The Most Haunted Furniture
The worst haunting for me has to be possession of a bit of furniture. That furniture goes from house to house, even if you get rid of it. Ed and Lorraine Warren spent the best part of their lives, collecting bit of furniture that is possessed. Just to keep at away from everyone else. Eventually they opened a occult museum, which includes the famous Annabelle doll. This is my list of the most famous haunted furniture.
Robert the Doll
- Robert the doll was given to a young child also named Robert by the family’s servant. Apparently this female servant had had enough of being treated unkindly by the family so she made this doll.
The servant was apparently skilled in black magic and Voodoo. So she cursed the doll with hatred and dark spirits. She crafted it out of human hair, blood and stuffed it with rags soaked in the liquid of the dead.
Robert Eugene Otto took the doll and loved it totally unaware how and why it was made.
After a while the parents started hearing their son talking to the doll late at night and heard the replies of the doll. But the doll was mischievous and when the parents were not around it smashed lamps, vases, cut clothes, bedding and the parent’s blamed their child for this. Even though he looked as shocked as the other. Young Robert always claimed that it was the doll which had destroyed the rooms.
Eventually he grew up, moved out and only came back to the house when his parents died. When he returned he still cared for the doll and made a house for the dolls size that he could stay in on the third floor of his house.
Robert the doll was still moving around the house on his own accord. Neighbours said that the doll moved on the windowsill at night, even going from room to room.
In 1974 Robert died, his wife moved out leaving the doll in the house.
Another family eventually moved in, with their daughter and it is said that when she found the doll she instantly did not like it. She would wake her parents up most nights by screaming, saying that the doll was moving and even to this day the girl claimed that the doll tried to kill her.
The doll was given to the East Martello Museum where it is on display behind glass.
For two years out of a year you can visit Robert the Doll but make sure you ask his permission for a photograph first or bad things will happen to you.
The Annabelle Doll
- Donna was a College student living in a shared apartment with her friend Angie. They were both training to be nurses. In 1970 on Donna’s birthday her mother brought her an old rag doll from The Hobby Store. Donna thought it would be perfect to decorate her bed, so she placed the rag doll there.
After a few weeks Donna and Angie noticed that the doll was always moving out of place. Either by a head movement or arms and legs would be different. The young woman tried to think nothing more of it until it started to get really bad.
The ladies would return home to find the doll in a different room of the house and as always Donna would pick the doll up and return her to her room. One day she returned home to find the doll sat on the sofa with her arms and legs crossed. Thinking that this is really strange Donna and Angie started to talk about getting someone in to look at the doll.
They had another friend a man named Lou. He thought the doll was creepy and even told Donna to throw it out. He would come home to find bits of parchment paper screwed up around the house, saying “Help me” or “Help Lou”. On finding out that no one in the house owned any parchment paper, Lou started to freak out.
On returning home after a day at College, Donna went into the room and found the doll on her bed, but there was something about her what just didn’t feel right. On closer inspection she looked at the doll to find a red liquid that looked like blood drops, on the back of the hands and chest of the lovely rag doll.
Donna not knowing what to do, called in a Medium to come and look at this doll. What she picked up was amazingly strange. The spirit called herself Annabelle Higgins. She was a young girl of 7 who died on the grounds where the apartment block was built. Apparently her lifeless body was found in the fields. She said she came into the doll because she felt close to Donna and Angie and that she wanted to stay with them.
After the medium told her the story about Annabelle, Donna felt sorry for her and allowed her to stay in the doll. Seen as though she means no harm, what could go wrong?
7 days after the night with the medium. Donna come home to find the doll had jiggered cuts over her mouth. The doll looked very evil.
Lou still scared of the doll, went to bed one night. In the middle of the night he woke up to find a large amount of pressure being placed on him but nothing was in the room. Not being able to move, all her could do was turn his head and he could see the rag doll getting closer to closer to him. Eventually the doll was on top of him and then started to strangle Lou until her passed out.
He woke the next morning determined to get rid of the doll. Lou and Donna started to hatch a plan and as they were looking at maps, they both heard a noise from a bedroom. Lou decided to inspect it and waited till her heard the noise again, opened the bedroom door and turned on the lights, only to find there was no one there except the doll, which were thrown into the corner of the room.
Lou searched for forced entry but could not find any reason for the sound. He knew that no one was in the room expect him and the doll but her got the feeling that something big and sinister was behind him. Turning around he doubled up in pain and seeing blood starting to drip down his chest, he left the room and upon inspection her found 7 claw marks on his body. The marks felt like it was burning but by the next morning they had disappeared completely.
Realising that this doll was probably more than a child spirit Donna and her friends contacted a local priest named Father Hegan. He came around and felt that he was not advanced enough to deal with the situation so he referred them to one of his superiors, Father Cooke, who was an expert Demonologist. He referred them to now a well-known couple The Warrens who are Paranormal Investigators.
All three of them decided the best course of action would be to try and exorcize the doll. Upon finishing Father Cooke thought it would be best if the doll left the house. After all the trouble Donna was happy to let the doll go.
The Warrens were happy to take the doll home. Father Cooke told them not to drive on the interstate has he was not convined that the demon had left the doll. Lucky for them, they listened to the Priest. On their way home, the car started to stall and narrowly missed a wall.
Upon arriving at home they sat the doll down in a chair in the office. The Warrens stated that the doll levitated on several occasions. When the couple went on holiday they stored the doll in an outer office building and when the couple returned home and opened the front door the doll was sat on the chair. Almost like she was mocking them for trying to get rid of her.
The rag doll would do what she did in the previous home. Turning up out of the blue in different places of the house and it started to frighten the Warrens.
Eventually the couple brought in another priest, who was not happy with the thought of coming in to sort out a demon doll. The priest started mocking the doll saying that it could not harm anyone because it was only a rag doll.
On his way out the wife asked the priest to be careful on his way home and to ring them as soon as he got in. The phone call did not come until late in the evening when the priest told the couple his brakes failed, wreaking his car and himself and others were lucky to be alive.
The Warrens knew they had to contain this doll as it was not safe. So they made a glass coffin like box with a sign saying “Warning positively do not open”.
Eventually the box which contained the doll was given to the Occult Museum which is open to the public to come look at her.
One story is of a young man named Ed. Ed was the tour guide and trying to big himself up after speaking about the history of the doll he began to bang onto the box and challenged the doll to scratch him. On his way home he crashed into a tree killing himself and seriously injuring his girlfriend. The Warrens are convinced that it was Annabelle that caused the crash.
Still today Annabelle is locked into her box, still changing position and even growls at visitors.
The Busby Chair
- Also called “The dead man’s chair”. This wooden chair was in an Inn in Thirsk North Yorkshire. One of the regulars Thomas Busby used to sit in the chair on a daily basis until he was convicted for murder in 1702. Apparently Busby killed his father in law Daniel Auty by strangulation while he sat in this chair.
For his last meal before meeting his end at the gallows, Busby asked if he can visit the Inn and sit in his old chair one more time while he had a meal. The permission was granted so off he went to find his chair. After the meal Busby stood up and cursed the chair. Saying if anyone dares to sit in his seat, they will be haunted and die a short time later.
Well of course it worked, Busby went straight to the gallows and died but what happened after is very strange. Conscience maybe? Or the ghost of Busy?
The chair remained in the pub for centuries and the chair remained unused except by the occasional cocky person who sat on it just for fun.
These are some of the endless list of stories about the people who sat in this chair.
During World War 2 the Inn was very lose to an air base, so the solders became regulars. The people started to notice who ever sat in the chair, never returned from the war.
In 1967 two Royal Air Force men dared to sit in the chair, while driving back they crashed their car into a tree and both died.
1970s came and two bricklayers visited the pub during their lunch hour. One dared the other to sit in the chair and when they returned to work, the man who sat in the chair died when the roof collapsed with him on it.
Another story is that the Inn’s cleaner accidentally stumbled onto in while she was their cleaning. She died within a year of a brain tumour.
Eventually the owner of the Inn moved the dreaded chair into the basement of the pub but unfortunately it didn’t stop mistakes and accidents happen.
One day a delivery driver was putting the order into the cellar of the pub and decided to sit down for a rest, not knowing the history if the chair. An hour later he crashed his lorry and died.
After this incident the landlord took the chair to the local Thirsk Museum and told the trust about the story and made sure that they wouldn’t let anyone sit in the wooden chair.
The museum hung the chair five feet up in the air to ensure nobody could accidently fall or sit in the chair again.
You can still see the chair in the Thirsk museum.
The EBay Painting
- In February 2000 an anonymous seller listed a painting that was created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972 called “The Hands Resist Him.” The painting is of a boy with what looks like a strange doll standing in front of a glass panelled door with many hands pressed onto the glass.
It was originally purchased by Hollywood actor John Marley. Years later it purchased by a couple who live in the California area. Not long after the couple had brought it, it went up for sale on EBay with a warning.
The couple said at night the boy and the doll in the painting moved around up to some extent of them not being in the picture at all. According to the couple the boy in the picture, actually comes out of the painting and can be seen in the room which the painting is hung.
Most of the people who have seen this picture say that they are over come with a sickness feeling and that they feel very weak, as if the painting is taking all their energy. Others feel very hot, like an oven has been opened in front of them.
It is even said that even looking at a picture of it on the internet makes people fill up with dread and a sense of unease.
The legend goes so far by saying someone brought a new printer and that the printer refused to print the picture off.
When interviewed the artist claimed that the first two people who came for a viewing of this picture before it was sold, died within a year of seeing it.