The employees of one New York City website apparently need two weeks.
From now until May 10, people who log on to The Lineup, a site devoted to all things creepy, is hosting a live web stream of “Ann,” a doll said to be haunted by the restless spirit of a 13-year-old girl.
That 13-year-old girl supposedly died in the early 1900s while being treated for tuberculosis at Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Website spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said they picked up “Ann” for $100 on eBay from a paranormal outfit in Ohio whose name she can’t remember.
“We did the ‘Buy It Now’ option,” she said. “We unboxed her last week and put in a storage closet at our offices in New York.
“We heard she was afraid of the dark so we have a light on her at all times.”
People who want to see if Ann is haunted for themselves can view the live stream via Youtube.
It may be slow-going but Johnson said a couple of bizarre things have already happened.
“Our live stream went dead at one point and it turns out the computer cord was physically removed,” she said. “The time stamp on the computer said 8:27 — a time when no one was in the office.”
Johnson also says people have been having strange issues with their phones. At one point during her phone conversation with HuffPost, the phone went dead.
At one point, an employee attempted to talk with “Ann.”
“We had an electro-magnetic frequency sensor near the doll that was silent,” Johnson said. “One of my co-workers said, ‘Hi Ann, welcome to the office’ and the sensor went off.”
Between now and May 10, “Ann” will be tested, observed and analysed by paranormal experts.
But she better not get used to her surroundings because she won’t be at the office to much longer.
Johnson said the website is holding an essay contest where people explain why they’d be the best home for a supposedly haunted doll.
The person who sends the most creative and heartfelt essay to firstname.lastname@example.org will win “Ann” for their very own.
Johnson thinks that’s actually a good deal.
“She doesn’t seem malevolent,” she said.
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