Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Koh-i-noor Diamond

The history and lives of the rulers who owned the Koh-i-Noor diamond were filled with violence, murders, mutilations, torture and treachery – the legend of the curse, that men will suffer at its hands, still lives on to this day....
The Koh-i-nor diamond is believed to have been taken from the same mines as the Hope Diamond, in Golconda India. It's name means “Mountain of Light” in Persian
The diamond is very old, the first historical reference can be found in the memoirs of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur. Written in 1306, the memoir refers tot he diamond being stolen from the Rajah of Malwa and it weighing 739 carats uncut!

A Hindu description of the diamond warns “"he who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God or woman can wear it with impunity.”
The Diamond has been the prize of many bloody battles fought between Hindu, Mongolian, Persian, Afghani and Sikh leaders, it has adorned the treasury of many rulers of lands in Asia and the Middle East.

The British East India company took possession of the diamond in 1849, and in 1877 when Queen Victoria was the Empress of India the Koh-i-noor diamond became part of the British Crown Jewels.
Since being in possession by English royalty the Diamond has only been worn by women, including, Queens Elizabeth I, The Queen Mother (wife of King George VI), and Queen Alexandra of Denmark.
Currently India is trying to reclaim the diamond from England, lobbying successive prime ministers for its return.

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller
first published 17 Dec 2012  © Eidolon Paranormal

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of “Little Bastard”

The Curse of “Little Bastard”


  At 5:45p.m., September 30th 1955 Actor James Dean lost his life in a car accident. His new Porsche Spider, nicknamed “Little Bastard” slammed head on into another car driven by Donald Turnupseed.
Dean's mechanic, who had been in the car with Dean, was thrown from the wreckage and survived the accident, Dean however was pinned inside the car, his neck broken.
Turnupseed received only minor injuries in the crash.

The car had been named “Little Bastard” after Dean's nickname given to him on the set of the movie he was filming named “Giant”.

Some of Dean's friends didn’t like the car straight away upon seeing it, Eartha Kitt stated: “James, I don't like this car; it's going to kill you”
Sir Alec Guinness thought the car was “sinister” when asked by Dean what he thought of it, and thought Dean would be “dead within the week” of owning it.
Had these comments influenced Dean to think he may die in the car? Prior to his death, Dean gave away a kitten given to him by Liz Taylor, saying “some day I may go out and not come back” and whilst filming a commercial for the National safety Council, Dean ad-libbed his script, from “please drive safely. The life you save may be your own” to “the life you save may be mine”

After the terrible accident, the car, which was a wreck, was purchased by Master car customiser, George Barris for $2500. When the wreck was delivered to Barris' garage, the Porsche slipped whilst being unloaded from the truck and broke the legs of a mechanic helping unload it.
Barris had a feeling there was something bad about the car when he first bought it, his suspicions were confirmed when, during a race at the Pomona Fair Grounds on October 24, 1956, two cars which had parts in them from “Little Bastard” crashed.
The first car, driven by Troy McHenry went out of control after the engine stalled, the car slammed into a tree killing the driver on impact.
The second car, driven by William Eschrid, locked up suddenly as he went into a corner. Flipping the car, Eschrid was seriously injured but survived the accident.

Further events caused Barris to believe the car was cursed, two tires from the car simultaneously malfunctioned, causing accidents. A young man attempted to steal the steering wheel from the wreck and seriously gashed his arm on the jagged metal of the car, and another man was hurt trying to steal a bloodied seat

The California Highway Patrol convinced Barris to loan them the car wreck to take around to to schools and fairs for a road safety exhibition.
In March 1959, the wreckage was taken to Fresno to be stored, a fire broke out in the garage and destroyed the garage, incinerating everything, except for James Dean's Car.

Not long after the car was on display in a Sacramento high School, which happened to be the anniversary of Dean's accident, the blots holding the car in place snapped and the car came of its

display stand broke the hip of a 15 year old student looking at the car.
Later it was reported that a truck carrying the car to Salinas lost control,, the driver was thrown from the truck, and was lucky to survive the fall, only to them have the cars wreckage come of the trailer and land on him killing him instantly.

The Car is reported to have come of the back of a truck on at least two other occasions.
Whilst on display in New Orleans, the Little Bastard wreckage is reported to have spontaneously split into 5 pieces

In 1960, the car's tour ended. Barris had the vehicle loaded onto a box car in Florida and sealed shut. Then it was transported via train back to California. When the train arrived in L.A., the seal was still intact, yet the car had vanished, and has not been seen since.

There are many who speculate the car wasn't cursed, but that James Dean himself was cursed. Television “Vampira” Maila Nurmi, was a close friend of Dean's, some people speculate that after Dean and Nurmi's friendship fell apart, Nurmi, who is said to have been involved in occult practices, cursed Dean.
Another theory involves Dean himself, an avid explorer of occult practices bringing a curse upon himself, along with this theory comes the fact that the people James Dean called his “True Friends” Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and Nick Adams all died under tragic circumstances themselves, was James Deans curse extended to his friends also?

Was it all just coincidence, or is “little bastard” a truly cursed item?
Will we ever know?

The car has not been seen since 1960 a reward for its return, no questions asked, was posted on the 50th anniversary of James Dean's death; however no one came forward to claim the reward.

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller

originally published :17 December 2012
  © 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

Monday, 20 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Crying Boy,

The curse of the Crying Boy, reality or one media outlets attempt to raise sales?

In 1985, the sun, a very popular tabloid newspaper in England, published a story in its September 4th edition (page 13) with the Headline “Blazing Curse of the Crying Boy”.
The story that followed told how, after a fire burnt their South Yorkshire's home to the ground, married couple, Ron and May Hall put the blame squarely on a picture of a crying boy they had hung in their home.

A fire broke out from an overheated chip pans oil and devastated the home they had lived in for 27 years, the house was a mess, and one of the only things unscathed in the fire, was a picture of crying toddler, hanging on a wall.

Ron's brother, Peter, was a local fire-fighter, his Fire station leader, Mr Alan Wilkinson said he had heard of numerous cases of fires where prints of “crying boys” would be undamaged in devastating house fires, this of course turned a mundane chip fire story into a leading headline, and propelled the “Crying Boy” curse into the world spotlight.

The story picked up legs in the next days edition, when the Sun reported that readers had been phoning in with their own horrifying stories of bad luck related to The Crying Boy paintings.
Quotes were printed in the newspaper such as this one from Dora Mann in Surrey “All my paintings were destroyed – except the one of The Crying Boy”.

A Mr Parks claimed he had destroyed his copy after returning from hospital from smoke inhalation from his house burning down, to find the only thing untouched in the scorched ruins was a crying boy painting.

More stories accumulated, about misadventures happening to residents in houses where the prints hung, one lady even speculated that the painting may have been the cause for her husband and three sons dying over a span of a few years.
A security guard named Paul Collier threw one of his two prints on a bonfire to test the theory that the paintings and prints would not burn, he claimed that after an hour in the flames, the painting was not even scorched, this of course led to even more sales for The Sun!

Strangely, not all the prints and paintings were of the same crying boy, paintings by Giovanni Bragolin and Scottish artist Anna Zinkeisen became associated with the Curse, Zinkeisen had released her crying boy paintings as part of a study titles “childhood”.

After some times, and a lot of newspaper sales, it emerged that Alan Wilkinson had personally logged about 50 “crying Boy fires dating back to 1973. He had dismissed any supernatural connection between the fires and the paintings, finding that in almost every case, it was human error, or human carelessness that had started the fire.
He could not explain though, why the paintings would survive the fires unscathed.

As the original sun newspaper story began to fade from readers minds, the story of the Crying Boy paintings morphed into an urban legend, and spread across the world. Along the way new information was added to the original legend, psychics claimed a spirit was trapped in the original painting, and the fires were an

attempt to free itself, other stories told how the artists bad-luck had cursed the painting, and that’s why so many bad things happened in its presence.

The Crying Boy legend is still very much alive today, recently shown on the new TV series “Cursed”, if one looks hard enough one can find enough evidence to suggest that this whole urban legend is an exaggerated coincidence designed by The Sun Newspaper back in 1985 to sell newspapers, that has become part of urban legend and pop-culture

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller

first published: 17 December 2012 
  © 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Black Orlov

Shrouded in mystery is a steely grey 67 carat diamond known as “The Black Orlov”. Legend has it that this stone was named “The Eye of Brahma”, and was an uncut stone of 195 carats set in an idol near Pondicherry India.

A monk is said to have stolen the stone and secreted it out of India. The diamond is said to have found its way to Russia, into the hands of a Princess Nadia Orlov, who is also kno
wn as Nadezhda Orlov.
Legend says that two previous owners of the Black Orlov diamond committed suicide by jumping from tall buildings, a more recent owner, a jeweler, is also said to have committed suicide after jumping from a buildings roof in New York, all the suicides have not been substantiated.

In 1947, the diamond was purchased by Charles Winson, who re-cut and reset the diamond in the piece we see today, it has since this time been bought and resold by many of its owners, and has been displayed in various museums around the world.

The Diamond was valued at $150000 in 1947 and in 1995 sold for $1.5 million.
It would seem Princess Nadezhda fled Russia after the revolution and may have sold her jewels to pay for safe passage.
Another large diamond, known as The Orlov, was purchased by Prince Orlov as a gift for Catherine the Great. This diamond also has a legend of being stolen from an idol in India. Perhaps the history of the 2 Orlov diamonds became muddled over time

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller

originally published 17 December 2012
  © 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Flying Dutchman

The Curse of the Flying Dutchman

Most people today recognize the legendary Flying Dutchman as the ship seen in the Johnny Depp “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, but its origins and its curse are much older than Hollywood itself.
The first recorded document that makes reference to the Cursed ship appears in Chapter VI of A Voyage to Botany Bay, written in 1795 by George Barrington during his sea voyage to New South Wales , Australia, of which Mr Barrington writes:

"I had often heard of the superstition of sailors respecting apparitions, but had never given much credit to the report; it seems that some years since a Dutch-man-of-war was lost off the Cape of Good Hope, and every soul on board perished; her consort weathered the gale, and arrived soon after at the Cape. Having refitted, and returning to Europe, they were assailed by a violent tempest nearly in the same latitude. In the night watch some of the people saw, or imagined they saw, a vessel standing for them under a press of sail, as though she would run them down: one in particular affirmed it was the ship that had foundered in the former gale, and that it must certainly be her, or the apparition of her; but on its clearing up, the object, a dark thick cloud, disappeared. Nothing could do away the idea of this phenomenon on the minds of the sailors; and, on their relating the circumstances when they arrived in port, the story spread like wild-fire, and the supposed phantom was called the Flying Dutchman. From the Dutch the English seamen got the infatuation, and there are very few India men, but what has some one on board, who pretends to have seen the apparition "

Almost 100 years later the Flying Dutchman was seen by the future King George V, Prince George of Wales. In 1880 Prince George and his Brother Prince Albert were sailing aboard the HMS Inconstant when the ship had to pull into port in Australia for repairs, the two Royal brothers were sailing their tutor, Dalton. It was Dalton who recorded the following:

At 4 a.m. The Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief as she came up on the port bow, where also the officer of the watch from the bridge clearly saw her, as did the quarterdeck midshipman, who was sent forward at once to the forecastle; but on arriving there was no vestige nor any sign whatever of any material ship was to be seen either near or right away to the horizon, the night being clear and the sea calm. Thirteen persons altogether saw her ... At 10.45 a.m. the ordinary seaman who had this morning reported the Flying Dutchman fell from the fore top mast cross trees on to the top gallant forecastle and was smashed to atoms.

So it would seem the curse was believed by folk long ago, mind you it was superstitious times.
The curse, it is said goes something like this. The Flying Dutchman is a ship doomed to sail the seven seas forever, never to return home. The Dutchman, if seen is a portent of certain doom for the ship and crew of the person who witnesses it.

Most legends say the ship is usually seen at a great distance and often seems to be surrounded by a glowing light, sometimes a glowing fog.
In this day and age, the ship is rarely seen...

First published

17 December 2012 
  © 2012 Allen Tiller

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

“Let’s go Legend Trippin’!!”

“Let’s go Legend Trippin’!!”

“Let’s go legend tripping!” doesn’t have the same impact as “let’s go ghost hunting!”, but for some ghost hunters, it is exactly what they are doing!
“Whatchoo talkin’ ‘bout Allen?" I hear you say.  What I am talking about is a thing called “ostension”, a term which is explained in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary as “an act or process of showing, pointing out or exhibiting”. The word comes from the Latin word ‘ostendere’, which means ‘to show’.
 Ostension is the act of making an action to explain a word without saying the word, such as “flippin’ the bird" to say…well you know what it means...

Way back last century, in 1983, an article was published titled “Does the word 'dog’ bite? Ostensive Action as a Means of Legend Telling” by folklorists, Linda Degh and Andrew Vazsonyi.
 Basically this article laid out the foundations of what folklorists termed “legend tripping”, the act of engaging in “playacting” involving supernatural elements, of which ghost hunting is the most common, but also of which Bigfoot hunting, werewolf hunting and other aspects of the paranormal fall under.
In a book published this century, “Aliens, Ghosts and Cult: Legends We Live” by Bill Ellis, Mr Ellis, a folklorist delves further into the world ostension, pointing out that many ghost hunters take themselves quite seriously, and the ‘work’ they do and would never consider that they are, in fact, playacting.
 There are numerous ghost hunting teams that venture out into the dark with their gadgets, try and confront supernatural beings or ghosts with an onslaught of questions, then return to the safety of their home, secure in the knowledge they have taken on the unknown, and won. There is no research into the locations history, how their equipment actually works, what it is used for in the real world, and its actual capabilities. There is no investigation into natural explanations, weather patterns, psychology or anything else for that matter – it is in essence, exactly what the folklorists state it is “play acting”.
 Bill Ellis wrapped it up rather well in his previously mentioned book with this quote (ghost hunters) "venture out to challenge supernatural beings, confront them in consciously dramatized form, then return to safety. ... The stated purpose of such activities is not entertainment but a sincere effort to test and define boundaries of the 'real' world.' "
Back to the article by Degh and Vazsonyi. Essentially what the writers are trying to convey is that if a “legend” is widely known and exposed to a wide audience, some members of that audience will engage themselves in actualising or ‘living’ the ‘legend’ or parts of the narrative associated with it. In the paranormal industry, this would be the aspect of ghost hunting that involves persons who want to copy their favourite ghost hunting TV star and live out what they see on TV, for the thrill and for the status.
 There is a distinct difference between the casual ghost hunter and the serious paranormal investigator, but at the end of the day, even the serious paranormal investigator can engage in “legend tripping”, and the casual ghost hunter can become a serious paranormal researcher and investigator, but at the end of the day we have to ask ourselves, are we getting involved in other people’s legends when we investigate the paranormal and living out their expectations of what will happen, or are we going in armed with research, knowledge and no expectations?

Monday, 11 July 2016

Haunted Buildings in Adelaide - Allen Tiller


"Paranormal Historian in Residence"


"Haunted Buildings in Adelaide"

presented by

 Adelaide City Council Libraries


Allen Tiller 

Allen Tiller, paranormal investigator and star of the international smash hit television show Haunting: Australia, founder of Eidolon Paranormal, South Australian Paranormal and the author of book and blog, “The Haunts of Adelaide” will be working in conjunction with the Adelaide City Council Libraries to present the world’s first Paranormal History Residency. Allen has over ten years’ experience researching and investigating the paranormal and has been recognised for his historical research by the National Library of Australia’s PANDORA Archives.

You can read Allen's research from this historic residency via this link: