The Doll That Aged
- Haunted Objects
- Objects age, that is simply a fact, they crack, they peel, they get dusty, they degrade. This being known, there are still many who believe that the way this doll has ‘aged’ is something more, something infinitely creepy – something paranormal.
The family in question has never been named due to wanting anonymity but the story is simple enough. They were an average couple who had children and one birthday or Christmas they bought their young daughter a regular, run of the mill doll.
The doll was loved by the young girl but as with most toys and children’s possession, the doll was later largely forgotten as the daughter out grew it. Eventually the children moved out of home and the parents rather than throw the toys and memories away decided to store them in the attic.
Although the doll had been well played with it was still in rather good condition when it was placed in a box and forgotten about.
About eleven years later the family were having a clean out of the attic when they stumbled across a rather odd looking doll. The doll was wrinkled, aged, like that of a very aged person. The arms were stiff and mummified, wrinkles running along their length. It was when they recognised the clothing and other items in the box that their blood ran cold.
It was their daughters doll, once baby faced, it had now aged.
Incredibly it had aged in much the same way a human does, the wrinkles were all in the right areas but it was the eyes that were most haunting, once those of a dolls they now looked human – looking in them they could almost detect a presence, a wisdom… a spirit?
They family got rid of the doll and the new owners soon parted ways with it to a new owner. It is not known where the doll is today or even what it looks like.
There is a bit of debate as to how the doll aged. A few people, doll collectors and the like say that the plastic or organic material had degraded, a kind of rot. However many counter those claims with the fact that ‘doll rot’ generally leaves a doll cracked, brittle but not wrinkled like this.
Those who take the ‘paranormal’ stance in regards to this curiosity believe it possibly has an attachment, maybe some entity has taken up residence from the doll, possibly way back when the daughter would still play with it.
Or maybe there is someone out there retaining their youth and beauty, well past their best before date, as the doll bares the burden of age?
(yes, yes, a throw back to The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Either way it is a creepy looking doll and an interesting story.
What do you think?
Something else entirely?
Ashley Hall 2013
Main Pic: The Doll That Aged
Inset: Makes you wonder what wonders you have in storage waiting to be discovered…