Do you believe spirits can attach to dolls, paintings, clothes or furniture? From Annabelle The Doll to the Dead Man’s Chair, check out our list of the top 10 most haunted objects in the world. Would you dare encounter them?
1. The Curse of the Crying Boy Paintings
The pictures were created for tourists visiting post world war two Venice, the significance being that the paintings showed the plight of the children who had been recently orphaned due to the war.
Eventually, some of these paintings were brought to England, mass produced and sold in grocery and department stores at cheap prices. More than 50,000 copies of the paintings made their way into people’s houses all across England.
In September 1985, British newspaper ‘The Sun’ ran a report on some strange happenings surrounding the Crying Boy paintings. The title of the story read:
The article told the story of Ron and May Hall’s home of 27 years, in Rotherham, which was destroyed by a devastating fire. The fire was started when an unattended frying pan caught a light and the house went with it.
The strange thing was that only one item seemed to have survived the blaze. Found amongst the ashes and ruin was a frame, the painting within was face down on the floor, and only slightly scorched. The Crying Boy had survived the fire somehow!
It gets even stranger…
Ron Hall’s brother was a fire-fighter, and he told how several houses had burned to the ground, and that the sole remaining item was a copy of The Crying Boy, found intact, lying face down on the floor.
He also insinuated that fire-fighters believed the painting to be cursed, and that none would hang the picture in their homes. One fire station officer Alan Wilkinson had logged more than fifty ‘Crying Boy’ fires.
2. Annabelle The Doll
Displayed behind a sign saying ‘Warning – Positively Do Not Open’, Annabelle – a Raggedy Ann doll – is currently in a glass case on display at the Occult Museum in Connecticut, which was run by world-famous psychic investigators and demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. And what’s Annabelle done to deserve a place there? She’s possessed by a demon…
This devil-doll was purchased from a hobby store by a mother in 1970 for her daughter, a student, who lived with a roommate. After taking the toy home, both girls quickly noticed that it appeared to move positions on its own. This intensified, until they’d start to find in a different room from which they’d left it in – sometimes with the door closed behind it.
Afraid, the girls turned to a medium for help, who told them that the spirit of a 7-year-old girl named Annabelle was trapped inside the toy. Feeling compassion for the spirit, the roommates allowed the doll to stay – but they soon realised that the doll was deceiving them, and it wasn’t what it seemed.
After a visiting friend claimed he was physically attacked and clawed by Annabelle, they sought the advice of a priest, who contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren. Following an investigation, they concluded an inhuman spirit had attached itself to the doll with the intent of eventually possessing a human host. It’d manipulated the medium to make the girls think the spirit was a harmless child, thus rendering both girls vulnerable to attack.
The apartment was exorcised by a priest, and the Warrens took the doll away with them when they left – driving extra carefully as they went, since their car inexplicably swerved and stalled throughout their journey home.
3. Haunted wedding dress
Housed in a museum, this gown is said to sway eerily from side to side on its own accord. Investigators have so far failed to explain how this dress appears to dance on its own – especially during a Full Moon – ruling out draughts and other natural causes.
The frock was once owned by Anna Baker, a Pennsylvanian girl from a rich family who, in 1849, fell in love with a poor iron worker. Ashamed, her father refused to let Anna marry her sweetheart. Angry and bitter, Anna never fell in love again and lived a life of spinsterhood until she died in 1914.
Before the sad event, Anna had bought herself a beautiful wedding dress – the one now housed in the museum. Some say the dress bobs and sways on its own within its glass case, as Anna’s spirit returns to admire herself in her wedding gown.
4. Robert The Doll
In 1896, the rich Otto family in Florida was celebrating the birthday of their son Robert who was turning 4. One of the servants got him a gift, a large doll in a sailor suit, who was cursed. Robert named his doll Robert too and no one thought anything of it until weird stuff started happening.
People reported seeing Robert talking to the doll in dark rooms, giggling hysterically and often, it’d be accompanied by a deep baritone voice. Any time anything went missing or was smashed, the doll was blamed. Eventually, Robert the Doll was placed in the attic, where he was seen moving from window to window.
When a new family bought the house in 1976, the first person to find the doll ended up fainting with fright, saying that the doll spoke to her and told her it was going to kill her. It was then donated to a Florida museum, behind a glass window. Signs ask that before photographing, one should ask Robert for permission. There are also letters attached to the glass from people who didn’t ask, and are now requesting to be released from the curse.
5. James Dean’s Car
James Dean was all about his customized 1955 Porsche Spyder, calling it his “Little Bastard.” And a bastard it was. When Sir Alec Guiness saw the car, he could sense the evil and told him that he’d be dead in a week, and a week later Dean had his fatal accident. Then when the wreck was brought to the mechanics, it fell on one of them crushing his legs. When the car’s new owner sold the ending and drivetrain to two racers, one lost control and hit a tree, dying instantly. The other was injured when his car locked up and he rolled it.
It didn’t stop there; a thief who tried to steal parts of the remaining wreck was fatally injured. The car was then donated to a safety exhibit of the California Highway Patrol. Soon after, the exhibit caught fire. They tried it again, only this time, the wreck fell on a student, breaking his hip. Finally, a truck driver who was transporting the wreck to the exhibit, was found crushed to death somehow by the wreck.
6. Busby’s Stoop Chair
Also known as the Dead Man’s Chair, it’s alleged that this haunted piece of furniture has claimed lives. It currently hangs from the ceiling of Thirsk Museum, North Yorkshire – where it can hopefully now do no more harm.
The chair is said to be cursed… Back in 1702, murderer, counterfeiter and drunkard Thomas Busby faced execution by hanging having been found guilty of killing his father-in-law.
After his death, Busby’s corpse was covered with pitch and suspended inside a gibbet, making a gruesome spectacle for passers by. The gibbet sat at a crossroads, near which an inn stood. On the day he was set to die, Busby is said to have cursed his favourite chair at that inn, saying all who sat in it would meet a violent death – just as he was about to.
Wartime bomber pilots thought it was unlucky to sit in the chair as many airman who’d done so had never returned from combat. And, after a series of fatal accidents in the 1970s linked to people who’d sat in the chair just days or hours before, in 1978 the landlord asked that it be removed and hung up where no-one can sit on it – and no-one has since. Traffic accidents, a hanging and a construction accident have all been attributed to its curse – as well as the deaths of the wartime soldiers. Some believe the number of fatalities linked to it is as high as 60.
7. The Hands Resist Him
Whether the painting is haunted or not is still up for debate, but it’s pretty creepy nonetheless. This painting was created by Bill Stoneham in 1972, and shows a young boy standing near a window, with a life-sized doll. Behind him, is a glass door with hands that are reaching for the boy. At some point after the painting was completed, legends started to spring up.
According to the first owner, the boy and the doll would move within the painting. Sometimes they’d disappear, or the hands would change positions; coming closer or disappearing all together. Some others claimed that the boy and his doll would step out of the painting and stare at people while they slept.
Either way, I don’t want to look at it anymore.