Island of the Dolls. This place is an uninhabited island in Xochimilco, Mexico. According to legend,the islands only resident, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. He was haunted by her death, so when he saw a doll floating by in the canal soon after, he hung it in a tree to please the girl. He hoped to both appease her tortured soul and protect the island from further evil.