Submitted by: angel_in_hell
Last updated by: angel_in_hell
Last updated on : 10/31/2012
The Janesville Doll House
N. Mott Street and First Street
Janesville, MN 56048
GPS: -93.709019, -93.709019
Here`s an interesting one for you all. I have been familiar with this story since I was a child and I figured that I should share it with all of you. Also, it has been requested of me by a close friend to post it up. Enjoy!
For those of you that don`t know, In the small town of Janesville, MN, there is a house that has a doll hanging (or propped...whatever) in the window of the attic. Due to the strangeness of this, many rumors have spread around and curiosity of the like. The following will tell you about the many rumors and any other additional information that was found. (You may notice that some of these rumors blend together).
1.) Some say the doll was placed in the window because the owner`s daughter had passed away because of a tragic accident. Some people say that the daughter was murdered in the home.
2.) There once was a single mother who lived in the home with her 9-year-old daughter. One night, the daughter was possessed by a demon. To rid herself of the evil entity, the daughter hung herself in the upstairs attic. The mother was so distraught about the tragic event that she put the doll up in a macabre memorial. The spirit of the daughter is said to haunt the home in this version of the story.
3.) The following version is spread amongst the region. This one does not include a demon but rather the horrible stigma that society can have. In this version, there was a young girl who was disowned by her parents by abuse and neglect. She was even rumored to be hated by the townsfolk and the other children. Due to the pressure of being alone, she hung herself in the attic. After realizing what they had done to their daughter, the parents put this doll in the upstairs attic window as a reminder to the people of Janesville to be friendly and neighborly.
4.) It is also said, in a very far fetched story, that a demon disguises itself as the doll in the window. It supposedly curses anyone who comes to look at him.
5.) A girl was neglected by her family and nobody in the town liked her. She apparently hung herself in her attic and nobody said anything for several days. After the body was removed, it was replaced by the doll and has been there ever since.
6.) The doll is supposedly watching over a large park. The home that the doll resides in is directly across from a large park. The legend says that there was a child abducted from the park many years ago and the residents of the home put the doll up either in memory of the child and to watch over the park or that the residents themselves were responsible for the abduction of the child.
The truths behind the doll lie only with one man whose name is Ward Wendt. He lives in the house that holds the doll. He is in fact the one that placed the doll in the window back in 1976. He did it out of personal reasons and one day, his story will be told in his own words.
Wendt wrote a handwritten letter that was placed in a time capsule. The time capsule is a concrete child`s vault which was buried in the park across the street from the house that the doll sits in. The only problem about is that the capsule won`t be opened until 2176.
Police records do not indicate any tragic events such as a murder, or even a death, in that home. Ward states that the building has been in his family`s possession since the town was built and that nothing "exciting" has ever happened in the building. He also hopes that nothing ever does.
The doll has done a lot of good to the town and has created a tourist trap for those traveling through Janesville. The town itself is pretty small and has nothing to attract people to it... other than this doll. Stories about the doll circulate amongst the students at the local college campus in Mankato and throughout the nearby high schools.
Ward Wendt (The owner of the home) is said to be an eccentric man who collects train memoribilia. This house is currently being lived in so PLEASE DO NOT knock on the door or bother the man that lives here!
Location: Janesville, Minnesota (Waseca County)
Directions: From Mankato: Take Hwy 14 E and continue for 15 miles. This will lead you into the town of Janesville. The house that holds the doll is across from the veterinary clinic.
Thanks to www.minnesotaghosts.com for the above information.
There are legit news articles on this house. If you find any or know how to get a hold of one, please post a comment with your knowledge.
*Update* Ward Wendt, owner of the home, has passed away. Here is a blog that explains a little more about Ward and the town of Janesville: http://tvfury.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/janesville-the-old-man-the-doll-in-the-window/
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