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7 Allegedly Cursed Objects That Do Actually Exist

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Cursed Objects Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Bad luck, creepy happenings, and even fatal accidents await those who take a cursed object lightly. And the items on this list are some of the most heavily jinxed and damned of them all. From creepy possessed dolls to haunted dresses and notorious cars, these seven cursed objects have brought disaster and ruin to their owners, users, and, in some cases, any who dare to look upon them.

7 Objects Covered in This Article

  1. Robert the Doll
  2. The Hands Resist Him Painting
  3. Cursed Elmo
  4. James Dean’s Silver Porsche 550 Spyder
  5. Anna Baker's Wedding Dress
  6. Busby's Stoop Chair
  7. Piece of Uluru Rock
Robert the Doll and his toy pooch.

Robert the Doll and his toy pooch.

1. Robert the Doll

At first glance, Robert the doll appears unassuming and innocent. But then you look closer at the black beady eyes, the disturbed toy puppy on his lap, the sailor suit that once belonged to his now deceased owner, the cracks in his fabric skin, and you realize that there's something "off" about Robert. And Legend has it that this doll, which is well over one hundred years old, is haunted by a malevolent spirit.

Robert's original owner, a boy named Robert Eugene Otto, had what could be called an unhealthy relationship with the doll. Indeed, Robert not only named the doll after himself but talked to it, brought it everywhere with him, and used to blame mischievous actions on him. And bar a short period, Robert kept the doll close all his life, despite the protests of friends and family who reported strange instances of the thing moving around, watching people, or even laughing.

When Robert Otto died, a woman named Myrtle Reuter became his owner for some time before donating it to the Fort East Martello Museum in 1994, claiming it was haunted. In the museum, he caused even further havoc, and today many visitors claim that electronics go haywire in his presence and misfortune occurs to any who crosses or mocks him. [1]

The Hands Resist Him Painting, originally created by Bill Stoneham.

The Hands Resist Him Painting, originally created by Bill Stoneham.

2. The Hands Resist Him Painting

In February 2000, an anonymous seller started an eBay auction for a "haunted painting." The description included warnings that stated the painting had supernatural powers and how it cursed the seller's lives over the previous year. The ad also included pictures of the artwork "changing form" on a webcam at night.

Soon the story of this haunted painting spread across the internet. And with it came reports of users experiencing strange reactions after viewing the images, with some reporting illness, fainting, and being gripped by an unknown entity.

Of course, the whole thing might be a mass hysteria brought upon by a clever marketing gimmick to bloat the painting's price. And it's important to note that the picture ended up selling for over $1000. Also, surely the seller would have tried selling it for cheap on the sly if the thing was genuinely haunted?

The buyer, who chose to remain anonymous, declared that they hadn't experienced anything paranormal themselves since owning the painting. However, they received multiple emails from people who had viewed the picture over the internet and experienced all sorts of strange happenings, from creepy voices to printers going haywire. So, whatever is going on here, it might be worth playing it safe and avoiding looking too closely at the picture. [1]

The original Elmo Knows Your Name doll.

The original Elmo Knows Your Name doll.

3. Cursed Elmo

Elmo knows your name dolls are designed to remember and incorporate a child's name and favorite things into friendly phrases and songs. All while looking cute and cuddly, of course. But one of these furry toys in Florida proved to be anything but friendly, as one two-year-old named James soon discovered. Instead of cute sing-songs, this demonic red doll kept uttering "kill James" over and over, much to the dismay of the boy's mother.

The whole thing is probably just a cruel prank. But that hasn't stopped many from hypothesizing that an evil spirit or Satan himself decided to take control of the red doll. But why such evil entities would choose to possess a sesame street character is anyone's guess. [1]

The state of James Dean's Porsche before it mysteriously disappeared.

The state of James Dean's Porsche before it mysteriously disappeared.

4. James Dean’s Silver Porsche 550 Spyder

In 1955, the life of actor and racing driver James Dean was cut short after he and his Porsche 550 Spyder were involved in a collision. While Dean was killed instantly, the Porsche, which Dean had dubbed his "Little Bastard," would continue to cause all sorts of problems.

After Dean's death, a man named Dr. William Eschrich stripped the car for parts. Eschrich placed its engine into his Lotus IX and loaned the transmission and suspension parts to racer Troy McHenry. Unfortunately, both men would crash their respective vehicles soon after, in the same race no less, with McHenry being killed after colliding into a tree.

Later, the notorious Porsche would be partly rebuilt and displayed at car shows. Though in its mangled and undrivable state, you'd think it couldn't cause any more harm, right? Well, in 1959, the car mysteriously caught fire while in storage. Furthermore, two tires from the vehicle which had been sold reportedly blew at the same time, causing their new owner to career off the road. There are other stories, too, although many are unconfirmed, and the Porsche is now missing. Perhaps we may venture that it is off somewhere, causing even more havoc. [1] [2]

It's said Anna Baker wore her wedding dress and danced with herself every night.

It's said Anna Baker wore her wedding dress and danced with herself every night.

5. Anna Baker's Wedding Dress

It is said that the Baker mansion in the small town of Altoona, PA, is haunted by multiple members of the Baker family. But the most active phantom there is Anna Baker, who is eternally linked to her wedding dress.

The story goes that Anna Baker fell in love with a young man she wished to marry. In anticipation, the young woman bought herself a wedding dress, but her father, Elias Baker, refused to allow the wedding to happen. In retaliation, Anna refused ever to court another man. Over time, Anna's self-imposed solitary allegedly drove her mad, and she spent her nights dancing in her wedding dress.

Today, there are reports of the dress moving and dancing on its own, causing hallucinations and generally making other people feel uncomfortable. As such, many speculate that Anna's spirit lingers on in the dress somehow. [1]

The current owners of Busby's chair prefer to play things safe.

The current owners of Busby's chair prefer to play things safe.

6. Busby's Stoop Chair

In the 18th century, Thomas Busby, a known coiner and drunkard killed his father-in-law after an argument. Following his arrest, Busby was tried and condemned to death. But on his way to the gallows, Busby was granted one last request: a pint of ale at a pub. Then, just as he finished and went to leave, the murderer declared, "May sudden death come to anyone who dares sit in my chair."

The now supposedly cursed chair remained at the pub for many years after. And, according to accounts, it claimed its fair share of lives there, including a chimney sweep, air force pilots, a beer delivery man, and two builders, all of whom met their end shortly after sitting in the chair. Today the chair hangs suspended in the Thirsk Museum so that no others will be tempted to take a seat and have the curse befall them. [1] [2]

The famed Uluru in Australia, also known as Ayers Rock.

The famed Uluru in Australia, also known as Ayers Rock.

7. Piece of Uluru Rock

The other objects on this list are man-made in origin, and people were often the cause of any curses associated with them. But perhaps something far more ancient is at work that condemns those who steal a piece of the Uluru—the sandstone monolith sacred to Indigenous Australians.

Every year the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park's office receives around 350 packages containing returned Uluru rocks. Often these are returned simply out of guilt. But others have reported experiencing terrible strings of bad luck after taking these sacred rocks as souvenirs. And according to many locals, to disturb the Uluru in any way is to be cursed.

Even if you're not too worried about being cursed, you should know that removing rocks, soil, or sand from an Australian national park is also highly illegal. Indeed, you could end up with a fine of up to $8500. And then there's the fact that it's simply disrespectful. So, with all that in mind, you'll probably do well just to stick to taking photos if you visit the location. [1] [2]

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Mike Grindle