• Jonathan Shiek

The Truth About The Island of The Dead Dolls

There’s something disturbing to the story of “La Isla de la Muñecas,” or the Island of the Dolls.

Over fifty years ago, Don Julian Santana left his wife and child and moved onto an island on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals.

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According to some, a young girl actually drowned in the lake, while most others, including his relatives, say Don Julian Santana merely imagined the drowned girl. Regardless, Don Julian Santana devoted his life to honoring this lost soul in a unique, fascinating, and—for some—unnerving way: he collected and hung up dolls by the hundreds.

Eventually, Don Julian transformed the entire island into a kind of bizarre, (for some) horrifying, doll-infested wonderland.

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Why do the dolls look so creepy?

Don Julian Santana began collecting lost dolls from the canals and the trash. Santana did not clean up the dolls or attempt to fix them, but rather put them up with missing eyes and limbs, covered in dirt, just like how he found them in. Eventually, the wind and weather turned them into cracked and distorted versions of themselves. Despite the fact that most people found the isle frightening, Don Julian saw the dolls as beautiful protectors, and he welcomed visitors, whom he would show around, charging a small fee for taking photos.

But here’s the tragic kicker: 

In 2001 Don Julian Santana was found drowned in the same area in which he believed the little girl had died.

Credit: Ken Shuster

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