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This is a tale about a tiny, mysterious island to the south of Mexico City, The haunted Island of the Dolls



This is a tale about a tiny, mysterious island to the south of Mexico City, which is – according to legend – haunted by the spirit of a young girl. 😱

The island was owned by a man, Don Julian Santana Barrera, who filled it up with creepy, broken dolls.

Named the Island of the Dolls, or La Isla de las Muñecas, it holds a record for the world’s largest collection of haunted dolls.

A large number of dolls hung up from trees and a clothes line

When he first moved there, Don Julian claimed to have heard the spirit girl’s voice screaming, “I want my doll.”

Sure enough, near where he had heard the screams, he found a doll. He hung it up on a nearby tree as a gift to the girl’s ghost. 🌳

This is where it gets even spookier… afterwards, Don Julian said he started to find more dolls hung up around the island every day.

dirty dolls hanging from a tree branch

Whether this is true or not, we know that Don Julian then started hanging up dolls himself, in order to calm the young girl’s spirit.

He didn’t use cute or pretty dolls though. In fact, a lot of them were missing body parts.

Some had lost their limbs, whilst others didn’t even have a head! 👶

Did you know?
The fear of dolls is called pediophobia. However, you don’t have to be pediophobic to be creeped out by these extra spooky dolls!

A decayed weather worn dolls head impaled onto a wooden post

Don Julian spent every single day looking for more dolls, digging through rubbish dumps and fishing in the canals for any old dolls he could find. He even traded his vegetables for them. 🥕🌽

Over the years, the creepy dolls were damaged even further by rain and wind, giving them a truly terrifying appearance. 😱

Don Julian continued to collect dolls for around 50 years, until he passed away in 2001.

People aren’t sure exactly how it happened… but many believe the girls spirit still haunts the island to this day. 👻

A dirty doll hung up on a tree trunk with disembodied limbs in the background

The Island of the Dolls is now a tourist attraction. Would you dare visit it?

The locals say that the dolls come alive at night, controlled by spirits of the dead. They say the dolls whisper, whistle and move their limbs (if they have any left). Others say it’s just the wind blowing. 💨

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