Cursed Relics – The Princess of Amen-Ra

   The Princess of Amen-Ra lived 1,500 yrs before Christ. When she died, she was placed in an ornate wooden coffin and buried deep down in a dark vault at Luxor, on the banks of the Nile.

In the late 1890s, 4 rich Englishmen came to tour the excavations at Luxor. They’d been invited to buy an exquisite mummy case, containing the remains of Princess of Amen-Ra. They drew lots and the man that won paid several thousand pounds for his new treasure, then makes arrangements to have the coffin taken to his hotel. A few hours later, he was seen walking out of the main entrance toward the desert. He was never seen again.

The next day, one of these 3 dudes was accidentally shot by an Egyptian servant. His arm was so severely screwed up, it had to be amputated. Another of the men from this doomed four-some, is on his way home when he finds out that the bank where he was holding his entire savings had failed. And the last of these poor bastards gets home and all of the sudden comes down with this unexplainable and severe illness. He winds up losing his job and was reduced to selling matches in the street. After all this madness, the coffin makes it to England, where it was bought by a businessman in London.

Well, right after this dude takes possession of the sarcophagus, 3 of his family members were seriously injured in car crash, then his house catches on fire and was nearly burned to the ground. This dude figures he’d had about enough of this crazy shit, so he donates the Mummy to the British Museum. I’m thinking he was glad to see that damned thing go!

    So, later on, they’re unloading the coffin from a truck in the museum courtyard, the truck suddenly slides into reverse and pins this dude that’s walking by into the brick wall. Then after that, the sarcophagus was being carried up the stairs by 2 workmen, 1 of them fell and broke his leg. The other one, who seemed to be in perfect health, died unexplainably two days later.

Once the Princess was set up in the Egyptian Room, the shit hit the fan! The Museum’s night watchmen start reporting that they were hearing this frantic banging and sobbing coming from inside the coffin. Some of the other exhibits in the room were being hurled around at night, a lot of those priceless artifacts were badly damaged.

One watchman actually died on duty; so now all of the watchmen are threatening to quit because, well damn this shit right! It wasn’t just them though, the Cleaners refused to go anywhere near the Princess too. As a result, she was in need of a good dusting, which, brought some misery for a snobby visitor. This dumb-ass, making fun of The Princess’s deferred condition, flicks his handkerchief at the face painted on the coffin.  His child died of measles soon afterwards.

Finally, the authorities decided that it may be a good idea to move the mummy down to the basement. Maybe there, it wouldn’t cause any more problems and everything would settle down. Yeah, not so much, Within a week, one of the guys that helped carry her downstairs was seriously ill, and the supervisor responsible for the move was found dead at his desk.

By now, the news papers had caught wind of all this madness, so they’re crawling all over the museum looking for pictures and interviews. This one journalist photographer, sneaks in and takes a picture of the mummy case. When he developed the film, the painting on the coffin had evolved into a horrifying, human face. Legend has it that after looking at the photograph he immediately left for home then, locked himself in his bedroom where he put a bullet in his head.

Not long after that, the museum sells the mummy to a private collector. This poor dumb bastard is immediately plagued with continual misfortune (and deaths), thinking he was gonna fix things, the owner banishes the Princess to the attic, yeah, that should do it!

     So, after he stores her away, he realizes that things hadn’t really gotten any better,  He reaches out to a well known authority on the occult, Madame Helena Blavatsky, and asks her to pay a visit. Well, the second she sets foot in the house, she was seized with a shivering fit.  She knew something was there, that’s for sure. She starts searching the house for the source of what she called “an evil influence of incredible intensity”. She finally gets around to the attic and finds the mummy case.

At that point the dude admitted that he had suspected the mummy to be the root of his misfortunes and then had the balls to ask her if she could exorcise the evil spirit. She responds with: “There is no such thing as exorcism. Evil remains evil forever. Nothing can be done about it. I implore you to get rid of this evil as soon as possible.” Not too sure that I share her beliefs on that though.

By now, everybody and there grandmama knows about this sarcophagus.  Almost 20 people had met with misfortune, disaster or death from handling the casket, in barely 10 years. This dude was trying to give the damned thing away, but none of the British museums would take it. Eventually, a hard-headed American archaeologist (a doubter), paid a shot ton of cash for the mummy and arranged for it to be shipped to New York .

    In April 1912, the new owner escorted his recently acquired treasure aboard a brand new White Star liner about to make its maiden voyage to New York. On the night of Apr 14, the Princess of Amen-Ra accompanied 1,500 souls to their deaths into the icy depths of the Atlantic.

If you haven’t guessed by now, that ship, was the Titanic.

 

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