Decaying dolls handing by the neck from trees, strung up on lines stretching across an island, stuck to the walls of an old hunt. They own the island- waiting at every path, beckoning you to join them. Their ancient bodies falling apart. Plastic limbs cover the ground. Their skin peeling, discolored. Their dead eyes always looking at you. Their blank stare haunts you even after you leave the island. As much as they scare you, pity stirs. You can't help noticing how much they look like abandoned children.
One doll in a tree, however, was not enough to ease Santana’s troubled mind. He continued to fish dolls and doll parts out of the canal whenever he saw them, hanging each one on the island. He began scavenging more from trash heaps on his trips away from home. Later in life, he began trading his home-grown fruits and vegetables for dolls.
Santana died of a heart attack in 2001, and a small white cross near the water marks his grave. Some claim that Barrera died under mysterious circumstances, and that the spirit-inhabited dolls murdered him. Others swear that they’ve witnessed the dolls become alive at night and that after Barrera’s death, they assumed his role as the island’s caretaker.
His cousin, Anastasio, now lives on the island, running it as a tourist attraction. “The spirit of the little girl is still here,” he says. “It’s important not to remove the dolls.” At night, he says, they come alive. “They will move their heads and whisper to each other. It’s very spooky, but I have gotten used to it.”
Each doll supposedly moves and whispers to travelers, offering an invitation to their home. You must bring an offering of a doll, candles and hard candy to appease the spirit when you visit the island.
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This is straight out of a horror movie. I'd like to go there one day. Talk about inspiration. Can you imagine what this place is like at night?!
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