Over the years, many household items have been said to be cursed and haunted. They are regular objects you’d find in any home: chairs, mirrors, vases, cabinets, dolls, paintings, and the like. The story always goes that a demon or spirit resides in the item, although the object’s owner may not always know why their possession is possessed. Here are few of the reportedly cursed or haunted household objects.
The existence of the Basano Vase is doubted. Its backstory is shrouded in myth and folklore, and its present location is unknown. The vase is said to have been made in a town just north of Napoli, Italy, sometime in the 15th century. Someone gave it to a bride the night before her wedding as a gift. However, the wedding never happened because the bride died overnight. The family of the last victim wisely opted not to sell the vase and reportedly threw it out the window. A police officer found it and returned it, but they refused to collect it. No museum accepted the vase, either, and it is currently said to be buried in a secret location.
Bellourt Castle Chairs
The 60-room Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the most haunted houses in the US. Visitors often complain of an uneasy feeling when standing next to the chairs. Some say an unseen force resists them when they try sitting in the chairs. Others who managed to sit in the chairs say they were mysteriously thrown out of them. Besides the haunted chairs, the ballroom contains a suit of armor that screams at intervals.
The Cursed painting of Crying Boy
The Crying Boy was not a single painting but a mass-produced print, with multiple versions existing. The original one was made by Italian artist Bruno Amadio under the pseudonym “Giovanni Bragolin.”The first claim of the painting being cursed was made on September 5, 1985, when The Sun published an article about a couple whose house burned down.
The Sun offered to help readers rid their homes of the evil paintings. In response, readers turned in 2,500 Crying Boy paintings, which The Sun burned in a giant bonfire.
In 2010, Steve Punt, a comedian and radio presenter with the BBC, tried burning a surviving Crying Boy from the era. The painting did not burn, which made him speculate that it was protected with a fire retardant.
The Dybbuk (or Dibbuk) Box is a wine cabinet said to be possessed by an evil spirit referred to as a dybbuk. The box remains in the possession of antique collector Kevin Mannis, who bought it from a woman who said it was owned by her grandmother. Mannis opened the box after buying it. There wasn’t much inside, just a few curious items, including a candle, a wine goblet, and two locks of human hair. However, someone or something ransacked Mannis’s shop the same day he opened the box. It definitely wasn’t a thief because nothing was stolen. The store clerk also reported that the light bulbs mysteriously broke, and she heard someone cursing. Mannis himself noted that the store smelled of jasmine flower.
The Cursed Mirror of the Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, is another haunted home in the US. Its most haunted item is a 200-year-old mirror. The story goes that the mirror became haunted after a slave called Chloe poisoned a cake, killing Sara, the wife of the owner of the plantation, and two of her daughters. The souls of the deceased were trapped in the mirror, from which they haunted the plantation.
Visitors to the plantation often note strange handprints and drip marks on the mirror.
Annabelle the Doll
If you have watched any of The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), or Annabelle: Creation (2017), you should have seen that creepy doll named Annabelle. She is based on a real, but less creepy-looking, doll called Annabelle, which is on display at Ed and Lorraine Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.
The story of Annabelle’s creepiness began in 1970, after a woman bought her for her daughter. People soon started accusing the doll of random attacks and even attempting to strangle a family friend. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the criminal activities of the doll and concluded she was possessed by an evil spirit.
Otzi is the mummy of a presumed murdered iceman. Otzi seemed to bring death where ever he went. One of the German tourists who found Otzi died not to long after by a freak blizzard.
The leader of the Otzi forensic team died in a car crash while on his way to give a lecture about Otzi.
The man who filmed Otzi’s removal from the ice died by a brain tumor. Now it didn’t take long for people to realize that this 4,000 year old mummy was cursed.
The Hands Resist Him
The Hands Resist Him depicts a young boy standing on a porch with what looks like the life-size dummy of a girl. Behind them is a glass door with lots of hands. The painting was created by Bill Stoneham. The story of the painting being haunted started after three people involved with it (including Marley) died between 1978 and 1984. However, Marley sold the painting before his death, and it appeared on eBay in 2000. The family selling it claimed their daughter saw the children leaving the painting and fighting.
The people who bid for painting on eBay complained to have been troubled by mysterious forces which led to this painting name to be turned to “haunted eBay painting.”
Robert the Doll
Robert is said to be the world’s most terrifying haunted doll. He has been accused of causing every unfortunate incident, from car accidents to broken bones to divorce. Robert was originally owned by artist Robert Eugene Otto. Otto kept Robert into adulthood.
Myrtle Reuter became Robert’s new owner after she bought Otto’s house in 1974. Visitors to the house soon started complaining of strange footsteps and laughter. Some even claimed that Robert changed his countenance whenever someone spoke ill of Otto. In 1994, she donated Robert to Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.