The Intensely creepy Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas)

Over a period of around 50 years dolls were hung to tress surrounding his home.

the Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas)

What’s now known as the Island of the Dolls or La Isla de las Muñecas, was once owned by a farmer called Don Julian Santana Barrera. Why is it called the Island of the Dolls?

the Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas)

In Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, legend has it that in a nearby canal, a young girl had tragically lost her life when she had become entangled in the lillies on the submerged canal bank and drowned.

It’s rhumored that Don Julian found the girl and that when she was found, that a doll was floating close by, it’s not specified whether the doll belonged to her, but as a sign of respect, Don Julian hung the doll on a nearby tree.

the Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas)

Soon afterwards, Don Julian began to hear whispers, footsteps and screams following him in the dark, which he believed were emanating from the dead girl.

In Mexico, it’s believed that dolls can trap peoples spirits of the dead and stop them from harming the living and in an effort to protect himself, he hung dolls to the trees surrounding his home and to the house itself for the fifty-odd years that followed and they remain there to this day.

the Island of the Dolls (La Isla de las Muñecas)

Don Julian Santana Barrera died of a heart attack in 2001 and was found in the same spot where the girl had died.

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