Mexico’s Island of the Dolls

Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimico you can find a small island with a sad background. The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls).

It is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances. It is said that a girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances many years ago on this island and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit.

 

Don Julian Santana Barrera was the caretaker of the island.
The story goes that Julian found a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances while he was not able to save her life. Shortly thereafter, Julian saw a floating doll near the canals. Most probably, the doll belonged to the girl. He picked up the doll and hung it to a tree, as a way of showing respect and support the spirit of the girl.

Julian was apparently haunted by the spirit of the girl and started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit.
He soon realized the dolls themselves were possessed by the spirits of dead girls, and continued to collect creepy dolls hanging them over the entire island. According to those close to him, it was as if Julian was driven by some unseen force that completely changed him.

After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did. Many people on the island believe that Julian has joined the other spirits of the island.

Local legend says that the dolls move their heads and arms and even opened their eyes…
Some witnesses even claim they had heard the dolls whispering to each other, while others who were on a boat near the island said the dolls lured them to come down to the island.