Friday, 31 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Rune Stones

The Curse of the Rune Stones

Blekinge Sweden is home to a mysterious 4.2 meter tall monolith that stands in a triad with two other menhirs. On the stone is written an inscription in a proto-norse language of runes that contains a foreboding warning about the removal or destruction of the stone.
It reads:
"Björketorp Runestone, master of the runes, conceal here runes of power. Incessantly (plague
d by) maleficence, (doomed to) insidious death (is) he who breaks this (monument).”

On the other side of the same stone is written the “Prophecy of Destruction” which translate roughly too “do not try to remove or destroy this stone as death will seek you”

The runes on the stone can be traced to one of the earliest forms of Germanic Runic language from around the 6th century known as “Elder Futhark Runes”, the name comes from the first six rune – F, U,TH,A,R and K, it contains 24 alphabetic runes.

The Bjorketorp Runes meaning is one of great debate amongst scholars, some believe it to be a border marker between the lands of the Swedes and the Danes, others believe it to be a shrine to the Norse God Odin, whilst others believe it to be a headstone or memorial to warriors lost in battle, whatever its meaning the curse inscription is believed to be one of substance.

A local legend tells of a man who wished to to farm on the land and wanted to remove the stone as it was in his way. On a day of no winds and clam weather the man piled wood around the rock to try and heat the stone and then crack it by pouring cold water over it.
As the man set fire to the wood a gust of wind blew the flames away from the stone and towards the man, setting his hair on fire, but extinguishing the flames around the stone. The man, panicking, could not put out the fire upon his head and died a terrible fiery death.

Whether the curse is real or not, the stone still stands after 14 centuries.

©2012 Allen Tiller 

first published Dec 17 2012

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Devils Pool

The Curse of the Devils Pool

In Far north Queensland, Australia, one can find the town of Babinda, surrounded by lush rain-forests, not far from the northern Queensland city of Cairns.

The Devils Pool is known in local Aboriginal legend as being a cursed place, cursed by an aboriginal woman. Legend has it that the woman was a wife of an Aboriginal Mob leader.
 It is said, during a local gathering event, she ran away with a man much younger than her husband, eventually she was cornered, about to be captured, and threw herself into the pool, beckoning her lover to follow...

The “Devils Pool” is a beautiful rain forest location, but the pool itself is very dangerous, with numerous signs posted warning of shallow waters and fast currents, this isn’t a place to play casually.

Since 1959 the pools have claimed the lives of 17 young males, is it the fact that younger males are more reckless and willing to take chances, or is the curse a reality?

One local, Annie Wonga, gave this account on Wikipedia:
"There was a tribe that lived here. In this tribe was an elder, and his name was called Waroonoo and Waroonoo was promised to a girl called Oolana. When they got married, they had a big dance. As they went dancing a wandering tribe passed through and they welcomed them. In this tribe was a handsome young warrior and his name was Dyga. Oolana fell in love with him, and he fell in love with Oolana.
While they were dancing, they decided to run further up the creek and camp there overnight. And at the morning, the wandering tribe and our tribe saw that they were missing. So they went in search of them and they said to Oolana, "You've got to come with us." And his tribe took him away. And when she saw that, she just came and she threw herself into the creek. She loved him that much. And there was a mighty upheaval, and rocks were strewn everywhere and where she lay is now called the Devil's Pool. And every now and again she might call a wandering man to her, thinking that it's Dyga."'s_Pool,_Australia

© Allen Tiller 2012
first published Dec 17 2012

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of Robert the Doll

Key West Florida 1897 , The wealthy Otto family moved into their large plantation home, it is said the Otto's were particular cruel to their servants and dealt out unjust punishments upon them for no good reason .

The Otto's welcomed their first born child Gene in 1906. the Otto's had a number of servant girls and gave one the distinction of being the Nanny of their young son.

The young girl, it is said, was well versed in Voodoo, and upon Genes 6th birthday presented him with a new doll. Gene loved his new friend and named him Robert.

Robert went everywhere Gene went, the two were inseparable. As time passed the family noticed the Otto's noticed their sons' fascination with the doll was becoming all consuming. It wasn’t long before they noticed some unusual goings on with the doll. Whilst listening to their son play, they heard him asking questions, and heard answers from an unknown voice, when the Father entered the room he saw no-one present. He asked Gene who had been in his room answering him, Gene would only

Reply “Robert”

Gene began to suffer terrible nightmares, and would wake the house with his scream of terror in the night, when the Father would run into the room he would find all of Genes furniture overturned and Gene in his bed trembling with fear. Robert would be sitting upright at the end of his bed, glaring at him.

Gene would shout “ Robert did it!, Robert did it!”

Many years after Gene's Father died and Gene inherited the family home. He moved into the home with his wife Ann and used a room as his studio, as Gene was now a semi-famous artist. He would always have Robert with him in his studio, and paint, talking to the doll as if in deep conversation.

Ann grew to despise the doll and her husbands obsession with it, eventually she told her husband to put it in the attic, he did so, visiting Robert with regularity

Robert remained in the attic for a few years, during this time Gene would often state to Ann that Robert was terribly angry about his treatment. Gene wanted Robert to have his own room, one of the guest rooms that overlooked the street. Ann, not wanting to fight any more over the doll, gave in to Gene and allowed it.

Legends grew among local children about the doll. Some said they would see it dancing in the window, others told how its head would follow them as they walked past, with a scowling look upon its face.Most children avoided looking at the Otto house altogether as they passed.

Gene and Ann's relationships was slowly deteriorating, Gene would lash out at his wife, throwing objects at her and smashing furniture,his demeanor would change back to normal as quickly as it changed to menacing, and he would once again be the loving Gene he had been, offering an apology similar to the one his parents had once heard him utter “It was Robert, Ann. Robert did it!”

Ann began to question her husbands sanity.

In the early 1970's Gene became very ill, he would not allow his wife to aide him and instead locked himself in a room with the doll.Robert Eugene Otto died in the guest room of his house with his doll Robert, laying alongside him.

Ann sold the house and moved on, leaving Robert somewhat hidden in the attic.

A new family moved into the home, and in their efforts to clean the attic found the doll laying under a number of old boxes. The couples daughter took a shine to the doll and added it to her own porcelain doll collection.

It wasn’t long until Robert was up to his old tricks again. The family would be woken by the girl screaming in the bedroom, only to enter and find all her furniture strewn across the room.

She claimed the Robert had been running around the room jumping up and down breaking things. It is said to this day the then girl, now a 40 something year old woman, still claims what happened with the doll is truthful

The Family moved the doll on, it was donated to the Key West Florida Martello Museum.

Robert is now on display in the museum, he is said to still be active. Employees speak of Robert moving inside his display case, of his facial features changing and of bizarre goings on in the museum.

One of the most common stories regarding the doll is that of camera malfunctions in his presence, it appears, unless one asks Robert directly if they can take a photo of him, your camera will not work in his presence, this phenomena has been documented on numerous occasions.

Guards will often leave candy in Roberts presence as a way to bribe him into not causing any damage in the museum, often they return in the morning to find just the wrappers at his feet.

Rumour has it that Robert was put together by Gene's Nanny for revenge against her harsh treatment by the Otto Family. It is suggested she was well versed in voodoo and that she put a curse on the doll as she filled his insides with animal bones and evil relics.

One of the strangest things about Robert is he appears to be aging, his hair has turned white and he is starting to look old and worn, is it possible, that whatever lurks inside Roberts tiny body is also subject to the ravages of time?

Much has been documented about Robert The Doll, a quick google search will reveal a great number of eye witness testimony and letters written to the doll asking to have curses lifted, whether or not you choose to believe Robert is haunted and cursed is up to you, but the evidence is mounting!

© Allen Tiller - 2012
first published Dec 17 2012

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of Rosemary's Baby

The Curse of Rosemary's Baby

This movie made in 1968, directed by Roman Polanski, is another Hollywood movie said to be plagued by horrible tragedies that stem from a curse being placed upon it. The movie is a psychological Horror that tells the story of a young pregnant woman who thinks her husband may have made a pact with her eccentric neighbours to sacrifice her baby in a ritual as a pay off to help further his acting career

The curse for this movie seems to begin with a link to notorious serial killer, Charles Manson. Charles was convicted through the “joint responsibility” law, that rules co-conspirators should also face the same fate of the en-actors of a crime. Mansons “Family” murdered Roman Polanki's then pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, in cold blood in her California home, along with 4 other people. 

The hotel building which appears in the film Rosemary's Baby, is the same hotel that legendary musician, John Lennon was murdered in front of by Mark Chapman in 1980
Other incidences that are attributed to the curse include the films music composer dying in exactly the same manner as a character in the film. The Producer of the movie almost succumbing to Kidney failure, and a model in the film who was later arrested for murder

©2012 Allen Tiller 

first published 17 Dec 2012

Monday, 27 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of Superman

The Curse of Superman

One of the best known curses of modern times, The Curse of Superman has plagued many modern actors who have worn the red cape of the legendary DC comics superhero.
The two most notable references tot he curse belong to George Reeves, who played Superman from 1952 until 1958 on the television show “Adventures of Superman”. George Reeves would eventually die of a gunshot would to the head at the age of 45, that was officially termed a suicide by authorities but has always been a contentious issue due to evidence that was “overlooked” at the time.
The second most notable influence of the curse is sited at that of Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in 4 movie's between 1978 and 1987. Christopher Reeve was injured in a horse riding accident in which he was paralysed from the neck down, he died nine years later at the age of 52.

Of course the curse in this case is very loosely based on any accident or misfortune that befalls a cast member of someone who has worked on a production involving superman.

Bud Collyer
Other deaths associated with the curse include Bud Collyer who voiced the first Superman cartoon from 1941 to 1943, he later voiced the 1966 adaption, he died three years later of a circulatory ailment.
Lee Quigley, who played Baby superman in the Christopher Reeve 1978 move, died at the age of 14 from solvent abuse.
Then there is Dana Reeve, Wife of Christopher Reeve who died from lung cancer at the age of 44 despite being a non-smoker her entire life

Non Death related attributions to the curse:
Kirk Alyn, who played Superman in two very low budget serials of Superman found it hard to find work afterwards. He would later appear as Lois Lanes Father in the 1978 movie. He lived to ripe old age of 88, but his career decline between playing superman and starring as Lois Lanes father is often cited as an effect of the curse.

Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane went missing in 1996 and turned up naked and disorientated several days later. Her ordeal was put down to severe bipolar disorder.

Richard Pryor played villain Gus Gorman in 1983's Superman 3, the role is often attributed as the beginning of the end of his career in film due to massive box office failure that was Superman 3. Three years later Pryor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Pryor died in 2005 of cardiac arrest.

So is the curse genuine or just superstition and loosely related accidents and mishaps?

The following actors are yet to have anything attributed to the curse: Dean Cain who played Superman in “Louis & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman".
Brandon Routh who donned the tights and cape for the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” and Bob Holiday who played The Man of Steel in the Broadway play “ It's a Bird, It's a Plane, it's Superman!”
We will eventually see their deaths attributed to the curse?, only time will tell...

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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of Eddie and the Hotrods

The Curse of Eddie and the Hotrods

In 1977 Eddie and The Hotrods released their single “Do what ya wanna do”, which was soon become a massive hit for them. The cover of the single featured Alistair Crowley's face with a set of Mickey Mouse ears on his head, a play on Crowley's famous line “Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law”
Not long after the release of the single a large volume of letters started arriving at the groups fan site address, many of them from Crowley followers telling the band they were “playing with fire” and would “live to regret” what they had done.
 Legend has it that Jimmy Page, long time follower of Crowley phoned members of the band and told them he would curse them in Crowley's name.

It didn’t take long for the curse to become true in the eyes of the band members, the man responsible for the Crowley cover committed suicide, the bands manager died of a drug overdose and numerous other legal, relationship and money troubles beset the band.

The band have broken up and reformed numerous times only Barrie Masters, the original singer has maintained his position in the band throughout it's entirety.

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

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of Atuk

The Curse of Atuk


Atuk is a script for a movie yet to be made. Legend has it that this script has been passed amongst some of Hollywoods leading funny men who have all passed away suddenly after reading the script.
Atuk, which means “Grandfather” in Inuit is intended to be a film about an Inuit hunter trying to adapt to life in the big city, a classic “fish out of water” type tale. 

Actors to ha
ve read the script and allegedly top have died because of its curse include, John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley and Sam Kinison, others whose deaths have also been attributed to the curse include Michael O'Donoghue and Phil Hartman who both would have had minor roles in the film.

The movie was most recently referenced by Will Ferrell in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” when Adam McKay repeatedly pitches a screenplay called “Eskimo in New York” to Ron Burgundy

Is the legend truthful or is it just another group of coincidences that have been loosely put together as a conspiracy and curses....

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller
© 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

originally published 17th Dec 2012

Friday, 24 March 2017

Curses: The Curse of the Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond, named after Henry Phillip Hope, who bought the diamond and passed it down through his family line until being sold to pay family debts, it is a blue-gray diamond weighing 45.52 carats.
According to the legend, a curse was placed when the blue diamond was stolen from an idol in India . The curse foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it.

The hope diamond was originally mined in India in the 17 century, where it was purchased in a crudely cut form by Frenchman Jean Baptiste Tavernier.
Tavernier sold the stone on to King Louis XIV in 1668, who had a jeweller cut and reset the stone in gold. The diamond was then stolen in 1793 after the beheading of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
It is thought that King George IV of England held the diamond for some time before it was sold after his death to help pay off his debts.
It was sometime after the death of King George IV that Henry Hope purchased the diamond from a private dealer.

The stone was bought in London by a dealer, who disposed of it to a buyer, one Joseph Frankels, who held the diamond until it was again sold to pay off debts.
Pierre Cartier then bought the Diamond, and sold it to an American Heiress named Evalyn Walsh McLean

McLean was dealt many tragic blows in her time, her daughter died of a drug overdose, her son died in a car accident, her husband died in a sanatorium and she was forced to sell her families newspaper The Washington Post to cover crippling debts.
She died of pneumonia in 1947 and her entire collection of jewellery was sold to Harry Winston Inc.

In 1958, the diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the diamond has an estimated worth of a quarter of a Billion dollars U.S.

The Smithsonian claims that they have not had any effects from the curse since the diamond has been in their possession.

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller

first published: 17 December 2012
  © 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Curses: The Cursed Phone Number

The Phone Number of Death

The phone number 0888 888 888 has been banned from being used by the phone company Mobiltel after it was discovered that everyone that has been issued with the number has died.
Bulgarian Mobiltel CEO, Vladimir Grashnov was the first person to be issued the number, he died at the age of 48 in 2001 from Cancer.

Underworld figure, Konstantin Dimitrov was next to have th
e number, he was killed in a shooting in the Netherlands in 2003. His death is possibly a Russian Mafia hit.
Next in line for the number was a businessman named Konstantin Dishliev, an apparent corrupt Bulgarian businessman who was gunned down in an Indian restaurant. It turned out Dishliev was trafficking cocaine from South America and was killed after the police intercepted a huge amount of cocaine he was importing.

The phone number was removed from service while police investigated the death of Dishleiv, it was decided by the company to suspend the number indefinitely as many in the company believed it to be jinxed.
If the number is phoned now all one gets is a recorded message saying “outside network coverage”

So what do you think, is the number cursed is it just a coincidence ?

Written & Researched
Allen Tiller
© 2012 Eidolon Paranormal

first published 17 December 2012

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