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The Raggedy Ann Doll in the Creek


This happened when I was about seven or eight. My older brother, sister and, I would go down to this creek near our backyard to play. We would sit and catch tadpoles. Now, one day we went down there and there was this doll in the creek. I think there called Raggedy Ann Dolls, though I'm not sure. It was face down in the muck. It looked old and worn like it had been made in the late 1800's. Its clothing was torn and the back of the head looked like it had been burned. We really didn't pay any attention to it. We kept going about our usually routine of looking at frogs and catching tadpoles.

We then headed back to the area of the creek where the doll had been. I noticed, as did my brother and sister, that the doll had been moved. At first we thought that someone was tricking us. So, we passed by not thinking anything of it. Now I know this part is going to sound like I made it up but I swear it's the truth! The doll had turned and faced us as we walked passed. When we saw this happen we ran out of the creek. We tried to tell our parents what had happened but of course they didn't believe us. We decided then to never go back to the creek.

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Raggedy-Annabelle (1 posts)
11 years ago (2013-09-20)
Wow! Creepy! It might have been moved by the water or an animal, though. Might. But either way, creepy. Pretty amazing too, though! If it looked that old, it might have been an original Raggedy Ann from 1915 to 1920! (Raggedy Ann was first created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915.) But it looked burned...? Could have been a house fire or something.

As a joke though, I was about to say I guess the stories about Raggedy Ann and Andy and all of Marcella's other toys were true! Lol But then I read the part about it being burned looking and then the joke was no longer funny because it wouldn't make sense to me. Lol
Nectarvore (1 stories) (226 posts)
11 years ago (2013-08-12)
Like, odd that it was burnt and discarded in a river. Feels like funny juju right there...
Nectarvore (1 stories) (226 posts)
11 years ago (2013-08-12)
What is it about doll stories that are just so completely creepy... Maybe it was a poppet.
ladymoondust (2 stories) (41 posts)
13 years ago (2011-10-11)
oh my word, I also had a bad experience with a doll! It was a big pocelin doll in my grandmothers house and there was a room at the end of the hallway and it sat rigt in the doorway I used to put a towel over its head because I felt it staring at me but everytime I went back the towel was pulled off! 😨
chocomad (2 stories) (19 posts)
15 years ago (2009-02-16)
omg did this doll look a little like pippy longstocking? With the red plaits and the old fashioned dress?
sylviessweeties (135 posts)
15 years ago (2009-02-04)
I always did like raggedy ann and andy, ann being the best:) I would love a non haunted version of ann for my girls lol
NELLY13 (6 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-16)
hi there I was wondering there is a storey in hea somewhere about dolls and it was about dollie and doll and when dollie was getting evil the owner of the doll threw it out and burned it. The doll could of walked out of the fire and into the creek. But I don't know ae... Anywayz what a scarey storey! 😭 ❀
tink301 (1 stories) (6 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-10)
I am scared to death of dolls! They are so FREAKY! I used to have some in my room, and it seriously looks like their expression changes in the dark! Freaky huh? 😭
againsarahan (34 posts)
16 years ago (2008-05-30)
This is so creepy I actually feel prompted to look for a logical alternative. The doll was in the creek. Creeks flow. Water moves things. You were little kids. I REALLY want to assume that's all there was to it; aside from the unarguable creepiness of a ripped up burned discarded doll being callously tossed or lost in the stream to begin with. Now I'm back to the paranormal speculations, as dolls are generally paired with little children... Oh dear. Did you look up any reports of missing children in that area prior to this incident?
Abercrombie (2 stories) (45 posts)
16 years ago (2008-05-28)
Okay, I HATE Raggedy Ann! My aunt owns many, and when we spend the night always make her hide them away until I leave. I think that whatever kind of doll this was, it was posessed, (sorry about spelling in a rush...) and wanted to harm you. Maybe, anyways. Gotta go!
whitebuffalo (guest)
16 years ago (2008-02-09)
Amazing how a freckle faced, red haired rag doll could strike so much fear into so many hearts just with the posting of a story. Unfortunately though, I do not think it could have been a Raggedy Ann if it looked like it came from the 1800's, as She was created in 1915.
Strange all the same and a bit creepy, too.
Thank you.
querida (13 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-15)
now that is freaky.
now that's why I never possess dolls because I always feel as they are watching me and they have the feeling of evil. All of them do to me actually... Like I said before, dolls freak me out.
zerostatic23 (8 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-15)
I bet you someone else was getting rid of it. Probably tried to torch it and then when that didn't work just chucked it in the river. I HATE dolls! My sister had a creppy clown on her wall that I swear was watching me *shiver* My mom was always yelling at me for taking it down and hiding it πŸ˜†
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-15)
davidparker, Hi! Aren't dolls just the creepiest things! Some look absolutely evil, I've had one or two that didn't spend the night in my room. Never had one that did anything but they could sure give you the old evil eye! 😊 Thanks for sharing your story (and giving me the chills!)
busala (6 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-15)
that is pretty scary 😨 I think the doll is haunted ahhh! And is the doll still there? Please reply
vickifigueroa (5 stories) (34 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-14)
Man...Thats just creepy! I have always been scared of dolls. I remember my grandparents giving me 2 porcilan dolls for my birthday when I was little... And I swear to you one night I saw one of them walking down the hall way. Gives me chills. 😲
Mrs_Hungate (1 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-14)
OMG! I'm new to this site and I have a story of my own to share but I have to wait a few more days the site is down BUT I will say this I do know what Raggedy Ann dolls look like and I have had a GREAT FEAR of them since I was a little girl when I had my own encounter with a RA doll I believe these dolls are terrible even if I babysit and the child has one of these dolls I ask the parent to take the doll with them or I babysit at my own home... Thanks for the story it gave me goosebumps!
Kirby (5 stories) (57 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
I wonder what the doll wanted. Firstly, what it was doing down there. Thank you for sharing.
looney85 (3 stories) (188 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
wow 😨 very creepy! I had a scary doll too, but I'll post the story later.
I enjoyed your story, it gave me chills just picturing it!

thanks for sharing! ❀ looney
davidparker (guest)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
Hey guys, thanks for commenting.
I'm sure it wasn't moved by the water because it was sitting up when we returned, and even though I was only seven or eight I can remember it clearly. (I'm not trying to shoot your opinions down or anything!) 😨 Once again thanks for reading. I'll be posting more stories if you'd like to take a look!
uncanny (2 stories) (17 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
maybe it's the water moving it... Well I don't think that a doll can move by itself right?

KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
That is one thing I think (no, I know) would send me screming as far away as possible. A haunted doll. I can't handle how real some of them look anyway and to have one haunted, nope. I would have run just like you did, except I am certain there would have been some high level squeals!

Thank you for sharing,
God Bless!
4u_allie (7 stories) (42 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
You guys, remember that she was only about seven or eight. I've never seen those kind of dolls before, probably because I live in Ireland. We do have dolls called voodu, though. Never had one, and I'm glad of it. If you want to read my story it's: The Ireland Haunted House.

Shenny (guest)
17 years ago (2007-10-12)
Oh wow, very creepy. I enjoyed the story.
THanks for sharing.

Take care and mch love,
Shane (13 stories) (1258 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-11)
Cool another haunted doll. I would love to come across one of those. I see them for sale all the time on ebay, but you never know what you are going to get from that deal. Thanks for sharing your story with us David.

Peace, Love, and Luck be with you.
Renee (4 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-11)
How creepy!
Are you sure the doll didn't get moved somehow by the creek water?

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