They’ve tried to let it go. But for this haunted Elsa doll, love is an open door – no matter how many times the family try to throw it out.
In 2013, Emily Madonia’s daughter was given the must-have Christmas gift of the season: a doll of Frozen’s Disney princess, Elsa.
However, this toy isn’t what it seems: it can speak two languages, hasn’t had a battery-change in six years and operates while it’s switched off. There’s also the small matter of it making its way back to the house after being thrown in the bin – someone ring the Warrens.
The doll has left the Texas family understandably unnerved as it continues to plague their lives. The first time, it was just chucked in the garbage. However, when it returned (to which the children flagrantly denied having any hand in), they took extra precautions – alas, Elsa showed herself once again.
Describing Elsa’s return in a Facebook post, Emily wrote:
Mat threw it away weeks ago and then we found it inside a wooden bench. Okay… so we were weirded out and tightly wrapped it in its own garbage bag and put that garbage bag INSIDE another garbage bag filled with other garbage and put it in the bottom of our garbage can underneath a bunch of other bags of garbage and wheeled it to the curb and it was collected on garbage day.
Great, right? We went out of town, forgot about it. Today Aurélia says: ‘Mom, I saw the Elsa doll again in the backyard.’ <chills> HELP US GET RID OF THIS HAUNTED DOLL.
This wasn’t just some other doll – Emily knew it was her daughter’s because of the markings on it. So, further steps were taken – Elsa has since been mailed (without a return address) to her friend’s house, where it’s tied to the bonnet of his jeep. While she concedes she’s really paranoid, Emily is curious to see what could happen next.
If the doll somehow retraces its steps back to the family home, ‘I might have to open my mind to some of the more supernatural solutions,’ Emily told Click2Houston. She was hesitant to burn the doll, fearing that the myths about the demons then escaping into the open could be true.
The family’s story has since circulated the news cycle, and as one would expect, there’s accusations flying around that it’s all a big hoax.
In a Facebook responding to those claims, Emily wrote: ‘Sadly, no. Either the doll is haunted or some crazy psychopath has dug the doll out of the garbage (that was already taken away) and broken into my house/property multiple times. I am going to go with the haunted thing.’
Time will tell whether Elsa could be the newest addition to The Conjuring series.
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After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BCTJ-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He’s now left his Scottish homelands and took up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.