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A Haunted Island Protected By Dolls (PHOTOS)

Posted: 10/18/11 09:59 AM ET

When faced with terrifying visions of a long-dead child, should one:

A) Get the hell out of dodge.

B) Seek the source of the specter's discontent.

C) Decorate your little island home with hundreds of dismembered heads, legs, and arms of baby dolls.

Surprisingly, Don Julian Santana of the Isla de Las Munecas in Mexico chose to go with option C. Today, the slowly decaying remnants of dolls hang from trees and hide in bushes in an effort to ward off the restless spirit of a young girl who -- as legend tells it -- drowned offshore.

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Santana did not set out to create this creepy shrine to a girl he never knew, but upon his arrival to Isla de Las Munecas he felt the presence of a spirit he believed to be that of this young girl who drowned. He became both afraid of the restless spirit and obsessed with it.
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