For some people, just being around dolls can make them feel uncomfortable. Take a doll such as Ann, which is rumored to be haunted, and the creep factor rises a hundredfold. There are several other famous dolls, such as Robert, who many claim is easily offended if you don’t ask permission first to take his picture, and just by looking at Peggy (apparently even online), many people reported that they became ill.
For those who find stories of haunted dolls and objects interesting, and also enjoy watching haunted cams, then this live feed of Ann is for you. Ann is currently under continuous surveillance and for the next few weeks, she will be residing in the New York offices of The Lineup. According to their page on Ann, their site is a digital destination for fans of true crime, horror, the mysterious, and the paranormal. The live cam is accessible via Ann the Doll’s page, and on YouTube, as well.
With over 1.4 million monthly visitors, the site states that they feature “spine tingling bursts of creepy content, from unsolved mysteries and murderous tales to reviews of the scariest films and books.” They have teamed up with Destination America to bring the live webcam feed of Ann to curious viewers. At any time, viewers can check in and watch Ann to see if she moves, blinks, or cries. If they’re lucky, viewers may even see Ann do her signature wave.
The Lineup shared that they tracked down Ann the Doll in order to help kick off Destination America’s airing of John Zaffis’ possessed-object series, Haunted Collector. According to Destination America’s Facebook page, Ann the Doll is said to be inhabited by the spirit of a 13-year-old girl treated for tuberculosis at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, which is also reported to be extremely haunted.
No one is more fascinated by haunted objects than John Zaffis, who also happens to be the nephew of paranormal icons Ed and Lorraine Warren. For nearly four decades, this paranormal investigator and demonologist has specialized in haunted objects. On Haunted Collector, he and his team help people by investigating and removing from their homes troublesome objects that may be triggering unwanted paranormal activity. His show airs on Tuesday’s at 10 p.m. ET on Destination America.
Ann the Doll seems to be one of these haunted objects that has a very interesting, but tragic, history. According to the story, Ann was a 13-year-old girl being treated for tuberculosis at Waverly Hills in the early 1900s. Ann was cared for by a woman named Lois, who was very devoted to all the children. When children died, it was believed that some of the spirits would follow Lois home in the hopes that she would continue to care for them.
Lois began collecting dolls that she believed would serve as appropriate housing for the souls of the departed children. She kept a very detailed journal about each doll, and she wrote that Ann was terrified of the dark. She wrote that Ann’s spirit, which she believed was inside the doll, would at times cry out in the middle of the night. Paranormal investigators who have examined Ann the Doll have reported temperature drops and strange odors, as well as a single tear running down the doll’s cheek.
Since Ann the Doll’s arrival, the office staff have already reported several strange occurrences. So far, two coworkers have heard a faint whining noise. Their desks are against the wall that separates the main office area from Ann’s room. When one person was certain she heard a child crying, she asked everyone to be silent, but no one else heard the noise.
Two other staff members set up an EMF (electromagnetic field) sensor near Ann while working near her. The meter was silent until one of them addressed the doll saying, “Hello, Ann. Welcome to our office. Do you like your new home?” Twenty seconds later, they reported that the EMF detector’s light began flashing. The EMF detector hasn’t went off since then. If viewers see the detector go off or if she moves, they can send in an email to email@example.com, or leave a comment at the bottom of the Ann the Doll page.
The Lineup plans to conduct their own tests on Ann the Doll, including bringing in experts and logging their own observations. For anyone who may be interested in actually owning Ann, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and explain why you believe Ann the Doll would like to live with you. See contest rules here.
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