Did you know that you can buy haunted stuff on eBay?
Well, neither did I! But then I Googled “haunted items,” and guess what showed up?
Hmmm, shall we do a little shopping? Here’s the first item for your perusal:
Okay, it starts off sounding creepy – let’s look at the description: “Hello! Thank you for your consideration in this listing of a haunted spirit vessel. I have over two decades of psychic and paranormal experience. When I get these dolls, I am looking for the quality of the spirit contained within them and not necessarily the appearance of their vessels. I find these dolls through divination work such as pendulum or Ouija board sessions. I use Tarot cards to communicate with the dolls as well as automatic writing, visions, and dream work. Spirits have been coming to me for a long time. Some of them want friends, some of them want co-magicians to work with them, and some want to be left alone.
Henry Mullens is the name of the spirit who inhabits this one-of-a-kind, handmade clown vessel. Henry was a circus performer in the latter half of the 1950s. Henry was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 15, 1927. He was the 6th child of seven total siblings. Henry was never very clear about how many brothers or sisters he had; however, it seemed like the number has varied. My intuition tells me that Henry may have been abandoned during the Great Depression and taken in as a farm hand (at a very young age) by another family.) Abandoning children was a common practice during the American Depression era because large families sometimes struggled to feed their children.
Our friend Henry was drafted into World War 2 as a soldier. He served in the military and served in North Africa, Germany, and a brief time in Ireland towards the end of the war. He arrived home to discover that his adoptive father had passed away from a heart attack. Henry decided to help his bereaved mother run the family business for the next six years of his life. Overseas, Henry faced a lot of difficult traumas and had developed quite the drinking habit. His adoptive mother warned him that consuming too much alcohol was a dangerous game to play. Henry ignored her.
Henry didn’t do so well taking the reigns of the family’s house-building business. The family-run business plunged into debt and forced Henry to seek employment elsewhere. It was during this time, in the 1960s, that the Circus was becoming popular in North America again. Desperate for work and for a way to provide for his adoptive mother and younger siblings, Henry Mullens took on work as a stagehand. It was his responsibility to feed the lions, groom the horses, and, of course – take care of the monstrous-sized elephants that the Circus had owned.
Circus life, while back-breaking work, was enjoyable to Henry. There were lots of loose women who traveled with the Circus, so finding the comfort of a lady was no hardship for him as long as he had a few bills to spare. He also enjoyed that most of the men were also former soldiers and down-to-earth, not like the uppity businessmen back home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Henry could be himself, and he smoked and drank his heart’s content. Henry’s heart, on the other hand, wasn’t so content. The man could feel himself becoming weaker by the day; however, he had a real fear of doctors (like most men of the time period), so he ignored all the warning signs, such as the sharp pains in his chest and the ragged breathing.
The Circus foreman asked Henry one night if he would like to take a shot at becoming a clown. Most of the clowns in his Circus were down with some kind of stomach sickness, and as they say in show biz, THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Henry was drunk at the time and thought it might be fine to take a crack at being one of those suckers. The foreman had offered him a little more money, and it would surely make a good show in front of the ladies. Hungry to fill his thirst for liquor and ladies, Henry donned white face paint and funny, oversized shoes.
Henry was a bit nervous at first when he stepped out into the three-ringed stage. There were horses running in circles with pretty women perched on top of them. A tight-rope walker in a very revealing outfit drifted overhead. And the live band was playing a cheery ditty that was common for the time period. Henry ran out and tripped over his own shoes. The ringmaster and the crowd let out a hearty laugh, and Henry was, of course, a shoe-in –by clown standards. He spent the night running heavily between the children and the adults of the audience, honking his rubber and brass horn and making funny faces at all the women. Henry had truly found his calling. He could be as drunk as he wanted and still bring joy into the lives of people around him – all while making a slick little buck.
The band responded to the roar of laughter by playing louder and louder. Truly, Henry had the crowd worked up – which was exactly what the foreman and ringmaster wanted from him. While Henry decided to sneak another drink from backstage in between acts, he noticed that his left arm felt a little numb. He brushed it off as he swigged down some nasty, cheap whiskey. He wasn’t looking to enjoy his drink, just to drink more of it. By the time Henry walked back to the front, he felt his whole body chilled and sweating. He thought, maybe, to himself that he might be pushing his body a bit too hard tonight. The work he normally did his body was used to, and this was just too much!
By the time the realization came, the lights were growing dimmer. Henry had collapsed. A young boy found Henry and began screaming to his mother for help. The woman looked down at Henry and realized he wasn’t breathing. The band, so loud it was almost deafening, drowned out the sounds of the mother and child calling for medical assistance for dear Henry. At 41 years of age, Henry was dead of a heart attack.
While doing psychic work with this doll, the spirit of Henry is kind of a depressing soul. I don’t think that he ended up learning any lessons in life. His tarot card is The Tower – which is a sign of chaos, ruin, and change. If you are looking for a free-wheeling spirit with loose morals – Henry Mullens might be the one for you. Maybe you can teach him some better manners. Henry can be known to goose women on their behinds or stand over your bed, asking for favors. Don’t turn your back on him, truly.
I’ve also noticed that Henry really likes the alcohol. So much so that glasses of cheap booze slowly begin to drain away if left unattended. He enjoys pick-pocketing. If you’re the kind of person who is strong-willed and can set clear boundaries, Henry is a great match. If you’re looking for a gentle soul, keep looking at some of the other spirits in my extensive collection. Henry is an active soul who won’t disappoint; however he is quite the handful. Buyer beware.”
Buyer beware, indeed!
Okay, let’s keep scrolling and see what we find:
So, it has a case – bonus! But let’s read the description: “Black Death GUDU Doll Safe Send Justice Karma Pain To Deserving Revenge. Black Death Curse GUDU Doll Creates Great Pain, Anguish, and Torture in Others. 100% Guaranteed! Authentic GUDU Dolls, these figures are crafted by Papa Crow, a powerful Bokor GUDU Practitioner with a lifetime of experience.
This IS NOT a mass-produced souvenir or toy like so many tourists purchase online or on a trip to the New Orleans French Quarter. All of the GUDU Dolls offered through Full Moon Magick Shoppe are authentic, powerful magick, one-of-a-kind, handmade creations!
This One Is Packed With a GUDU Suffering Energy for you to release! This GUDU Doll shall be crafted for you with a POWERFUL Method, which will allow you to cause your enemy to experience suffering, anguish, mental torture, and physical pain! CAUTION! This is a powerful GUDU artifact.
Once put into motion, it is very difficult to stop! DO NOT even think of using this GUDU Doll if you had a fight and broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone old some trivial lie to you. This stunning doll should only be unleashed on those evil people truly deserving a dose of their own medicine!
You have been warned, and I cannot accept any responsibility for ANYTHING that happens to your intended curse recipient! This work shall be cast into the doll in a GUDU ritual performed by you and written by Papa Crow, especially for you and tailored to your needs, goals, and desires! You shall use as directed to release all desired results of the doll.
What Can This Work Do?
-Has someone done some great evil to you, and they deserve justice?
This work can cause them to experience suffering beyond what they would have ever thought possible.
Extreme mental anguish and crippling paranoia!
A series of setbacks and failures in their personal and professional lives!
Terrifying nightmares that rob them of any decent sleep!
Friends betray them, and they feel distant, alone.
They will actually suffer intense physical pain and health worries!
Be sure this is what you want, as you will watch them fall apart right before your very eyes! Warning! This Is Not A Toy Nor A Souvenir!!!
Follow all The instructions strictly.
This is a genuine GUDU doll crafted by a real Voodoo bokor, a houngan Voodoo priest who dares to delve into the darker side of magic. It carries great power. If, by chance, you are fearful of the supernatural or uncomfortable with real magic, it would be good for you to NOT order this doll.”
The guarantee and the case make it tempting, but I’m going for a hard pass on this one.
So, let’s scroll for one more. Okay, winner, winner, chicken dinner – here we have:
Yes, a creepy porcelain doll – or is that an oxymoron? Are there any porcelain dolls that aren’t creepy?
I bet you can’t wait for the description. Well, here goes: “Offered for your consideration is “Brielle,” a 25” Marie Osmond porcelain doll. While you are bidding on and subsequently purchasing a tangible item (a Marie Osmond 25” porcelain doll), it is my belief that this doll is a vessel for the female spirit named Brielle.
I acquired Brielle’s vessel in December of 2022 in a very remote location in northern Maine. She was in a resale shop, in an open box, lying on a child’s mattress. My initial reaction was negative– I felt repulsed by the doll, and while I thought she was beautiful, she made me feel ill. I was out shopping with my mother when we found Brielle– my mother, who knew that I had been looking for “unusual” dolls, encouraged me to purchase her, as she claimed to have felt a strong sensation when she was initially looking at the doll. My mother is not someone who is particularly akin to the idea of haunted dolls, so hearing this from her was enough encouragement for me to make the decision to actually purchase this doll.
I am going to be honest– Brielle remained in her original box, with the cover on, for the last six months. I believe it took this long for her to feel settled and safe enough to come out. About five weeks ago, I integrated her into my current collection of haunted vessels– I actually have a huge inventory of dolls that I just incorporated into my current collection. I was a little nervous about this, as there were so many new vessels that I’d be introducing to my collection all at once, but the transition has been smooth. Brielle has settled in nicely with the current vessels and spirits that I have in my possession, but her presence is undoubtedly commanding.
When I first obtained Brielle, I was hesitant to take her out of her box. When I did, I was struck by the weight of the vessel in my arms. At 25” high, her vessel is not small. When holding her, I felt warm but also powerful. I believe that Brielle is used to being hidden away and that the more you interact with her and work with her, the stronger she will become– the more you grow your relationship with her, the more she will grow her allegiance with you.
While Brielle has shared some details of her life on earth as a human with me, it is her preference for these details to remain withheld until her new guardian reaches out to communicate with her. I can tell you that she is of French-Canadian descent and that her death was, to use her terms (with her consent): “unremarkably tragic.” Along the same vein, Brielle has a lot of anger and resentment regarding her death, which I believe contributes to her strong and commanding presence.
It is my assessment that this spirit is non-malevolent, though I strongly believe that this is dependent on your interactions with the vessel and spirit. Please see my disclaimers below regarding the non-guarantee of any spirit activity or type of activity. With that said, I believe that Brielle could be a powerful guide in your spiritual work, regardless of your type of practice.
All of my dolls now come with a free cleansing kit, which will be enclosed with the doll upon purchase. Additionally, please see the listing photos for a preview of the other dolls I currently have listed for sale. I am frequently listing additional haunted dolls for sale, so please check back if you are interested in growing your collection.
By bidding or purchasing any of my haunted dolls, you understand that you are responsible for any and all activity, communication, or energy attached to the vessel. For example, just because my experiences with the doll are positive doesn’t mean that yours necessarily will be. Additionally, as a buyer, you are solely responsible for any physical or emotional reactions, experiences, or repercussions that you may have in response to possession of the above item. Buyers should be cautious when purchasing any paranormal items and should ensure they have the experience necessary for responsible ownership.”
Although it comes with a free cleansing kit, and it originally was a Marie Osmond doll, once again, I’m going to have to pass. I just don’t need a doll with anger and resentment issues. Life is too short, and dolls are too scary.
Well, I’m just going to step away from eBay for now, maybe smudge my entire house, and probably have terrible nightmares about haunted stuff.
I hope you all have a great weekend.