People have always have been fascinated by the supernatural and the occult, especially cursed objects. Cursed objects have been the product of a lot of well known films and other forms of literature but that’s all they are, right? Well, there have been dozens upon dozens of cases of objects that have caused serious misfortune including death for a lot of people. Some people like to pass it off as superstition but there is no denying that there may be a sinister force at work. I’m Cryptic Hatter and here are 10 Cursed Objects That Really Exist:
10: Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
Also known as the “Wedding Dress of Sorrow,” the wedding dress belonged to a girl from a rich family named Anna Baker who fell in love with a low class iron worker. She wanted to marry him but her father didn’t give his blessing because he didn’t want her to marry a lower class man. No matter how much she begged and pleaded, he still wouldn’t let her. She was deeply in love with the man and even bought a wedding dress, hoping that one day she would marry him. Angry with her father, she promised herself that she would never marry anyone else, no matter how many suitors her father would bring to court her. Unfortunately, when her father died, it was already too late and her true love already married someone else. She spent the rest of her life alone, bitter and angry in her house until she died in 1914. Soon after her death, the Baker’s Mansion was turned into a museum and her wedding dress was put into a display case in her old room. Visitors have reported strange occurrences such as seeing a woman in the dress staring back at them, the dress swaying from side to side from inside the case and ghostly apparitions of a woman in a wedding dress dancing around in the mansion.
This eerie-looking Raggedy Ann Doll was discovered at an antique shop by a mother who gave it as birthday gift for her daughter Donna in 1970. It wasn’t too long before Donna noticed strange occurrences going on in her apartment while in possession of the doll. Strange occurrences such as the doll being placed in different areas where Donna had not put it in and little notes dotted with blood. She eventually contacted famous paranormal investigators and occultists, Ed and Lorraine Warren to figure out what was going on. They claimed that the doll was possessed by a demonic entity and took the doll with them where it now resides in a wooden case at the Warren Occult Museum but is unfortunately closed permanently. I’ve always wanted to visit this place but there’s plenty of other creepy places to visit.
8: 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. The diamond was owned by several notable people including a few kings. It is beautiful, but looks can be deceiving. 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 sold it to King Louis XIV. The merchant 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 Antoinette were beheaded. It went missing for a few decades, and rumors were spreading 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, earned the name, “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.
7: 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 of the 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 found 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 “accidents.”
6: The Golden Eagle
This’ll give Christine a run for her money. 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 really kill them, 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 affected 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 down. 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.
5: 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 died in a shooting accident. Joe Casino, who was a friend of Ross received the ring, and got 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.
4: 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.
3: 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." Good advice.
2: 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 drivetrain 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.
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 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 heard 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 an unknown location. This box would be the inspiration for a film released in 2012 called The Possession.
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