The doll was said to be camera-shy as whenever someone tried to take a photo of the doll something always happened to prevented a photo being taken.
When visitors tried taking photos, they all experienced problems with their cameras. Pictures either didn’t come out at all, or black streaks appeared across the photo.
In one instance the back of a photographers camera suddenly flew open, exposing the film and destroying the image.
A photographer who was planning to shoot a series for the Discovery Channel was determined to disprove the story that the doll is camera-shy and tried taking pictures of the doll.
This photo is one of them. This is the last one to be taken off the doll and you can clearly see the black streak.
Being intrigued but this experience the director decided to shoot a story to tell the story of the doll.
In the morning when he was due to start filming, the Audubon House staff arrived at the house to find the doll had vanished.
No alarms had been triggered and nobody had been to the house. The doll has never been seen since!
The doll is thought to have belonged to a girl whose portrait still hangs in the house and has said to have moved some visitors to tears.
When a cholera epidemic swept through the town, many sick kids were brought to the nursery where they would spend their last living days in the oppressive room, locked away from town folk. So many kids died there that the room itself took on a chilling aura of death.
The house was opened as a museum in 1960, at the same time the doll was placed in a toy pram in the corner of the recreated nursery.
Hundreds of visitors and passers-by are said to have witnessed apparitions of children crying, laughing and playing in the nursery. Captain Jack has also said to have been seen walking with his daughter Hannah in the gardens.
When a new elaborate security system was installed, the museum manager was constantly being called back to the house to investigate alarms being triggered by movement in the house. The activity would always be in the children’s room. Security staff also frequently reported seeing someone in the window but when they went to investigate there was never anyone there.
So could the doll simply vanish, or has it somehow got up of its own accord and escaped the house?