The Busby Stoop Chair
Thomas Busby was to be hung at down when he requested a last meal at his favorite pub in Thirsk, England. As he stood from his chair after the meal, he spoke these words – “May sudden death come to anyone who dare sit in my chair.”
Patrons at the pub would often dare each other to sit in the chair and found that men who had done so often went to war and never returned. Was it Thomas Busby keeping true to his curse, or the atrocity of war? That could have been the reason — until more victims of the chair lost their lives to car crashes, falls and brain tumors!
The chair now resides at a local museum, suspended five feet in the air so no one else can dare to challenge Busby’s word…
The Dibbuk Box
A wine cabinet that contains a malevolent spirit? Well according to Jewish folklore, that’s exactly what a Dibbuk box is, and one of the most famous ones was the subject of the movie The Possession. When an antique dealer came across the ancient wooden box in a house clearance sale of a 103 year old Jewish woman, her granddaughter insisted he take it away.
After witnessing strange happenings and dark shadowy figures, the antique dealer tried desperately to give it away, but the box returned to him each time. He finally listed the Dibbuk box on eBay with a full explanation of the phenomena surrounding it.
Another doll, but if the stories are to be believed, this one may be cursed by Black Magic. The ‘Robert’ doll belonged to Robert Eugene Otto and was given to him by a servant who disliked the family. Robert loved his doll and became strangely obsessed with it, and then mischievous happenings began to occur. Rooms were trashed, vases smashed, and a very frightened little boy insisted his doll had done it.
After Robert died at a ripe old age, a new family moved into his home. When the little girl of the family found the doll she was terrified, and swore it was alive and wanted to kill her! The doll now resides at a Key West art museum, and bizarrely visitors state they must ask the doll’s permission to take his photo, or they’ll be cursed!
The Skull of Bettiscombe Manor
A Jamaican man sold into slavery swore on his death bed that he would never rest until his body was returned to his homeland. All that remains of his skeleton is his skull, forever separated from the rest of his body. Maybe the screams emitting from the graveyard are those of a soul unable to rest without its head…
Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
Anna Baker was young and in love, planning her wedding and had even bought herself a beautiful gown. But when her father discovered his daughter was marrying below her standing, he banished her suitor and broke his daughter’s heart. Anna, angry at her father and vowing never to fall in love again, died a bitter spinster.
The gown now resides in a glass case in what used to be Anna’s bedroom at the Barker mansion. It’s said that late at night, especially when the moon is full, the dress sways by itself. Perhaps the lovelorn Anna has come back to claim the gown she never got to wear…
The Anguished Man Painting
The Anguished Man painting comes with a pretty horrific backstory. This traumatic looking painting was kept in the attic of Sean Robinson’s grandmother. According to her story, the artist mixed his own blood in with the paint, and took his own life shortly after the piece of work was completed. She had locked it in the attic after being plagued by strange occurrences – voices and someone crying, the shadowy figure of a man in her home…
When Sean inherited the picture, he and his family began experiencing the same weird hauntings, some of which he caught on tape before sealing the painting in his basement.
The Hands Resist Him Painting
Claimed to be the most haunted painting in existence, The Hands Resist Him was painted in 1972 by Bill Stoneham, and seems to come with a whole host of warnings for those who view this macabre piece of art.
According to reports, the figures in the painting move about at night, with the boy in the painting actually entering the room where the painting hung, and the girl disappearing all together! Other reports include viewers feeling weak and nauseous. Regardless of its reputation, this is one creepy work of art!
The Myrtle’s Mirror
Myrtle’s Plantation is reportedly one of the most haunted houses in the world, and it’s also home to the macabre Myrtle’s Mirror. The plantation dates back to the 1700’s and was built on a Native American Burial Ground, and paranormal occurrences number up to ten a day. But none are stranger than the mirror.
Images of a woman have been seen in the mirror, and the handprints of children stain the cold, reflective surface. It’s thought to be the spirit of Sara Woodruff and her children who were poisoned, and their souls trapped in the mirror forevermore…
This Raggedy-Anne doll has recently been the subject of a major movie, but the real story behind it is quite chilling without Hollywood’s artistic license. Annabel certainly seemed to have a life of her own, appearing in different rooms and even reportedly standing up on her rag doll legs.
Was she possessed by the spirit of a young girl or, rather, a demon intent on harming her young owners? These days, Annabel resides at the Occult Museum in Connecticut, in a locked cabinet with the sign ‘Warning – Positively Do Not Open’.
The Crying Boy Painting
Many of us had a representation of The Crying Boy painting during the seventies and eighties, but this painting by Bruno Amadio had some unusual stories attached to it. One was that it seemed to burn down every house it occupied, and yet the painting remained unscathed.
Whether haunted or simply treated with heat proof varnish, the painting itself is enough to haunt anyone’s dreams as the face of a distraught child pulls at the heart strings…
[This article originally appeared on www.creepyghoststories.com and was used with permission.]