Sometimes dolls can look so lifelike you could almost be fooled into thinking that they’re real human beings at a glance. That happened to these Mexican villagers, who found an odd-looking ventriloquist doll in a river, and duly tried to burn it.
The residents of San Antonio La Esperanza, a small village in the central Mexican state of Morelos, pulled what they thought was a dead body wrapped in a shawl out of the river, not realizing that it was merely a ventriloquist doll due to it being covered up until much later, after many attempts to get rid of it.
As they were so disturbed, they decided to burn it. However, the doll wouldn’t burn, so the villagers thought that it was cursed. Once it was unwrapped from the blanket in which it was found, the locals realized that it wasn’t actually a body, and after numerous attempts, they were finally able to burn the doll.
Difficult to burn
Cesar Buenrostro, a local journalist, argued that the failure to burn the doll wasn’t because it was cursed, but because it was wet having just been pulled out of the river – certainly, this appears to be the most logical answer. The maker of the doll, a man known only as Julio, said that the reason for the doll being difficult to burn was that it was made with an epoxy resin.
It’s unknown how and why the doll ended up in the river, and who owned the doll after Julio. According to him, he made the doll a long time ago before selling it on, but could not recall the doll’s next owner. The doll does look creepy, but when unwrapped from the shawl it’s clearly not a human body; its hinged jaw and bright eyes mean that it’s clearly a creation.
Speaking of creepy ventriloquist dolls, there appears to be something of a trend, as back last year a doll made by an American prisoner in a World War II camp made the news. For more bizarre stories, find them all on our site! Have you ever found a creepy doll like this? Let us know!