Alleged to bring bad luck, poverty, illness or even death, cursed objects have always attracted people who enjoy the spooky side of life. Many things have been reported to be possessed by evil spirits, ghosts, paranormal beings and other supernatural entities and the owners of these objects have often claimed to have seen frightful sights and experience creepy things. In fact, many owners of these cursed objects have even died under very bizarre circumstances. What are some of these objects you should definitely avoid owning? Here are 25 Creepy Cursed Objects That Actually Exist.
Cursed Mirror at Myrtles Plantation
A historic home and former plantation, the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, is considered one of America’s most haunted places. There are many creepy legends surrounding the property. The tale of the cursed mirror is one of the most famous. According to the legend, the former owner of the house, Sara Woodruff, and her two daughters were poisoned by their slave and are trapped inside the mirror. Visitors of the house report seeing hand prints, strange marks, and even figures dressed in old-fashioned clothes lurking in the mirror.
Screaming Skull Of Burton Agnes Hall
An Elizabethan manor house in the village of Burton Agnes, England, the Burton Agnes Hall is home to a paranormal object known as the screaming skull. The skull belongs to Katherine Anne Griffith who died in the house in 1620 after being attacked by bullies. Whenever the skull was removed from the house, a terrifying ghost walked in with a tremendous noise and upheaval, scaring the life out of everybody who was in there.
Annabelle the Doll
One of the most famous cursed objects in the world, Annabelle the Doll is a Raggedy Ann doll that’s apparently haunted, according to self-proclaimed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. According to the legend, the doll is possessed by the spirit of a dead girl. The doll allegedly changes positions, writes messages, and performs other paranormal things. Annabelle the Doll currently resides in a glass box at the Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.
The Hands Resist Him Painting
Subject of many urban legends, The Hands Resist Him is a painting created by artist Bill Stoneham. Stoneham created the painting by transforming a real, childhood photograph of himself and his friend that was taken by his parents when he was five. The painting has been reported to be haunted, and several people associated with it have died. In 2000, the painting was put on e-Bay along with a detailed story explaining why it is haunted.
Haunted Wedding Dress
In 1849, a girl (Anna Baker) from a rich Pennsylvania family fell in love with a low class iron worker. Anna’s father did not want her to marry a man from the lower class, and he forbid the wedding, for which Anna had already bought a dress. Heartbroken and disappointed, Anna decided to remain single for the rest of her life; she died as an old maid in 1914. Since then, her wedding dress has been allegedly cursed as visitors of Anna’s house (that was turned into a museum) often report seeing the dress moving within the glass box in which it was put on display.
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The Anguished Man Painting
One of the world’s most famous haunted paintings, The Anguished Man was allegedly created by an extremely disturbed individual who mixed his own blood in with the oil paint while painting the piece. He committed suicide immediately following its completion. The painting is owned by Sean Robinson, who heard strange noises and saw terrifying sights as long as the painting was hanging in his bedroom in his house in Cumbria, England.
Busby Stoop Chair
The Busby Stoop Chair is an allegedly haunted chair that was cursed by murderer Thomas Busby before his execution in North Yorkshire, UK, in 1702. Busby killed his father-in-law after he used Busby’s chair without permission. Before the execution, Busby was granted a final request. He chose to have a last drink in his chair and, while sitting in it, he allegedly cursed it, saying “Death shall come swiftly to anyone that dares to sit in my chair.” Since then, the chair has claimed many lives of those who have dared to sit in it. The chair is now put on display at the Thirsk Museum, but to prevent occupancy, it is hung from the ceiling.
Cursed Maori Warrior Masks
A Maori museum in Wellington, New Zealand, tells pregnant and menstruating women to stay away from several sacred Maori artifacts, including traditional Maori warrior masks, as they could invoke a curse when in contact with women who are menstruating or expecting a baby. Maori tradition dictates that these women are “tapu” (or taboo), and so are the artifacts, meaning that if they come too close, a curse could be invoked on them.
One of the most famous jewels in the world, the Hope Diamond is an unusually large, blue gem reportedly worth $250 million. With first ownership records dating back to 17th century, this diamond is believed to be cursed, supposedly causing great misfortune and misery to whoever wears it. The most commonly accepted origin of the curse dates back to 1653, when a French merchant obtained the original 115-carat blue diamond in India where he plucked the gem from one of the eyes of a Hindu idol and, for this sacrilege, was later mauled to death by dogs.
King Tutankhamun's Tomb
Ever since the King Tutankhamun’s Tomb was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in 1923, stories have circulated that those who dared to violate the boy king’s final resting place faced a terrible curse. It is widely claimed that many people associated with opening the tomb fell soon victim to the curse, dying under mysterious circumstances.
Also known as the Otzi, the Iceman is a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived around 3300 BC. The Iceman was discovered by two German hikers in the Otzal Alps on the border between Austria and Italy in September 1991. Reportedly cursed, the mummy is believed to have caused deaths of at least seven people who were somehow associated with it. Some of these people allegedly died under very bizarre circumstances.
Robert the Doll
Robert the Doll is a life-like, straw-filled doll that was once given to a boy named Robert Otto by his fired Haitian nanny. The doll soon became Robert’s loyal companion; he even named it after himself. However, people in the house soon began noticing sings of the doll’s evil nature. The family would often hear and see paranormal things such as the boy having conversations with himself in two entirely different voices, furniture in his room getting overturned on its own etc. The cursed doll was then moved to the attic, but it continued to bring misfortunes upon Robert and his family, even after he grew up and got married.
Surrey Ghost Car
Crashes are common on the A3 Highway in England, so it looked like a routine matter when police in Surrey received calls that a car had veered off the A3 with its headlights blazing. But when officers went to investigate, they found no signs of the reported vehicle. However, a further search revealed chilling results. Just 60 ft from the reported ‘crash scene’ and buried in twisted undergrowth was the remains of a wrecked car containing a decomposing body of a young man, who, as the police estimated, had crashed there 5 months earlier. Therefore, what the witnesses reported, might have been a ghostly apparition of the original car.
Cursed Phone Number
Technically, a phone number is not a physical object but obviously, it can be still cursed so we included this item in our list. We are talking about a particular Bulgarian phone number +359 888 888 888. The number was in use for just 10 years, during which it was successively assigned to 3 people. All of the owners of this number died shortly thereafter. The first owner died of cancer, while the other two were both gunned down. No wonder the Bulgarian mobile phone company decided to suspend this number.
The Dybbuk Box is a wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by the Dybbuk, a restless, malicious spirit believed to be able to haunt and even possess the living. The box became famous when it was auctioned on eBay with an accompanying horror story written by Kevin Mannis, and is the original inspiration for the 2012 film The Possession. All owners of the box have reported experiencing horrible things ranging from scary nightmares to bizarre diseases.
A carved silver vase from the 15th century, the Basano Vase was a wedding gift for a bride on the eve of her wedding near Napoli, Italy. Sadly, she never made it to the altar as she was murdered that night with the vase in her hands. After that, the vase was passed down her family line, but anyone who took possession of it is said to have perished soon thereafter. The vase reappeared in 1988 with a note that is said to have read, “Beware…This vase brings death.” It took four more deaths before the curse went dormant after a desperate family demanded the police to take it away.
A unique 2,200-year-old piece of funerary art, the Terracotta Army is considered the most priceless archaeological discovery of modern times. However, for those seven farmers who discovered it back then in 1974, the warriors have proved more a curse than a blessing. Soon after the discovery, their farmland was claimed by the government and their homes were demolished to make way for exhibition halls and gift shops. One of the discoverers committed suicide, and most of the remaining team members died in poverty.
The Crying Boy Painting
Another allegedly cursed piece of art, The Crying Boy is a mass-produced print of a painting by Italian painter Giovanni Bragolin. In 1985, the British newspaper The Sun reported that a fireman claimed to have found these prints in multiple houses destroyed by fire but surprisingly, the prints found in the burned-down houses were untouched. Following these bizarre incidents, a story popped up that the original painting was of an orphan boy whose home had burned down.
Women From Lemb Statue
Discovered in Lemb, Cyprus, in 1878, the Women From Lemb is a curious artifact carved out from limestone, probably around 3500 BC. The statue is believed to have been owned by at least four different families that all died within a few years after obtaining the artifact. Terrified by the deadly history of the statue, the last two surviving members of the last family decided to donate it to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. The museum curator who handled the statue allegedly died within a year.
One of the world’s most famous cursed islands, the Peche Island is a little, uninhabited Canadian island in the Detroit River. A French-Canadian family by the name of Laforet established a homestead on the island at the end of 18th century. They lived on the island peacefully with the natives. However, by 1883, the family was involved in a property feud with a businessman named Hiram Walker, who eventually forced the Laforets to leave the island. When leaving the island, Rosalie Laforet allegedly placed a curse upon the land, saying, “No one will ever do anything with the island!” The Walkers then built a huge mansion on the Peche Island. Their triumph was short-lived, however, as they all died shortly thereafter. The island has been uninhabited since then.
Haunted Belcourt Castle Chairs
A former summer cottage in Newport, Rhode Island, the Belcourt Castle has a reputation of being one of the most haunted places in the US. The ballroom with the haunted chairs is where the highest occurrence of paranormal activity has been reported. Some visitors have reported feeling chills race up and down their spine while standing near the chairs; others have reported strange sensations of energy moving across their hands. Several visitors have even been ejected from the chairs by an unseen force.
A large, colorless diamond found in India in the 13th century, the Koh-i-Noor Diamond is one of the world’s most notable cursed jewels. As the diamond’s history involves a great deal of fighting between men, including several violent deaths, it acquired a reputation within the British royal family for bringing bad luck to any man who wears it. Therefore, since arriving in the country, it has only ever been worn by female members of the family.
A large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia, the Ayers Rock (also known as Uluru) is a sacred place to the Aboriginal people of the area, which is why they appeal for visitors not to take anything from the site. Yet, many tourists pocket small (sometimes even large) chunks of the formation and take them home. However, many of these disrespectful visitors have actually mailed the stones back to where they belong as they brought them bad luck, illness, break-ups, and even death.
Another allegedly cursed rock can be found near the Irish town of Cork. A kiss on the Blarney Stone is said to be good luck, but removing any piece of the stone will bring the curse of bad luck into your life. Some of the people who have taken a piece of the rock with them have reported misfortunes that include depression, loss of employment, and financial woes. Much like the visitors to the Uluru who regret their cursed souvenirs, people who take home a piece of the Blarney Stone are known to mail it back within several weeks or months after they realize its curse.
Love Letters Replica
This replica can be found in the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. There is a chilling story associated with it. A four-year old daughter of former US senator Samantha Houston was once playing in the hotel when she dropped her ball down the grand staircase. Running down the stairs to catch it, she tripped and fell to her death. The death of the little girl was widely attributed to the cursed painting. Hotel staff and guests report that the painting has made them feel dizzy and nauseous, while others have experienced a sensation like being lifted into the air while standing in front of it.
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