In the 16th century, Christians were afraid of marionettes and even believed that they were demonic because it was impossible to identify the source of a puppet's voice.
With a restart of puppeteers on the road and the legacy of puppets of other horror films like Billy in Saw it's safe to say that many of us are just as scared of puppets today. Our fears have even been exploited to create fearsome TV shows like Channel Zero: Candle Cove which is about a fictional children's TV show with puppets.
Puppets are not just for horror movies and TV shows though. These seemingly innocent little dolls and their ventriloquist friends have wreaked havoc in real life as well. There are many stories of bizarre events involving ventriloquists, dolls, or both.
0 Puppet Seances
In 1910, a frightened citizen wrote to The New York Times about seance parties, in which media claimed to communicate with the dead. In the letter, the author describes a "trumpet medium" that uses a telescope horn (like a megaphone) to deliver "news of the dead" that actually come from nearby male and female ventriloquists. It was a way to believe grieving people, their dead relatives and friends would communicate with them.
These trumpets could be used in different ways. As an example, media could hold the large end of a cone-like trumpet near their mouth. Then they whispered into the instrument without moving their facial muscles, while also engaging in casual conversation with other people sitting around the seance table. This method is similar to a technique that is still used by many ventriloquists today. 
9 The Skull Mannequin
Sebastian, Florida, is located about an hour and a half north of West Palm Beach. In 2015, a homeless man appeared in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store in Sebastian. He used a human skull as a puppet. The act of puppetry was performed to get someone in the mall to call the police.
At first the prosecution thought that the skull was fake. Then an officer approached the scene and reported a foul odor. Even more disturbing is the fact that the prosecution has still not been able to determine the identity of the skull. 
The authorities, however, stated that the remains came from a fugitive John Doe who had died near a forest area. Considering that Florida and four other states make up almost 75 percent of unidentified unidentified persons reported to the National Crime Information Center, this is not a surprising conclusion.
8 The Pedophile Puppeteer Show
In 2013 a man in the Boston area called Geoffrey Portway (aka "Fat Longpig" online) pleaded guilty to the distribution and possession of child pornography and solicitation Commit crimes of violence. When Portway's apartment was searched, the law enforcement agencies found thousands of computer images and videos of child pornography, as well as the exchange of child pornography between Portway and its online acquaintances.
The police also found photos of children being cooked and prepared for consumption, a metal cage with a circular feeding hole, a steel-plate table, various types of metal bondage equipment, and a child-sized plywood coffin. Even more disturbing was the realization that Portway had made plans with two other men to kidnap and sexually abuse children. One of the men was a puppeteer. He had planned to kidnap the children he worked with at a puppet show at a local church in Florida.
Puppeteer Ronald Brown ran a party shop called Puppets Plus that promised children "grin and giggle". In 1998, when a policeman crossed over Brown for a traffic violation and noticed several pairs of boy underwear in the vehicle, Brown replied that the underwear belonged to his dolls. 
7 Harassed by a Puppet
In 2017, David Sampson, a ventriloquist in Warwickshire, England, was questioned by the law enforcement agency after his doll, Grisweld the Super Dog, was accused of sexually molesting a woman to have. Sampson claimed that the event did not occur because Grisweld does not have the ability to "speak". Officers questioned Sampson for more than an hour about the incident that allegedly happened while Sampson promoted a Valentine's Show outside the Bulls Head Pub [196592002ThefraightheadedthatthepuppetsexuallyexhaustiblecommentaryandthenSampson'spants-hiddenVondaaquestionedthedoll:"Whydidnotyoucomeandfeelit?"  In response to this claim argued Sampson, that Grisweld would not fit in his pants. The result of the investigation is unclear.
6 The Horse Therapy Dolls
Eric Berry, the safety guard of Kansas City Chiefs, is extremely afraid of horses (equinophobia). This posed a problem because the team's mascot is a real horse being led around the Kansas City field during football matches. Berry tracks his fear of horses for a childhood event in a petting zoo as a horse bit him.
To overcome his anxiety, Berry used a variety of techniques, including drawing horses, watching horses, and even playing with horsepuppets.  A large number of therapists use puppets in therapy because they help to trigger the patient's emotions […]
5 The Puppet Terrorist
In 2014, a blogger filed a complaint with the Egyptian government, because he feared that a telephone company would transmit information used by a puppet in his commercials about a terrorist attack. The commercials involved featured a doll named Abla Fahita, who was searching for her deceased husband's SIM card and making a phone call about a character named Mama Touta.
The blogger initiating the case claimed that "Mama Touta" actually referred to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a recognized terrorist group. More specifically, the blogger claimed that the commercial is discussing an impending bombing.
In response to these allegations, the Fahita doll appeared on the CBC network in Egypt to contest the claims. The company that made the ad further stated that the ad should explain how sim cards can be reactivated and that there was no secret message.
In general, the public in Egypt found the exchange between the blogger and Fahita comedian and even launched a digital movement called "#FreeFahita." 
4 The Farting Hippo Puppet lawsuit
In 2014, CBS was implicated in a lawsuit because of the Bert the Farting Hippo doll, a toy hippopotamus from the NCIS series. After appearing in an episode of NCIS in 2003, Bert became a hippo favorite. To take advantage of this, CBS Bert began offering the Farting Hippo Merchandise in its online shop.
For the first time, CBS has entered into a contract with the US manufacturer Folkmanis to produce about 30,000 farting hippopotamus dolls. To reduce costs, CBS finally sold the production of Bert the Farting Hippo puppets to China.
In response, Folkmanis filed a lawsuit against CBS and certain affiliates to stop the alleged copyright infringement and regain the associated lost profit of $ 733,000. While the lawsuit was pending, CBS removed all of Bert the Farting Hippo's merchandise from his store, temporarily making the farting hippopotamus a scarce commodity.
In 2016, the companies have settled the lawsuit, but the terms have not been published. 
3 The Gay Rights Puppets
The dolls Sheka and Teka, which appeared in the late 1990s, appeared in numerous commercials for the Israel Electric Corporation. Commercials were presented by the two dolls on a paddle boat in the Dead Sea, drove a convertible, squatted on a couch and shared a room with two single beds.
While many audiences have long speculated about the sexual orientation of puppets in a similar way for Bert and Ernie, these issues peak in 2013 when the puppets greeted a third baby doll. 
In this ad, Sheka and Teka were in a living room talking to a pink baby doll with a tuft of light orange hair. The commercial then switched to a nursery scene in which the baby was sucking on a pacifier and Teka Sheka congratulated on the baby's birth. The ad could not identify the mother.
In a third scene in the commercial, Sheka and Teka sit with the child on a park bench. The ad concluded with the suggestion that the clean air in the park was caused by cleaner energy production.
In response to the controversy over the sexual orientation of the dolls, Israel Electric Corporation issued a statement that the advertisement was only meant to communicate the company's news about clean air and electricity. However, a spokesman for the Israeli national LGBT task force made a statement that Sheka and Teka had been gay for years and would always be gay.
2 The Puppet Battle
Custody is often used in relation to children but can also be applied to puppets. In 2001, the famous puppet Howdy Doody was a protracted custody case. Although NBC had agreed in 1967 to put the doll in a museum, it came to a disagreement with the heirs of the puppeteers, who had made Howdy Doody a household name.
The legacy in question was only six years old when The NBC The Howdy Doody Show resulted in the doll traveling through the country with Buffalo Bob. The puppeteer Rufus Rose had loaned the puppet in 1970 to Buffalo Bob. After Rose died in 1975, Howdy Doody performed publicly. In 1998, one of Roses sons and Buffalo Bob agreed to sell the doll in a 50/50 deal, but Buffalo Bob died before the sale was completed.
The judge in the case eventually ruled that Howdy Doody belonged to the museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts. This decision resulted from a 40-page comprehensive judgment that analyzed Howdy Doody's role on television and provided a rough guide to contract law. 
1 The Marionette Gag  In another example of strange legal acts with puppets, a 2014 South African ventriloquist received a gag order against his puppet. Musician Steve Hofmeyr announced the protective order against comedian Conrad Koch, claiming that Koch's puppet Chester Missing made hate speech. The order prohibited Chester from making any statements about Hofmeyr in public or on social media.
When the case arose, Chester was known for making controversial political commentary. The lawsuit was initiated by a series of tweets from Chester's Twitter account that criticized the singer for being racist and asked that South Africans boycott a commercial brand associated with him.
As a result of Chester's actions, a local car dealer dropped his sponsorship of Hofmeyr. Koch eventually won the case and was successful in removing Chester Missing's gag order.