Whether or not you believe in curses, many people in the world do — and some believe they’ve experienced the effects of negative magic. The following post will highlight some of the most mysterious real life examples of possible curses, with details so frightening they’re hard to ignore. Do you believe in curses? You might after considering the following cases:

The curse of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Legend has it that anytime the name of this iconic play is mentioned in the theater, misfortune falls on anyone involved in its production. The rumored reason behind this curse is because William Shakespeare stole real spells from witches to be used in the play. To this day, Macbeth is referenced by different titles in the theater, such as The Scottish Play or The Bard’s Play, by superstitious actors and producers.

The deadly Oetzi curse
In 1991, archaeologists unearthed the mummified remains of a neolithic man, who they named Oetzi. The man was believed to had lived from around the year 3400 BCE, and presumably died from blood loss after being shot with an arrow. Forensic analysis of the man sometimes called “Frozen Fritz,” also revealed that he had the blood of several people on his person, and weapons that were found with his mummified body.

Several people involved with unearthing Oetzi met tragic fates. In total, seven people connected to the discovery — including the archaeologist who directly uncovered the mummy, have died. Four out of the seven deaths were accidental, which has only added fuel to the suspicions of a curse surrounding Oetzi.

The first death was the forensic pathologist who had touched Oetzi, barehanded, during his examination of the mummified remains. Shortly after doing so, he died in a tragic car accident while en route to discuss the discovery at a special event. Shortly after the pathologist’s death, Helmut Simon (the man who directly found Oetzi) went missing before his body was found at the bottom of a cliff. To make matters even more bizarre, the rescuer who first discovered Simon’s body died literally one hour after the man’s funeral.

The death’s kept racking up shortly after the discovery of this possibly-cursed mummy. Konrad Spindler died just six months after declaring publicly that the curse was nonsense and “The next thing you will be saying, I will be next.” (He was next).

Finally, in 2005, the final person directly connected with the initial discovery of Oetzi died of a blood disease that he began battling shortly after the discovery — though it’s been declared a “hereditary” illness. The most bizarre thing about Tom Loy’s death, is that he’s the scientist who discovered the blood on Oetzi’s clothing and weapons, declaring them to belong to other people (possible murder victims) of the neolithic period.

Could the mummified body of this neolithic man be the carrier of a centuries-old curse — and if so, why? What did Oetzi do that carried such horrifying energy for so many thousands of years?

In the early 2000s a phone number issued in Eastern Europe caused quite a stir. That’s because every single person who has ever had this phone number is now dead, which has convinced many people that the number is cursed. The number once belonged to notorious crime boss Konstantin Dimitrov, who was shot to death in 2003. Another man ended up with the number after Dimitrov was killed, and he — too — ended up shot to death shortly after. The first owner of the phone number, the CEO of the phone company that issued it, also died.

The number 0888-888-888 is no longer in service, and the phone company who once issued it won’t comment on it, which has probably only cemented common belief that the number carries cursed energy.

Thomas Busby’s cursed chair
In the 1700s, a man by the name of Thomas Busby was executed by hanging, after he had committed murder. Before he was executed, the man is rumored to have cursed the chair, and people have taken the curse quite seriously for all these years. In fact, over 60 people have died after sitting in the chair, which it’s out of reach at the museum where it’s displayed.

The curse of the ‘Crying Boy’ painting
In the 1950s a painting of a crying boy was made popular by artist Giovanni Bragolin, who produced multiple prints of it. However, many people believe that the painting (prints included) is cursed, due to the fact that houses where it’s displayed all have a habit of burning down in fires. Multiple firemen have reported finding copies of the painting — undamaged — inside homes that are otherwise completely demolished by flames and soot. To make this story more bizarre, the child who was used as a model for the painting was an orphan whose home had also burned down in a fire. Rumor has it that the studio where the art was created had also caught fire, and the artist himself was suspicious of the orphaned lad.

Do you believe?
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