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      ..I can't stop pinning these creepy vintage photos!..

    • Barbara Romiti

      Which little girl is real and which is a creepy, creepy doll?

    • Victoria Vega

      Jane Bielawski and her haunting doll 'Missy'. Following the suspicious deaths of some of her playmates in a New York tenement, police attempted to interview Jane. According to reports, the young girl went 'crazy' and accused her doll of the murders, before throwing the doll out of her apartment window while screaming, "Bad dolly! Naughty dolly!" Jane was taken to Bloomingdale Asylum to be treated for 'hysteria'. She was never to leave the institution, dying there an old woman in 1968.

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