A husband and wife believe that their Annabelle Raggedy Ann doll has been the cause of all manner of misfortune.
Lee and Linzi Steer, who own the Museum of Haunted Objects in Rotherham, England, acquired the doll back in 2019 from a donor who believed that it was possessed and caused car accidents.
It wasn’t long before they started to see for themselves why people were so unnerved by it.
“I grew up watching all sorts about aliens and ghosts, so I was always interested in the paranormal, rather than frightened by it,” said Linzi. “But some of Annabelle’s actions scare me.”
The oddness began shortly after the couple had acquired the doll. Out of the blue, both Linzi and one of her close friends were struck down by a mystery illness that nobody seemed to be able to explain.
“I just became really ill for some reason, I was in hospital for a week, and the doctors to this day still don’t know what was wrong,” she said.
“I got horrendous pains in my stomach and I was being violently sick and they just couldn’t figure out what it was, which was unusual. One of our good friends became very ill as well, he got abscesses in his mouth and all sorts of things.”
“It was just very bizarre.”
Things went from bad to worse when, just as the doll’s former owner had warned, they began to experience a spate of car accident near-misses that they also attributed to its influence.
Then, two years after it had arrived at their museum, a Ouija board session reportedly ended with a table being flipped over for no discernible reason.
“Annabelle was sitting on a chair at our Ouija table – it’s very solid and it’s got a metal leg holding it up so there’s no way it should have just fallen over or collapsed,” said Lee.
“There is no logical explanation as to why that should have happened, and it was just the way Annabelle was standing straight at it.”
Whether or not the doll had anything to do with any of these incidents, however, remains a matter of debate.