Where Is the Dibbuk Box Now?

Updated on April 17, 2016
The Dibbuk Box.
The Dibbuk Box.

The 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 Iosif Nietzke, 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 is the writer of the book, The Dibbuk Box, about his experience with this mysterious wine cabinet.

The Dibbuk 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.

Kevin Mannis on Paranormal Witness on Syfy.
Kevin Mannis on Paranormal Witness on Syfy.

Kevin Mannis' Story

Mannis bought the cabinet from an estate sale for a woman originally from Poland, who'd died at age 103. The grand-daughter 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.

He was told by the grand-daughter that the grand-mother 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 to an employee 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.

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 and 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 3 days and returned it. The brother said it smelled like Jasmine flowers, the 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 3 days later found the box sitting in front of his shop with a note saying, "This has a bad darkness".

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.

When his sister, brother and his brother's wife came to stay the night, all of them had the same dream. 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 Net for information about the box. He fell asleep and had the nightmare and woke at 4:30am 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.

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 the Missouri student named Iosif 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 Dibbuk Box.
Jason Haxton with Dibbuk Box.

Jason Haxton and the Dibbuk Box

Haxton was the final owner of the Dibbuk Box. He also 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 even 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. It's 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.

Jason Haxton Interviewed about the Dibbuk Box

Dibbuk Box | Real or Hoax

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      Johann Ziska 

      3 days ago from USA

      Is there any verifiable proof as to what these folks claimed to have experienced? I'm not a skeptic by most means, I believe in the spiritual, but this seems a bit too out there that it needs more proof than just stories.

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      Beth Benjamin 

      3 weeks ago

      Interesting that every post by believers contain basic spelling and grammar errors. Most entertaining is the person who wants to "tutch it." Also none of the believers have even the most rudimentary grasp of punctuation. Easy to see why they believe in fantasy.

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      shaun mathews 

      4 weeks ago

      I would like to know if I can see the box and tutch it?

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      Jim Schneider 

      5 weeks ago

      Until you actually have a true paranormal experience you will never truly believe. I have seen the dead and have had multiple experiences of many types. I still find this subject very interesting but do not search it out. I have been asked many times to do reaserch n this subject but if I did those around me would see what I already know is there.There is Good and Evil and I tell everyone becareful what you wish for because you just might find it and it might not want to leave you.

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      5 weeks ago

      My daughter is soo into these

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      7 weeks ago


      I have a very hard time believing in any of this.. I am convinced that ghosts/apparitions, curses and the Dybbuk Box are absolute nonsense! It's all just a simple case of people spooking one another, if this were 1910, these people would be diagnosed as Hysterical.

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      4 months ago

      its that true ?

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      4 months ago

      I have watched the show and it is really haunted I was so scared.

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      6 months ago

      That same Dibbuk box is now currently owned by Zak Bagans and is opened to see it publicly at your own risk with its box doors closed sealed in The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. I personally went to go see it for myself.

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      6 months ago

      guys the curse is real

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      7 months ago

      Every owner has faked what happens while possession of box because they all know by boosting the hype they will later be able to get wild money offers. Ppl are bugging to buy it. Organizations are offering lots of money. These owners are scammers....period. Zak was a sucker

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      Seriously? Own the Box and be famous.... 

      8 months ago

      I wonder how much money I can earn if I were to get my old lunch box and say its Possessed? Television, Radio, Internet, Book deals, etc. What you put into anything is what you will get out of it. Fear, anger, and 'attributing all your daily wrongs' to a box results in just what you contemplate and expect. Carry a Rabbits foot and watch your luck change! Here's my take on it, use it for what it was meant to be used for...cigars, wine, portable toilet, etc. He'll right now I'm going to look up on Ebay and see if I can find a new and improved 'Dibbuk Box', so in about 3 years you can buy my book!!! Oh, of coarse I would be doing everything for historical and paranormal research!! lol lol Go in peace brothers and sisters....BOO! hehhehe. The REAL MYSTICAL POWER's lay within YOU!! - remember that.

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      8 months ago

      I want to find and purchase the Dibbuk box

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      9 months ago

      The whole episode is a hoax... I can't believe in such crap.

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      9 months ago

      I believe Haxton, while on an episode of Paranormal Witness a few years ago, said he had secured the box and hidden it. He also stated he did it so no one else could fall victim to the evil. So how did Zak Bagins get possession of the box? Curious...

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      11 months ago

      We just saw it on facebook live tonight, Christian had it in the radio Studio! they opened it!!

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      17 months ago

      Anyone else realize that Kevin spends a lot of his time pawning his stuff off on other people?

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      17 months ago

      I don't no it is true or fake

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      18 months ago

      It is now to be on display at Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, NV

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      18 months ago

      The new owner of it is Zak Bagans

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      The Truth 

      24 months ago

      The current location is unknown

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      24 months ago

      The current owner is Christian Robert Page who bought the box from haxon in auction earlier this year.


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