Imagine this scenario: you've just come home to your Greenwich Village penthouse when you notice something in your bedroom that wasn't there before. No one has access to your apartment except you, and there are zero signs of forced entry. Yet there it rests, placed conspicuously in your bedroom where there's no chance you won't notice it: a strange children's book titled The Lonely Doll. The cover depicts a doll looking over her shoulder ... almost as if someone's creeping up behind her.
If this sounds like it would give you the willies in a big way, you have a kindred soul in Famke Janssen, the gorgeous Dutch actress known for playing Jean Grey in the X-Men movies. Last Saturday, Janssen experienced a bizarre break-in, and so far, cops have NO idea how it could have happened.
Janssen says that on Saturday, she'd been in and out of her apartment since 7:30 a.m. that day as she ran errands. When she came home to her King Street penthouse at about 8:10 p.m., that's when she noticed the book left in her bedroom. According to a law enforcement source:
She walked into her bedroom and noticed a children’s book standing on the shelf beside her bed.
I'm sure the unexpected presence of ANY book would have been disturbing, but there's something extra skin-crawling about this particular calling card. The Lonely Doll, originally published in 1957, has the following description on Wikipedia:
The Lonely Doll tells the story of a doll named Edith, who lives by herself until two teddy bears, called Mr. Bear and Little Bear, appear in her life. One day, Mr. Bear goes out for a walk leaving the two alone in the house; He returns to find they have rummaged in a closet for dress-up clothing, smeared themselves with makeup, and written "Mr. Bear is just a silly old thing" in lipstick on the mirror. Mr Bear proceeds to discipline both Little Bear and Edith, leaving Edith to worry that he will take Little Bear and leave. Mr. Bear assures her that he will never, ever, leave her.
Ugh, is this a message from a stalker -- that he or she will never, ever, EVER leave Janssen? Another eyebrow-raising note: the book came under controversy when it was reissued in 1998 because of a scene in which Mr. Bear spanks Edith. Oh, and ALSO, the COVER:
Janssen contacted the police, who are investigating the incident as a burglary and checking out surveillance footage to see if they can identify the intruder. So far, no signs of entry have been found and nothing appears to have been stolen.
Yep, that's straight-up terrifying, all right. If I were her, I'd be staying with friends or booking a hotel or buying a giant combat-trained German Shepherd or hiring an exorcist or SOMETHING.
Would you be freaked out if this happened to you?
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