On the face of it, Peggy the Doll looks like any other doll with her glassy eyes and cute bob. However, Peggy is more than just your ordinary doll – she is a paranormal wonder that wrecks all sorts of havoc on people who watch her videos, stare at her, or stay close to her.
Paranormal investigator Jayne Harris claims that more than 80 people reported, among other things, chest pains, headaches, nausea, anxiety, and flashes of mental institutions after seeing photos and videos of Peggy. One person alleged that Peggy had given her a heart attack.
Peggy is allegedly possessed by an English woman who passed away due to a respiratory illness
Peggy came to international prominence after a woman called Jayne Harris requesting her to take Peggy away. The woman claimed to have lost all peace and luck after buying Peggy at a car boot sale.
The woman had requested help from a priest, but try as they might, the priest couldn’t exorcise Peggy. The unlucky woman tried to move Peggy to other rooms, but unusual events at her house kept happening. The final straw was a mysterious illness coupled with hallucinations.
“When she recovered, she saw no other option but to get rid of the doll as she was convinced it was at the center of all that had been happening,” Jayne Harris told The Daily Mail. Jayne agreed to take the doll to conduct investigations, and four days into her stay with Peggy, she started experiencing Peggy’s wrath.
“It was a bit of a mystery illness,” Jayne told LADBible. “I just felt completely drained and completely fatigued. It got to the point after about two weeks where I actually couldn’t get out of bed.” After fellow paranormal investigator Hazel removed the doll, Jayne’s health improved.
Things went crazy after Jayne posted photos and videos of Peggy on Facebook. The next day, she had over 80 messages from people blaming Peggy for some sort of misfortune. A medium also called Jayne claiming that Peggy was ‘restless, frustrated and was persecuted in life.’
Experts from Jayne’s social media group, Haunted Dolls, concluded that Peggy is possessed by the spirit of a woman born in the mid-1940s, who died due to a respiratory illness like asthma. She is also reportedly Jewish and has ties to the Holocaust.
Peggy also strongly dislikes clowns and can affect people’s dreams. Harris told The Daily Mail:
“We have been told she can affect people’s dreams. She recently visited a lady in her dreams, warning her about one of her cats. The next morning, the lady found her cat very ill and he sadly died that day.”
Peggy seemingly doesn’t want to be figured out
Peggy is a responsive doll who listened to Jayne’s requests to stop tormenting strangers. However, she fought any attempt by Harris to try to figure her out. Harris talked to The Daily Mail about her investigative approach to Peggy’s case:
“In order to do the work I do well, I have to approach each case as a skeptic initially and look for ‘normal’ explanations for things. If it were one or two occasions that things were happening on, I could do that, but with Peggy I just know there’s something more.”
She told the publication that she’d had productive sessions with Peggy, but Peggy’s behavior afterward suggested that she didn’t want Harris to publicize their conversations. Jayne said that her notebook disappeared after one conversation with Peggy. She explained:
“My husband had to use a ladder to get it. Many people who saw the picture felt that she did not want me to tell people the information I had gained.”
Another medium named Lindy seemingly made Peggy upset by sharing information about the doll on Facebook. She invited Peggy’s ire and had to apologize to calm Peggy down and resume a normal life. Lindy said:
“My dog started barking and my face became very hot and flushed. I felt like I wasn’t alone. I ended up apologizing to Peggy as I felt maybe she disproved of us chatting about her and my symptoms stopped.”
Zak Bagans requires one to sign a waiver before seeing Peggy at his Haunted Museum
US paranormal investigator Zak Bagans convinced Jayne to release Peggy. She flew the doll to Las Vegas and allowed Bagans to put Peggy on display at Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum.
“She’s locked away,” Jayne told LADBible. “The decision was made to give her her own room and she’s in a cabinet in that room with cameras on her permanently.”
Zak requires people to sign a waiver before seeing Peggy. Bagans stated that he was skeptical of Peggy’s stories until a series of unusual events that happened as they filmed her on Deadly Possessions changed his mind. He told Dread Central:
“I was very skeptical of this claim until the doll caused very terrifying activity during our filming, including: manifestations of flies, camera problems, negative mental effects on me, poltergeist activity.”
He added that he believed every word uttered by the woman who allegedly suffered a heart attack within seconds of seeing the doll. “I’ve met many haunted dolls, including Robert the Doll and Harold the Doll, but none have ever affected me as bad as Peggy the Doll,” he added.
Due to the unique haunting of Peggy the Doll, Bagans requires anyone wanting to see her sign a waiver. He talked to Dread Central about the reasoning behind his decision:
“Peggy is the type of haunted doll that will put your bravery to the test if you will look at her or not, and there will be strict guidelines for those who choose to view her exhibit at The Haunted Museum, including signing releases.”