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The True Story of the Dybbuk Box and Where It Is Now

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The Dybbuk Box.

The Dybbuk Box.

What Is the Dybbuk Box?

The Dybbuk (sometimes spelled Dibbuk) Box is an item originally put up for sale on eBay by a man named Kevin Mannis back in September 2001. It was eventually sold to Losif Nietzke who was, at the time, a student in Missouri. Nietzke soon put the item up for sale and sold it to Jason Haxton, director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University. Haxton wrote about his experiences with this mysterious wine cabinet in a book called The Dibbuk Box. Eventually, Zak Bagans purchased the box from Haxton.

The Dybbuk Box is thought to be haunted, and many stories circulate about the paranormal happenings involving the box. The most detailed account of the effects of the wine box has been given by the original seller, Kevin Mannis.

What Is a Dybbuk?

In Jewish mythology, a Dybbuk (or dibbuk) is a malicious spirit that is believed to be the lost soul of a dead person. Instead of going to heaven, the soul becomes trapped in an object, and it will remain there until someone helps release the spirit.

The word Dybbuk comes from an ancient Hebrew word meaning "to cling."

What Happened to Kevin Mannis?

Mannis bought the cabinet from an estate sale for a woman originally from Poland, who had died at the age of 103. The granddaughter of the deceased was insistent that Kevin take the item after he'd purchased it after he offered to give it back to her because he figured it had deep sentimental value.

The granddaughter told him that the grandmother kept the box stashed away and would not let anyone open it.

Kevin took the item to his furniture refinishing shop and put it in the basement. One day when he left the shop while he went on an errand, he soon got a call from his frantic salesperson that someone was in the shop swearing and smashing things. Mannis returned to the shop to find the lights in the basement broken and the room filled with the stench of cat urine. The employee left and never came back.

Kevin Mannis on Paranormal Witness on Syfy.

Kevin Mannis on Paranormal Witness on Syfy.

The Dark Power of the Dybbuk Box

When Kevin started working on the box, he decided not to refinish it and instead cleaned it. He was getting it ready to give to his mother as a birthday gift. His mother came to the shop so the two could go out for lunch, at which point he gave her the box; when Kevin left briefly to make a phone call, an employee came to him saying something was wrong with his mother.

He returned to his mother and found her sitting in a chair, expressionless, crying, and totally unresponsive. She was rushed to the hospital, and it turned out she had had a stroke and lost her ability to speak for a time. During this time, she could only speak using a spell board on which she would point to letters to spell out words. When he asked her how she was doing, she spelled out, "No gift." When he said he'd given her a gift, she emphasized, "Hate gift."

He then gave the box to his sister. She kept it for a week and gave it back. He gave it to his brother and his brother's wife, who kept it for three days and returned it. The brother said it smelled like jasmine flowers, and his wife said it smelled of cat urine.

Kevin gave it to his girlfriend, who soon asked him to sell it for her. He sold it to a middle-aged couple and three days later found the box sitting in front of his shop with a note saying, "This has a bad darkness."

The Cursed Box

So, Kevin took it home. While he had the box at home, he began to have nightmares in which he was walking with a good friend, and when he looked into the friend's eyes he saw something evil looking back; the friend turned into a gruesome demonic hag that proceeded to beat him. He'd awake with bruises and marks on his body.

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When his sister, brother, and his brother's wife came to stay the night, all of them had the same dream. It turns out Kevin's girlfriend had the same dream when she had the box.

Mannis also began seeing shadow creatures in the home, as did visitors. He put the box in a storage unit outside and was soon alerted by the smoke alarm in the unit. When he investigated there was no smoke, but there was that smell of cat urine which at that point also permeated his house.

He took it into the house and began searching the internet for information about the box. He fell asleep and had the nightmare and woke at 4:30 am to the feeling of someone breathing on his neck and to the smell of jasmine flowers. He again saw the shadow figure lurk down the hall.

A Nightmare Caused By the Dibbuk Box?

I find myself walking with a friend, usually someone I know well and trust at some point in the dream, I find myself looking into the eyes of the person that I am with. It is then that I realize that there is something different, something evil looking back at me. At that point in my dream, the person I am with changes into what can only be described as the most gruesome, demonic looking Hag that I have ever seen. This Hag proceeds then, to beat the living tar out of me.

— Kevin Mannis

Putting the Dybbuk Box on eBay

At this point, he put the item on eBay, hoping someone who knew more about the paranormal would take it off his hands and know what to do with it.

Finally, in June 2003, he sold it to a University of Missouri student named Losif Nietzke. Nietzke put it back on sale on eBay 8 months later, after he and roommates suffered insomnia and illnesses in the presence of the dreaded item.

Nietzke was able to sell it for $280 to Jason Haxton who had heard about it from a student who was also one of Nietzke's roommates.

Jason Haxton with Dybbuk Box.

Jason Haxton with Dybbuk Box.

Jason Haxton and the Dybbuk Box

Haxton claims to have experienced paranormal activity in the presence of the box, though he also states that it has had an anti-aging effect on him.

He claims that he experienced welts and hives when he first had the box, and he even experienced coughing up blood and choking. He has said touching it almost puts it into a liquid state. He relates that while he's had the box, he's seen strange lights and shadows.

Nevertheless, Haxton has taken a rather intelligent and academic approach to understanding the box. He has enlisted the help of scientists, paranormalists, kabbalists, and Wiccans to put the box into a more manageable state so he can keep it. He believes the force contained in the cabinet is neutral but plays off of who comes into contact with it. Its ultimate goal is to understand and reveal "truth" and that it was seeking the right owner to help it.

For a time, Haxton kept the box secure in an acacia wood ark lined with 24-karat gold and stashed it in his den, to keep it subdued. However, more recently he's admitted that he ended up putting it into a military-grade shock-proof container buried somewhere where it is well-hidden and won't be discovered.

Zak Bagans Acquires the Box

Zak Bagans, known for his work in the television show Ghost Adventures, ended up buying the Dybbuk Box from Jason Haxton. Bagans has the box as part of his collection of paranormal objects in his haunted museum in Las Vegas. Bagans will not let the public look at the box, however, if you'd really like to see it, you must sign a waiver that releases Bagans from liability if anything bad happens to you while viewing the box or immediately after.

Jason Haxton Interviewed About the Dybbuk Box

Is the Dybbuk Box Fake?

Despite the strange occurrences that have happened to those who have come into contact with the box, many people do not believe there is anything special about it. Many skeptics think that since the owners of the box believed it was cursed, they attributed their misfortunes to owning the box.

Chris French, of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, expressed skepticism at the idea that the box is haunted or cursed, saying:

[They were] already primed to be looking out for bad stuff. If you believe you have been cursed, then inevitably you explain the bad stuff that happens in terms of what you perceive to be the cause. Put it like this: I would be happy to own this object.

While French does have a point, one cannot discount the strange events that have happened to every owner of the box since Kevin Mannis.

Dybbuk Box: Real or Hoax?

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.

© 2015 Marquis Mayhem


paul blakeslee on August 06, 2020:

where do I get the other boxes I know there are 10 and zak bagans has two but where can I find the others I really want paranormal in my house

black cat on August 06, 2020:

it real as hell

cj on July 12, 2020:

Where we get

B' Shem Yeshua on October 18, 2019:

The boxes are real, I have held one. I was much younger then and did not know what it was. The box had strange letters on it being another language I did not know. The man who owned it asked me " what do the letters say" I said" I don't know" he said " I thought you would, well you will". Many years later I remembered the box and I figured it out what he meant. The answer is I am a Christian and I study and teach Hebrew now. The letters engraved on the box were Modern Hebrew. The man who once own the box shot and killed himself. He bought the box at a yard sale in Joplin Mo. Where it is today I do not know. I have written this in order to warn people so they will know demons are attached to these boxes and they are dangerous. The photo of the box in this story inside on the block where the Hebrew is written it says Shalom meaning peace having nothing broken or missing. Only Adonai the one true God" can give this this blessing.

Colton Johnson on October 14, 2019:

If i see it i will believe it im not a skeptic i would rather experience it then be told about it you can't believe what your told well not all the time

sreepriya on October 14, 2019:

i want to see the dybuk

Tobias Claren on May 14, 2019:

He does not want to give the box to someone else until his death....

There are so many radical well-known debunkers in all countries. People from CSICOP (USA), GWUP (Germany), but also science journalists and science bloggers who write with seemingly malicious intent against "such nonsense".

Zak Bagans, please offer the box to these people.


These people should not be able to publicly refuse the box.

My wanted persons for Germany: Ranga Yogeshwar.

The possibly most famous German science journalist on the German television. He became aggressive in a talk show against a factual ufologist.

And the physics professor Harald Lesch, he has several programs on television. He is more reserved, but one feels the contempt for "this" man.

That would be a good purpose.

Zak Bagans, you have the ability to influence public opinion and attitudes to the paranormal by influencing such opinion leaders, "influencers".

Of course you have the opportunity to burn this box, possibly in a crematorium. Maybe the problem is eliminated forever. The demon (I am an atheist, for such a demon, God is not necessary, only quantum physics, see "Philip experiment") loses his home.

On the other hand, such a "Mobile Spook Place" offers a unique chance to force official science to accept paranormal phenomena.

Ask such negative scientists to box for a while

You could collect donations that will be donated to good causes if a publicly-solicited (as prominent rejecting) scientist lives with the box for a month or two or three.

He or she would be under great public pressure to earn the money for the good cause.

I would be pleased to receive a reply from Zak Bagans. To know his opinion.

Science and the "community" ignore these phenomena in a malevolent way. In Germany also the public opinion of the people is like that.

Only such creative methods help.

I also thought about groups that repeat the Philip experiment.

The creation of an entity, a kind of "poltergeist".

Which haunt people like Yogeshwar, Lesh, Nye, De Grasse Tyson etc .., By giving the entity a biography in which the person has done them evil.

These people are not automatically really "bad" people, but they are influencers, "multipliers". They have the power to influence the public opinion. And thus put pressure on the regular science.

It's a higher goal, I think these methods are legitimate.

There are no secrets to the persons.

Tell him openly that the box is cursed, and it can harm their property and health.

They will laugh about it and possibly agree.

There is no other way to increase the acceptance of paranormal phenomena.

kevin berhorst on April 27, 2019:

jason was my landlord for several years, i lived right next door to him in an old 2 story house and the box was in my small walk in basement for a little while............first, my now ex wife recorded an orb floating over her sleeping daughter one night, i still have the video, second, i woke up one night to see something pulling out one of my wife's shirts like someone was looking at it at the store, third, i was in dining room on computer(after the divorce) and the ex had left some of her daughters clothes in a trash bag upstairs, now, the staircase started with 3 steps up, then a sharp turn to the right, and about 12 steps up and a bannister that surrounded staircase, last time i was up there, that bag of clothes was in front of the window about 10 feet from the staircase, while i was sitting there on the computer i heard a loud noise in the staircase, i go to check it out, it was the bag of clothes, i didn't think any wiser of it, so i tossed the bag back upstairs towards the window again. went back to computer, 5 minutes later, i hear a loud noise from the staircase again, it is the bag of clothes again......fourth, and final straw before moving out, i am sitting in living room watching a movie, i hear

Sarah on April 08, 2019:

One thing: I am a person who holds many spirits near me many are evil and also not so I have to believe in the box. Possibly some said it was made during the holocoust which explained one David Star and pictures etc it may have been made to hold treasures of someone who passed away. As my spirits are earthbound they tend to “haunt” what is weak or has something of theirs or resembles something there is a variety of reasons for this. I do believe in it but it may not be all evil. One advise: DO NOT ABSOLUTELY DO NOT BURN THIS! It can release the forces of it back into the air and if it has evil everyone or thing is going to possibly be in trouble. I want to buy one also it is May be a weak or strong spirit. I wish to get a few of these and possibly talk to them and befriend them.

Libby Barresi on March 27, 2019:

@ Beth Benjamin who died and made you the spelling police? or grammar Constable?

If you haven't got any input, into the topic in question they say nothing and move on to something you believe in.

No need to be nasty. If you haven't got anything nice to say then say nothing!