La Isla de las Munecas

If my story about Robert creeped you out, this story can only add to the feeling…

In one of the many boroughs of Mexico City, in what used to be the independent city of Xochimilco, lies Teshuilo Lake. Once part of a vast lake and canal system which once connected all settlements within the Valley of Mexico, it is now part of a much smaller, similar canal system.

In the middle of this lake is an island which many believe to be haunted. The Island of the Dolls is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who drowned in one of the canals near the island. The event was witnessed by Don Julian Santana who had left his wife and child to live on the island. While he believed he was haunted by the young girl who had drowned, many others, including his family, believed he’d imagined the whole thing. However it happened, the end result was the same: the island became liberally decorated with dolls of all kinds. According to Don Julian, they were meant to make the spirit of the young girl feel better, or to keep her occupied and not bothering him so much. He displayed the dolls all over the island, ones that he’d found in the canals or in trash or even brand new ones. They were fastened to trees or hung from branches in whatever shape they arrived in. Even the cabin he lived in – still there on the island – was filled with these dolls, which Don Julian never made an attempt to repair.

In 2001, Don Julian was found drowned in the same area of the canals he alleged the girl had drowned. Some believe that the dolls became possessed by tortured spirits and conspired to drown the old man. Others believe it was simply an accident and now the dolls are the island’s caretakers.


In 2009, the SyFy television programme ‘Destination Truth’ aired an episode in which the team visited the island. If you want to find the episode, it’s Episode 302. One of my fellow bloggers here managed to find a 2 minute summary of the episode on YouTube: Island of the Dolls