All right, so let’s get this party started right! I thought we’d kick it off with some urban legends about cursed relics. This one in particular is known as:
“The Goddess of Death” The “Woman from Lemb” is a statue carved from limestone that was unearthed in Lemb, Cyprus in 1878. No one knows who created her or “what” she actually is but its assumed she is a statue for some untitled fertility goddess. Even though the statue is dated back to 3500 B.C.E. it’s not necessarily her mysterious history that has everyone around it scared to death.
The statue was first owned by Lord Elphont. Within the first 6 years of his possession of the relic, all 7 members of the Elphont family die mysterious deaths.
The second owner, Ivor Menucci had a similar experience. He owned the relic for four years. He and all of his family members died under odd circumstances as well. Then, there was the third owner, Lord Thompson Noel. Yep! You’ve got it! He and his entire family are dead within four years. For a while thereafter, the statue vanishes. Somebody probably threw the evil thing in a hole and buried it, but it didn’t stay gone forever.
The statue turns up in the hands of Sir Alan Biverbrook. So, shortly thereafter, he, his wife and two daughters are all dead, shocker right! Well, here’s the twist. Biverbrook has two older sons that didn’t live in the same house. Now, neither of the two were superstitious in any way, but they weren’t stupid either! They donated the statue to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, where it remains today.
Shortly after the item was given to the museum, the Chief of the section where the statue was placed, suddenly died. Now, the museum Curator won’t admit that the statue may have supernatural properties. However, no one has handled the statue since that first museum worker who passed away. The “Goddess of Death” is kept safely under glass, protected from human hands.
Up to another cursed item? Good! I’ve got one for you!
The “Anguished Man” painting It’s not much to look at, but it is kind of unsettling in it’s own way. The painting was and unwanted gift that had been locked away in an attic for 25 years or better. Sean Robinson’s Grandmother swore that the painting was haunted. She told him as a boy that she had often seen a large black shadow lurking about her home and she had heard sorrowful cries coming from what sounded like a tormented man. She said that the artist that had created the piece had mixed his own blood with the paint. He was said to have committed suicide upon finishing his work.
Now Sean had never believed that the painting was haunted but in remembering the stories she had shared with him, he decided that he would claim the painting after her death. It was an interesting piece and with the crazy-assed story his grandmother told him about the artist, it would make one Hell of a conversation piece for his house. So he takes it home and hangs it near the den. Well it didn’t take long before Sean and his wife both began seeing this dark shadowy creature lurking around their house. After a few weeks the appearances were accompanied with the sound of a man crying along with other strange noises. Yeah, Sean’s not such a skeptic now!
He stated that he and his wife have heard the crying coming from the corner of their bedroom. The dark shadowy figure has been spotted standing at the foot of their bed, just watching them. Sean says that the figure appears to be that of a middle aged man but his features aren’t very clear, just like the painting. Yeah, well the wife, she’s terrified and she’s had enough. She tells Sean that she refuses to stay under the same roof with that painting. So the painting goes on tour for a while and is investigated by a bunch of paranormal experts. Now there’s a ton of documentation that more than proves something is going on with this crazy painting.
The most interesting out of the reports was made by Mysteria Paranormal who actually visited one of the most haunted castles in the U.K with the painting in hand. Check this out, you’re going to remember the place and a few other details from a past blog. This is some crazy shit right here!
So this event was documented by Steven Wagner on Paranormal Phenomena. Steven wrote: “It was on the evening of 18 May 2013 at Chillingham Castle that a group of people experienced events that were both terrifying and unexplained. None of the guests were prepared for what was about to happen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The room went icy cold when a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle. A large wooden bench banged on the floor of its own accord in response to John Blackburn’s questions to the painting, then suddenly the bench was flipped upside-down violently by what was believed to be John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle’s resident powerful spirits, who we think was showing his anger to a foreign, uninvited spirit to his castle.”
According to several sources, John Blackburn of Mysteria Paranormal has stated that the event was the strangest experience he has had in all of his years of supernatural / paranormal investigation. The alleged interaction between the spirits of Chillingham Castle and The Anguished Man was witnessed by over twenty paranormal investigators. With this in mind, it is often said that artists desire to ‘live on’ with their work. Perhaps the unidentified artist who created The Anguished Man achieved that goal in a disturbing way.
See! I told you! Crazy right!? Speaking of crazy, let’s do one more cursed relic, shall we? That’s what we call Langiappe down here in the South, it means a little something extra! Now I’m going to tell you about:
“The Basano Vase” This legend comes from Italian lore. The story goes that the vase was carved from silver in the 15th century. It was created as a wedding gift for a Italian bride that lived in a northern village close to Napoli. On the night before her wedding, the bride was found lying on the floor clutching the vase with the last of her remaining strength. Before she died, she vowed to return and seek her vengeance. After her death, the vase was given to one of her sisters. She, not long after, suffered a similar fate as the bride. Again, the vase was given to another surviving relative. Guess what, yep, they died shortly after as well. And once again, for the fourth time, the vase was given to someone else. You’ve got it, they were deader than hell almost immediately after taking possession of the vase.
So the history of the vase at this point becomes a bit cloudy. What we do know is that one of the surviving relatives of the bride, boxes the evil relic up and hides it away. The rumor is that this relative had a priest bury the vase on hallowed ground, but no one knows for sure. What we do know is that it surfaces again in 1988 and crumpled up inside of the vase was a small piece of parchment paper that bore the warning: Beware, this vase brings death. The warning was discarded and the vase was immediately put up for auction where it sold for four million lera, which is actually just a bit above 1 million in U.S. dollars.
The new owner, was a local pharmacist. He owned the vase for about 3 months before dying under mysterious circumstances. His remaining family was terrified that the curse would soon seek them out. They immediately sold the vase to a prominent surgeon who didn’t believe in such things as curses. Guess what folks! 3 months later this dude is dead too; he was 37 years old. Well the surgeon’s family wasn’t so skeptical about the whole cursed relic thing now. So, the rumors start circulating and that certainly didn’t help them get rid of this evil vase! It took a little while, but eventually they did find a buyer, in the form of a archeologist.
He purchased it for his private collection, seeing the vase as a true artifact of the Renaissance era. But even his professional admiration for the vase wouldn’t be enough to protect him from the curse. Bet you’ve got this down pat by now, everyone, all together now: “He was dead within 3 months!” This time the culprit was some mysterious and undiagnosed infection that ravaged his body in a matter of days. Ok, so now we have yet another terrified family that needs to ditch this vase, like right now! Yeah, not so much! Everybody and their Grandmother has already heard about the shitstorm that comes along with this relic. It took a while and they took a loss, but they finally found a sucker.
Now, this family was familiar with the curse, as was everyone else on the planet. But in thinking that the vase was far more valuable than what they could purchase it for, they figured on reselling it and making a healthy profit. Yeah, that didn’t happen! Almost one month to the day after the vase was brought home, the owner was dead. The remaining family members are freaking the Hell out now and they want this vase gone! There was not another sucker to be had though, No body would touch the damned thing! In a fit of frustration, the owner’s brother hurls the vase out of the second floor window. It just so happened that at that very moment a beat officer was walking by on the sidewalk in front of the house; the vase nearly pegs him in the head. It falls to the concrete walk just in front of his feet. Startled by the entire event, not to mention a wee bit on the pissed side, The officer writes the man a ticket. The man gladly accepts the ticket but refuses to pick the vase up, even after being threatened with a few nights in the clink!
So eventually, the man wins out, and the officer gives in. He picks the vase up and takes it back to headquarters. The Police Chief makes call upon call in attempt to donate the vase to a library or museum or Hell, anybody that would take the damned thing. No Body would touch it. Eventually, the Chief decides to deal with it in his own way. Several local papers documented that the vase had been buried in an undisclosed location. Rumor has it that it was placed inside a lead box and buried on the grounds of an ancient cemetery where it will hopefully remain undisturbed and dormant for the rest of time.