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People have always been fascinated by the supernatural and the occult. Cursed objects have been the product of movies and stories, but that’s all they are, right? Well some of these movies and stories were inspired by real life objects said to be cursed, and have had an impact on those who have owned these objects. Of course, most people believe it’s just superstition, but the cases that surround these objects tells us there’s a more sinister force at work. I’m Felix Helix, and here are 20 cursed objects that really exist:
20: Belcourt Castle Chairs
Probably one of the most haunted places in the United States is the Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island. The ballroom has chairs that are reported to cause the most paranormal activity; people feel chills while being near the chairs, and feel a strange surge of energy flow through them. Some have actually been ejected or pushed out of the chairs by an unseen force.
19: King Tutankhamen’s Tomb
Buried in the Valley Of The Kings, King Tut ruled Egypt for nine years until he died at the young age of 15 or 16 under mysterious circumstances, and was buried along with his valuables. When trying to write him out of history, they accidentally preserved his legacy. His tomb remained undisturbed for thousands of years, because thieves and grave robbers never heard of him. That is until November 4, 1922, an archeologist named Howard Carter discovered a stairway that led to the king’s tomb. It was said that one of the engravings the tomb said, “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king.” After the discovery of the tomb, people associated with the discovery started dying under mysterious circumstances like Carnarvon died of an infection from a mosquito bite, other people present at the discovery died within a decade, and Howard Carter died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1939.
18: The Cursed Phone Number
Though it’s not really a cursed object, it still deserves a spot on this list. In Bulgaria, a phone company called Mobitel assigned three people this phone number 0888-888-888. But for some reason the individuals died while in possession of this number. Vladimir Grashnov, who was CEO of Motibel, and the first owner of the cursed number died of cancer in 2001. The number was passed on to Konstantin Dimitrov, a crime boss who was assassinated while having the number in 2003, and the third person to have this number was Konstantin Dishiliev who was gunned down in front of a restaurant in 2005. It wasn’t long before the company suspended the number. If you call this number you will a prerecorded message saying, “outside network coverage.”
17: Maori Warrior Masks
The Maori are an indigenous tribe of New Zealand. Before heading into battle, they carved masks and statues. According to Maori belief, any warrior who died in battle would leave their soul behind in one of the masks. While the curse has no effect on men, women who are pregnant or menstruating are cursed or get bad luck when getting near them. Also according to Maori belief, pregnant women or women who were menstruating were considered taboo, meaning if both a woman and a Maori mask got close to each other, it could invoke a curse.
16: The Croesus Treasure
The Croesus Treasure, or the Lydian Hoard is a collection of artifacts that belonged to King Croesus who ruled the Lydian Kingdom from 560 to 547 BC. A tomb of a Lydian princess was discovered by five villagers of Güre in 1965, they stole jewelry that was buried with her, and stole the rest of the artifacts in 1966. This continued in 1968; they found no treasures, but wall paintings. They sold the artifacts to a smuggler. Thinking they would have rich and happy lives, their lives would really take a turn for the worst. One thief lost all three of his sons, one was murdered while the other two died in traffic accidents, and the thief became paralyzed then died. Another went through a divorce before he would lose his son to suicide. The last one went insane, and told stories of how he hid 40 barrels of gold. Apparently there’s a saying that goes, “As rich as Croesus,” because Croesus was one of the richest people during his time.
15: The Hands Resist Him
When he was a boy, Bill Stoneham played with a girl in his neighborhood, and one day, his parents wanted the kids to pose in front of a glass door for a picture. 20 years later, he would transform a memory from his childhood into a terrifying piece of art. In 1972, Bill’s wife Rhoann wrote a poem called “Hands Resist Him.” It’s about how he was adopted, and never knew his biological siblings. He made a living in California producing two paintings every month for Charles Feingarten’s gallery. His next deadline was coming soon, so he used his wife’s poem, and the photograph from 20 years ago to create “The Hands Resist Him.” John Marley who is best known for his role in the The Godfather bought the painting. Over the span of seven years, three men who were close to the painting died. Seldis died in 1978, Feingarten in 1981, and Marley in 1984, but he sold the painting before he died. In 2000, the painting resurfaced on eBay, and the family who posted about it claimed the figures in the painting moved. It’s said that the painting is a doorway between our world and another.
14: The Golden Eagle
Christine, eat your heart out. Also known as “the most evil car in America,” the Golden Eagle is a 1964 Dodge. It was originally a police cruiser, and three of the officers who drove the car died. The car didn’t kill them really, but they were involved in mass murder-suicides, they killed their families, and then killed themselves. An old man bought the car and it eventually made its way into the ownership of the Allen family, but for some reason the Allen family were not effected by the car’s curse. Members of the local churches heard about the possessed car and vandalized it. It’s said they died in strange ways, like being struck by lightning, and being beheaded by eighteen wheelers. Two kids were hit by different cars, but died near the Golden Eagle, and another kid was dared to touch the car—he killed his family including the dog, and burned the house. After that, the car was disassembled, and the pieces were sold for scrap but Wendy Allen managed to get all the parts and reassemble it. She even says the doors like to fly open, while she’s driving on the highway.
A mother purchased this antique Raggedy Ann doll for her daughter Donna’s birthday. Donna was a college student, and was about to graduate from a nurse’s program. Shortly after receiving the doll, her and her roommates started noticing strange occurrences relating to the doll like leaving the doll with her arms and legs straight, then coming home seeing that her legs are crossed. Leaving notes dotted in blood and saying things like “Help us” or “Help Lou.” And being placed in rooms she didn’t leave her in. She contacted famous paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren to see what was going on. They said that spirits can’t possess objects, but they can manipulate them to make them seem they’re alive. They believed that Donna and her roommates were at risk of getting possessed, so they exorcised and blessed their home. Donna requested the Warrens to take the doll with them and they did. Today the doll remains in a glass case in the Warren Occult Museum in Connecticut. “Positively do not open.” Good advice.
12: The Woman From Lemb
Also known as the Goddess of Death, this statue was carved from pure limestone, and was found in Lemb, Cyprus in 1878. No one knows what the purpose of this statue was, but it was created 3500 BC, and may be the fertility idol of a goddess. But what it’s really known for is the deadly impacts it had on the people who have owned it. It was owned by four families, and each one of them died while owning the statue. Lord Elphont owned the statue first, and over the next six years, his family died. Ivor Menucci was the second owner, and his family died within the span of four years. Lord Thompson-Noel was the third owner of the statue, and same as Ivor Menucci’s family, died within the next four years. Then the statue disappeared until it resurfaced in the hands of Sir Alan Biverbrook, and soon enough, his family met the same fate. The two surviving sons of the Biverbrook family donated the statue to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. The curator who handled the statue died the following year. It’s still at the museum today if you want to have a look for yourself.
11: Myrtles Plantation Mirror
Probably one of the most haunted places in the world is the Myrtles Plantation, and one of the most haunted objects on the premises is the Myrtles Plantation Mirror. Story goes that a slave named Chloe baked a cake that was poisoned, and served it to Sara Woodruff and her two daughters. They died, and it’s said they are trapped in the mirror. It’s reported that hand prints and drips can be seen on the mirror. Figures in old fashioned clothing can be seen moving around behind the glass.
10: Elmo Knows Your Name
You may know Elmo as one of the lovable puppets from Sesame Street, well get ready because I’m about to ruin any good memories you had with Elmo, but if you don’t want those good memories ruined then you can skip to the next entry. In 1996, the Fisher Price company released a line of Elmo dolls that could say certain phrases including saying the owner’s name. The Bowman family had a hard time looking for an Elmo doll for their two year old son James around the Christmas season but they finally got a hold of one. One day while James was playing with the doll, his mother suddenly heard Elmo say “Kill James,” she rushed over to check the doll, and thought she was just hearing things. But then one day when the family was together, they were watching TV when the doll started singing “Kill James.” They immediately called Fisher Price. The company was confused, and understood why they were angry. They told them to change the batteries and reset it which didn’t work. No matter what they tried, it still kept saying “Kill James,” so they gave them a refund.
9: The Basano Vase
Made from carved silver in the 15th century, the Basano vase has been the subject of Italian lore, and still frightens people to this day. Legend has it that the vase was made as a wedding gift for a bride in a nearby village of Napoli. On her wedding night, she was murdered while clutching the vase, and as she lay dying, she vowed to come back and seek out vengeance. After her death, the vase was passed around among family members, and each one mysteriously died. It was then that the vase was hidden in a secret location. Who hid the vase, and the whereabouts of the vase are unknown, but it is said that the vase was buried in sacred ground by a priest. A piece of parchment was found in the vase saying, "Beware, this vase brings death."
8: The Destiny Ring
In the 1920s, Hollywood actor, Rudolph Valentino, noticed a ring in a shop in San Francisco. The shopkeeper insisted that Rudolph shouldn’t buy the ring because he believed it was cursed, but that didn’t stop him. He would soon regret his decision. A film he starred in called The Young Rajah became a failure, and after making the film The Son Of Sheik back in 1926, he died while wearing the ring. He died from an infection he got after having surgery for bleeding ulcers. The ring was given to his girlfriend Pola Negri who became sick immediately after receiving the ring. Her career as an actress came to an end. She passed the ring to Ross Colombo who would die in a shooting accident. Joe Casino, who was a friend of Ross received the ring, and would be hit by a truck a week later. It was passed on to Joe’s brother Del who locked it up for safe keeping. James Willis attempted to steal the ring, but was shot by police who arrived at the scene—and in his pocket was the ring. Edward Small had possession of the ring, because he was interested in making a movie dedicated to Valentino. Jack Dunn was to play Valentino in Small’s film and wore the ring. He died of a blood disease two weeks later. To this day the ring remains in a bank vault in Los Angeles. Some say that Valentino’s ghost searches for the ring hoping to destroy it.
7: The Hope Diamond
One of the most famous and famously cursed diamonds in the world would be the Hope Diamond. This diamond weighs over 45 carats, was formed in the earth 1.1 billion years ago, and is worth a quarter of a billion dollars. It is beautiful, but there’s a terrible price to pay when owning this diamond. The diamond was owned by several people including kings, let’s get into it shall we? It was discovered in the Golconda mines by the Kistna River in India, and was brought to Europe in 1642. A French merchant bought it, and then sold it to King Louis XIV. He was mauled by a pack of wild dogs after giving the stone to him. It would be stolen in 1792 during the French Revolution, and King Louis XIV and Marie Arionette were beheaded because of the curse. It went missing for a few decades, and rumors were spread around that King George IV owned the diamond. He sold it because he was facing serious debt. Henry Thomas Hope would become owner of the diamond in 1839, and after his death, it became the Hope Diamond. It was passed around among several people that each experienced misfortune while owning the diamond like divorce, suicide, torture, financial problems, etc. It remains at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC where it’s viewed by the public. Under no circumstances is this diamond allowed to be owned by anyone due to how valuable it is—and so that it can’t harm another person.
6: Little Bastard
On September 23, 1955, James Dean bought a Porsche 550 Spyder, and named it “Little Bastard.” He decided to take his new car for a spin and met up with Alec Guinness, showing off Little Bastard. Being superstitious, Alec thought he would die if he took a ride in James’ car, but he thought Alec was joking around. On September 30, 1955, Dean and Rolf Wütherich entered the Little Bastard in a race in Salinas. They needed to break in some miles on the car and Dean needed to familiarize himself with the car, Wütherich tagged along. A few hours later, they had a head-on collision with a black and white 1950 Ford Tudor coupe. Both Dean and Wütherich were sent to the hospital and Dean was pronounced dead. George Barris bought the wrecked car, it slipped and broke the leg of a mechanic. Two parts, the engine and drivertrain were sold to Troy McHenry and William Eschrid. They used the parts to build cars of their own, and raced against each other. Henry crashed into a tree and died on impact. The wheels on Eschrid’s car locked for no reason and rolled over, leaving him badly injured. Other people who bought parts from the Little Bastard ended up in serious accidents like William and Eschrid.
5: Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
Also known as the wedding dress of sorrow, story goes that in 1849, a woman of a rich family fell in love with a lower class iron worker. She wanted to marry him, but no matter how much she begged and pleaded, her father wouldn’t allow it. She even bought a wedding dress hoping she would marry him one day. Being angry with her father, she vowed to never love another man. After her father’s death, her true love already moved on. She spent the rest of her life alone, bitter, and angry in her home until her death in 1914. The Baker mansion was turned into a museum, and her dress remains in a glass case in her old room. Visitors have reported seeing Anna staring back at them from the reflection of the case, and said the dress has moved from time to time, believing she is dancing the dance she never got to on her wedding.
4: Otzi The Iceman
In 1991, a 5,300 year old corpse was found preserved in ice in the Italian alps, and was called Oetzi the Iceman. Oetzi was discovered to be a warrior from the Stone Age, and rumors have spread that he was cursed, because people disturbed his rest after 53 centuries. This started a year ago, when Helmut Simon who discovered the ice mummy died at the age of 67 during a blizzard near the very place where Oetzi was found. After Helmut’s funeral, Dieter Warnecke set out to find his body, but died of a heart attack at the age of 45. Konrad Spindler who observed the corpse died from multiple sclerosis. Rainer Henn who was head of forensics, and examined the corpse, died in a car crash while he was on his way to give a lecture about Oetzi. Kurt Fritz who guided Henn to Oetzi died in an avalanche. Rainer Hoelzl who filmed the discovery died of a brain tumor. Loy who examined Oetzi’s clothes and weapons died alone in the mountains after a hunting accident. It was discovered that Oetzi was hunting with a friend when they both got into a fight and Oetzi was killed.
3: Busby’s Stoop Chair
This infamous chair belonged to convicted murderer Thomas Busby. Busby and his girlfriend Elizabeth were living together at a local inn, and one day, her father Daniel Awety tried dragging her away, because he didn’t approve of Busby. She refused to leave until Busby came back wherever he was. Busby was drunk when he came home and both men got into a serious fight. Daniel stormed off and Busby was furious. Busby grabbed a hammer and bashed him in the head repeatedly until he was dead. They found the body, and Busby was founded guilty of murder. His final request was to have lunch at his favorite pub, after he finished he stood up and said, “May sudden death come to anyone who dares sit in my chair.” In 1702, he was hanged. After Busby was hanged, the local pub owner got a lot of customers coming for the cursed chair, and the curse would soon take effect. Several people died sitting in Busby’s chair, so the pub owner donated it to a museum. Today the chair remains at the Thirsk Museum where it’s mounted, so it can prevent anymore deaths.
2: The Anguished Man
The artist of The Anguished Man is unknown, but he mixed his own blood in the oil while painting it, and committed suicide after completing it. Sean Robinson got the painting from his grandmother who kept it locked up in her attic. Her grandmother received this painting from a friend 25 years ago, and claimed it was evil, that the figure in the painting lurked in her house, and that she heard strange noises coming from the painting. Sean was skeptical of this, and didn’t want to believe what she was saying was true. He moved out after his grandmother died, and kept the the painting in his basement. There was water damage so he had to move it upstairs and the painting freaked his wife, because she thought it was mysterious and dangerous. He didn’t believe this, but despite his skepticism, Sean and his wife do hear strange noises, and ghostly wails that echo throughout their home.
1: The Dybbuk Box
The Dybbuk Box is an antique wine cabinet that was bought by Kevin Mannis from an estates sale in Oregon. The seller claimed that the box was owned by her grandmother who was a Holocaust survivor, she was the only surviving member of her family, and fled to Spain which is where she got the box. She immigrated to the United States and took the box with her. She told her daughter to never open it, because she believed that the box contained a dybbuk, a demon from Jewish mythology. He bought it anyway; he was intrigued by its dark history and was skeptical of the story. When he got home he made the mistake of opening the box, the box contained a wine goblet, a granite slab with Hebrew writing that said “Shalom,” dried rosebud, a candlestick, two pennies, and a two locks of human hair bounded in a chord. Strange things started to occur like he left his store to run an errand, and when he came back his store was trashed, but nothing was stolen. A woman reported seeing lightbulbs smashing themselves, and disembodied voices cursing. Mannis gave the box to his mother, and five minutes after receiving it, she had a stroke. Each owner have reported strange occurrences like feeling sick or weak, having terrible nightmares, among other things. The last owner suffered from a skin disease after coming into possession of the box, with the help of local rabbis they hid the box in a hidden location. This box would be the inspiration for a film released in 2012 called The Possession.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.