Here are ten of the most horribly cursed objects that have caused great harm to people…
10. Annabelle Doll
The real Annabelle doll looks very different from the evil one depicted in the movies The Conjuring and Annabelle. The doll is currently locked behind glass at Lorraine Warren’s museum in Monroe, Connecticut. Warren is the self-proclaimed “demonologist” who investigated the original case and was played by Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring. Supposedly someone who taunted the Raggedy Ann doll in its case died three hours later.
9. James Dean’s Car “Little Bastard”
James Dean’s Porsche, which he called “Little Bastard,” is said to be cursed. Not only did James Dean die when it crashed, but a mechanic had his legs crushed afterwards while working around it. The transmission, engine and tires were all put onto cars that were soon involved in deadly accidents. Then a truck carrying the chassis fatally wrecked, and that was the last of Little Bastard ever seen.
8. Dybbuk Box
In Judaism a Dybbuk is a restless spirit that possesses the living. The box, in this case, is an artifact that dates back to the time of 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 with 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 bruises on their bodies. One owner died of a stroke the day they received it as a gift.
7. King Tut’s Tomb
The curse of King Tut’s tomb is a tale that has caught the public eye for decades. An archaeologist known as Howard Carter found the tomb on 4th November 1922. It was a historically significant find for him and his crew. However, within seven years of the discovery, eleven people connected to Carter’s party died of some of the most bizarre causes. 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.” And that’s exactly what Carter and his crew did.
6. Robert the Doll
When Key West artist Robert Eugene Otto — or Gene, as he was more commonly known to his family — was four years old, he was given a doll as a gift. As the story goes, the doll looked kind of human, but kind of not; he wore a sailor suit and carried a toy of his own, a miniature stuffed lion. Gene named him Robert, and from the moment he first appeared, weird events plagued the family’s home. Gene’s parents would periodically hear Gene giggling with someone — an unknown person with a deep-sounding voice — as they walked by his closed bedroom door; furniture overturned in rooms in which Robert sat; Gene began having horrible nightmares; toys would disappear and reappear, mutilated; and whenever something went wrong, Gene would utter the phrase, “Robert did it.” Even after Robert was banished to the attic, passersby claimed to see a small figure moving from window to window. Many believe the doll to be cursed.
5. Hands Resisting Him Painting
Painted by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972, ‘The Hands Resist Him’ is considered one of the world’s most haunted pieces of art. Each owner has passed on a warning to the next potential buyer which is that come nightfall, the figures within the painting either move or disappear entirely.
According to the artist, the doorway represents a threshold between this world and the world of fantasy and impossibilities, while the doll is a guide that will escort the boy through it. The hands pressed against the glass represent alternate lives or possibilities. The most striking coincidence documented is that the owner of the first gallery to ever show the painting and the art critic that reviewed it, both died within one year of first seeing it.
Legend has it that the people who possessed the painting, witnessed the characters in the painting move at night and sometimes even leave the painting and appear in the room in which it was displayed. Many people that have simply viewed the painting, have complained about immediately feeling sick or weak.
4. The Haunted Wedding Dress
In the mid 1800’s, a young girl named Anna Baker who came from a wealthy family, fell in love with a low class iron worker. They planned a wedding for which she even bought a dress. But upon discovering about her relationship, her father forbid the wedding. From that point on she refused to marry anybody else and spent the rest of her life alone, bitter and angry until her death in 1914.
That wedding dress has since been put on display in her old bedroom at the old Baker mansion. It’s often been observed moving by itself which could be attributed to a draft or something except for the fact that it is in an airtight glass case. Some believe that is it Anna’s spirit inhabiting the dress, dancing her wedding dance that she never got to have while she was alive.
3. The Chair of Death
This notorious chair, also known as Busby’s stoop chair, once belonged to convicted murderer Thomas Busby. Before he was hanged for his crimes, his final request was to have a meal at his favorite local pub. However, upon finishing his meal, he stood and proclaimed: “May sudden death come to anyone who dare sit on my chair” Since then, a supposed 63 people who have sat in the chair, met their untimely deaths, sometimes mere moments after sitting in it!
When the number of deaths became too coincidental, the pub owner donated the chair to the Thirsk Museum in the UK in 1972. The chair is still their today where it is hung 1.5 meters (5 feet) off of the ground to prevent any further coincidences!
2. Maori Warrior Masks
The Maori Warriors of New Zealand lived long ago and used to carve out masks and before heading into battle. According to the Maori belief, any man who died in battle leaved his soul behind in one of the masks. Oddly, although the masks seem to pose no threat to men, it was found that, over time, women who were pregnant that came close to the masks suffered complication or other unfortunate events.
Several of the masks exist in a museum in New Zealand today but are displayed with a warning that women that are expecting should not come close to the mask for their own safety and the safety of their child. It has never been explained why the perceived curse only seems to affect pregnant women, but it is best not think of it as simply superstition because it simply not worth the risk.
1. The Curse of the Iceman
Discovered in 1991 in the Otzal Alps of Italy, the mummy of Otzi, aka The Iceman, is believed to be of a man who lived around 3000 BCE. His body was preserved by a glacier that surrounded him after he died of exposure. But after he was unearthed, the people linked to his discovery began to die, often in violent accidents. All 7 deaths, including the forensic pathologist Rainer Henn who died in a horrific car accident en route to give a speech about the Iceman!, mountaineer Kurt Fritz who died in an avalanche and hiker Helmut Simon who discovered the Iceman during a hike with his wife died after falling off from a dangerous hidden path, can be linked to the Iceman or rather the curse of the Iceman and his discovery.