Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. His wife died two years later. Still other legends claim that the doll "vanished" after Otto's house changed ownership a number of times after his death, or that young Otto triggered the doll's supernatural powers by blaming his childhood mishaps on the doll. The doll was reportedly manufactured by the Steiff Company of Germany, purchased by Otto's grandfather while on a trip to Germany in 1904, and given to young Otto as a birthday gift. × To learn more about Robert the doll and the story behind him, you can visit the museum website – or, you might even want to send Robert a letter and see whether you get a response….
Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. Sorry! Oh, and if you’re wondering where Robert got his name? To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. The doll originally belonged to Robert Eugene Otto, an artist described as "eccentric" who belonged to a prominent Key West family. That’s right – Eugene’s full name is Robert Eugene Otto, and soon, the doll ended up with the name Robert, while Otto was simply referred to by his middle name. Despite all of this, and despite his obvious fear of Robert as a child, Eugene kept Robert as he grew up and into an adult. The walls of Robert’s display are littered with letters from visitors apologising for their behaviour when visiting the museum: they claim that they’ve encountered dreadful misfortune, gotten into accidents, had relationship breakdowns or even experienced death or disease in the family after visiting Robert, and these letters seek to ask his forgiveness. Despite his banishment, the Otto family were said to hear Robert the doll moving frequently around the upstairs portion of the house, with his footsteps said to echo throughout areas of the property that were completely empty. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Try again later. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. We have set your language to Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. Please contact Find a Grave at email@example.com if you need help resetting your password.
Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. Please note: You are asking volunteers to find and take a photo of the headstone. The Otto’s young son Robert Eugene was particularly fond of a Bahamian maid who was employed to look after him. It’s thought to be Otto’s own. The size of the house meant that the family needed “help”.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that perhaps being locked inside a glass case would mean that Robert’s antics were well and truly over, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A system error has occurred. It’s the former home of painter Robert Eugene Otto and his wife Anne, a concert pianist… not to mention the former home of the world-famous haunted Robert the Doll.
Mrs. Otto went insane, and is said to haunt the Artist House. Failed to remove flower. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option.
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According to legend, the doll has supernatural abilities that allow it to move, change its facial expressions, and make giggling sounds. Failed to delete memorial.
Many people avoided the house entirely so that they could avoid Robert. There are many stories surrounding Key West and the wider state, but one of the most famous is of Robert the Doll, Eugene Otto and the elements of Bahamian voodoo said to link the two together. That outfit?
Reuter corroborated many of Eugene’s stories and often found Robert in an entirely different place to where she had left him.
The Robert the doll story gets stranger and stranger as the years go on.
Robert the Doll is famous around the world, but perhaps even more famous because of recent films, the Annabelle Doll is another haunted doll you have to learn about. Employees and visitors to the museum report that Robert is up to his old tricks. According to local folklore, the doll has caused "car accidents, broken bones, job loss, divorce and a cornucopia of other misfortunes", and museum visitors supposedly experience "post-visit misfortunes" for "failing to respect Robert".
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Schoolchildren and almost anyone walking past the property would say that they often saw the doll disappear from sight before appearing again before their eyes. Robert was once owned by Key West, Florida painter and author, Robert Eugene Otto.
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Robert Eugene Otto was given “Robert” the doll when he was a small boy. After some investigation by the Fort West Martello Museum where Robert resides today, it’s now thought that the doll was never actually intended to be a doll. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to email@example.com and include a link to the page and details about the problem. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. You can still file a request but no one will be notified. The doll's sailor suit was likely an outfit that Otto wore as a child. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. Another story about Robert the haunted doll and his origins describes the Otto family’s mistreatment of their servants and maids. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Gene, as friends called him, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago and the Art Students League in New York before traveling to Europe where he developed a personal style decidedly his own. The Robert the doll story continues well past Eugene’s death, and the legend continues even to this day. Annette, Eugene’s wife, was said to detest Robert, and supposedly banished him back to the attic. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. For help using the website visit our help page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a problem with your email/password. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles.
Drag images here or select from your computer for Robert Eugene “Gene” Otto memorial. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. , The doll remained stored in the Otto family home at 534 Eaton Street in Key West while Otto studied art in New York and Paris. Before she left, the girl made a 3 foot tall, button eyed, straw doll for Robert. Visitors to the museum are given advice on how to approach Robert: to speak to him in a polite way, to ask his permission to photograph him and to treat him with respect. Year should not be greater than current year. He worked as an artist and later married, and kept Eugene propped up in a window of his house. Employees and visitors to the museum report that Robert is up to his old tricks.
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He worked as an artist and later married, and kept Eugene propped up in a window of his house. But Robert was cursed – she’d used some of the voodoo that she’d been fired for on the doll to bring fear and discomfort to the family.
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Robert was said to have somewhat of a hold over Eugene and loud, violent commotions could be heard coming from Eugene’s bedroom on an almost nightly basis. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. As the story goes, the doll was made by a family servant – skilled in the black art of voodoo, who was displeased with the Otto family. Supposedly after he married, Gene insisted on Robert accompanying the couple everywhere. Mrs. Otto went insane, and is said to haunt the Artist House. Please try again later. According to legend, he was given a doll by his Jamaican nurse that was made in this likeness. The maid was dismissed in 1906, some say for practicing Voodoo, others that Mrs Otto was jealous of Robert’s fondness for the girl. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Other stories claim that the doll moved voodoo figurines around the room, and was "aware of what went on around him". Robert has, over the years, been accused of causing car accidents, relationship breakdown, divorce, death, disease and much, much more. Eugene took Robert everywhere with him, and even though the Robert doll was probably a little bit large and unwieldy for a boy of his age – Eugene was thought to be around 8 when given Robert, and Robert stands at around three feet tall – he was never seen without his beady-eyed companion in tow.
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