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The Mystery of The Doll That Grew Old in The Attic

It is the thing that Hollywood Horror films are made of. Even more particularly it is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The picture of Dorian Gray.

An unnamed family, similar to any other average family, did what all families do as the children start to grow up. They had to decide that the outgrown toys, cluttering the kid’s rooms, should be got rid of or stored away. As usually happens, with many things that were cherished by the children, several of them were stored away in the attic. Amongst them was a doll. An ordinary baby-faced doll.

Run the clock forward eleven years.

Attics do not have an endless capacity for storage or perhaps the family had decided to move to a new home.

For whatever reason a “sort- out” was needed.

If your imagination is the director of this story then now is the time to pick your lighting and camera angle.

Because one can only imagine the horror on the face of the person, or the hairs sticking up on the back of the neck when they picked up that doll to find this:


The doll had aged and now had the face of a very old person. The skin was drawn back to an almost zombie like, or even mummified appearance. What makes it more unnerving to look at are the human qualities of it, particularly those eyes which appear to be staring straight at you.

What had caused this? Had, as the Express suggested “demonic forces set to work”?

Or was it like Dorian Gray’s portrait, and had withered and aged?

For whatever reason it had happened, the family were not keeping it and gave it away.

Jim Eaton, expert of the paranormal and author of Ghosts caught on film II, said “This is a picture of what the doll looked like before it was given away. We can only wonder at what condition it is in now.”

Apparently, after the family had given it away, the doll was later sold on for a considerable amount of money.

As Jim Eaton said, what it looks like now we can only guess at.

What caused it, we can only speculate on.

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  1. Patrick Bernauw

    On September 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

    What a great little article, Chris! And very well told (a matter-of-factly approach always works fine with Things of Horror!). Something in between flash fiction/faction and urban legend! Love it!

  2. Lucas DiƩ

    On September 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Most enjoyable, indeed!

  3. s hayes

    On September 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Spooky ! that photograph is very freaky


    On September 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    The pic is scary somehow, but interesting piece. Thanks and have my “liked it”

  5. Lezlie Walser-Coles

    On September 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    My husband and I are doll collectors, and over the years have discovered that many dolls are very fragile and at the mercy of climate conditions and the ways in which they are stored (position of the doll, any materials they might come up against, etc.) Many materials, such as celluloid, composition and different types of plastic, especially in older dolls, can be extremely susceptible to climatic conditions (humiditiy, pollution, and especially heat.) If this doll was stored in an attic- and again, considering all conditions- I don’t find its condition that surprising, but I’m sure it was very disconcerting to the family upon its discovery.

  6. BB

    On September 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I expected something hokey, but it really is creepy. No matter what the cause.

  7. Lostash

    On September 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Just too weird…and that face!!

  8. SilentBoy741

    On September 30, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Well, if ‘the Express’ is correct, then demonic forces have been at work on my ex\’s face since about 1977. And apparently the Devil pays very well for overtime.

  9. Frosty Johnson

    On September 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I should imagine this is some sort of chemical reaction in the plastic the dolll is made of but still it looks as scarey as hell! Nice article btw

  10. Lisa

    On September 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I hate dolls and this is one reason why! FREAKY!

  11. RS Wing

    On September 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Eery and interesting. I’m not sure that could be a natural degeneration. Plastic usually cracks under extreme weather and pressure changes…..even over years. This picture is more paranormal. The wrinkles and those eyes are just so haunting. Very interesting article C Jordan. Wild!

  12. Joshua Miguel

    On September 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    this is really a mystery. but science will always find a way to explain this. nice post.

  13. Shawna

    On September 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Ok why is everyone freaking out over this doll? Did anyone ever think about the material this doll was made of? Did it ever get wet? Was it a chemical reaction? Maybe from the heat of being stored in an attic? Gesh people really need to calm down. It’s a doll, not the Devil himself…..rolls eyes

  14. athena goodlight

    On September 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Mysterious and creepy story — good one in time for Halloween. I like it!

  15. Unofre Pili

    On September 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Wonderful story, chris. But I would have to agree with Joshua Miguel,this is a case in which I believe science of chemistry can decipher.

  16. Staceigh

    On September 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Nice post. Amongst all the web readings, it’s nice to find something that catches the eye. Makes you ponder the “what and/or why” to keep our minds sharp in an age where it’s too easy to sit back and “watch” what’s in front of you to “escape” the maturity factor. When there’s still down deep, an inquisitive, curious nature. If you can “look, read, see” what’s in front of you; the uninhibited innocence of an open mind, wonder, drive to learn and sense of humor – things that seem to become buried – even in the most open or intelligent mind, are things that remain important no matter what.

  17. Steven

    On September 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    it looks like Luka Magnotta now lmfao

  18. James DeVere

    On October 1, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Dolls are creepy at the best of times and this one’s extra-creepy. Amazing story . Is that the actual creature? Yuck!

    Scary . j

  19. Doaa Abdelfattah

    On October 1, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I can not imagine how would anyone feel when he opens a box to find this thing staring at him.

  20. Diverseblogger

    On October 1, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Great piece and the pictures (Woah Ugly) lol. Keep up the creativity!

  21. clay hurtubise

    On October 1, 2009 at 6:32 am

    That is what happens when youdon’t take your vitamins!

  22. Rosettaartist1

    On October 1, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Spooky! I like a strange tale.

  23. Geri OHara

    On October 1, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Hi another enjoyable and interesting piece….even if it was a bit creepy…(very apt to since the film Dorian Gray is not long released)!

  24. Darla Beck

    On October 1, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Very scary looking doll!

  25. Netty net

    On October 1, 2009 at 9:30 am

    You do have a very creepy imagination, it looks like of a doll of old person.

  26. Lisa Clayton Williams

    On October 1, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Great story! Perfect for the Halloween season!

  27. Athlyn Green

    On October 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Wow! What an creepy-looking doll. Stumbled.

  28. TxT

    On October 1, 2009 at 5:25 pm


  29. DFino

    On October 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Oh no!!! That doll is going to haunt me tonight!!!

  30. Eric Goode

    On October 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow. I wonder what the doll was made of?

  31. Jennifer Marre

    On October 2, 2009 at 12:22 am

    If this is true, I would guess that this was simply a reaction of heat in the attic, or other environmental conditions. If it was made of a soft type of plastic, the plastic could have simply dried up and resulted in the doll looking aged.

  32. Teves

    On October 2, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Im afraid!

  33. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa

    On October 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Well that is surely a creepy looking doll. As with anything in life, it ages and eventually the environment of which it is in will due damage and change it appearance. That doll is rather scary looking I must say
    Excellent article

  34. Vikram Chhabra

    On October 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

    This was indeed a great article. The picture had a great effect!!

  35. Uma Shankari

    On October 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Extremely well written and equally enjoyable.

  36. Rebecca

    On October 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    OMG! That was interesting. That picture scared me when I scrolled down. I had no idea what I was in for.

  37. cutedrishti8

    On October 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Very well written, and enjoyed reading it..

  38. Luna Morena

    On October 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Good article, the photo really scared me! Like it!

  39. Dwyane Wade

    On October 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    wow….scary picture lol… i was like WTF????

  40. Amanda Patrick

    On October 3, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Possibly this could be explained scientifically, but imagine finding this thing after putting away a cherished baby faced doll!? After living in a house with lots of unexplained happenings I am open minded to such things.Thanks for the article.

  41. lillyrose

    On October 3, 2009 at 5:53 am

    that made me feel sick, I new there was a reason for not liking dolls!

  42. bell24

    On October 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

    seriously creepy. that photo had sent chills down my spine

  43. Chris Stonecipher

    On October 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Hi Chris,
    I think if I stumbled upon this doll, I might have been so scared that I would wet myself. Very creepy and a great article in time for Halloween. Submitted to Digg

  44. simpson daniel

    On October 3, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Whooa, the time i scroll down and shock after seeing that pic!

  45. Olivia Van Logum

    On October 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    That is really disturbing! Glad I didn’t find it in my attic!

  46. Mythili Kannan

    On October 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    scary!!! nice article

  47. Aya Minamino

    On October 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    creepy read!!!!

  48. Chambo

    On October 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm



  49. R J Evans

    On October 4, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Spooky, call Mulder & Scully right now! :-)

  50. nobert soloria bermosa

    On October 4, 2009 at 6:42 am

    totally bizarre!!

  51. Nikita K

    On October 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    WOW! Very very creepy indeed and to find this picture must have been truly harrowing for the owners. Brilliant piece! Totally loved it and VERY well researched. Good stuff!

  52. Seth Heartnett

    On October 4, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Eww, freaked me out!

  53. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 5, 2009 at 2:25 am

    I wonder how many other people have dolls that look like this.
    It looks awful!
    Even though you expect things to deteriorate over time you don’t expect it to be so dramatic!
    That’s a drastic change.
    I would have expected the plastic to break into bits and pieces.
    Maybe this doll was more expensive! and made of a different plastic material….

  54. obikelvin

    On October 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Great write! Consider me your fan from now on out.But why don’t you chill with one of my fascinating articles titled “What Happens in a Sexual Encounter with a Real Ghost?”

  55. liammonkey

    On October 5, 2009 at 8:57 am


  56. akamaru

    On October 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

    wait…they gave it away?what sick sick person would take that thing!!!

  57. Peter Cimino

    On October 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Now that’s creepy! I would have loved to see the doll before it grew old. That’s just crazy! Well done.

  58. clay hurtubise

    On March 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Creepy and cool at the same time!

  59. Lost

    On May 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    i’m wondering what the doll looked like before it was put away in the attic…. And what it was made of. It’s not entirely creepy, but rather fascinating and definitely thought provoking.

  60. Ani_cat_candy

    On September 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    That is.. AWESOME! I want that doll!
    Perhaps it’s face was made of leather?
    Hot, humid conditions could have caused it to shrink and wrinkle.

    I love collecting and making dolls. There are quite a few of them out there made of strange materials to make them more realistic and made with a very skeletal-like frame.

    Paper mache is another possibility. It looks like the neck is made of strips, and you can see a wire loop through the center of it..
    Yea.. paper mache sounds like the most plausible explanation when I really look at it.

  61. Wendy

    On October 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Am I the only person who thinks this is a load of codswallop?

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