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The Curse of Robert the Doll

In 1906, young Robert Eugene Otto received a doll from his family‚Äôs servant. It was, at first blush, unremarkable: a doll of wire, cloth and straw, with beige skin and human-like hair. It wore an outfit similar to that of an American Naval officer. But the doll held an ominous secret that would reveal itself …