When one visits the East Martello Museum, one is swiftly confronted with Robert the Doll. Robert was made by the Steiff company in Germany around 1900, and was a possession of a Key West boy named Robert Eugene Otto. Robert the Boy went by the name Gene, so as to not be confused with the famous Robert the Doll.

Robert's personal casemate at Fort East Martello is dark, with creepy children's piano music jerkily tinkling in the background. There is a huge Victorian hearse on one side of the room, and a blackboard on the opposite wall, upon which visitors can leave respectful messages for Robert...because respect is the operative word when in Robert's presence. If Robert feels he has been disrespected, a dreadful curse will be placed upon the disrespecting party.