Most of us love a good fable about the supernatural but when it causes death maybe we ought to think twice. A few objects in this world are not only known to be cursed but also to cause death. That’s when a tale ceases to be just creepy and goes on to be something to be avoided at all costs. So join us as we countdown ten allegedly cursed objects and their intriguing stories.
10. King Tuts Tomb
The curse of King Tut’s tomb is a cautionary tale that has caught the public eye for generations. An archaeologist known as Howard Carter found the tomb on 4th November 1922. It was a magnificent find for him and his crew. However, within seven years of the discovery, eleven people connected to Carter’s party died for strange reasons. The number rose to 21 by the year 1935. Critics attribute the mysterious deaths to a fungus, but the inscription on the tomb says it all, “Death shall come on swift wings to anyone who disturbs the king’s peace.”
9. Busby’s Stoop Chair
Often referred to as the chair of death, the chair is named after its original owner Thomas Busby. He was a coiner who brutally murdered a co-worker. Before his death sentence, he asked for a drink on his favorite chair, a well-built rocking chair. Mysterious deaths occurred to folks who defied the chair’s curse; from motorcycle deaths to tales of a chimney sweep falling from a roof. While sitting on the chair Busby mumbled his final words “death will come quickly to whoever sits in my chair.” Since then, the chair lingered in an inn till 1978 when the owner donated it to Thirsk Museum where it is hung on a wall, thus stopping people from sitting in it ever again.
8. The Dybbuk Box
In Jewish culture, a Dybbuk is a restless spirit that possesses the living. The box, in this case, is an artifact in history that dates back to the Holocaust. Previous owner Kevin Mannis listed the cursed box on E-bay, describing it as an old wine cabinet. It is claimed that whoever opens the box is met by great misfortune. Past owners all claim to have had the same ghastly nightmares of an old hag haunting them. Some allege that the box burns out the lights in the room or causes horrible welts on their body. One owner died of a stroke the day they received it as a gift.
7. The Annabelle Doll
Ed and Lorraine Warren, the world’s most prolific researchers in paranormal investigation owned lots of artifacts said to be cursed. Within their collection of cursed objects was a rather normal looking ragged doll, Annabelle, that was locked up in a glass cabinet. It had the warning ‘positively do not open.’
A woman called Donna received the doll from her mother on her 28th birthday. She reported receiving troubling notes from the doll. Annabelle was known to shift positions in the night and even sometimes drops of blood would be found on her. Donna’s friend, Lou, claimed to have been scratched by the doll. Later, the Warrens took the doll and kept it in their personal museum – Occult. A young boy is said to have visited the museum and mocked the doll. Three hours later, he was reported dead after losing control of his motorcycle.
6. The Hope Diamond
Formed approximately 1.1 billion years ago, this gem is worth close to $200-250 million USD. Known as ‘The King’s Jewel’ this precious gemstone has traveled the world and changed hands amongst the wealthy. One of the most popular tales about its origin involves a man named Tavernier who is believed to have plucked the diamond from the forefead of a Hindu statue. He sold the artifact to King Louis the XIV but was later torn apart by wild dogs on a trip to Constantinople. Many victims are said to have suffered misfortune from the doomed gemstone – from suicide, to incarceration, to divorce and dead children. The Diamond now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
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