The Island of the Dolls is a place of mystery and superstition. It is said to be one of the most haunted and scariest places in the world. The remote wooded area in Xochimilco, Mexico City is the home to hundreds of chilling and terrifying dolls locals say are possessed.
The dolls on the island eerily hang from trees and wire fences starring with blank eyes, severed limbs, and decapitated heads.
Just south of Mexico City, located within a far-reaching network of canals, the Island of the Dolls is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor little girl who mysteriously died by drowning in a nearby canal.
Though the dolls on the island look threatening during daylight hours, at night they are extremely disturbing to look at.
Legend has it that many years ago; a small girl met her death on the island when she mysteriously drowned. Local villagers say the dolls are possessed by the poor girl’s spirit.
People say the dolls move their legs, arms–and even open and close their eyes.
A few witnesses claim the dolls on the island whisper to each other.
And others report they are lured to the island when they pass by on their small boats.
These reports may be exaggerated, and perhaps the island is not possessed, but the truth is that the Island of the Dolls, known as the Isla de las Munecas in Mexico, is a very eerie and creepy place.
According to the story of the Island of the Dolls, Don Julian Santana Barrera found a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances.
He attempted to save her life but was unsuccessful.
Shortly after the drowning, Julian saw a floating doll near the canals. He believed the doll belonged to the little girl.
In an attempt to show some respect and support the spirit of the girl, Julian picked up the doll and hung it to a tree.
Haunted by the spirit of the girl, Julian started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit.
As time went on, he realized the dolls themselves were possessed by the spirits of dead girls, so he continued to collect more chilling and creepy looking dolls and kept hanging them all over the entire island.
People who were close to Julian say the man was tormented by the fact that he was not able to save the little girl’s life.
After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera was found dead, having drowned in the same exact spot where the small girl died.
Many people who live on the Island of the Dolls believe that Julian has joined the other spirits of the island. The locals believe the Isla de las Munecas is a charmed place.
After Don Julian Santana Barrera’s death in 2001, the Island of the Dolls became a tourist attraction, where visitors bring more dolls.
Although Don Julian’s actions were innocent and even considered admirable, the Island of the Dolls is portrayed as a real nightmarish destination.
[Featured image via Cindy Vasko]