The Curse of Robert The Doll

The Curse Of Robert The Doll

I snapped a photo of Robert The Doll before reading that he puts curses on anyone who takes his photograph. Uh oh. Surely it’s just a myth, I thought. Curious, I began reading about the doll’s history. In 1903, Robert was given to four-year old Gene Otto, who lived in Key West. As Gene grew up he blamed everything bad that happened on the doll. By the time Gene was married, Robert had taken the blame for a lifetime of lies, misdeeds, and mischief.

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Robert The Doll is on display at the East Martello Museum and Fort in Key West

Some say Robert’s face had begun to change by the time Gene died in 1974, that his eyes grew more expressive. People insisted that the doll moved around and could be heard giggling behind their backs. Many who came in contact with Robert experienced bad luck, as if the doll was getting even for all the years he had been made a scapegoat. The curse of Robert The Doll grew into such a well-known legend in Key West that whenever things went wrong, locals would simply shrug and say, “Blame it on Robert.” But Robert’s real fame came when the “Chucky” horror film series (Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, etc.) came out, as they were said to have been modeled on the real-life story of Robert the Doll.

There are many theories about why Robert behaves the way he does. Some believe it is an ancient curse. Others say it is voodoo. Still others insist that Gene Otto’s ghost has returned to the doll whom he loved so much. The museum cats seem to believe in Robert’s dark powers – they keep their distance when staring up at the glass case in East Martello Museum where Robert is enthroned. People, on the other hand, tend to doubt the legend, and have suffered the consequences. Letters scattered at Robert’s feet and tacked up on an adjacent wall are testimonials from dozens of unbelievers who were cursed by Robert The Doll, such as this one:

Since our visit to the museum, we’ve been under a dark cloud.

I began to develop a rather severe toothache. Two days later, Hurricane Charly cut our vacation short and we joined the parade of evacuees leaving the islands. We were evacuated from our vacation spot three days early with my mouth in tremendous pain. My sister-in-law was also having female health issues. We were all forced to make alternate travel arrangements on the run.

My sister-in-law lives in Clearwater. After a problem laden and horrendous trip, she finally got home, only to be evacuated from there too. She packed up her two cats and headed for her parents house in Winter Haven and ended up in the middle of the storm there. They lost power for two days.

When we arrived in Miami for our flight back to Indianapolis, the plane broke and they had to “find” a different one for us. The following day, back in Indiana, I went to the dentist to learn that my tooth had abscessed and I had to have a root canal.

Last night we had a huge thunderstorm. Our house was hit by lightning – not once, but TWICE! We were unplugging things, but not fast enough. We lost three TV’s and a large satellite dish. The first hit, which sounded like a gunshot in the house, took one large TV and the satellite dish, and the second hit got two more TV’s. Again, the sound was horribly frightening.

Please do me a favor and tell Robert that we did not mean to anger or offend him and we’re sorry if we did. His photo did turn out good, so he sat very nicely for me. Would he like it back?

Yours sincerely,

Cindy Lye

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Hundreds of letters have been sent to the Museum by visitors who beg Robert’s forgiveness and ask him to remove his curse

As for me, well, Robert and I were introduced several days ago and so far I’ve suffered no ill effects. But then, I’m not taking any chances. Like the cats, I choose to believe.

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1,043 Comments on “The Curse Of Robert The Doll

  1. Dear Robert,

    I heard about you online and became interested, watched videos and did a little research.

    I do not know if you curse people who only take your photograph without permission or if you also curse those who look at your photographs without permission. After finding out you require permission I did ask for a sign if you do not grant permission for me to research you and could not see any. So I am unsure as to whether I was granted permission or not.

    I am truly sorry for intruding on your privacy by researching you. I will no longer look at photographs, research you or discuss you without very noticeable permission.

    You are truly fascinating and one of a kind. I would be grateful if you would not curse me, my friends and family and uplift any curse if it is already there.

    I am a believer and wishing you all the best.

    Regards,

    LH

  2. Dear robert, I’m sorry I had researched you and looked at photos and videos of you. Please do not curse me or my family. While writing this I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done. You looked very great in your pictures too and your pose. Evrything about you was stunning. After this, I won’t look at you without you permission. Love you robert.

    Love,
    Summer

  3. Dear Robert,
    I don’t know if you only get mad at people who take your picture, or you get mad at people who look at your picture without your consent. If it is the latter, I am sorry. I did not mean to click on this link, although I have read about you before and I am interested in your story. I’m sorry I offended.

  4. Dear Robert,

    Please accept my deep and sincere apology for researching about your story and watching a few youtube videos about you, and I have always believed what you are capable of doing . I have also discussed you with my boyfriend as I was fascinated by your story, which is totally new to me. Please forgive me for intruding your privacy without asking for permission in advance. My health has gone bad since then and now I have to make frequent visits to clinics for health issues. Please I apologize for what I did and on behalf of my boyfriend Gary. Please uplift the curse, I am a believer but I was ignorant and naive. Truly Sorry.

    Yours sincerely,
    Sofia

  5. Dear Robert,

    I’m very sorry for not asking your permission before researching you and watching the episode about you on Lore. Please forgive me. I will not be so naive next time.

    Thank you,

    JD

  6. Dear Robert,
    I am sorry I took a screen shot of you before I learned that I had to ask for permission before taking your photo. Please forgive my indiscretion as I have now deleted it. I hope you have a pleasant autumn.

    Best Regards,
    Miles

  7. Dear Robert,

    I am truly sorry for researching about you online and looking at your photos and for watching a video about you without your permission. I was just curious about you after watching the TV series “Lore”. I did not know that I needed your permission to do so. Please accept my apology and forgive me.

    Sincerely,
    Cynthia

    • Dear Robert,

      I too learned about you on Lore and want to express my deepest apologies for learning about you without your permission. Please forgive me, I promise never to take your photo without asking for permission first.

      God bless,
      Erin

  8. Dear Robert,

    I’m sorry for looking at your photos and reading about you without your permission. I got curious when I watched a tv show about you. Please forgive me, I meant no disrespect.

    Sincerely,
    Sydney

    • Dear,Robert I am truly sorry for reading and looking at your pictures I meant no disrespect please forgive us sincerely,Adrian and Aaron

  9. Dear Robert, I hope I did not offend you by looking you up and reading about you on the internet! My wife and I watched a show that talked about you and I was very interested in learning about you. I am sorry I did so without your permission. I hope you can forgive my wife and me, and I hope I can meet you in person some day and get your permission.

  10. Dear Robert,
    I am sorry for reading about your history and watching your video without your permission. I truly did not mean any harm and wanted to learn more about your. I should have been thoughtful and asked your permission.

  11. dear Robert I’m sorry for looking you up online and reading about you without your permission. I would like to express my apologies to you and I find you very interesting.. I would love to someday get to see you in person and will definitely ask your permission in case I ever get to see you … and I noticed that this is October so I hope you got to return to your home this year and I hope you have a wonderful time and get to meet many new people you are fascinating and thank you for your time reading this…

  12. I am truly sorry Robert if I have offended you by observing you and your history. I intend no harm towards you or Gene. I hope it brings no offense to you for me to continue my research, as I am a paranormal investigator and I have no intention of disrespecting you. I apologize for any inconvenience and do hope this letter finds you well.

  13. Dear Robert
    Me and my friend were just curious and were sorry for looking you up without permission.

  14. Hi Robert! I have heard that you curse people that have taken photos of you without your permission, however there are a lot of comments on here of people saying they have been cursed just from researching, watching a video, or seeing an image of you online without your permission. But I saw an article with you in it, and then I was very curious because you were so interesting, so I watched a video on YouTube about you, and then I was doing some more research online and I saw all these comments. I just wanted to say that I am very sorry if I did offend you by researching you or looking at pictures of you, or watching a video of you. I wish you all the best and I mean you no disrespect. Again I am very sorry, please don’t curse me! Kind regards,

  15. Robert,
    I apologize for looking at your pictures and backstory without permission. I heard of a new movie being made in your name, which lead me to wonder about you. I hope I have not intruded your privacy in any way, and I ask for your forgiveness.

    Sincerely,
    Leah

  16. Dear Robert,
    I am so sorry that I looked you up without permission. I wish for you whatever your heart desires. Please forgive me. Please.

  17. Im so sorry robert, curiosity got the best of me!! Please forgive me for trying to find information about you! I mean no disrespect! I am truly sorry.

    • Robert im sorry for thinking bad things about you, i really dont want to think anything bad about you, im sorry for looking at a picture of you without permission again and for looking up information about you again, please im sorry, please forgive me if i continue to think, say or do anything bad about you. Im really not wanting to do anything bad towards you, im sorry for thinking bad things about you while i type this, please im sorry, im sorry

        • Dear Robert, Im sorry if I continue to think or say bad things about you, im also sorry if i do anything bad towards you.Im also sorry if i do it on purpose, im sorry for lying just now ,I’m really not wanting to anything bad towards you , I just start to think because i get scared, im sorry Robert, im sorry

  18. Dear Robert,

    I am sorry if looking at this article has disrespected you in anyway. I am sorry that the person who took your photo didn’t ask your permission. Please forgive me. I will not disrespect you any further in reading about your past or look at your photos.

    Sincerely,
    Melissa

  19. Robert,

    Please forgive me. I unintentionally watched a video about you and subsequently went to look up your history.

    I’m very sorry, please forgive me for looking at you, your video, your picture or your backstory, I did not mean to intrude or disrespect you in any way.

  20. Dear Robert,
    I am sincerely apologetic for being nieve. I heard of your legend, curious enough I researched about you. I am truly sorry for being nieve and if I offended you. I am sorry for disrespecting you by looking up your photos and history. I did not mean to offend you. Please forgive me, if I have done so. I really didn’t mean to upset you if I have.

  21. Dear Robert,

    I apologize for looking up information about you and again, watching your video without your permission. I was only curious about your story; I meant no harm. Please forgive me. Thank you.

    • Please forgive me for looking you up with out your permission I’m so sorry please show mercy I meant no offense I just got a little too curious.

    • Dear Robert, im sorry for thinking bad things about you again, I really am sorry, please allow me to make mental apologies from now on, please im sorry, Im sorry Robert, I really am

  22. Dear Robert,
    I am sincerely sorry for looking at your photos without permission. If I ever look at your photos again without asking, I’ll make a mental apology if I can’t reach my phone. Please, I meant no harm…

    • Dear Robert, Im sorry for continuing to think bad things about you, even while i type this, im sorry, i really dont want to think bad things about you, i dont want to say or do anything bad towards you, im sorry for everything that ive done towards you and for you everything that i will continue to do to you on purpose and on accident, im really sorry for lying to you, and i really really do not mean to offend you. im sorry for everything again Robert. Im sorry, please let me make a mental apology from now, im really sorry Robert

  23. Dear Robert,
    Please forgive me for looking at your pictures and reading your stories on the internet without your permission. I did not mean to disrespect you in any way. I did not know that I needed your permission before looking at your photos. Again I’m truly sorry and please forgive me for my mistake.

  24. Robert,
    I\\\’m really sorry for seeing your pictures without your permission. Please forgive me. I had no intention to offend you or anything. I was just curious about you and your history. I\\\’m sorry.

  25. Dear Robert,
    I apologise for reading about you and looking at your picture without permission.
    Please forgive me,
    Ellie

    • Dear Robert,
      I am sorry for being curious and looking up your story and not asking your permission I won’t do it again.

      • Dear Robert, im sorry for thinking bad things about you, please forgive me if i continue to think or say bad things about you and if i do anything bad towards you, please please please forgive for doing lots of bad things towards you, Please let me make mental apologies, Please im sorry Robert, Please forgive me for what im thinking and doing now towards you, Im sorry for everything that ive done and will do, Please forgive me for anything bad that I’ll do to you

    • Dear Robert, Im sorry for all that ive done to you today, now, and for everything that I will do in the future. Please please forgive me, I’m really sorry for all of this, Please allow me to do verbal apologies and please pleass im sorry, Please forgive me for being mad and for thinking lots of bad things while I apologize to you, Im really sorry Robert, I give you more than a million apologies, Im sorry for all that i think

  26. Dear Robert,

    I ask your fogiveness for looking at your picture, video and reading about you. Please forgive me.

    • Dear Robert, im sorry for everything, please forgive me for always thinking bad things about you, please know that im sorry Robert,please forgive me when im not sorry and im sorry for thinking bad things about you when I apologize to you and please please allow me to do verbal apologies to you, please Robert im really sorry

  27. Dear Robert,

    I am truly sorry for looking you up and seeing your picture. I hope you forgive me. I was interested in your story and wanted to learn more. I didn’t mean it in any disrespect. I am truly sorry if I have upset you in any way. Please forgive me.

  28. Dear Robert,

    I apologize for looking upon your history without your permission. I don’t meant to offend you, I’m truly sorry. Please, forgive me.

  29. Robert the doll i looked at this story and saw your picture without your permission and want to apologize to you for any disrespect this may have brought to you. And i also saw the episode on ghost adventures without asking you first. Again i do apologize and ment no disrespect to you. Thank you. , chris

  30. Robert
    Please forgive me for reading about you and seeing your picture i don’t mean to disrespect you . I really am sorry . I just heard about you and wanted to learn more . I’m so so sorry please forgive me .

    • Dear Robert im sorry for all that ive done to you, please im sorry, sometimes i just start thinking because of anxiety, im sorry for doing thinking and saying lots of things about you, im also sorry for looking up information and watching videos and looking at photos about you without youre permission, im sorry if i continue to wrong you, Im really really sorry to be thinking bad things about you on purpose, Im sorry robert, im really sorryim sorry for everything

  31. Dear Robert,
    Please forgive me for reading about you, I meant no disrespect. I wanted to learn more about you, and Im very sorry. Please forgive me.

  32. Dear Robert,

    I was interested in your history and wanted to learn more about you and your story. I meant no form of disrespect by looking up you and your pictures online and I am truly sorry if I have offended you. I take you very seriously and am deeply, sincerely sorry if I’ve upset you in any way. Please forgive me.

  33. Dear, Robert
    Do forgive me for looking at your picture and reading about you.
    -??

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