There are those who believe that evil can be imparted onto inanimate objects. These cursed items are said to carry with them sinister black magic that can harm those who come in contact with them. Just in time for Halloween, we've compiled a list of the most terrifying real objects that have brought nothing but horror and misfortune to those who have crossed paths with them. Whether or not these items are actually cursed, or if those seemingly affected by them are just terribly unlucky remains a mystery. What we do know for certain is that we wouldn't want to go anywhere near these ultra creepy objects. When it comes to curses, it's best not to take chances.
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Most of the men who have possessed the massive Indian Koh-i-Noor diamond have died in excessively violent fashions. In the 1800s, the British took the diamond when they colonized the nation, and it now is part of the crown jewels. Let's hope the next King doesn't try putting it on.
The Phone Number +359 888 888 888
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A cursed phone number may sound ridiculous, but the three people who have owned it since 2000 have all ended up dead due to unnatural causes. One got a brain tumor and the other two were murdered. The communications company that owns the number currently has suspended it from being used without a concrete explanation as to why.
Robert the Doll
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In 1906, young Robert Eugene Otto of the wealthy Otto family was gifted this 3 foot tall doll from a Bahamian servant. Robert Eugene named the doll after himself and he and the doll became inseparable. Robert Eugene's parents could hear him and the doll having conversations every night. Robert the Doll would respond in a guttural voice and at first the parents suspected Robert Eugene was doing this, but as it continued, they began to fear something more sinister was at play. Robert Eugene often blamed flipped over furniture and unexplained damage to their home on the doll, but he maintained a close relationship with the doll and kept it until he died. After his death, the doll remained at the estate and the following tenants reported hearing the doll giggling and found that it seemed to move itself into different positions.
Myrtles Plantation Mirror
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Not only was Myrtles Plantation an evil place of slavery and oppression, it was also built on an Indian burial ground. Sara Woodruff and her two children were poisoned here, and it is believed that this mirror captured their souls. Visitors report seeing people in the mirror and unexplained hand prints are often found on it.
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This real doll served as inspiration for the hit films The Conjuring and Annabelle. The true story is perhaps even scarier than the films. Parchment notes with creepy hand-written messages were found near the doll, and the owner would find the doll in different positions around her house. After the doll attacked the owner's roommate's fiance, leaving claw marks on his chest, they got rid of the doll and had an exorcism performed in their house. The doll now is kept in a glass case at Ed and Lorraine Warren's infamous Occult Museum.
"The Hands Resist Him" Painting
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Painted by Bill Stoneham in 1972, this unspeakably creepy portrait of a boy, his doll, and the disembodied hands that follow him, is rumored to kill all who own it. A couple posted the original painting on eBay, along with a warning that it was cursed and that the characters in the painting moved at night and sometimes left the painting. Of course, a bidding war ensued.
King Tut's Tomb
It is believed that more than 20 people who have entered Tut's tomb have died soon after from unusual causes. Some say a deadly fungus within the tomb has caused this, but others believe the Boy King has cursed all who disturb his slumber.
Otzi the Iceman
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Since Otzi's unearthing in 1989, several of the scientists and researchers who've come into contact with Otzi have died under unusual circumstances.
James Dean Car
James Dean loved his Porsche and even gave it the pet name, "Little Bastard." He died in the car in an infamously gruesome wreck. Soon after, the wrecked Porsche fell on a mechanic and crushed his legs. A doctor who bought the engine of the car was killed in a crash, and a truck driver crashed and died while transporting the shell of the car. The current whereabouts of the car's parts are now a mystery.
The Woman From Lemb
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Known as The Goddess of Death, the small limestone statue that was crafted around 3500 B.C.E. has brought death to entire families. After it was unearthed in Eastern Europe in 1878, Lord Elphont became the first owner of the statue. Within a few years, his entire family died. The following owner's family suffered the same fate. After being linked to the deaths of several more families, Sir Alan Biverbrook finally donated the artifact to the Royal Scottish museum after his wife and two daughters died.
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In the 1950s, an Italian painter's portrait of a crying boy became very popular in Italy. Its popularity waned when Italian firefighters began to find copies of the painting in several homes that had burned down. Even creepier, the prints were always left unharmed by the fire.
The Basano Vase
Considered to be one of the most legitimately cursed objects in the world, people who have possessed the vase have died within weeks of owning it. Its current location remains a mystery, but it is believed Italian police sealed the object in a lead box and buried it in a secret location. Let's hope no one ever digs it up.
The Hope Diamond
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This gem that now resides at the Smithsonian is estimated to be worth $200-250 million. Some say you'd pay for it with your life, though. Those who have owned or guarded the gem have faced torture, decapitation, suicide, imprisonment, and shame. That's a hefty price to pay for a stone.
Anna Baker's Wedding Dress
Anna Baker was the daughter of a wealthy iron-caster. She fell in love with a poor steel worker but before the two could marry, her parents interfered because the man was from a lower class. Anna never got to wear her extravagant dress. Now, some claim to have seen the dress swishing and dancing by itself, even though it resides in a sealed case.
The Dybbuk Box
Since Kevin Mannis discovered this 1920s wine cabinet, which was previously owned by a holocaust survivor, at an estate sale, the box has been passed along to various owners. Each has reported strange and disturbing occurrences associated with the box. The box, which was filled with locks of hair, a dried flower, a goblet, a candle holder, and a Hebrew greeting plaque, has been said to bring terrible nightmares of a hag to those who own it. Loss of hair, strokes, and unusual electromagnetic occurrences have also been reported. The box inspired the Hollywood film The Possession
The Busby Stoop Chair
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Thomas Busby was hanged after he murdered his father-in-law, Daniel Auty, in 1702. Some believe that an oak chair that faced Busby during his execution was imparted with a curse. After his execution, there was a string of strange accidental deaths linked by the fact that all of the victims had sat in the chair. The chair now resides at the Thirsk museum and is hung up on a wall to prevent anyone from ever sitting in it again.