10 of the Most Haunted Objects of All Time
We know that people, animals, and vengeful spirits can kill you, but the fact that objects can kill you lends a whole new terror to simply being alive! Some objects are simply known to be cursed, and the longer you look at them, the more you are going to start to believe it. Check out these ten cursed objects, and then maybe think a little more seriously about that vase in the hallway that has always given you a spooky feeling.
The Dead Man’s Chair
Also known as Busby’s Chair, this innocent-looking wooden seat apparently belonged to 18th century murderer Thomas Busby. He killed his father-in-law and was hung beside an inn soon after. After his death, his ghost seems to have taken exception to anyone using this chair, and soon enough, it was discovered that people known to have sat in it all had horrible falling accidents. Today, the chair is nailed five feet in the air at its location at the Thrisk Museum to prevent people from taking the chance.
The Crying Boy Painting
This painting looks simple enough, though maybe it’s a little cliché or sentimental for you. However… the longer you look, the more likely it might be that you hear the sounds of flames sneaking up on you. There have been innumerable fires where the only thing that survived was a print of this increasingly spooky kid.
This spooky doll seems to be the least likely children’s companion, but it was considered a charming gift in 1906. The doll haunted the Otto family, who saw it scuttling from room to room, and sometimes saw its face in windows where it should not have been. The doll now sits ensconced in a museum case, where museum workers occasionally see it tapping on the glass and pacing from corner to corner.
The Hope Diamond
Look but don’t touch seems to be the lesson taught by the Hope Diamond. This gorgeous stone was taken from India in the mid-seventeenth century, and ever since then, it has carried a legacy that includes beheadings, poisonings, military coups and financial ruin. Many of the diamond’s owners and caretakers have suffered mysterious misfortune so long as they have held it, and today, it’s just as well this cursed stone sits in state at the Smithsonian.
The Woman of Lemb Statue
This small limestone sculpture was dated back to around 3500 B.C.E., and no one can tell how far back its legacy for murder goes. Four families have owned this ancient statue, and each one fell prey to illness and death. The final family got wise, and when it was down to two surviving sons, the Woman of Lemb was donated to the Royal Scottish Museum.
Dolls never seem to be a good idea. Annabelle was a large Raggedy Ann doll purchased by a woman for her two daughters. Soon enough, the doll began to move from room to room, the house was littered with pieces of paper containing a childish scribble, and the doll would be found to be standing in a way that was impossible for a cloth doll to do. The owners consulted Ed and Lorraine Warren, famous psychic investigators, who diagnosed the doll with demonic possession and locked it away.
Myrtles Plantation Mirror
Not only does the Myrtles Plantation rejoice under the reputation of being the most haunted B&B in the United States, it also holds a haunted mirror. This mirror once belonged to a woman named Sara Woodruff and her children. The three of them were poisoned, an incident which was reflected in the mirror, and now people report seeing the ghostly image of an enraged woman and pair of children behind them when they are checking their hair.
Ötzi The Ice Man
Ötzi lived 3,300 years ago, and his remains, discovered in the Alps, gave scientists startling insight into prehistoric life. However, Ötzi seems less than happy with his new fame. One of the men who discovered him died in a freak blizzard, a member of his forensic team died in a crash on the way to a lecture about Ötzi, and the man who filmed a documentary on the Ice Man died of an undiagnosed brain tumor.
Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is an amazing natural landmark and a sacred place for the indigenous people of Australia. Tourists who come are cautioned to be respectful, and there is more to enforce this respect than just a fine. Every year, tourists who take rocks from Uluru report misfortunes ranging from illness and marriage strife to death, and every year, the park administration receives packages containing these cursed stones.
The Anguished Man
This eerie painting comes from a mysterious background. The artist committed suicide directly after painting it, and wherever the painting is, a dark figure is often seen to be lurking. When this painting is placed in a home, people report hearing the sounds of a man crying, and falling injuries become more prevalent. Whatever presence is haunting this picture, it seems to be quite angry.