There have been several legends and myths and mysteries about cursed things that have plagued many till now, people or objects. But it is something we never give more than two shits about, as we assume it is not true. But what if it is, what if there have been real instances about objects that are cursed enough to take several people’s lives. Here we are with a list of ten such cursed objects, so faint hearts, beware!
10) The Dybbuk Box
A “Dybbuk” translates to a restless, usually malicious, spirit believed to be able to haunt and even possess the living in the Jewish folklore and this box goes around the legend that a Holocaust survivor accidentally summoned the demon while using a homemade Ouija board, and somehow managed to trap it inside a wine cabinet, which is indeed, the said “Dybbuk” box. Then a guy, Kevin Mannis, discovered its ill effects as after buying it at an estate sale in 2001, he and his friends suffered sleeplessness as they started having nightmares of the old spirit, and later on, Kevin’s mother suffered a stroke the next day when he gave the box to her. The owners who bought it all the next years also claimed to have seen the “dybbuk” in their dreams. The last known owner of the box, Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, not only had nightmares but developed a strange skin disease and began coughing up blood. This prompted him to call his local rabbis, who sealed the Dybbuk back in the box, and then hid it from the world.
9) The Busby Stoop Chair
Thomas Busby was a convicted felon who had murdered his father-in-law by strangling him to death. Accordingly, he was hung but, his killing spree did not end there, as the place of his execution was directly opposite to a simple chair in a store and this chair is now believed to carry a curse—whoever sits upon it will supposedly die from a frightful accident. 63 people who have sat on the chair are said to have met untimely deaths, sometimes mere hours after resting their butts on Busby’s beloved chair until 1978, when the owner gifted it to the Thirsk Museum, where it now resides high on a wall, so that no one can sit on it and if you are thinking that why would anyone in his sane mind sit on it, you are wrong, as the Museum received several visitors who wanted to sit on it to either end their lives (suicide by this method? Really guys?), or they preferred being killed by this reason rather than the curiosity about the authenticity of the curse.
8) Tut’s Tomb
This is one list item that you must already be aware of. The Tomb of Tutankhamun is the burial place of the said 19-year-old pharaoh. It was even written in a book by Marie Corelli that “dire punishment” would follow any intrusion into a sealed tomb, but it was all bullshit and was proved so at that time. But, in reality, all who entered—to steal or to research—are said to be struck with bad luck, illness, or death because of the curse of the pharaohs. The 1922 Howard Carter expedition to find Tut’s tomb created the frenzy about the curse, as his discovery unleashed new life for this legend. The first to die was the canary that was rumoured to have led Carter to the tomb’s hidden location, but it was never proved. Soon thereafter, Carter’s financial backer Lord Carnarvon died in a weird manner. He had been bitten by a mosquito, and later he slashed the bite accidentally while shaving. It became infected and blood poisoning resulted. Twenty more deaths of people is said to be caused by this curse. We hope your belief is rising with each list item.
This is yet another one of the many curses related to the Egyptians. It is about Ötzi, also known as the Iceman, a man who is believed to have lived around 3,300 BCE whose mummy was discovered in September of 1991 in the Ötztal Alps in Italy. In the hills, a glacier surrounded him after he died of exposure, and preserved his body and the curse’s rumour grew strong as people linked to him began to die, often in violent accidents. At least seven deaths have been tied to Ötzi’s uprooting, including forensic pathologist Rainer Henn who was killed in a car accident en route to give a speech about the said mummy, mountaineer Kurt Fritz who died in an avalanche, and hiker Helmut Simon, who was the one to discover Iceman on a hike with his wife and later died after falling off a treacherous path. Within an hour of Simon’s funeral, the head of the mountain rescue team that was assigned to find him, Dieter Warnecke, 45, died of a heart attack. Then in April, archaeologist Konrad Spindler, 55, who first inspected the prehistoric corpse, died of complications from multiple sclerosis. Recently, a US-born molecular archaeologist Tom Loy was found dead in his Brisbane home two weeks ago as he was finalizing a book about Ötzi. It is said to have claws more vicious than the Tut’s.
6) James Dean’s Little Bastard
“Little Bastard” was the name of the cursed silver Porsche 550 Spyder owned by James Dean. Since James Dean’s death in 1955, the Porsche 550 Spyder has become infamous as the car that killed him. Later on, the vehicle was purchased by hot rod designer George Barris, who planned to sell it for parts. The curse’s rumour (or not) was born when the car fell and crushed a mechanic’s legs and it was said to spread as its parts were later on sold to others. Barris sold the engine and drivetrain to Troy McHenry and William Eschrid, who were racing with parts from the “Little Bastard” in their respective cars, when McHenry lost control and hit a tree, which killed him instantly and Eschrid was seriously injured when his car suddenly locked up and rolled over while going into a turn. The tires sold from Little Bastard blew out simultaneously, sending their buyer to the hospital. While the shell of the car was being transported, the truck carrying it crashed, and the driver was killed, too (he did not even buy it). From there, the shell was stolen and the curse of Little Bastard is hushed since the whereabouts are still not known.
5) The Basano Vase
This beautiful vase was made from carved silver in the 15th century, & is the object of Italian folklore that still continues to frighten & inspire. The Legend says that it was given to a bride on the eve of her wedding near Napoli, Italy, a wedding she never had, as she was brutally murdered that night with the vase in her hand. From there, it was passed down her family line, but anyone who took possession of it supposedly died. It was then boxed away by a priest, but unfortunately, resurfaced in 1988 with a note that is said to have read, “Beware…This vase brings death.” The warning was discarded, & the vase was quickly sold off at auction selling for four million Lira, & its reign of death continued. The pharmacist who had bought it died within three months, and three more deaths of new owners followed until finally the curse seemed to go dormant when a desperate family demanded the police take it away. It has not been seen since. (A very law-abiding and police respecting curse indeed).
4) The Crying Boy Painting
This is another curse from England. Italian artist Giovanni Bragolin painted a picture of a crying boy that inexplicably became very popular in the 1950s and had many prints made. The superstition goes that the pictures of this mournful child cause fires. In an article in the tabloid The Sun from September 4th, 1985, it was mentioned that a couple’s house burned down, but the fire didn’t burn “The Crying Boy.” Even British fire-fighters were already so scared of it that none of them would allow copies of the painting into their own homes. More such incidents of the prints being unscathed in house fires, both before and after the article, were reported, and suddenly a story popped up that the painting was of an orphan whose home had burned down until The Sun called for the unburnt copies to burned, which all went to vain. The paintings are now gone into oblivion, but what we don’t get is the fact that why anyone would hang a boy’s crying face in the walls of their house.
3) The Hope Diamond
One of the most dazzling gems in the world is the Hope Diamond, a beautiful blue diamond weighing over 45 carats. About the size of a walnut, the stone is estimated to be worth a quarter of a billion dollars, yet, no absurd billionaires have ever had a wish to own it. It has travelled the world but now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and some believe it is cursed. It is said that it was plucked away by a Hindu priest from the brow of an Indian temple idol and he was punished for this unholy sin with a slow and agonizing death. It made its European debut in 1642, when it was bought by a French merchant, who sold it to King Louis XIV for a handsome profit but was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs. Other rumoured victims of the diamond have suffered disgrace, divorce, suicide, imprisonment, torture, financial ruin, lynching, decapitation or even beheading, like in the case of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, who were beheaded. Finally, we have a diamond we will not even touch even if it would be served on a silver platter.
2) The Woman from Lemb Statue
The Woman from Lemb Statue was a statue referred to as the “The Goddess of Death” because of the several killings it is responsible for. Originally made around 3500 B.C.E. in Cyprus and then found in 1878 in Eastern Europe, the first owner was a Lord Elphont. His seven-member family all died within six years of Elphont receiving the statue. The Woman from Lemb was then acquired by a man Ivor Manucci, who died along with his entire family within the next four years. Then it went to a Lord Thompson-Noel. Following suit, he and his family died too. The statue disappeared for a bit, but its next confirmed owner was Sir Alan Biverbrook, who wife and two daughters shortly choked to death, simultaneously. With two sons left, Biverbrook wisely donated the dangerous thing to the Royal Scottish Museum. To top off the mystery, the museum curator who handled the statue died within a year.
1) Annabelle the Doll
This is an entry you definitely know about because of the movie that was made after taking inspiration from it, “Annabelle”. In 1970, a woman gave a doll to her daughter Donna who later on kept on finding the doll in places she never left them in. To make it creepier, the doll started leaving messages behind that said “Help”. And then they found the doll with blood on it. Lou, a person who warned the family about something sinister and demonic behind the doll was then visited by Annabelle, who levitated up his body and strangled him until he passed out. Donna and her friend Angie found Lou with claw marks on his chest with just Annabelle present in the room beside him. Called by the girls, Ed and Lorraine Warren, a very famous couple of “church agents” who were apparently ghost whisperers, decided the doll was actually a conduit to hell that a demon was using. Two exorcisms didn’t work, and now the doll resides behind a glass cause in the Warrens’ occult museum, where it still moves (as dolls are already not creepy enough)
So, we are here, but we aren’t sure whether you still believe in the said curses or not, because they directly speak about the forces above us, above our living realm. So what will you do if you come across such an object- be a believer and ignore it completely, or be a pragmatist and go check it out (and die!)?