Most parents the world over have suffered from the Frozen phenomenon with “Let it go” imbedded in our lives forever. But what would you do if your child’s Elsa doll took on a life of its own and refused to be thrown out?
That is exactly what one Texas family has claimed, a family that is scared of what said Elsa doll might do to them if they upset it.
The story began with a Facebook post from Emily Madonia in Houston, who’s Disney doll which talks and sings “Let it Go” at the push of a button – won’t let her family go. Madonia wrote that the toy, which she gave to her daughter Aurélia in 2013, suddenly began to play the song on its own – in English, then in Spanish – even when it was supposedly turned off. Anyone else looking over their shoulder for Chucky right now?
The doll was eventually thrown in the trash by Emily’s husband… only to appear weeks later inside a wooden bench. The family admitted to being “weirded out,” and took extra pains to dispose of the doll a second time.
“[We] tightly wrapped it in its own garbage bag,” Emily posted, “and put that garbage bag inside another garbage bag filled with other garbage and put it in the bottom of our garbage can underneath a bunch of other bags of garbage and wheeled it to the curb and it was collected on garbage day.” The family then went on a trip out of town and more or less forgot about the whole thing.”
In an interview with Houston’s KPRC News, Emily said that Aurélia later found the Elsa doll again, this time in their backyard. Emily confirmed it was the same doll, because it had ink on it from when Aurélia had been coloring with markers.
“Most logical thinkers believe it’s a prank,” she said, “but I don’t understand how or when it was done, especially because the garbage truck had taken it away.” When they tried to send it away a third time by mailing it to a friend in Minnesota – and leaving off the return address so it couldn’t be sent back – the doll reportedly “laughed for 30 seconds straight” as it was being packed into the box. The toy is apparently still in Minnesota (where the friend taped it to the grille of his jeep), but the Madonia family is still unnerved by the whole ordeal.
“Either the doll is haunted or some crazy psychopath dug the doll out of the garbage… and [has] broken into my house/property multiple times,” Emily posted later. “I am going to go with the haunted thing.”
This is not the first case of dolls becoming haunted. The most famous being Annabelle. Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll, now imprisoned in special glass case in the collection of the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
According to the Warrens, Annabelle was given to a young nursing student named Donna by her mother in 1970. The doll would move around the apartment when Donna and her roommate Angie weren’t home. The young women were willing to put up with a doll that moved around on her own, but things soon got scarier. The doll left notes asking for help. Then she attacked Angie’s boyfriend. When the young women found blood on the doll’s dress, they called in a psychic. The psychic revealed the doll was possessed by the spirit of a girl named Annabelle.
Then came Robert. AKA, “Chucky”
Robert was an inspiration for the terrifying Chucky doll of the Child’s Play series. Robert is a life-sized doll, which is rather unusual in itself. It was reportedly made by the famous Steiff toy company in Germany. It was given to the Florida artist Robert Eugene “Gene” Otto as a birthday present when he was a child in 1904. His grandfather had bought it while on a trip to Germany. The doll wears a sailor suit that was probably a childhood outfit of the real Gene. Another story has it that the doll was a gift from a malicious voodoo-practicing maid as revenge for some unknown wrongdoing by the family.
Stories of the doll’s odd behavior began early, with reports of the doll changing expressions and moving around the house on its own. One theory says that Gene himself unleashed the doll’s powers by blaming his childhood misdeeds on the life-size doll who wore his clothes and had his name. Those who lived in the house reported hearing Gene talking to Robert—perhaps not that unusual, but Robert would talk back.
Do you believe Emily’s story of Elsa? Or do you think it’s a hoax?