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Island of the Dolls: Creepiest Vacation Spot Ever?

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When it comes to horror-themed tourism, we've put the spooky spotlight on everything from the usual alleged haunted landmarks to museums of the macabre and the sites of classic horror films. This item, which we found via an article at Planet Oddity, doesn't really fit any of those categories (although it may be totally haunted, we can't prove that of course), but it may very well one of the creepiest places on the planet... especially thanks to its ominous backstory.
 
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La Isla de la Munecas, or Island of the Dolls, is a Mexican tourist attraction that's exactly what you think it is: a strange island adorned from shore to shore with the rotting, mutilated corpses of thousands of dolls, hanging from virtually every tree. This nightmarish display wasn't arranged by a horror-loving artist, but instead is the work of hermit Don Julian Santana, who according to local legend spent much of his isolated life scrounging up old discarded dolls from garbage dumps, or trading his own home-grown fruits and vegetables for various plastic or porcelain heads and limbs.
 
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Okay, so there's nothing particularly spooky about an old guy with an eccentric hobby... until we learned that he was reportedly displaying the tiny human effigies to fend off the ghost of a little girl who drowned in the canal which surrounds the island. But it gets even creepier: Santana himself died in 2001... by drowning in the very same canal. Coincidence? Uh, yeah... maybe. But regardless, I call dibs on the movie rights. Seriously.
 
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