Just outside of Mexico City, lies a small island. An island many consider one of the world’s strangest and scariest tourist attractions. They call it the island of the dolls, or Isla de las Munecas, and the residents are hundreds of mutilated and terrifying dolls. Mangled bodies litter the island in a macabre display of empty eyes, dismemberment, and decapitation. The scene conjures up the worst horror movie in history with these horrible renditions of human life a haunting reminder that evil can come in any form.
Isla de las Munecas was not intended to be a tourist destination, nor the home for wayward haunted dolls. Long ago, the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned girl in the canal. His dreams were haunted by the sight of the dead girl. When he saw a plastic doll floating by in the same canal soon after, he retrieved it and hung it in a tree to please the spirit of the dead girl. His intentions were to give some solace to her tortured soul and to protect the island from further evil. As time went by, he found more dolls, he began to hang them everywhere. In what seemed like a mass offering he adorned trees, fences and nearly every available surface. His obsession grew and he went to garbage dumps and even traded with those passing by to acquire more dolls.
In 2001, Don Julian himself was found dead, drown in the same canal where he recovered the girl’s body so many years ago. Whether his demons finally caught up with him or the spirit of the little girl decided to end his misery with a merciful death, to this day no one is certain of the reason. Others theorize that some of the dolls he brought to the island contained additional spirits. Spirits which may have collectively ganged up on him and caused him to go insane and commit suicide. It’s clear that the dolls appear menacing even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark they are particularly haunting and can give rise to a host of horrifying thoughts.
The Island Today
Isla de las Munecas now serves as a weird tourist attraction. Run by the deceased man’s family, it brings visitors from near and far who walk among the creepy dolls. Time has added to the attraction with spider webs, mold, and insects joining the display. Visitors are not encouraged to add to the display. However many do, continuing to add to the body count. No one is sure exactly how many dolls adorn the island. Claims of it being haunted have attracted some high profile attention over the past decade. Professional ghost hunting crews and other paranormal experts have visited.
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