The Island of Dolls
Islands are mostly known for their beaches, coral reefs, oasis of serenity, and beautiful sunsets. But the island of the dolls is known for something more.
Sometimes, they are home to paranormal activities, spooky, creepy, and horrifying historical events. One of such is the Poveglia Island which is regarded as the most haunted island in the world. Another is The Island of Dolls, located in the channels of Xochimilco, south of the center of Mexico City.
In the 1950s, the island of dolls, also known as La Isla de las Muñecas, was inhabited by a man named Julián Santana Barrera who one day found the corpse of a young little girl floating at the bank of a river close to the canal. Shortly thereafter, Barrera saw a floating doll near the canals.
Most probably, the doll belonged to the girl. Feeling distraught for not being able to rescue her, Barrera believed that he could appease the spirit of the girl by hanging her doll on a tree.
He soon realized that the doll was possessed by the spirit of the dead girl, claiming that it haunted him. So he continued to collect discarded dolls from the garbage, hanging them on tress over the entire island. In no time, the island was filled with many dolls which he claimed has the spirits of the dead child in them.
On several occasions, residents of the island reported that they had heard the dolls whispering to each other, while others who were on a boat near the island said the dolls lured them to come down to the island.
In 2001, after 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Barrera was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did. Many people said that the dolls, inhabited by tortured spirits, conspired to murder the old man.
After his death, the area became a popular tourist attraction where visitors bring more dolls. The dolls are still on the island, which is accessible by boat. The island was featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures and the Amazon Prime show Lore.
In addition to hundreds of dolls, the island also contains a small museum with some articles from local newspapers about the island and the previous owner. There are a store and three rooms, one of which seems to have been used as a bedroom.
In this room is the first doll that Julian collected, as well as Agustinita, his favorite doll. Some of the visitors place offerings around this doll in exchange for miracles and blessings, some others change their clothes and maintain it as a form of worship.
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