Almost immediately she gave the impression of being quite a creepy doll, leaving people feeling uneasy, especially when unexplained activity began to take place around her.
A Strange Doll
The doll, named Mandy, had belonged to the woman's grandmother, but rather than being sad to be parted with what should have been a treasured possession, the woman seemed anxious to be rid of it.
The curator took hold of the doll, and immediately felt uneasy. She chalked the feeling up to the fact that the doll had an incredibly creepy look to it – its clothing was quite old and faded, the soft, stuffed parts of its body were ripped in places, but most creepy of all was the dolls face – it was realistically painted and had glass eyes, but the forehead over the dolls right eyes was cracked, causing the eye to protrude slightly, like it was intently peering at onlookers.
However, the realistic looking, scarred doll being placed in a plastic bag added to the uneasiness the museum staff felt when they looked at it. Those working in the same room as the doll swore they heard the bag rustle as if the doll had moved inside, and it was not insects causing the movement either – the doll would change positions.
A Haunted Doll
This would happen any time Mandy was left in a room by herself overnight. The Curator likened the mess to what would happen if a child had thrown a tantrum in the room.
When Mandy was finally placed on display within the museum itself, she was one of the first things visitors would see as they passed the entryway. They would mostly feel uneasy when looking at the doll, there seemed to be something incredibly wrong with it. At times photographs taken of the doll would not turn out, they would be blurred or have strange light anomalies present in them.
Eventually a psychic enquired as to whether they could hold the doll, to see what they could pick up. Upon 'reading' the doll the psychic felt that it had suffered much abuse, but it was not the doll who was suffering, but rather the spirit that inhabits it.
What developed from this is an origins story to the spirit inhabiting the doll. This cannot be proved and may just be legend/folklore, but it is believed that the doll was found in the cellar of an old farmhouse.
He walked up the drive and knocked on the door. No answer.
The crying continued so he had a look around. He entered the empty farmhouse and discovered the crying came from below his feet. Not knowing how to access the buildings cellar from the inside, he went back outside to find the external entrance. As he opened the storm doors, light illuminated the room, and he made a shocking discovery – the body of a young girl, long dead, lay on the floor, a doll held in her arms.
It is not known why the girl was in the cellar in the first place, whether it was by accident or as some form of crime/punishment. Regardless, it is believed that when she died, her spirit decided to inhabit the doll.
A horrible story, and no doubt a story you may not believe, however there is a link between some aspects of the dolls origin and the woman who had donated it to the museum.
When strange events surrounding the doll had started to take place at the museum, the Curator decided to visit the dolls previous owner. It was here she learnt the truth – the owner had not donated the doll for fear of her daughter breaking it, if that was the sole reason then she would have just placed the doll in a box and out of reach.
No, the real reason was that when the doll was in her house, the woman could hear a crying coming from the cellar, when she would investigate to find the source of the sound, she would find nobody there, the cellars window would be open and the doll on the floor. When this began to happen more frequently, she decided to get rid of it and donated it to the Quesnel and District Museum.
From the very first night that the doll was no longer in her house, the unexplained crying had stopped...