There has been many reports across the web about these ‘cursed items’.. I have some doubts but who knows; some of these curses might be the result of old folk tales and superstitions created by our modern society. But here is a list of objects that have been ‘cursed’ and which are still killing people today!
Diamonds and Gems:
The Hope Diamond
According to legend, the fabulous jewel now known as the Hope diamond once decorated the forehead of an Indian idol, from whence it was stolen by a Hindu priest. The poor priest, so the story goes, was captured and tortured for his troubles. The remarkable gem, said to carry a deadly curse, first surfaced in Europe in 1642, in the possession of the French trader and smuggler Jean Babtiste Tefernier. He reaped a sizeable profit from its sale, but allowed his wastrel son to squander much of the money. Travelling to Indian to recoup his fortune, Tefernier was attacked by a pack of rabid dogs and torn to pieces.
The gem passed next to France’s King Louis XIV, who reduced its staggering size from 112.5 carats to 67.5. This reduction, however, did not affect the curse. After Nicholas Fouquet, a government official who was known for his poker faced expression and wayward personality, borrowed the diamond for a state ball, he was convicted of embezzlement and sentence to life in prison, where he died. Princess de Lambelle, who wore the diamond regularly, was beaten to death by a Parisian mob. The king himself died broke and scorned, his empire in ruins. Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette died beneath the blade of the guillotine.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond (Mountain of Light) has a mysterious past. The 109-carat gem was once the largest known diamond in the world and has been the cause of violence for the past 5,000 years. The diamond is believed to bring misfortune to any man who owns it. However, it is supposed to bring good luck to any female owner. Another legend suggests that whoever owns the Koh-i-Noor rules the world. Some have said that the Koh-i-Noor holds some undiscovered secret or power that could lead to world domination, but this is purely a myth.
The first known case of misfortune befalling the owner revolves around Prince Humayun, who received the Koh-i-Noor and then suffered bad luck for the rest of his life. Sher Shah Suri, a powerful medieval Indian emperor who defeated Prince Humayun, died after a canon explosion. Sher Shah Suri’s son, Jalal Khan, was killed by his brother-in-law. Prince Humayun’s great-grandson, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, had the Koh-i-Noor placed in his Peacock Throne. He was then overthrown and imprisoned by his own son.
Delhi Purple Sapphire
Some 34 years ago Peter Tandy, a young curator at the Natural History Museum, happened upon a jewel while working among the great lines of mineral cabinets. From a scientific perspective, the stone was nothing special, though its setting was rather bizarre, bound by a silver ring decorated with astrological symbols and mystical words with two scarab-carved gems attached. It was a typewritten note that accompanied the jewel, an amethyst known as the Delhi Purple Sapphire, that caught Tandy’s eye.
“This stone is trebly accursed and is stained with the blood, and the dishonour of everyone who has ever owned it,” said the note, which had been written by Edward Heron-Allen, a scientist, friend of Oscar Wilde and the amethyst’s last owner. It carried a curse and had left a trail of bad luck and tragedy.
Heron-Allen claimed to have been so disturbed that he had surrounded the amethyst with supposedly protective charms and sealed it inside seven boxes before leaving it to the museum in his will. His letter concluded: “Whoever shall then open it, shall first read out this warning, and then do as he pleases with the jewel. My advice to him or her is to cast it into the sea.” While they were sceptical, Tandy and his colleagues agreed to keep quiet about the curse.
Other Cursed Things
Curse of the Crying Boy Painting
The curse of the Crying Boy Painting. In 1988, a mysterious explosion destroyed the home of the Amos family in Heswall, England. When firemen sifted through the burnt-out shell of the house, they found a framed picture, entitled ‘The Crying Boy’, which was a portrait of an angelic-looking boy with a sorrowful expression and a tear rolling down his cheek. But the picture was not even singed by the blaze.
Not long afterwards in Bradford, there was another blaze, and again a picture of the crying child was found intact among the smouldering ruins. The head of the Yorkshire Fire Brigade told the national newspapers that pictures of the weird Crying Boy were frequently found intact in the rubble of houses that had been mysteriously burnt to the ground. Journalists asked him if he thought that the picture was evil and could somehow start the fires, but the fire-chief refused to comment.
The Curse of Devil’s Pool, Australia
Devil’s Pool near Babinda in Far North Queensland is known in Aboriginal legend as a cursed place. The dangers are held to be geographical, but local tribespeople and Babinda locals generally believe and recount the legend of an Aboriginal woman’s curse on the waterhole.
In 2005, the Australia TV program Message Stick gave an account of the Pool through interviews and testimonies of witnesses to investigate the prevalence of deaths to young male travellers over the years. The pools have taken 17 lives since 1959. The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.
The legend arises from the story of a woman who married a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man visiting for the event.
The Curse of 27
The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is a name for a group of influential rock and blues musicians who all died at the age of 27.
The impetus for the club’s creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison. Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some. With the exception of Joplin, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club.
Curse of the Egyptian Princess that Sank the Titanic?
This is a story which describes actual historical events, which really happened. The “Unlucky Mummy”.This wooden coffin lid is the most popular exhibit in the British Museum, because of the reputation of its original owner of having sunk the Titanic. The British Museum has repeatedly issued official denials that this coffin lid caused the death of 1500 persons in the Atlantic Ocean.
The British Museum has never satisfactorily explained what ever happened to the mummy that used to be under this coffin lid. In the first place, this story is not the concoction of some Internet crazed cyber-freak. The story has existed since the day the first survivors of the Titanic arrived ashore. It was told by Frederic Kimber Seward and other surviving passengers.
The ‘Superman’ Curse
Let’s examine the evidence. Most tragic is the case of George Reeves, the beloved Superman of ’50s television who was the victim of a bizarre and unexpected suicide (or was it murder?). More recently we find Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. In 1995, Reeve was paralyzed in a freak equestrian accident which eventually led to his early death, and Kidder, by some sensational accounts, went mad.
Was it the curse? Less well-known is the unfortunate case of the first live-action Superman, Kirk Alyn. The legend goes that after a promising start, Alyn’s career spiraled downhill almost immediately after appearing as filmdom’s first Superman. His only role of note following this was a brief cameo in Superman: The Movie, some 30 years later. Did playing the Man of Steel make his subsequent career a super-washout? Some claim that Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were cursed with hardships after selling their billion-dollar concept to DC Comics for a mere $130. Does a heinous curse, perhaps associated with man’s hubris or unnatural “worship” of false gods known as superheroes befall those who attempt to mock the natural order by playing the role of Superman?Not really. Among all of the actors who have played Superman over the years, (nearly a dozen by my count), only two, Reeves and Reeve, encountered serious misfortune. And it must be said that Christopher Reeve turned his misfortune into an act of heroism that has been an inspiration to millions. This was an unforeseen obstacle that was met with true bravery and grace…
These are only a few popular curses… Some others include the Curse of Tippecanoe, the Kennedy Curse, Terror of Robert Doll, the Curse of Turan.. I’m sure there is more but ill let you do the research into this mysterious phenomenon.. If you have any information about a curse or anything else please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org