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THE HAUNTED DOLLS ISLAND
In the 1950s in Xochimilco, Mexico, Don Julian Santana Barrera
was persecuted for his overzealous religious beliefs. He then left
his wife and child and moved to an i...
In the 1950s in Xochimilco, Mexico, Don Julian Santana Barrera was persecuted for his overzealous religious beliefs. He then left his wife and child and moved to an island on the outskirts of Mexico. The island was a chinampa- a manmade floating garden engineered by the Aztecs centuries ago.
He lived on the island in isolation. Legend has it that one day he discovered the body of a young girl on the shore of the island and was overcome by grief due to his inability of saving the girls life. Shortly after this, a doll washed up on the spot where the body was found. Julian presumed that the doll belonged to the girl and hung it up on a tree. There are three main theories as to why he did this.
Some people believe that he hung the doll to honor the little girls spirit.
Others believe that he did this to appease the spirit and protect himself and the island.
Another theory is that he did this to protect the spirit of the girl from demons in the afterlife.
It is interesting to note that the existence of the girl was never officially confirmed.
Julian didnt stop at just one doll though; he went on collecting dolls to make the biggest creepy doll collection of all times. He hunted for dolls in the canals and nearby dumpsters, strung them up in whatever condition he found them and hung them up.
The reputation of the island grew due to this and visitors from everywhere traded dolls with Julian for the produce grown on the island.
It is believed that an unseen force which may have been the spirit of the dead little girl possessed him and drove him to hang the dolls for fifty years of his life in isolation. His close friends and family believe that initially, he hung them for protection but later Julian began to believe that the dolls were possessed.
Julian died in 2001 and his body was found in the exact same spot as that of the girls.
Anastasio Velasco, the nephew of Julian moved to the island after his death. He claims that the dolls move their heads and whisper to each other. He also says that you can still hear the voice of the little girl at night and the sound of a cane- the same one his uncle used to walk with.