witness of Robert The Haunted Doll In Person

You might’ve noticed that in the pictures in the pictures of Robert The Haunted Doll in the background you can see what looks like handwritten letters taped up in the background.

Each of those letters were written by some person who had visited Robert the doll in person. People come from all over the world to see him, mostly because of his legend. But for some people it’s not enough to come face-to-face and stare into the eyes of this supposedly haunted little figure. They have to take another step further.

Legend says that while Robert The Haunted Doll does tolerate being in that museum, he doesn’t tolerate any disrespect while on display. And one thing he really hates is when people take his picture without asking. Legend says that if you go and visit him in person and take his picture without asking that he will be filled with rage, and when the lights click off at the museum he’ll travel to the offending person’s house and proceed to haunt and terrorize them.

Closeup of Letters To Robert The Haunted Doll in the MuseumNow, many people just can’t resist to take a picture. I mean it is a touristy thing to do, when your destination is to see this particular thing it’s natural to want to take a picture. But *especially* when there’s a legend that threatens to bring this terrifying being to you, people just can’t help but take out their phone or their camera and snap a picture.

It does remind me a lot of the Bloody Mary game. You have a perfectly boring place like a bathroom and then we play a game that invites this terrifying, bloodthirsty ghost to appear to you and possibly murder you to steal your eternal soul.

People just can’t resist. They snap a picture, have a big laugh over it, and maybe even taunt the doll to his face and leave. They proceed to go home and live their lives and next thing they know… eerie noises in the middle of the night. Little things start to add up and it makes them think “Hey these noises remind me of this legend I heard a while back. What was that legend again? Oh yeah, Robert The Haunted Doll!” LOL. Next thing they know they are getting no sleep because they’re terrified every single night.

True Story Robert The Doll HauntedSo legend says that if you find yourself in this sort of situation the only thing you can really do to make it stop is to plead with Robert by writing him an apology letter. And hope that this apology will somehow make his feelings of being disrespected go away. …Or at least make him latch on to somebody else.

Every year people find themselves in this situation and end up writing letters to the museum. The letters are then posted near Robert in hopes that it will end the haunting.

In fact, the pictures that were used in the in the blog post where I told the story of Robert The Haunted Doll were taken by a guy who didn’t ask permission first. His daughter was so disturbed that she ended up writing a letter to Robert to apologize for what her dad did.

So there you go, a little more spooky background to an already very spooky story. Now I turn the story over to you, if you had a chance to visit Robert The Haunted Doll would you take a picture without asking?

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10/30/2015
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Why I’m Different

Picture of Anne Frank's diary story.I remember reading that brownish-red book in the break room of a place I used to work. It was a story that I’d read many times before and like to read again from time to time:
The Diary Of Anne Frank.

But not everybody was so happy with what I was doing.

Out of the corner of my eye I started to notice that people around me were giving me funny looks. I have to admit that it was slightly uncomfortable, but okay whatever, I just kept reading. Finally someone blurted out,

“Why would you want to read that?!?”

Then someone else in the background chimed in,

“I had to read that in school. I HATED it.”

*Had* to read that? I thought of Anne Frank at 13 years old trapped in that tiny room, with diary and pen. How many adults would absolutely lose their mind in that situation, let alone a little girl? Yet she kept writing her story down day after day, with courage.

To me, it was a privilege to have that book in my hands and be able to read her story. That is why I am different.

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10/07/2015
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The Mysterious Disappearance Of Amelia Earhart

Picture of Amelia Earhart walking in front of plane to illustrate story.

Reader Krystal R. hit me up this week on Twitter with a kind of story request I’d never gotten before: one for a conspiracy theory that involved a missing person or UFO’s. The first story that popped into my head was the story of the last flight of Amelia Earhart, which had both…


THE LAST FLIGHT OF AMELIA EARHART

Picture of Amelia Earhart as a pilot to show this story.There was no doubt about it, the plane was running out of fuel.

Amelia Earhart looked down onto the vast ocean below, but the scattered clouds left shadows on the water, making it impossible to tell which of the dark spots might be the tiny island she needed to land on.

Fear would have already overtaken the hearts of most people at this point, but she remained calm and relied on her training to try and find the way to the island. Plane technology was still quite primitive back then, so finding the way involved doing things like continually whistling into a radio microphone in hopes that a Coast Guard ship stationed in the area could use it to find her plane’s location.

Problem was, her radio wasn’t picking up their replies. The Coast Guard ship could hear her but she couldn’t hear them. So she and her navigator Fred Noonan kept trying everything they could think of to save themselves as their fuel level steadily dropped. It’s strange to think about it, but even these terrifying moments were the kind of things that had drawn Amelia Earhart to flying.


PUSHING THE LIMITS

You see, Amelia Earhart had spent her whole life pursuing adventure. This wasn’t an easy thing to do for a female during her time, as girls and women back then were expected to stay at home with feet firmly planted on the ground.

Picture of Amelia Earhart in cockpit of plane for life story.But even as a child she had made her own adventures. She loved to read and devoured adventure books, using them as inspiration for her tromps around the neighborhood. Her father was an alcoholic and that overshadowed much of what happened as she grew up, but lucky for her both her parents had encouraged her to be herself no matter what.

And when she became an adult she decided on the career that allowed the most adventure: pilot.

The early days of flying were dangerous and there was a mystique around pilots who pushed the limits of what had been done. A number of these pilots ended up dead, but those who survived were often hailed as heroes. It was a field considered too dangerous for most men, let alone a woman.

For Amelia Earhart though, it was all about the adventure. She broke record after record, earning worldwide fame for her abilities and swagger. Her fame even lead her to friendships with people like President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor (something that fueled conspiracy theories later on).

Picture of Amelia Earhart with Fred Noonan before last flight.

There was one record that she wanted to break more than anything though, one that would lead to the ultimate flying adventure. She wanted to fly around the world on a route following as close to the equator as humanly possible. This was a very dangerous trip to try though, so she bought a new plane and started to train for the long flight around the world. A stop near the end of the trip would be on a tiny island called Howland Island…


INTO THIN AIR

People on the Coast Guard ship were starting to get worried. Why wasn’t the radio on Amelia Earhart’s plane Amelia Earhart listening to plane radio communication.picking up their replies? They waited for each new radio transmission from her plane as her voice became clearer and clearer, meaning the plane was getting close. Then they heard her voice:

“We must be on you, but cannot see you —but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet.”

It was so clear that people on the ship felt that the plane must be in the immediate vicinity. They burned oil out of the ship’s smokestacks in hopes that it would be visible from the plane. But the only reply they got was a garbled transmission that didn’t seem to mention it. Then …nothing.

The time went by yet the radio remained silent. A massive $4 million search was done of the area and nearby islands by the Coast Guard and Navy, but the plane had vanished into thin air. In it’s place theories began popping up as to what had happened to the plane, ranging from the obvious to deep conspiracy theories.


A VAST OCEAN OF THEORIES

Picture of newspaper front page from after Amelia Earhart's death.Some popular theories state the most likely scenario: that Amelia Earhart’s plane ran out of fuel and either crashed into the ocean or an island. Many people have become obsessed with combing through old photos of her plane or searching the various islands in the area for clues. It seems like every so often there’s news of debris being found that could be from her plane, but nothing has been verified 100% yet.

The most popular conspiracy theory about what happened to Amelia Earhart’s plane is that she had been asked to spy on the Japanese by President Roosevelt. This was during the time before WWII and there was much tension between the US and Japan. This theory states that her record breaking flight was a ruse so that she could fly over islands that Japan controlled to spy on them. According to this theory her plane was either shot down by the Japanese or crashed, leading to her capture, news of which was covered up by the government. There have been some Screenshot Amelia Earhart Star Trek Voyager Episode 37sUS military and Japanese people who have claimed to witness various elements of this theory, but none of their stories have been verified.

Then there’s the most out of this world theory of all, the UFO theory of her disappearance. Many people believe that her plane was intercepted by UFO’s and that’s why it disappeared into thin air even though it seemed to be so close to the Coast Guard ship. Sightings of UFO’s by pilots were on the rise at this time and became known during WWII as ‘foo fighters’. This theory of course can’t be proven, though an episode of Star Trek: Voyager imagined a possible scenario. The episode has members of the Voyager crew discovering Amelia Earhart on an alien planet, having been abducted long ago and kept in stasis.

Picture of Amelia Earhart in front of plane for life story.

No matter what theory you believe, there’s no denying that even though her plane seems to have vanished into thin air, her story has not. Even now she inspires others to find their own adventures, whether it’s to pursue a career in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible …or in expeditions to solve the mystery of what really happened to her.

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04/30/2015