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When it comes to myths and legends, the Keys have a set of their own. Many of them are sea-based, but the creepiest is the tale of Robert the Doll. It all happened in the late 1800s. Thomas Otto and his family moved in to a mansion at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets in Key West, Florida, now known as the Artist House. The Ottos were known to be stern… Read More

One of the most fearsome pirates was called Black Caesar. Together with his band of ex-slave pirates, he stalked the Florida Keys. According to accounts from the time, Black Caesar started life as a respected African tribal chief. He was known throughout his nation as a man of formidable strength, intelligence and for being huge in size. He was one of the last tribal chiefs to be captured by slave traders—and was… Read More