It all started when Robert (Gene) Otto was 4 years old. The year was 1904, and a young girl believed to be Bahamian descent gave him a life-sized doll made of fabric stuffed with straw. The doll was given as a gift, or maybe as retaliation for a wrongdoing as some locals believe.
Discover the Story of Robert the Doll
Reports About Robert
A Mysterious Doll With a Playful Spirit
School children walking by our Key West inn would look up and report seeing Robert move from one side of the window to the other. Other visitors to the house would describe how the doll’s facial expression changed according to the conversation in the room. Reports of Robert moving from one side of the room to another and the sound of giggling in the room have been made.
Robert’s New Residence
Visit Him at East Martello Museum
Anne loathed the doll, and after her husband’s death she demanded that the doll stay in the attic in a cedar chest. Many years after her death the doll was found and donated to the Key West Art and Historical Society. Robert is now on display at the East Martello Museum, along with his teddy bear.