There are many stories of objects that are reported to be cursed or haunted. Many of these terrifying objects have brought great misfortune to their owners manifesting themselves in financial and health woes. But what’s even worse, is that some of these items claim to be linked to that which is demonic, with owners claiming to have seen demons, ghosts, and frightful sights. Are these claims real? Some would argue their not. However, when you read the stories behind these 25 terrifying objects that are genuinely linked to freaky paranormal events, you may just become a believer.
Most of us are familiar with the Elmo dolls. Since 1996 these dolls have been a massively popular holiday present bringing joy to many children around the world. However, one particular Elmo was not so cheerful to say the least. In 2008, two-year-old James Bowman was the proud owner of an “Elmo Knows Your Name” doll which as the name implies could be programmed to say its owner’s name. This particular doll however, not only said the owner’s name, but also added the words “kill” before it. Literally, the doll would chant “kill James” repeatedly until the mother decided to remove the doll from the home.
The Hope Diamond
Believed to be over 1.1 billion years old, this gem is estimated to be worth $200-250 million and resides at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. This cursed object supposedly causes great misfortune and misery to whoever wears it. One wearer was even said to have been ripped apart by dogs, and another by a French mob.
The Busby Stoop Chair
This chair was supposedly cursed by the English drunkard and murderer Thomas Busby before he was executed for murdering his father-in-law Daniel Auty in 1702 whom he supposedly strangled for sitting in his favorite chair. The story goes that whoever sits upon this chair will supposedly die from a frightful accident, and there are many deaths to support this claim.
The Crying Boy Painting
Another cursed object out of England comes from the popular 1950s reproduction of Bruno Amadio’s “The Crying Boy” painting. It’s believed the pictures of this mournful child cause fires thanks to an article from the tabloid The Sun from September 4th, 1985 where a couple’s house burned down and left “The Crying Boy” painting untouched. A local firefighter then noted that there were other fires that left only an undamaged “Crying Boy” painting as well.
The Hands Resist Him Painting
Painted by Bill Stoneham in 1972, “The Hands Resist Him” belonged to actor John Marley before ending up on eBay in 2000 with claims it was cursed. The anonymous sellers said it was found abandoned behind an old brewery. Soon after taking it home, their daughter claimed the figures in the painting moved at night, and even stepped out of their frame. They posted photos as proof.
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The Terracotta Army
In 1974, seven peasant farmers in China were digging a well for their village when they accidentally uncovered the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army. A great find for China, not so much for the farmers since the findings caused the Chinese government to claim the farmer’s lands and to destroy their homes in order to properly unearth this army. Some claim that this calamity was a curse from the terracotta army.
Perhaps the most famous curse of all is the Tomb of Tutankhamun (found by Howard Carter) which states that all who enter will be struck with bad luck, illness, or death. True to the curse, Howard Carter’s financial backer Lord Carnavon died when a mosquito bite became infected. Twenty more deaths would be attributed to the curse by 1935.
Another mummy believed to carry a terrible curse, Ötzi, AKA the Iceman was discovered in September of 1991 in the Ötztal Alps in Italy. Believed to have lived around 3,300 BCE, Otzi supposedly is responsible for the deaths of at least seven people, including forensic pathologist Rainer Henn, killed in a terrible car accident; mountaineer Kurt Fritz who died in an avalanche; and the mummy’s discoverer hiker Helmut Simon who died after falling off a treacherous path.
James Dean's "Little Bastard"
“Little Bastard” was James Dean’s silver Porsche 550 Spyder and is the car he died in following an accident in 1955. After it was sold for parts, the car’s curse began to manifest itself when the car fell and crushed a mechanic’s legs. Later, a doctor who bought the car’s engine was killed in a car accident; another victim who bought the transmission was severely injured in a crash; the tires sold from Little Bastard blew out simultaneously, sending their buyer to the hospital; and lastly a truck carrying the car’s shell crashed, killing the driver.
The Phone Number +359 888 888 888
I guess you could argue that technically a phone number is not a physical thing, but still, this number is apparently just as cursed as all of the items on this list. Everyone who has ever had this number as their number has died an abrupt death, this includes the CEO of a Bulgarian mobile phone company who died of cancer at 48, as well as two crooks both of whom were “gunned down”.
The Basano Vase
Legend has it that this silver vase was made in the 15th century and was given to a bride on the eve of her wedding. However, on this night, the bride was murdered with the vase still in her hands. The vase was then passed down her family line but anyone who claimed it died shortly after. It took many deaths before the family finally hid the vase but it resurfaced in 1988 with a note that said “Beware…This vase brings death.” When the Basano Vase was auctioned however, the note was not included in the item description and the pharmacist who bought it died within three months. There would be three more deaths before finally a desperate family begged the police to take it.
The Dybbuk Box
In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is an evil spirit. Supposedly, a Holocaust survivor accidentally summoned the demon while using a homemade Ouija board, but somehow managed to trap it inside the wine cabinet. Kevin Mannis bought the box at an estate sale in 2001 and soon after started having nightmares about an evil hag. Mannis gave the box to his mother, who suffered a stroke on the same day. The box’s later owners have also claimed to have demonic nightmares with its last owner, Jason Haxton, even developing a strange skin disease.
The Myrtles Plantation Mirror
Myrtles Plantation is considered to be the most haunted home in the United States, as well as one of the most haunted houses in the world. The plantation dates back to 1796, and was built on a Native American burial ground. Additionally, it’s rumored to have been the location for at least ten murders. In this plantation resides a haunted mirror which supposedly contains the spirits of Sara Woodruff and her children. The Woodruffs were poisoned to death, and though custom dictated that mirrors should be covered after death to prevent spirits from getting trapped, this mirror was not covered and so, the Woodruff souls were apparently trapped in the mirror.
Haunted Wedding Dress
This dress once belonged to Anne Baker who, after her father sent her true love away, never used it. The dress was later given to an historical society where it was featured in the now Baker Mansion Museum. Witnesses claim that the dress moves on its own, especially during full moon.
Haunted Chairs of Belcourt Castle
Belcourt Castle has many different documented hauntings, but perhaps the most famous paranormal objects in the castle are two chairs that are reportedly used by spirits. Visitors who sit in the chairs say they feel cold and uncomfortable with many claiming to have felt like they’re sitting on someone. Several visitors have even been ejected from the chairs by an unseen force.
Robert The Doll
Once owned by Key West painter Robert Eugene Otto, Robert the doll is said to be possessed by evil spirits. Supposedly, the doll was a gift to a rich man by a Bahamian servant later killed in black magic and voodoo.
"The Anguished Man"
It’s rumored that this painting possesses an evil aura. Supposedly, the artist that created it used his own blood mixed with paint and killed himself shortly after its completion. Sean Robinson’s grandmother claimed to hear voices and crying when the painting was displayed. She also claimed to see the shadowy figure of a man in her house, which is why she locked it away in the attic.
As soon as Robinson inherited the painting from her, he and his family started experiencing the same kinds of creepy phenomenon. His son fell down the stairs, his wife felt something stroking her hair, and they saw the shadow man. Robinson soon put the painting down in his basement and has been unwilling to sell it.
Delhi Purple Sapphire
Mistakenly named the Delhi Purple Sapphire, this stone is actually a large amethyst that was originally stolen from a sacred temple of Indra, the Hindu god of weather and war, by soldier Colonel W. Ferris. Apparently, all of the owners and their close relatives have had horrible luck which displays in deteriorating health and wealth. This could be coincidental, however when every single owner without fail comes under similar misfortunes, you can’t help but wonder if the curse is indeed real.
Pupa the Doll
Pupa is a creepy doll made in the image of its original owner. Supposedly, the owner loved the doll all the days of her life and would take the doll everywhere. The owner also claimed that doll would speak to her. Nevertheless, after the owner died in 2005, the doll was placed in a glass case; something the doll apparently does not like. Reports say that the doll will periodically tap on the glass as if trying to get out, change body positions, change facial expressions and even move items around her.
Letta The Gypsy Doll
Letta the doll was apparently made 200 years ago by a Romanian gypsy for his son who had drowned. It’s believed that the spirit of the boy transferred to the doll and has remained in the doll until today. Though no evil occurrences have been associated with the doll yet, there is definitely a paranormal aura surrounding it. For example, it supposedly rains every time the doll is taken outside; dogs hate the doll and try to attack it; and people claim to feel inexplicably afraid and sad when they see Letta. But that’s not all; the doll also moves by itself, changing positions while seated and even emits a pulse while being held.
While kissing the stone is thought to be good luck, removing any part of it has been said to lead to incredibly bad luck, such as loss of employment, financial ruin and even health misfortune.
The Maori are an indigenous people in New Zealand who carved out masks and statues prior to heading into battle. According Maori beliefs, the masks house the souls of warriors who fell in battle. While the curse of the masks poses no threat to other men, women who are pregnant or currently menstruating are said to be cursed with harm or bad luck if they get near or worse touch one.
Uluru is a giant, sacred, and majestic rock in the Australian outback that sees thousands of visitors each year. While it is illegal to take rocks out of the country, some daring tourists do so anyway. However, these daring tourists are said to experience the curse of misfortune and as a result, people regularly mail the rocks back to various Australian agencies with letters of apology.
The Black Orlov diamond, also called the Eye of Brahma, was stolen from a Hindu shrine and legend says that the theft caused the item to be cursed. The diamond was passed down to multiple female owners many of whom took their own lives; two of which leapt to their deaths from tall buildings. The diamond was later bought by Charles F. Winson who cut it into three pieces in an attempt to break the curse.
Annabelle the Doll
Bought in an antique shop in 1970, a woman gave this raggedy doll to her daughter, Donna, who was in nursing school. At first, the doll seemed like any other doll. However, things started to get creepy when Donna and roommate Angie kept coming home to find the doll in different positions and different locations. In a startling turn of events, the doll began leaving them notes saying “HELP US” and as if that’s not bad enough, they also found the doll with blood on it. For obvious reasons, Lou (a guy friend of Donna and Angie) tried to get the girls to get rid of the doll. This however displeased the doll who then tried to strangle Lou via a nightmare/physical encounter. The girls eventually called Ed and Lorraine Warren, the folks who investigated the Amityville house — who decided the doll was actually a conduit to hell and was being used by a demon. After two failed exorcism attempts, the doll was encased in a specially made glass case in the Warrens’ occult museum, where it supposedly still moves.