Recently dolls appeared on the front steps of eight California homes. These are porcelain dolls. They do not belong to the families inhabiting these houses.
They do resemble the children living in those houses.
The story is mysterious at this point. Do the expressions on the dolls mean anything? What do the presumably targeted girls have in common, beyond all being 10 years old and attending the same school? Will more dolls be forthcoming? And what's it about?
[I]nvestigators were trying to determine what prompted someone to leave the dolls, which weren’t being considered a crime, [Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff ] Hallock said. “Is it a prank? Is there some specific motivation?”
It could also be very generous gift gone wrong, or simply an art project.
Creepy dolls have a deep, abiding power.
(thanks to Jesse Walker)