As the slogan of the museum where Mandy currently resides, the Haunted Doll would state: “If Mandy looks like an ordinary antique doll, she is much more than that”. Indeed, since her arrival in the museum, the doll whose past remains uncertain often manifests itself and the list of strange phenomena for which she would be responsible, grows longer with time.
Mandy was made in Germany between 1910 and 1920, and according to evidence at the time, it was in a sorry state. His clothes were indeed dirty, the fabric of his body was torn, his porcelain head horribly cracked. In short, a rather sinister ensemble and in front of its appearance as a child, hides that of a terrifying child. This very old doll is said to have belonged to the grandmother of a woman named Mereanda. She travelled to British Columbia, Canada, to the Quesnel Museum in 1991 to give Mandy to curator Ruth Stubbs. A remarkable arrival because Mereanda would have dropped the doll so violently on the curator’s desk, that she almost landed on the other side of her desk. Mereanda was in a hurry and relieved to get rid of it because she felt a real repulsion just by looking at it. Despite the strange behaviour of her landlord, Ruth Stubbs accepted her gift.
However, in order to verify that this doll is not contagious and also following the protocol, the curator will cover Mandy with a plastic sheet in a workroom, to conduct an analysis within 48 hours. The least we can say is that Mandy’s arrival was not unnoticed, since the museum staff, as well as visitors, felt uncomfortable walking by her and were terrified just by looking at her. As if a strange intuition would happen, the future will prove them right.
After the analysis, Mandy did not have her own window right away, and was placed on a table facing the front door, so that all visitors could see her broken face. Some even said they noticed that the doll blinked her eyes alone, and that when you walk away from it, her eyes follow those of passers-by. To celebrate the event, the curator invited a reporter and his girlfriend to come and photograph the doll for their newspaper. But it seems that Mandy would not like to be photographed because the couple of photographers said that during the whole session, many problems occurred in a mysterious way. They were overcome with a deep uneasiness, because when the doll was photographed, she would have turned her head away from the lens. Moreover, when the photographer moved on to the development of photography, he noticed that it was completely chewed and irrecoverable. This is the first time since he has been in this business, that it has happened to him, and he later claimed, after further work, that this strange phenomenon has never happened again. But what is even more bizarre is to have discovered Mandy’s photographs in their development laboratory, to see an extreme disorder as if a child had made a whim because several pens and pencils were thrown into the room and lay on the ground, is that the manifestation of a Poltergeist?
The phenomena concerning this doll do not seem to stop since even the employees of the Quesnel Museum would have witnessed strange demonstrations. The museum guard reported hearing footsteps rising from the room where Mandy was, while after checking, there was no one else there but him. Other employees as noticed as since Mandy’s arrival at the museum, meals mysteriously disappeared from the refrigerator to be hidden in drawers or cupboards. One of them admitted that once, after clumsily dropping Mandy on the ground, real blood was spilling from his head and several cracks appeared. Ruth Stubbs is a very Cartesian person, yet faced with the magnitude of the phenomena, she decided to contact a retired curator known to have the gift of perceiving vibrations by touching objects. When the latter took the doll in his hands, he felt icy chills all over his body, and strongly recommended that the curator of the Quesnel Museum contact the former owner, in order to get more information about Mandy.
This is how Ruth contacted Mereanda, who described her testimony to her. Mandy was once in his cellar, and he performed there in his presence of strange phenomena. It happened quite frequently during the night that Mereanda heard the cries of a newborn baby in her basement, and when she went down there to see what she perceived during her sleep, she didn’t find any children, but the cellar was wide open and a strange kiss made the curtains float in the basement. Since she took Mandy to the museum, she claims she hasn’t heard a single sound and that the phenomena have never appeared again. Of course, it is difficult to verify the veracity of his testimony.
Once Mandy was kept in a large window, other demonstrations took place. Indeed, the latter did not appreciate having changed location and made her understand, since the next day, an employee found small papers scattered in his glass box. It is from this strange observation, that Mandy won her title of haunted doll. It is also said that she likes to play with electrical devices by having them regularly disturbed. One visitor reported that once when he wanted to film the doll with his camera, it turned off and on every 5 seconds, yet when he left the room where Mandy was, the camera operated normally again. Is it then a malfunction of the device or Mandy’s demonstration to show that she is indeed present? Other visitors experienced strange phenomena such as the feeling of deep sadness that occurred inexplicably when they were in the same room with the doll, the change in the expression on her face overnight or the change in the position of her hand. Thinking that she was lonely in her window, the employees decided to buy her a little sheep to keep her company, but the next day they found him at the foot of the window while it was closed. At least since she arrived, she has never hurt anyone and never has anyone.
Paranormal investigators have looked into the case of the haunted Mandy doll, and believe that she would be possessed by the soul of an innocent child. Yet others claim that it would be possessed by an evil entity. Despite this debate about the nature of the entity living in Mandy, there is a legend about it. The story goes that a little girl would have found herself locked in a cellar with her doll. The girl would have died and her mind would have been trapped inside the doll for an undetermined reason. Years later, sobs were heard rising from the basement and when Mandy was discovered, she was crying tears of blood.
For the release of a book on supernatural stories in British Columbia in 1992, Ruth Stubbs was interviewed about Mandy’s story when the book was published in 1999. Many people and the media rushed to see the Mandy haunted doll with their own eyes. Every year, the museum welcomes several visitors from all over the world so that they can witness Mandy’s demonstrations.
Here is the question that could be asked, after the many demonstrations that many people have witnessed, can we say that Mandy is truly inhabited by an entity whose nature is still unknown today or is it simply the result of a collective imagination? It’s up to you to form your own opinion, but if Mandy’s goal was to get noticed so that people would pay attention to her, then she must certainly be happy to have won her bet.