Ever wonder what happens to cursed objects after they turn into movies? Such as “Annabelle,” all these things turn up being so called cursed. Most get displayed in a museum or kept locked away so no one will come across the object again.
Everybody loves scary stories or wise tales of these events. That’s probably why we love the genre
HORROR so much. Yet we still want more… that’s why I present to you my “Top 10 Most Cursed Objects.”
1. The Hope Diamond
Believed to have come to the Earth’s surface 1.1 billion years ago, this gem is estimated to be worth $200-250 million. It has traveled the world but now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Some believe it is cursed, with a whole mythology claiming that great misfortune and misery will befall any who dares to wear the 45.52 carat diamond. Rumored victims of the diamond have suffered disgrace, divorce, suicide, imprisonment, torture, financial ruin, lynching, and decapitation. One was even said to have been ripped apart by dogs, and another by a French mob.
However, skeptics say this curse was a ploy to enhance the Hope Diamond’s mystique and value.
2. The Busby Stoop Chair
English drunkard Thomas Busby sealed his fate when he murdered his father-in-law, Daniel Auty, in 1702. For his crimes, he was executed by hanging at a crossroads near a humble inn. But the story recounts that this was not the end of Busby’s killing. A chair that looked on to the site of his execution is believed to carry a curse—whoever sits upon it will supposedly die from a frightful accident. Still, the chair lingered in the inn until 1978, when the owner gifted it to the Thirsk Museum, where it now resides high on a wall, so no one need fear an accidental sitting.
3. The Crying Boy Painting
Another curse out of England comes from this popular 1950s reproduction of Bruno Amadio’s “The Crying Boy” painting. The superstition goes that the pictures of this mournful child cause fires. Its source was an article in the tabloid The Sun from September 4th, 1985. A couple’s house burned down, but the fire didn’t burn “The Crying Boy.” A local firefighter then noted that there were other fires that left only an undamaged “Crying Boy” painting.
4. The Hands Resist Him Painting
Another tale of cursed art surrounds this painting of a young boy and a female doll standing before a window. Painted by California artist 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 young daughter claimed the figures in the painting moved at night and even stepped out of their frame to cause chaos in the home. They posted photos as proof. As may be the case of a rumor upping the price tag like with the Hope Diamond, the curse story drove up the bid to $1,025.00
Another mummy believed to carry a terrible curse is Ötzi, also known as the Iceman. Discovered in September of 1991 in the Ötztal Alps in Italy, Ötzi is a mummified man who is believed to have lived around 3,300 BCE. A glacier surrounded him after he died of exposure and preserved his body. But once unearthed, rumors of a curse surfaced and grew stronger as people linked to him began to die, often in violent accidents. All told, seven deaths have been tied to Ötzi’s uprooting, including forensic pathologist Rainer Henn who was killed in a car accident en route to give a speech about the Iceman. Mountaineer Kurt Fritz died in an avalanche, and hiker Helmut Simon, who discovered the Iceman on a hike with his wife,later died after falling off a treacherous path.
6. James Dean Car
“Little Bastard” was what Dean called his silver Porsche 550 Spyder, the car he died in following an accident in 1955. After that, the vehicle was purchased by hot rod designer George Barris, who planned to sell it for parts. The curse narrative was born when the car fell and crushed a mechanic’s legs. As parts of the car sold, the curse is said to have spread. A doctor who bought the 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. While the shell of the car was being transported, the truck carrying it crashed, and the driver was killed. From there, the shell was stolen and the curse of Little Bastard went quiet as its location became unknown.
7. The Phone Number +359 888 888 888
You might think a cursed phone number sounds like the plot to an uninspired horror flick, but anyone who had the number listed above since its first issuing in the early 2000s has died. That includes the CEO of a Bulgarian mobile phone company who died of cancer at 48, as well as two crooks—one a mafia boss and the other a cocaine-dealing real estate agent, both of whom were “gunned down.” All three died within four years of one another. Since then, the telephone number has been suspended, and the company that owns it refuses to comment as to why.
8. The Basano Vase
Legend has it that this silver vase made in the 15th century was given to a bride on the eve of her wedding near Napoli, Italy. Sadly, she’d never make it to the altar as she was murdered that very night with the vase in her hands. From there, it was passed down her family line, but anyone who took possession of it is said to have perished soon thereafter. After untold deaths, the family boxed the vase away. It resurfaced in 1988 with a note that is said to have read, “Beware…This vase brings death.” However, when the Basano Vase was auctioned off for about $2,250, the note had been excluded from the item description. The pharmacist who bought it died within three months. Three more deaths of new owners followed until finally the curse seemed to go dormant, when a desperate family demanded the police take it away. It has not been seen since.
9. 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.
These days, Robert is kept under lock and key at Key West’s Fort East Martello Museum. You can visit him, but make sure you ask his permission before taking his picture. He doesn’t take kindly to unsolicited photographs. And whatever you do, do not bring home a Robert the Doll replica. Seriously. Don’t do it.
10. The Myrtles Plantation’s Mirror
The Myrtles has a reputation for being the most haunted plantation in the South, so that right there should give you a hint as to what you’re in for when you seek out a particular mirror that resides on the premises. One of the many, many stories attached to the property alleges that Sara Bradford Woodruff, one of the plantation’s ladies, and two of her three children died in 1824 of oleander poisoning — but even so, they never quite managed to leave. It’s said that their spirits are trapped within an antique mirror still on display within the house. Strange marks often appear on its surface, marks that no amount of cleaning can remove… but sometimes it’s not just marks. Sometimes it’s hand prints.
The Myrtles is a Bed & Breakfast, by the way, so if you’ve always wanted to spend a night in a supposedly haunted place… now’s your chance.