Every now and then, you see a listing on eBay with a “BUYER BEWARE” description followed by a narrative of how the owner experienced too many strange things when the item is near, so long story short, it must go somewhere else.

Sellers may even give more apparent warnings such as “cursed mirror” or “haunted lighter” in the listing. An object does become cursed and haunted for no reason.

It must have gone through some interesting, perhaps unfortunate stories where people were harmed, injured, or even killed.

The same thing should have happened more than several times to play down any argument of coincidence.

Humans have always been fascinated by objects with unusual stories. The mystery and history surrounding an item can only improve its appeal to observers.

Many otherwise ordinary items or places are believed to be haunted or cursed because terrible things happened to people who made contact with them in any way, whether or not by mere coincidence.


10 /10 Busby Stoop Inn Chair

Thomas Busby had a favorite chair in his inn. One day he found his father-in-law sitting in that chair, and they argued.

The father-in-law ended up dead, and Busby was eventually arrested and sentenced to die by hanging for the murder.

He cursed the chair that anyone who sat in it would be haunted and soon die on his way to execution.

Over the years, the chair has reportedly killed six people. Landlord Tony Earnshaw was eventually fed up with the cursed object’s story and gave it away to Thirsk Museum in 1978.


9 /10 The Crying Boy Painting

In the middle of one night in Thatcher-era England, a home in South Yorkshire caught fire that burnt almost everything to the ground. Furniture pieces became ash, and rooms were charred black.

The homeowners, Ron and Mary Hall, lost everything except one item: a painting of a crying boy. For some reason, the image remained intact and wasn’t even blackened by the smoke. 

British tabloid The Sun also reported that undamaged copies of the painting were often found among the ruins of burnt houses throughout England since 1973.


8 /10 Dybbuk Box

The term “dybbuk box” was first used by Kevin Mannis, who bought the box at an estate sale in 2001.

Numerous owners have reported strange things about the box; Mannis himself had a series of terrifying nightmares, whereas his mother had a stroke on the same day she received the package from him. 

Every owner has also claimed to sense the smell of jasmine flowers or cat urine around the box. Dybbuk box is now in possession of Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures, on display in his Deadly Possessions museum.


7 /10 Haunted Myrtles Plantation

Judge Clark Woodruff, then owner of the Myrtles Plantation, had an affair with Chloe’s household servant.

When he started having another experience with another girl, Chloe feared her role in the plantation would be diminished over time.

She mixed crushed oleander leaves into a cake for Woodruff’s kids, then proved her worthiness by curing the ailment caused by the plant’s poisonous effects.

The kids died. Chloe’s fellow servants, fearing being accused of murder by association, hanged her and threw her body into the river. Some visitors claimed Chloe appeared in their photos captured on the plantation.


6 /10 The Anguished Man Painting

The true origin of The Anguished Man painting is unknown. It is believed that the artist mixed blood and oil to produce the artwork, then committed suicide afterward.

When the painting was taken to Chillingham Castle, supposedly Britain’s most haunted historical castle, a large wooden bench flipped upside down violently on its own.

Some believe John Sage’s spirit, one of the most powerful in the court, was angry for the uninvited ghost inside the painting. Paranormal investigator John Blackburn said there were at least 20 witnesses to the event.


5 /10 The Hands Resist Him Painting

Bill Stoneham produced a painting he called The Hands Resist Him in 1972. The painting depicts a young man and a female doll in front of a glass door. In the room behind them, hands are seen pressing against the glass.

In 2000, the painting appeared on eBay for auction. The seller said that previous owners saw the characters in the image moved during the night, left the picture, and entered the room.

Both the critic who reviewed it and the gallery owner that first displayed the painting died within a year after coming into contact with it.


4 /10 Robert The Doll

As a child, Robert Eugene Otto, or only Gene, had a life-size straw-filled doll named “Robert” after himself.

Legend has it that families and servants often heard Gene speaking with himself in two completely different voices.

Gene would wake up in the middle of the night, screaming in fear, because furniture pieces were all upside down surrounding his bed. Gene would say that Robert had done it.

The doll is now displayed at the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida. Some believe his soul is slowly fading, as is his hair color.


3 /10 Virgin Mary's Melted Hands

Carmen Reed bought a large colonial house in Connecticut and thought it would be a dreamy home.

On the contrary, her life turned into a nightmare. Later she found out the house had been used as a funeral home and research suggested some workers practiced necrophilia.

For two years, Reed claimed she battled evil spirits that had possessed the house. She had to call an exorcist.

During the exorcism, the hands of the statue of the Virgin Mary in the location melted. The figure is now on display at the John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal in Stratford, Connecticut.


2 /10 Okiku, The Haunted Doll Of Hokkaido

Eikichi Suzuki bought a little girl doll named Okiku for her two-year-old sister as a souvenir after a trip to Sapporo, Hokkaido, in 1918. The girl played with the doll every day until she died a year later from sudden cold.

The family moved out from Hokkaido in 1938 and decided to leave the doll in the Mannenji Temple, where it still resides today. Monks in the temple have to give Okiku regular haircut because it is somehow growing.

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1 /10 Annabelle Doll

The Conjuring, Annabelle, and Annabelle: Creation feature a famous character: Annabelle the Doll itself, created based on a real, albeit less-creepy, a doll of the same name, which is now safely locked inside a cabinet at the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.

Ed and Lorraine Warren were investigating a random attack, including attempted strangulation by the doll in 1970.

They concluded that Annabelle was possessed by an evil spirit and took the doll home to prevent it from committing atrocities.

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