Hauntings are usually associated with houses, but spirits or demons can attach themselves to anything including objects. This is a countdown of the world’s most renowned haunted objects.
1. The Dibbuk Box
- The book written by Jason Haxton about The Dibbuk Box.
A Dibbuk is an unsettled soul which attaches itself to a human host, controlling aspects of that person. According to Jewish belief, the soul was unable to fulfil is life’s purpose and will only leave the host’s body once it has accomplished its goal. These boxes were built to contain evil forces. The box we’re speaking about was brought to the United States by a Holocaust survivor, whose ancestors ignored her stern warnings never to open it and to bury it with her when she passed on.
In 2001, an antique buyer bought the dibbuk box from the estate sale of the women who passed. Upon taking the box home, he immediately experienced strange things. The dealer gave the wine box to his mother as a gift, and the woman immediately suffered a major stroke.
Jason Haxton, former owner of the box and curator of a medical museum, in Missouri, said: “I came to acquire the Dibbuk box from a college student, who was having problems, so they brought it to my medical museum. All who own it report strange occurrences and bad events in their life.
“I experienced bleeding eyes, constant choking, shadowy figures, horrible dreams of hags, insect infestations, and more. I kept the box under the house crawl space buried in the ground to draw off the energy.”
The Dibbuk Box now resides in Zak Bagans Haunted Museum, in Las Vegas.
2. The Conjure Chest
- The infamous Conjure Chest.
Kentuckian slave owner Jacob Cooley, commissioned one of his slaves, between 1830 and 1840, to make a chest for the birth of his son.
Cooley was displeased with the construction of the chest, so he beat the slave to death. In revenge for this act Cooley’s other slaves put a curse on the chest so that the family would be forever cursed.
The story goes that Cooley, despite his displeasure for the chest he displayed it in his home anyway. On the arrival of his son, the child’s clothes were put in the chest and soon after Cooley’s son died.
Following the death of Cooley’s son, a further 17 Cooley family members died because of the chest.
Beverly Kinsley, a descendant of Cooley’s told the story of the chest to Zak Bagans on Deadly Possessions. The story goes Kingsley’s grandmother asked Sally, who worked for the family, if she knew how to take off a conjure and Sally did. After performing a ritual, Sally said to Kingsley’s grandmother that one of them would die.
In October 1946, The Conjure Chest claimed its last victim, Sally suddenly died.
The chest was finally donated to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfurt, Kentucky.
3. Annabelle The Doll
- Annabelle the Doll pictured with Ed and Lorraine Warren in their Occult Museum.
In 1970, a woman bought a Raggedy-Ann style doll for her daughter. Her daughter put it in her apartment, but soon odd things happening involving the doll. It would move by itself. They found small scraps of parchment paper, which they didn't even own, with childish handwriting scrawled on them. They even found the doll standing.
They contacted a psychic medium, who told them that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl who had died in the apartment building. "Annabelle" said that she liked the college girls, and wanted to stay with them, so they told her that she could. Unfortunately, granting the spirit this permission lead to increased paranormal activity in their apartment, including having a male friend get attacked by the doll.
At their wit's end, the girls contacted renowned psychic investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The married duo soon found that the doll is not possessed by the spirit of a child at all; rather, it is possessed by a demon who had lied about its identity. The girls gave "Annabelle" to the Warrens, who encased it in a glass display cabinet in their Occult Museum in Connecticut.
4. The Hands Resist Him Painting
- The Hands Resist Him Painting.
An anonymous eBay seller put “The Hands Resist Him” up for sale on the auction site in 2000.
According to the couple who owned the painting previously, the figures in the painting moved around at night or disappearing from the canvas entirely. The boy in the painting supposedly entered the room where it hung and everyone who viewed the painting reported feeling sick and weak. Adults sometimes felt like unseen hands were grabbing them.
Darren Kyle O’Neil wrote a book titled ‘The Hands Resist Him: Be Careful What You Bid For’ which can be bought on Amazon.
O’Neil’s book details the story of “The Hands Resist Him” painting and the connection between Daniel Leyden, who bought the painting on eBay and who claims it is cursed and Detective Hector Gomez, who investigated a 28-year-old open police case of a serial killer known as the ‘The Life Swapper’.
5. Robert The Doll
- Robert the Doll in the Key West Art and Historical Museum, surrounded by letters written to him from visitors.
Robert Eugene Otto was given the doll in 1996 by a servant, who practiced black magic. Rooms would be messed up, vases smashed, and Robert would be blamed, even though he seemed extremely afraid and insisted that the doll done it.
The doll finally wound up at the Key West Art Gallery and Historical Museum in Florida, where it remains on display to this day.
Visitors to the museum supposedly must ask Robert the dolls permission to take a photograph of him. If they don’t, the theory is that the doll curses you.
The museum displays letters from the supposedly "cursed" individuals who have written to the doll, apologizing for not asking to take his picture, and asking to be released from his spell.
6. The Cursed Chair
- The Cursed Chair also known as The Busby Stoop Chair hanging in the Thirsk Museum.
Thomas Busby, convicted murderer, last request was to have his final meal in his favourite pub. After finishing his meal, he wished sudden death for anyone that sits on his chair.
Remaining in the pub for centuries and after many people dying soon after they sat in the chair, the owner donated it to the Thirsk Museum in 1972.
It is displayed hanging five feet in the air, so no one will ever sit in it again.
7. Haunted Wedding Dress
- The Haunted Wedding Dress displayed in the Blair County Historical Society and Baker Mansion.
The story goes that Anna Baker from Pennsylvania fell in love with a low-class iron worker. Ellis Baker, Anna’s father refused to let her marry him, banishing the young man in 1849.
Before he was sent away, Anna bought a wedding dress. Another wealthy woman, Elizabeth Dysart wore the dress for her wedding.
According to Jeannine L. Treese, Executive Director of the Blair County Historical Society and Baker Mansion, the wedding dress was worn by Elizabeth Bell in 1830, who was the daughter of Edward Bell another iron master in Blair County.
Visitors and staff claim to see the dress move on its own, especially during full moons.
8. The Myrtles Plantation Mirror
- The Myrtles Plantation Mirror.
Myrtles Plantation is supposedly a haunted bed and breakfast. The mirror was added to the home in 1980.
Guests of the plantation have reported seeing figures in the mirror, as well as small child-like handprints on the glass. The theory is that the mirror contains the spirits of Sara Woodruff and her children.
The Woodruffs were poisoned to death, and even though customs say that mirrors should be covered after death to prevent spirits from getting trapped. This mirror was not covered, so the theory is that the Woodruff souls live on through the mirror.
9. The Anguished Man Painting
- The Anguished Man Painting.
Sean Robinson inherited the painting from his grandmother, who kept the painting in her attic for 25 years. Robinson was always told that the painting was evil and that the artist that created it used his own blood mixed with paint and killed himself not long after he completed the painting. Robinson’s grandmother claimed to hear voices and crying and the figure of a man walking around her house.
After taking ownership of the painting, Robinson and his family started experiencing the same phenomenon. Robinson claims his son fell down stairs, his wife felt as though someone was stroking her hair and they too heard crying and seen the shadow man.
Robinson set a camera up overnight to monitor the painting to try and capture the alleged activity. Robinson uploaded his video to YouTube, the video shows doors slamming, smoke rising and the painting falling off a wall for no reason.
Robinson decided to put the painting in his basement.
10. Peggy the Doll Peggy
- Peggy the Doll.
Peggy the Doll now resides in Las Vegas, at Zak Bagans Haunted Museum. Before Zak took ownership, Peggy was under the care of Jayne Harris a paranormal investigator. Harris was sent Peggy by a previous owner, known as JW, to protect her identity. JW claimed the doll was the reason behind her not sleeping for five days in a row, nightmares and responsible for a ghostly figure of a women appearing at her bedside.
In an article for Haunted Magazine Harris said: “In November 2014, two months after bringing Peggy home, I fell ill. It wasn’t a sudden thing, it had been a very slow enduring process that had seen me go from my usual motivated self, to a woman who could barely get out of bed in the morning. I ached, felt tired, was suffering nightmares and was physically weaker by the day. Psychologically too I began to suffer. I became well again, it took two or three days, but whatever had been hanging over me seemed to have lifted.”