Haunting moment Second World War ventriloquist doll blinks and moves its mouth

Mirror Online 1 month ago

A collector of unusual artifacts said he was left spooked after capturing footage of his ventriloquist doll blinking and moving its mouth.

The 1940s doll, named Mr Fritz, was given to Michael Diamond, 48, earlier this year by a former prisoner at a Nazi World War Two camp.

Mr Diamond noticed the door to the doll's glass display cabinet kept opening up at night, so he set up a GoPro camera to film over two evenings on September 19 and 20.

When the father-of-two from Liverpool watched back through the footage, he saw the cabinet door open - and the doll's mouth and eyes moving.

Mr. Fritz chained in his case after seeing video of the doll blinking and moving its mouth
 

He believes the doll is haunted and has now locked the cabinet in his home with a chain and covered it with a blanket.

Mr Diamond said: "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.

Sally,46, Amber, 19, Caleb, 11, and Michael Diamond, 48
The video was filmed by spooked collector Michael Diamond, from Liverpool
 

“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.”

The creepy doll was made by an American prisoner at Stalag II-B, a German World War II camp, now in the town of Czarne in Poland. Mr Diamond believes the prisoner worked as a ventriloquist before being taken prisoner.

The doll was apparently taken to America after the end of the war and was owned by an antiques shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before it came to the UK.

Mr Fritz was given to Mr Diamond by a local militaria collector in July and it now lives in Mr Diamond's "freak room", where all his collector items are kept.

Video grab from footage of the freaky moment a WWII era ventriloquist doll called Mr Fritz appears to open his case door and move his eyes and mouth
Mr Fritz, the ventriloquist doll, in its case
 

The hobbyist collector is married to Sally, 46, and has two children, Amber, 19, and Caleb, 11.

He said: “The door was being opened once or twice a week and I knew it was strange. You can see on the first night the door swing open.

“On the next night you can see the eyes move before the door opens and again afterwards. The eyes flicker and his mouth moves up and down slightly.

“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.

Caleb, 11, Michael, 48, Sally, 46 and Amber Diamond, 19

“I want to give it a permanent home. I get emotionally attached to my collections. 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.

“I have told Sally and Amber about it and they don’t like it at all. To stop it from happening I’ve chained the box up and covered it in a blanket.”

Mr Diamond is an entertainer and travels the country performing stunts with his museum full of collectors items like taxidermy animals, spiritual props, skulls and ancient weaponry.


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