I hope you enjoyed the ghost stories we shared this month in Charles Turek Robinson’s fantasy book, The New England Ghost Files (Covered Bridge Press, 1994). Here’s one more… see you tonight!
GHOST FILE #32
“The Haunted Doll”
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Number of witnesses: 2
Date of interview: 12/92
Charles and Catherine Hodges are known throughout southeastern New England as two of the most professional and knowledgeable antique dealers in the business. Catherine holds a Master’s degree in antique porcelain from a prestigious art school. Charles traveled extensively in Europe to study various types of antiquities.
The couple’s home on Cape Cod also serves as a place of business. The lower floor of their charming Cape-style home is filled with many exquisite antiques for sale. It was in this house, in the summer of 1988, that Charles and Catherine experienced a strange series of events centered around a newly acquired antique.
“We purchased a rare and lovely antique porcelain doll from a Cape Cod merchant,” Catherine explains. “The coin was around a hundred years old and quite valuable. We originally bought the doll to resell, but she was so beautiful that I decided to keep her. She had a delicate porcelain white face with touches of rouge on her cheeks and lips. Her eyes were set in blue glass and her head was topped with beautiful swirling black curls. I really fell in love with her.”
Catherine’s affectionate feelings for the doll would soon change. Less than a week after bringing the piece home, a series of inexplicable events convinced the Hodges that there was something seriously wrong with the doll – something that just wasn’t quite right. made of this world.
“Catherine kept the doll leaning on a chair in our upstairs bedroom,” Charles says. “One morning, while I was downstairs in the kitchen having my coffee and reading the paper, I suddenly noticed that the doll was sitting on the chair next to me. I wondered why Catherine had brought the doll downstairs, and I called into the bedroom and asked her. She looked totally surprised and said she didn’t drop the doll at all.
Since Catherine and Charles are the only ones living in the house, there seemed to be no logical explanation. For a moment, each of them thought the other was making a joke.
“I put the doll back in the bedroom on the chair,” Catherine explains. “Every morning I couldn’t help noticing that the doll seemed to have a slightly off position, but at first I (attributed) it to my imagination.”
Over the next few weeks, Catherine grew increasingly worried about the doll. She knew it was silly, but she was sure the position of the doll on the chair changed slightly each morning. She eventually got so pissed off that she wrapped the doll up and put it in the closet.
“I would have thought I was losing my mind,” she says, “except Charles started experiencing some weird things too.”
“One night,” says Charles. “Catherine was downstairs reviewing papers. I was in the bedroom. All of a sudden, I heard a terrible din – loud banging noises – coming from the closet. When I opened the door, I saw the doll was on the floor of the closet, out of its box. It seemed impossible because Catherine had taped the box tightly shut. Anyway, I wrapped the doll up again and put her back on the closet shelf. I tried to convince myself that there was a rational explanation, but I still felt a little shaken.
Later that night, Catherine and Charles witnessed something that convinced them it was time to get rid of the doll. The couple were sitting up in bed watching TV when suddenly they saw something weird.
“We saw (in amazement) a young girl – maybe eight or nine years old – slowly walk past our bedroom door,” Charles recalled. “She had long blonde hair and wore a white dress. The strangest thing is that she was carrying the doll. I rushed down the hall, but the girl was gone. The porcelain doll, however, lay piled up on the hallway floor.
The couple drove the doll to the city dump the next morning.
“We acted impulsively – out of fear,” says Catherine. “But now we’re wondering if maybe we didn’t do the right thing, because that doll was definitely destroyed at the landfill. Maybe it’s something that should have been looked into by the right people. We spoke to a friend of ours – a professor at Boston University – and he believes our story because he knows we would never risk our reputation with such an outrageous story if it weren’t true. that for some unknowable reason the doll was obviously haunted. The spirit of a little girl we saw passing through the bedroom hallway – is somehow still associated with the doll and is able to (the handle). We wish we had known more before throwing the doll away.”