Written by Geraldine Laetitia
Other than the well known Annabelle and Robert, the 2 famous haunted dolls, where both make one shudder in fear and give you goosebumps just thinking of them........we have a less known doll named Mandy...
In a world where the the paranormal exists, there are a ton of haunted dolls and figures other than the one made famous in the 2014 horror movie Annabelle. Some of them aren’t as malicious and sinister, but they’re still creepy none the less.
Meet Mandy the Haunted Doll, who is currently on display in the Quesnel & District Museum in Canada. Mandy, a doll created sometime between 1900 and 1920, was given to the museum by a donor who wished to remain anonymous. The donor had a chilling experience with the doll and wished to get rid of it without destroying whatever historic quality it possessed. One night, the donor was awoken by extremely loud cries, the cries of a baby that were echoing and radiating from the basement where the doll had been left. Only one problem: a baby was not present in the house at this time of night. After hours of listening to the shrieks, the donor finally mustered up the courage to sneak into the basement and examine the source of the cries. Upon arrival, they found nothing but an open window, and Mandy was missing…only to return the next morning
After dropping Mandy the Haunted Doll off at the museum, the donor confirmed that an experience like that never occurred again. However, the arrival of Mandy at the Quesnel & District Museum started a new wave of distress and discomfort for the staff and visitors there. Almost immediately after being placed in front of the front door, staff members started reporting that their lunches were going missing, only to show up neatly tucked in random drawers hours later. Books and stationary started going missing on a routine basis, too. Eventually Mandy had to be moved to a more private display, one away from other dolls of her kind, because it is rumored that she would topple them over in the middle of the night due to some sort of jealousy.
Mandy the Haunted Doll was heavily featured in a 1999 issue of “Supernatural Stories Around British Columbia” and that’s when people started flocking to the museum to see the haunted doll for themselves. People who visited the decades old toy had trouble getting pictures of Mandy because their batteries would die or the flash of their cameras would inexplicably turn on and off while trying to take photos.
Psychic investigators who have visited Mandy state that the doll is most likely possessed by the spirit of a young, little girl who only wants attention from people around her. That’s why the doll is only mischievous and never violent towards humans.
So not all haunted dolls are evil and not all are demonic in nature.
Perhaps that is why there are still many people who love to adopt these 'spirited' dolls, for many different personal reasons. For companion? Dealing with loses? or just wanting to give some love to a lost spirits.
What do you think?
Written by Geraldine Laetitia
The story of a haunted doll takes many forms, but the most popular in Japan is that of ‘Okiku’, a doll which resides at Mannenji Temple in Hokkaido.
Like all good legends, the story has many different versions which mix and match details to try and get the biggest reaction from the reader, but generally the spooky tale goes like this.
The doll was bought in Hokkaido in 1918 by a seventeen year old boy, Eikichi Suzuki, for his three year old sister called Kikuko (also called Kiyoko in other tellings). It is said she loved her new doll so much that she would take it everywhere with her, even sleeping with it in her bed.
The doll had an ‘okappa’ hair style, common in traditional Japanese dolls. The hair is cropped at around jawline length and has a short fringe over the forehead.
Tragically, Kikuko died a sudden death the following year after catching a cold. The family kept the doll at the household shrine for remembrance and prayed to it. They called the doll ‘Okiku’ after the child they lost. Slowly they started to notice something strange.
Okiku’s classic okappa haircut was slowly but surely growing. This was taken as sign that the doll was possessed by the girl’s restless spirit.
Years later in 1938, Kikuko’s father gave the Okiku doll to Mannenji temple to be looked after, since he and his family had to move to the mainland for work. Even today, you can go to the temple in Hokkaido to see Okiku for yourself, but photography is not allowed.
It is said that even a scientific examination of Okiku confirmed that the hair was that of a human child. Now the doll displayed at the temple has hair down to its knees and it supposedly continues to grow even after periodical trims. Who would be brave enough to give Okiku a hair cut? Apparently a priest of the temple had a dream conveying that this was the doll’s wish, and generally what haunted dolls want, haunted dolls get.
Another frightening claim is that the mouth of Okiku is slowly opening, and that if you dare to look inside you may be able to glimpse something like teeth growing…
Geraldine Laetitia is SC's resident researcher and content writer. She spends her day dealing with medical research studies and protocols, crunching numbers and closing business contracts, and by night she documents haunting histories, legends and lore for this section of Supernatural Confessions.