Located in Xochimilco, Mexico, the Island of Dolls may be one of the creepiest places that you could ever visit. With hundreds, maybe thousands of various aged dolls surrounding the area, now tangled up in cobwebs and crawling with insects, you’ll likely have nightmares if you ever have the courage to go…
The island was previously owned and looked after by a man named Don Julian Santana and before him, a man named Julian Santana Barrera, for the both of them hung dolls around the island. Don was good friends with his neighbor, who doubled as a drinking buddy until Don turned to the Bible and faith.
It is said that trapped within lilies of the canal, a young lady drowned, her body then found on a bank nearby. Santana then began experiencing incomprehensible occurrences, so out of fear, he would hang whatever dolls he found in the area, whether they were in the canals or in the trash, in an attempt to send away the spirit of the deceased girl. But after stringing up a specific doll that Don found in respect (and inferred that it had belonged to the girl’s) he began experiencing paranormal happenings, like footsteps, whispers, and sorrowful cries around the woods he lived by. Over the next fifty years, he continued to place dolls throughout the island, though a lot of them had absent body parts, as he strived to ease the young lady’s spirit.
Creepy fact: After the former owner, Julian Santana Barrera died in 2001, his body was reportedly found in the same spot as the young woman.
Since the island was discovered shrouded in water lilies in 1987, it became a huge tourist attraction, even after Don Julian’s death. And people bring their own dolls as well to place on the island. In 1943, the place gained attention with the help of a Mexican filmmaker named Emilio el India Fernandez, who made a film called Maria Candelaria. It has recently appeared on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and in the Amazon Prime series Lore.
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