Humans have a sixth sense when it comes to things that are bound by some form of mysterious energy. Our inner voice tells us to stay away from something that we feel to be cursed, or to have some form of negative power attached to them. The butterfly-ish feeling we get in our stomach is always right. Throughout history, there have been cases where people have been ill fated because of certain objects. They have been the subject of pain, harassment and suicidal tendencies due to these items. Without further ado, here are 10 cursed objects from around the world, that brought never ending misfortune to their owners.
1. Robert the Doll
In the early 1900’s, Robert Eugene Otto (or Gene, as his family called him) received a strange, straw-filled doll to play with. Gene loved his doll so much that he named him “Robert” after himself. Soon after the friendship, people started noticing strange occurrences happening around Robert.
The Otto family’s maid gifted a strange, straw-filled doll to Gene, that he cared for dearly. However, soon after the gift was presented, the Ottos and their servants started hearing Gene in his bedroom, talking in two different voices.Then, the Ottos started hearing Gene screaming in the middle of the night, only to find Gene frighted to death with furniture thrown across the room. The Ottos believed that Gene was misbehaving and blaming “Robert” the doll. Soon, the maids started discovering mutilated toys and giggling noises around the house. Finally, the family moved “Robert” to the attic, where he stayed there for years.
After Gene’s parents died, he inherited the family’s Key West mansion, where he discovered his long lost friend. Gene, who was making a living as an artist, was married; but the marriage did not last long. His wife died under very mysterious circumstances. Rumors suggested that she died from “insanity” after locking Robert back up in the attic. Today, Robert is kept under lock and key at Key West’s Fort East Martello Museum; which you can visit. Many claim that he doesn’t take kindly to unsolicited photographs, so make sure you ask his permission before taking his picture. (source)
2. The Hope Diamond
Estimated to be worth $200-250 million, the diamond is believed to have surfaced at least 1.1 billion years ago. The diamond, which is thought to be cursed, now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world, is believed to have originated in India. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French gem merchant, purchased the much larger stone in 1666, while visiting India. The merchant cut the large stone into 15 smaller pieces and sold them to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. According to several sources, the 45.52 carat diamond was originally used in a holy statue in India before it was stolen and sold to the merchant. After recognizing that the diamond was stolen, the temple priest laid a curse on it; bringing misfortune to anyone who possessed it.
Throughout a period of four centuries, the gem has traveled through several hands. The owners have all been subjected to great misfortune and misery. Victims have suffered disgrace, divorce, suicide, imprisonment, torture, financial ruin, lynching, decapitation and one of them was even ripped apart by stray dogs. Whatever the curse may have been, skeptics claim that it was nothing more than a ploy to enhance the Hope Diamond’s mystique and value. (source)
3. “The Hands Resist Him” Painting
“The Hands Resist Him” Painting is also referred to as “The Haunted eBay Painting”. Originally created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972, the picture depicts a young boy and female doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed.
Soon after its creation, the painting passed through several owners before it disappeared for a time. Then, in 2000, the painting resurfaced on eBay after an old couple discovered it at the site of an old brewery. The couple listed the painting for sale, claiming that the characters sometimes moved on their own. Eventually, the picture sold for a whopping $1,025, since there are people who enjoy filling their houses with cursed paintings.
The seller explained that her husband was alarmed and even went as far as setting up a motion sensor camera in the room for three nights. According to them, the camera captured several images of the painting for three straight nights. Apart from that, the seller also had a disclaimer on the website stating:
“WARNING: DO NOT BID ON THIS PAINTING IF YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESS RELATED DISEASE, FAINT OF HEART OR ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH SUPERNATURAL EVENTS.”
Many users on eBay claimed that they experienced supernatural phenomena after merely viewing the eBay listing. (source)
4. The Terracotta Army
As the founder of the Qin dynasty, one of Qin Shi Huang’s most memorable projects was the massive mausoleum complex he had constructed for himself. Located near the ancient city of Xi’an, the massive mausoleum is guarded by an army of more than 6,000 life-size Terracotta soldiers.
After the emperor’s death, the tomb remained hidden for more than 2,200 years. In 1974, seven peasant farmers in China were digging a well for their village when they accidentally uncovered the hidden tomb. Astonishingly, the 8,000 sculptures that had been buried in the mausoleum also contained the emperor’s body hidden somewhere in between them. When archaeologists and academics learned of the discovery, the village was overcrowded by busloads of tourists.
This was an opportunity to earn profitable revenue for the Chinese government. But for those who made the discovery, they were only rewarded with misery. After the discovery, the Chinese government took control of the farmers’ lands and destroyed their homes in order to excavate the soldiers from the tomb. The villagers lost their income and went into poverty, while three of the seven who made the discovery encountered painful deaths. Although many blamed the Chinese government for all the occurrences surrounding the situation, a majority of the people believe that the fate of the men , as well as the village, was because of a curse. (source)
5. Tut’s Tomb
The Tomb of Tutankhamun is perhaps the most famous curse of them all. The burial place of the 19-year-old pharaoh is said to be cursed and whoever enters it is struck with a whirlwind of bad luck.
Archeologists who entered the pharaoh’s tomb in order to study it, are said to have been struck with bad luck, illness or death because of the curse. Even before the discovery of his tomb in 1922 by the Howard Carter expedition, the tomb was known to be cursed. Soon after the discovery, men and women who were involved with the expedition started to die under mysterious circumstances. Lord Carnavon, Carter’s financial backer, was bitten by a mosquito, which eventually caused an infection that claimed his life. At the age of 64, Carter died of lymphoma in Kensington, London.
Many believe that the deaths were part of the curse which was unleashed when the tomb was opened, while skeptics suggest that the deaths are just mere coincidence or a deadly fungus from the tomb. (source)