Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger, traveler, writer, photographer, sculptor, and lover of cats.
Many people believe that Robert the Doll is the real life Chuckie, a three foot terror that has been known to cause bad luck for almost a hundred years. People from all over the world visit him and then write back letters telling him what bad luck they've had since seeing him. I didn't want to feel left out so I wrote my own letter. Everything in it is absolutely true and I am working on making a coffee table book of the whole story which can currently be seen on my travel blog, Chasing Marbles.
When my boyfriend and I decided to take a tour of all the lower 48 states I had to include a visit to you. I mean Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are great but how many people can say they’ve visited a cursed and cackling three foot doll? Certainly no one I know of. The truth is I have been smitten with you for years, ever since I saw your adorable little doll face on a documentary when I was just a tween. My boyfriend had no idea who you were but after I told him about “the haunted doll” he was all for tracking you down. We started in NH and on the eighth day of our trip we were on the keys, heading straight for your current residence. We were a bit shy to come in but once I saw you sitting there in your glass case, proudly cuddling your stuffed lion, I couldn’t have been happier. We asked you for a photo and I took a snap with my cell phone and my boyfriend took yet another shot with his camera. We were delighted to see you didn’t black either out. I figured we must be friends after that. I mean I did see the letters on the wall blaming you for various misfortunes, but maybe these people had muttered you were creepy or something. I don’t know how a doll thinks but I kind of figured it’d have to be something along these lines. I did the opposite. I told my boyfriend how adorable you were. And we even bought a magnet of you for our fridge!
We left figuring everything was still great. We were only going to be in the Keys until that evening so we were trying to catch one of those boat tours of the reef. Lo and behold we walked into one shop that told us we were literally 5 minutes late for their last tour. We continued driving and continued having this problem until we finally found a hotel with a big boat ready to go out. We bought tickets and happily boarded but something was off. There was a lot of noise and some rather harsh cursing coming from down below the deck. Our captain was shouting back to the workers to be quiet and stop tweaking out the passengers. Another half hour went by and she announced the boat was broken and we couldn’t go out. We never found another one and missed this fantastic experience. I didn’t really want to blame it on our previous visit to you but then strange things kept happening. When we went to Mississippi the river flooded and we were forced to find different routes to our destinations. Then the humidity spiked at 98% on a night that was also 90 degrees. We were forced to sleep in our Jeep that night, having found no camping grounds, and just as we thought it couldn’t get any worse the biggest cloud of mosquitoes I have ever seen filtered in through our windows.
A little discomfort is one thing but experiencing almost every natural disaster this country has to offer is quite another. As it turns out the Mississippi flooding was just the beginning of it. We were sitting at a McDonalds in Kansas when we were told we’d just outrun four tornado touchdowns. From there we drove through a smoke cloud in Arizona that was the beginning of the largest forest fire in the state’s history. We also witnessed a live lava flow in Globe Arizona just oozing out aside the highway. On our way to Yosemite we found out the road into it had been completely bowled over by a mudslide. We had to drive two hours around it, up a mountain that was also a military base, where soldiers lined the roads with loaded rifles making sure you didn’t stop. Up, up, up, we went until we were surrounded on all sides by ten feet of snow and signs reading, “Do not stop, avalanche zone.” In Texas I had a one-on-one encounter with a hungry peccary, and in California my boyfriend came within an inch of stepping on an enormous rattlesnake. That was nothing compared to the angry stampeding buffalo that thundered through our campground and came within six inches of the cord holding up our tent one night as we were trying to sleep in Yellowstone.
Maybe natural disasters are beyond your control, and maybe you don’t have a gift for animal whispering, but I do think you had something to do with our car troubles. You see when we were in Indiana we only had $80 in our pockets and a full tank of gas to get home. That’s when on a hundred degree day a metal gear in our engine inexplicably snapped right in half and our car puttered to a stop. The mechanics dealing with it said they’d never seen anything like it. It took us hours to get to a mechanic as we were in the middle of a Twilight Zone-like cornfield with no towns in sight. Since it was late afternoon on a Friday we were wondering what on earth we could do. Luckily you were foiled. The AAA driver that picked us up drove us way out of his way to a mechanic that fixed us up that day. We also found someone to loan us the money for the bill. We were on our way.
The second time we had trouble was in New York. We were just a day away from home but my boyfriend wanted to stop in and see some old coworkers and friends and show me around the town he used to live, which coincidentally his crazy ex-wife also lived. She’d kept busy lately by sending hundreds of angry text messages and hate mail to the both of us. We were in an old garden cemetery just enjoying a relaxing walk when we heard a thunderous crash. It was a branch, or rather half a decent sized tree, that had fallen directly on top of our Jeep and a motorcycle whose driver leapt off the machine and dove for cover just a millisecond before the tree would have smashed him like a bug. No one was hurt… except Jaclyn, our Jeep. She sustained such grievous injuries that she flat out and died as we drove into our friend’s parking lot. Again we were able to buck your bad luck. My boyfriend’s crazy ex-wife never found out where we were and therefore never had a chance to stab us mercilessly in our sleep after breaking in. Also with the help of some friends we were able to fix the Jeep with a piece of Tupperware, some Gorilla glue, and of course duct tape. I have yet to come across a curse powerful enough to hinder the mystical abilities of duct tape.
We made it home, with a lot of help from friends along the way, and had a wonderful time despite all your mischievous little antics. I know you were annoyed by this so I can understand why you shattered the screen of my cell phone that had your picture as its wallpaper. I know, it was you who made a $10 screen so impossible to fix that I was forced to get a new phone… but you know what? I’m still smiling and so is my boyfriend and as for my new phone… well how could I not have your adorable face still on it? You may have won a few battles but I’m afraid we won the war. Continue to hail us with bad luck if you wish but I think you may have just found your match.
With love and no regrets, your friends,
Typhani & Rudy
Tara on August 14, 2020:
I apologize for looking at your picture without your permission
sarah on August 09, 2020:
i know i already asked permisson but your story is very interesting and how you look and lived your life is amazing your a very interesting doll and i dig your style of your outfit
with all due respects to you
giorgi chitauri on May 28, 2020:
I am sorry for looking at your picture without permision. I looked at your 2 pictures. I did not know that I was not allowed to look at your picture. and also maybe it was more than 2. I found out about you by watching a youtube video about you. from vee vlogs. she posted 2 vids about you. and I just scrooled to comments and found out that I made a big mistake for looking at your pictures. my life is so easy to destroy by touching a one little thing. and i hope that you did not put a curse on me. but If you did. please remove it. I already have a horrible live. and please dont make it worse. I am really sorry for lookking a picture of you. also I love how you look.
thank you, for atleast looking at this comment robert. and I guess I have to prepare for the worst because I have heard that you dong forgive 90% of people that are saying sorry to you. so if you remove the curse I will be so gratefull. thank you robert.
LO COVER on May 27, 2020:
I'm Truly sorry for looking at your picture without asking your permission I really hope you can forgive me
and hope your doing great :)
Tan on May 15, 2020:
I apologize for looking at your picture since I saw it on facebook. I deeply apologize for not following the rules. I hope you can forgive be because I was just only curious. I meant no disrespect and I didn't asked your permission
Katie on August 08, 2019:
Dear Robert, I took a ghost tour a few nights ago and you were on one of the stopping points. Your story was definitely the most intriguing. Although I did not take any photos or videos of you I will never forget your story. I also wanted to read more apology letters as they are interesting.
James on July 30, 2019:
I am sorry for not following the rules for you and can you please forgive me for what I did.
Marissa on July 16, 2019:
Please accept my apology for looking at pictures and video's of you without your permission. I am deeply and sincerely sorry. Morbid curiosity got the better of me. Please forgive me.
joseph on July 09, 2019:
dear robert sorry for not asking permission to view our picture or video
Katie on June 08, 2019:
Robert I apologize that I didn’t ask permission to view your picture, I meant no disrespect.
Myself and my family thank you.
Jessica on May 24, 2019:
Robert, please forgive me for viewing your photos, videos, and history without your permission. You are an absolute legend and I am honored to have learned of your fasinating story. You are excellent and I enjoyed learning your history and seeing your face. Thank you and many apologies.
Sundance on December 27, 2018:
Oh yeah im sorry for watching your videos on youtube with out permishon
Sundance on December 27, 2018:
Dear robert im a big fan of your and when i grow up i want to come see you
su tekir on December 08, 2018:
please forgive for looking at your pictures and I really regret it.I never meant to disrespect you.
Angus Thatcher on September 11, 2018:
Dear Robert, I am so very very sorry for looking at pictures of you without your permission, please forgive me for the terrible mistake I have made. I never meant to disrespect you.
Hunter Richards on August 30, 2018:
Robert i’m so sorry I took your picture without your permisson please forgive me. Please and Thank you.
Lynne on August 19, 2018:
I am sorry that I took your picture without getting your permission. Please forgive me so my streak of devastation will end.
Sincerely and respectfully,
The Blackman family
Victoria on August 11, 2018:
I am very sorry for looking at your pictures and watching you videos online without your permission you are very fascinating and a true legend look forward to meeting you in person one day thank you .
your friend and fan
Em on July 08, 2018:
I didn’t know you were supposed to ask for permission before reading or looking at your photos or your articles. I hope you forgive me, as I do find your story very interesting! I do deeply apologize.
Anon on July 03, 2018:
I am truly sorry to have read your stories on the internet as well as listen to it on YouTube and look at your photos please accept my apology.
I am truly very sorry warm regards
mathijs on June 07, 2018:
I am very sorry for mocking you and looking at your pictures without permission. I never wanted to believe this but ever since mocking you my life has been in ruins. I hope you can forgive me for my behavior towards you. From now on I will ask for permission and I will never think badly of you ever again!
Alannah Rose on May 24, 2018:
I am so very sorry for looking at photos of you without your permission, I have not been researching or delving into your background too much, only for several minutes or so. I hope you love your lion teddy, your outfit is also really cute on you! Please accept my apologies, I don't want to intrude.
Khan on May 21, 2018:
I am very sorry I saw your video and pictures without your permission, I am really really sorry, I did that mistakenly, I forgot to take permission from you.... Plz plz plz forgive me. I am really really sorry
Liga on May 20, 2018:
Please forgive me for looking up you on the internet. I was just curious. Please accept my apology and forgive me!
Joseph cardenas on May 15, 2018:
Hi Robert i am sorry for searching your name and for talking about you I hope you will please forgive me I watched a video about you before and I just remembered about it and I said your name I am deeply sorry and hopeyou will forgive me
Jason C on May 15, 2018:
Dear Robert , I apologize for talking about you and showing your pictures. My brother mentuoned you and so i apologize for that and i saw your pictures because i had to search for a place to leave an apology. forgive me.
Tilen on April 14, 2018:
Dear Robert, please Forgive me for everything. I'm really sorry.
Tilen on April 14, 2018:
Dear Robert, I'm really sorry for watching videos, images and articles about you without your premission. I'm just curious about you and want to know more about you. Curiosity just got the best of me. Please accept my apology and forgive me
Anon on April 02, 2018:
Sorry for reading your story and seeing your pictures robert
unkown on March 26, 2018:
I'm a Christian and don't believe this.
Rog on March 19, 2018:
Please forgive me for talking about you.I was not talking bad about you,but mearly informing someone else about you.I am sorry for having bad thoughts about you,but I can not control them.Thank you for your time,and please forgive me.
Ro on March 19, 2018:
Please forgive me for looking at the articles,images,and videos about you without permission on the internet.I did not know I could not look at you through the internet without permission.Please forgive me for thinking bad about you for I cannot control my thoughts.Please forgive any past,present,or future bad thoughts about you.I do not mean any harm towards you,nor do I mean to dig my nose in your buisness. I do not mean offence in any way towards you.After this I will not search you up on the internet.Sadly,I can not promise that I will stop thinking bad about you,because I can not control my thoughts.Once again please forgive me.
Thank you for your time,
Sonicbrewtality72 on January 23, 2018:
Please forgive me for reading up about you and looking at your pictures. Curiosity has gotten the best of me. Please forgive me for my intrusion into your world.
FJ on January 16, 2018:
Please forgive my actions in reguards to learning about you further through the internet, I mean no harm or further disturbance in your peace.
mae on January 14, 2018:
Im sorry for searching you on the internet and looking at your pictures. just fascinated by you. I mean no harm or disrespect to you. I sincerely apologize. thank you!
J on November 28, 2017:
Sorry for reading and looking at pictures of you without your permission - I was just facinated by your story!
Josilyn on November 14, 2017:
I sincerely apologize for looking at pictures of you and reading articles of you. I really didn't know I had to ask your permission before reading anything regarding you or looking at photos of you. I am deeply sorry I hope you find it in you to accept my apology. If my thoughts have offended you in any way I hope you know I did not mean you disrespect or offence I am deeply sorry.
Lexi on October 23, 2017:
Sorry for reading your story Robert.
From Sundar Ganesh on September 27, 2017:
Sorry for that thought of mine, I actually don't have control over my thinking sorry.
Sundar on September 21, 2017:
Feeling guilty.. Please forgive me o thee great sprit.
Thank you.. :)
From Sundar Ganesh on September 21, 2017:
Dear Robert the Doll,
Even if by mistake of I have thought something bad about you, please forgive me. I didn't do it deliberately
Sundar Ganesh Iyer
From Sundar Ganesh on September 20, 2017:
Sorry for thinking negative about you.. I won't do it from now on.. I'll try my best not to think like that. Now with your permission O great soul please allow me to look at the below letters.
A viewer on August 27, 2017:
I am sorry for looking at pictures of you.
I meant no disrespect,
Please forgive me.
Anya on August 19, 2017:
I knew about your story and existence but was unaware that I was supposed to ask for permission before viewing articles or watching videos that involved you. I am sincerely sorry, please forgive me.
Liz on July 17, 2017:
I came upon this story and this kind of stuff has always fascinated me. I did not know I was suppose to ask your permission to read and look at your picture. Please forgive me.
Sundar Ganesh Iyer on July 14, 2017:
Right now I am ashamed not for insulting you in my my thoughts but for not fulfilling the promise of not insulting you. Please forgive me it wont happen again. Have a good life mate....
I'll respect you..
Sundar Ganesh Iyer on July 01, 2017:
I'm suffering from depression please forgive me. I don't know what to say. Please accept my apology for thinking bad about you. I was just frustrated otherwise I would not have thought like you about that.
Sundar Ganesh Iyer
Sundar Ganesh Iyer on July 01, 2017:
Hello Mr. Robert please don't assume me as disturbing you I just want to ask sorry and please forgive me for yesterday night what I thought about you, it was just by mistake. Even now I am apologizing for searching you on net..
Sundar Ganesh Iyer
RB on June 29, 2017:
Dear Robert , I am sorry i looked you up on the internet as I didnt know i needed your permision,really sorry
Anon on January 08, 2017:
My apologies for coming across your story today. I hope that you can accept these and understand I didn't realize I needed your permission to read about you.
Ryan on October 29, 2016:
Dear Robert, Please accept my apologies for seeing your photos and a video of you on the internet today. I was surfing the web, and came across your story. I had no idea I should have requested your permission first. Please accept my sincere apologies. Somehow I was unable to post this where I seen the video of you first, but hope that by writing this here that you understand I have made an effort in contacting you to apologise. Yours Sincerely, Ryan S Clark.
Sreyneth on April 12, 2016:
Dear Robert , I am sorry for saw your photos and read your story
Carol campbell on September 16, 2015:
Hi Robert would you like to come to Australia for a holiday . You could vist the zoo see lovely. Beaches. .please let me know if you would consider this invation . Regards. Carol campbell