Something about ventriloquist dolls makes them really creepy, but one man's took it to a whole new level. His name is Michael Diamond and his doll, which is really just a doll's head, is named Mr. Fritz. Mr. Fritz is believed to have been created by an American ventriloquist while he was a prisoner at a Polish based Stalag in World War 2. Michael was recently given it by a military memorabilia collector and put it in a room where he has several items and curiosities on display. Soon after, he noticed the glass display case the head was in would be open in the morning. To figure out who was responsible, the father of two set up a GoPro camera and was shocked by what he captured.
Not only did the cabinet door open on its own, but the doll's eyes blinked and its mouth moved.
Fully freaked out by the footage, Michael wrapped a chain around the case, padlocked it and covered it with a blanket.
"When I first watched the video back I had a weird feeling in my stomach. I wasn’t completely surprised because what has been happening with the door. At least once or twice a week I noticed the door kept coming off its latch. I decided to set up the camera for fun just to see if anything would happen. When something actually did I got a weird feeling in my gut, it’s hard to describe. I was really taken back by it and I did have a strange feeling. I wouldn’t say I’m scared of Mr Fritz but I am wary of it.”
As for how the doll moved, Michael stated, "What’s the explanation is the one million dollar question isn’t it? I have no idea myself. I don’t even know where to start. There are no open windows in the room and no airflow. The door is on a latch so shouldn’t just swing open."
Nonetheless, he's holding onto the item, adding, "My wife and daughter both hate it. I get why people don’t like it and think it might be scary but I’m not intimidated by it. I want to give it a permanent home. I get emotionally attached to my collections."
As usual, some commenters think it's fake while others are sure it's real and suggest that Michael burn his house down.
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