Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist
Cursed objects have long been a favorite subject of people who enjoy the side of life that’s a little more spooky-ooky than your every day walk down the street. Objects that have curses on them usually have a backstory that runs parallel to something awful that happened in history. Eras like the Civil War and the British colonization of India are full of awful things happening, so a lot of real cursed items started popping up right after those events. But that’s not to say all cursed items are from forever ago. Some of the cursed objects on this list can be purchased right now and put in your home today!
It can be hard to tell whether or not you’re dealing with real curses or if you’re an unlucky human being. Some of the items on this list of cursed objects have an origin in death and destruction, which is the perfect breeding ground for a curse. But some of the objects are simply spooky and they give anyone who sees them a feeling of unease. “Unease” may not be the worst symptom of a curse, but it’s no way to spend your day.
This list covers some of the more well-known cursed items, as well as a few that you probably don’t know about. There might even be a few that you might have in your home right now! Whether or not you believe in curses, or the supernatural, take a look at the items on this list of cursed objects and do your best to avoid their malevolent aftermaths.
Robert the Doll
Robert the Doll is not messing around. In 1906, a mistreated servant of the Otto family imbued a doll with “dark spirits” and gave it as a gift to the youngest son of the Otto family, Robert, who named the doll after himself. His parents said that they could hear their son speaking to the doll all evening, and that they could even hear the doll responding in a guttural voice. After Robert (the man) passed away, the doll moved on to a new home where it allegedly attacked a young girl, and was seen roaming the hallways.
The doll is now kept in the East Martello Museum where you have to ask permission to take his picture. If he doesn’t say it’s cool, you get cursed.
The Haunted Small Doll
For some reason, Ebay doesn’t filter out cursed or haunted items. Honestly, you’d think it would be the first thing they would do. Since the Dybbuk box made such a splash in the headlines (and even got a movie), it would make sense that all sorts of cursed items would start popping up online.
You can actually bid on this “cursed” doll now, but that doesn’t mean you should. One, because it’s junk, and two, because in the words of its seller, “I KEPT IT IN A DISPLAY CASE ON THE LOWER SHELF AND NEVER TOUCHED IT, WHEN I WENT TO DUST IT WAS ON THE TOP SHELF! I LIVE ALONE, THIS IS NOT A JOKE.”
The Phone Number 359 888 888 888
The three people who had the phone number +359 888 888 888 all died a terrible death. One died of an alleged radioactive poisoning, while the other two holders of the number were gunned down – one while on a date, the other while having lunch. It kind of sounds like all three of these guys were targets for the mafia or a government death program… or maybe that’s what the curse wants you to think.
Thomas Busby’s Chair
This chair is so cursed that if you sit on it, you’re going to die. Obviously everyone is going to die, but this chair just speeds up the process. A little backstory, Thomas Busby was a nasty guy who murdered his father in 1702 and a chair that he liked to sit in was thought to be unlucky after multiple people died after sitting on it.
Now, the chair is suspended in the Thirsk museum where no butts can come in contact with it.
Annabelle the Doll
A lot of people know Annabelle from The Conjuring, or maybe from the movie Annabelle, all about her murderous exploits. But this creepy doll is no piece of fiction, it actually belonged to a nursing student named Donna who had to have her home exorcised by a priest after the doll “attacked” one of her friends.
Delhi Purple Sapphire
After stealing this gem from the Temple of Indra in 1857 (when are we going to learn our lesson about robbing temples?), Colonel W. Ferris almost immediately fell into economic disrepair, then a friend of his committed suicide while wearing the gem. Some time later, a friend of Oscar Wilde’s had the gem and fell into a “series of misfortunes” that led him to throw away the sapphire tree times. After each attempt to rid himself of the gem, it would reappear at his home. Spooky.
The Crying Boy Painting
One of the more interesting haunted items, The Crying Boy was a mass-produced painting by Bruno Amadio that was distributed in post war England. All of a sudden, the houses in which the paintings were hung caught on fire. Not at the same time, but you get it. The only thing to survive the flames? The Crying Boy. Firefighters began to believe that the paintings were cursed.
After some research in 2010, it was discovered that the paintings were coated in a fire repellent, which usually saved them and was the reason so many survived the fires.
Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
Anna Baker’s cursed wedding dress is just one of the many haunted items in the Baker Mansion, which boasts at least two ghosts and disembodied screams coming from the “ice room.” But the most haunted room is supposedly the room where Anna’s wedding dress is kept encased in glass.
You see, her dad (Elias) didn’t care much for her beau so he kicked the young man to the curb and gave the dress to another lady in town. Big mistake, Dad. Anna never remarried and now the dress supposedly moves of its own volition while inside the glass case.
The Basano Vase
This vase is thought to be one of the most haunted objects in the world, good thing it’s allegedly locked in a coffin that’s been buried in a mystery spot. The vase was given to a woman in Northern Napoli as a wedding gift, and then she was murdered (maybe) and the vase moved through her family, bringing deaths with it. In 1988, the vase was found with a note that said, “Beware. This vase brings death.”
“Little Bastard” was James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder, which he bought while filming Rebel Without a Cause. One week after purchasing the car, he died in a car crash. But “Little Bastard” didn’t stop there. The guy who sold Dean the car bought the body and it fell off a trailer, maiming a mechanic. Then, when someone tried to steal the car, the thief ripped his arm open on the steering wheel. The car disappeared during transportation and hasn’t been seen since.
The Dybbuk Box
The Dybbuk Box is actually a wine cabinet from the 1920s that made its way through multiple Ebay buyers, beginning in 2001. Each buyer reported being visited by similar nightmares of an old hag and various ailments. The box was finally purchased by a museum director and sealed it away in a secret location.
The Woman from Lemb Statue
The Woman from Lemb might look like something from a Tim Burton sex dream, but it’s actually SUPER CURSED! It’s so cursed that most people refer to WFL as “The Goddess of Death.” Beginning with Lord Elphont and his family, every Duke, Sir, and Lord who’s owned this statue has died a horrible death. After hundreds of years of wiping out entire families, the statue was donated to the Royal Scottish Museum.
The Hope Diamond
The curse of the Hope Diamond is is highly disputed, but you can’t argue with the long list of people who’ve met a sad end after coming in contact with the diamond. People who’ve guarded, owned, and worn the diamond have been hung by a mob, committed suicide, torn to pieces by wild dogs, and torn to pieces by a French mob.
The Hands Resist Him Painting
What began as a photo of a young man ended up as a painting that freaked out everyone who saw it. Multiple people who’ve owned the painting have died, and it makes everyone who looks at it uncomfortable. It probably has something to do with all of the disembodied hands. Somehow the painting ended up on Ebay where it was sold as a “haunted painting.”
The Terracotta Army
In 1974, the Terracotta Army was discovered during a dig in a communal farm village in China. And while the discovery has become a massive tourist attraction it’s also brought down a curse around the place where it was found. The 2,200-year-old village has been destroyed to make way for tourist attractions, and half of the archaeology team that excavated the army all died relatively young.
Ötzi the Iceman
Since the discovery of this perfectly preserved ice age warrior in 1989, multiple people involved in his discovery have met strange ends. Members of his excavation team have died from car accidents, brain tumors, and avalanches. Ötzi’s last victim died in 2011, but when will the iceman strike next?
The Myrtles Plantation’s Mirror
If you didn’t know, the Myrtles Plantation is supposedly one of the MOST HAUNTED houses in the world. Which makes sense because nothing good could have happened at a plantation during the 18th and 19th centuries, let alone on a plantation that was built on an ANCIENT INDIAN BURIAL GROUND. There was at least one murder on the premises, but, being a plantation house, way worse stuff than the death of an old white guy happened there.
(Then again, how do we know what “worse stuff” happened there? Neither of us were there to witness anything. Just sayin’)
On to the mirror: When Sarah Woodruff and her children succumbed to yellow fever, whomever was taking care of the wake forgot to cover one of the mirrors with a cloth and BOOM, it trapped the souls of the three women who can sometimes be seen in the mirror if you spend too long staring into it.
Maori Warrior Masks
Dear all pregnant ladies, whatever you do don’t go to New Zealand and visit the Te Papa museum. Maori tradition dictates that a pregnant or menstruating woman is tapu, or taboo, and so are the artifacts, meaning that if the two come into contact a curse could be invoked.
What happens when you steal a prized jewel from a group of people you’re “colonizing?” Duh, super curse! That’s right, the British Empire is in the middle of a real life curse, all thanks to their stealing of the Koh-i-Noor diamond from India in 1849. Since then, most of its male owners have died a violent death.
The Cursed Wooden Box
This might be the most cursed object on the entire list. When an Ebay seller went against their better judgement and took home a box that gave the original owner plenty of bad luck (lost ring, dog ran away, etc.), they, too, ran into some pretty rough stuff. First, their washing machine broke, then their faucet broke (at least they only have to call the plumber once). But then, when the seller used a spirit box to investigate the cursed box, they heard a voice say, “You’re disgusting.” Sick ghost burn, you guys. This box can be yours for $50.
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