KEY WEST’S LEGENDARY HAUNTED HOUSE – HOME & GARDEN MAGAZINE

Greg Stevens
Emeline Abbott and Eugene Otto (courtesy
of Florida Keys Heritage Middle, Otto Assortment).

As the medium entered the Artist House bed & breakfast, a sharp burst of warmth ran the size of her backbone. The scent of antiseptics and medication overpowered her senses. “A very little lady died here, and her spirit is even now about. But there is a little something else with her. Something darker.” A chill loaded the room, producing her eyeglasses to fog, and an ominous shadow moved across the ceiling. “She’s not alone. We’re not on your own.”

Legends of the Artist Residence, 534 Eaton St., Essential West, abound from the time when it was the Otto loved ones residence. A person these legend describes younger Eugene Otto terrorizing the servants at his home, pushing them into a closet and keeping the doorway so they could not escape. When confronted with the abuse, Eugene blamed his toy, Robert the Doll. It’s mentioned that an offended nanny or servant manufactured Robert the Doll to look for revenge, but study proves Robert’s origins started several years before at the Steiff Co. factory in Germany. But as we know in Crucial West, reality is usually much stranger than fiction.

Otto spouse and children documents expose Emeline Abbott and her spouse William have been servants for the Ottos Emeline was a nanny to younger Eugene. A 1924 legal discover in the Miami Information experiences Emeline Abbott sued the estate of Gene’s father, Dr. Thomas Otto — evidence that she was an angry nanny. Emeline displays no young children in the 1900 census, but the 1910 data demonstrate she lost a child in the preceding 10 years.

We really don’t know the aspects of the child’s dying, but theories propose Emeline introduced her dying child to the house of Dr. Otto, and the youngster died in his place of work in the vicinity of the entrance of the dwelling. But the youngster was not by itself. Robert the Doll was in the space, and the child’s spirit entered Robert the Doll. Eugene Otto was in the area, much too, but considerably from currently being a ridiculous kid actively playing with a doll, he was just a little boy who could see ghosts having care of his friend. As the two aged together, Eugene never stopped taking treatment of his deceased playmate.

David L. Sloan holds Robert the Doll.

Psychics speculate Emeline blamed Dr. Otto for not conserving her child and sought revenge with the aid of a local voodoo practitioner. They solid a spell that opened a portal in the doll, developing a doorway for dozens or perhaps hundreds of vengeful spirits. The kid spirit even now resides in Robert the Doll, but nowadays the boy or girl is additional than 100 yrs old and is not a boy or girl in every way.

Robert the Doll lives at the Fort East Martello Museum now, but at the Artist Household, visitors encounter the spirit of a younger female sitting down on the stairs. Often she is angry, from time to time crying. In a 1992 job interview, Poochie Myers mentioned, “She sits all scrunched up in a minor white, outdated-fashioned nightgown. She has lengthy, mild brown curls. She appears to be about five several years aged. She’s really indignant about some thing. I assume she may well have been retained in the front place for punishment. I imagine if I experienced been a male, she would have been fierce or some thing. I’d just say, ‘Goodnight. See you later on.’  

Could this be the restless spirit of Emeline Abbott’s dead daughter? Or is it the spirit of Robert the Doll? Potentially they are a single and the exact. 

Goodnight. See you afterwards. Content hauntings. 

Haunted Artist House, Crucial West.

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