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Robert the Haunted Doll/ Open Lines

Date Friday - October 24, 2014
Host George Noory
Guests Joshua P. Warren

In the first half of the show, George Noory was joined by paranormal expert Joshua P. Warren, who discussed his latest research into Robert the Haunted Doll (Book Link). Warren traveled to Key West, Florida, to the Fort East Martello Museum to conduct a case study on the supposedly haunted doll and encountered resistance to his project there. Anyone who gets close to Robert becomes mesmerized by it and seeks to protect him, he suggested. Warren traced Robert's origin to the beginning of the 20th century when a disgruntled servant of the Otto Family made the doll and gave it to their son, Eugene. She crafted Robert to look like him and may have stitched some of the boy's own hair into it, he revealed. Eugene became instantly obsessed with the doll and devoted an entire room of his house to it, Warren added.

"I really honestly believe that Robert is the most fascinating example of a haunted doll in the world," he said, noting a few bizarre stories about the doll. According to Warren, Eugene's parents would be awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of their son's screams and find him visibly upset claiming Robert was trying to kill him. After Eugene's death, two caretakers of the property described seeing Robert rocking back and forth on his own. One of them slept with weapons to protect against the doll, Warren disclosed. The daughter of the next family to reside in the house with Robert maintained the doll was trying to kill her as well, he reported. Warren also said neighbors in the community claimed to have witnessed the doll running from window to window in the house.

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During Open Lines, Brad in Texas recounted a story about his uncle, who passed away earlier than expected and never got the chance to visit Brad's family's new house. According to Brad, his mother was in the downstairs living room one day when the spirit of her deceased brother appeared in the kitchen. "He said 'you have a very nice house, Kim. Take care of the boys,'" Brad recalled, adding that he disappeared after the brief exchange. John from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, told George about his plans to construct a time travel machine based on technology developed by Nikola Tesla. John explained his time travel theory and noted how Tesla invented a radio capable of picking up broadcasts from the past and future. Terry, a certified clinical hypnotherapist in Seattle, talked about his work hypnotizing ambulance patients to alleviate their pain, as well as interest in time travel.

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