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Here's The Story Behind The Doll That Inspired The 'Chucky' Movies

OCTOBER 28, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Everyone has a favorite childhood toy -- one that becomes more of a best friend than a bag of plush. But one doll has far outlived its favorite owner, and the paranormal activity that follows it has turned the thing into something of a legend.

Robert -- the scary doll in question -- has been known to cause car accidents, divorces, and plenty of other misfortunes to befall those who visit him at the Fort East Mortello Museum in Key West. This creepy plaything even inspired the Chucky movie franchise.

This 111-year-old doll was once the childhood toy of a boy named Robert "Gene" Otto.

Even as an adult, Otto had an unhealthy relationship with the doll. He often spoke to it as if it were alive.

As a boy, he often blamed Robert for bad things that happened to the family.

Most believed that this was just a childhood fantasy at the time, but even after Otto's death, a certain amount of unsavoriness seemed to follow the doll. In fact, bad fortune continues to follow it to this day.

A woman named Myrtle Reuter eventually bought Otto's house.

Visitors claimed that they heard footsteps and giggling coming from the room where Robert was kept. They even insisted that the doll's expression changed every time its old owner was mentioned.

Robert is now kept in a museum.

He receives letters from visitors who claim that they've experienced nothing but bad luck since seeing the doll. Robert has been rumored to cause divorces, accidents, and even deaths.

It's Robert's badly scarred face and taste for destruction that inspired the Chucky movies. But that doesn't stop people from coming to visit the sick doll. If you decide to go see Robert for yourself, just try not to anger the thing, okay?