Mexico's Island of the Creepy, Deformed Dolls

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It's never too early to begin making spring break plans. If you, too, are already researching cruise ship packages and Google-imaging 'Fiji' everyday at work, you may want to consider another option that's a little less 'Girls Gone Wild' and a little more 'Twilight Zone.' The location: an island in the canals of Xochimico near Mexico City. The name: Island of the Dolls, or Isla de las Munecas in Spanish.

The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) sits in the canals south of Mexico City and is the current home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls. Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences and nearly every available surface. The dolls appear menacing even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark they are particularly haunting.

Not surprisingly, the island's origins lie in tragedy. The story goes that the island's only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. He was haunted by her death, so when he saw a doll floating by in the canal soon after, he hung it in a tree to please the girl. He hoped to both appease her tortured soul and protect the island from further evil.

Read the full story, and see the eerie pictures, at Web Urbanist.

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Elizabeth Weingarten is an editorial assistant at the New America Foundation. A former Slate editorial assistant, she also previously wrote for and produced the Atlantic's International Channel.

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