During an outing she, along with some of her friends, ventured to a garden which was planted over a huge hill of rubble that was once buildings destroyed in World War 2. It was an attempt to cover up the scars of that war. There, not having to dig far, they collected some souvenirs (hers' was a piece of broken pottery hidden amongst the debris).
During that week when they all met again, they reported having very similar nightmares, and attributed it to the items they had collected. They took their post-war artifacts to a nearby forest, gave an apology, and left them there.
After that, the nightmares stopped.
There are many stories of strange and cursed objects having the same or similar affects. Whether you believe in the paranormal or are skeptical of such events is entirely up to you, but one such object that peaked my interest was an old wine cabinet that has come to be known as the Dybbuk Box.
I'm not alone. In 2012 the film 'The Possession' (produced by Sam Raimi) was released in theaters, earning over $49 million at the box office.
A shortened version of the story behind the box is that an antique shop owner purchased the box at an estate auction of an old Polish woman. The woman, who was Jewish and a survivor of the The Holocaust, apparently performed some sort of seance when she was younger which had trapped a demon (or in Jewish folklore, a 'dybbuk' or 'dibbuk') within the box.
The man took it back to his shop and opened it.
The contents of the box were confusing. Inside the old wine cabinet were "two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word "Shalom", one dried rose bud, a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs, and a small, golden wine goblet" (Max Gross, in the publication The Forward, February 13, 2004).
Upon opening the box, strange things started to happen. Light bulbs inside of the antique shop would explode. The shop owner had nightmares of an old woman. The shop owner's mother even suffered a stroke upon receiving it as a gift.
Soon the man rid himself of the box via Ebay. A student purchased the box and, after opening it and suffering with very similar consequences (including his laptop crashing and loosing his hair), he sold the box to its' current owner, Jason Haxton.
Jason chronicles the events surrounding the box including his own experiences in detail in his book 'The Dibbuk Box' and, for those skeptics who prefer science over paranormal phenomenon, he's also the director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A. T. Still University in Missouri.
Jason told me that when he purchased the box he was a skeptic himself, not believing in the supernatural. "(I) still am pretty skeptical," he said, "except with this artifact!"
I was curious as to what his spiritual beliefs were now, since coming in possession of the box. "I am certainly more spiritual and definitely believe there is an after-life of the spiritual self," he told me. "This artifact confirmed it for me."
I asked why he would buy something like that in the first place. "I was curious about this Dibbuk Box," he said, "but I only wanted to see it - to look it over to determine if it was legit and old, not to buy it. But the college student who wanted (to be) rid of the Dibbuk Box made it clear that to see the Dibbuk Box, I would have to buy it. I made up my mind not to buy this demented artifact.
"When I told a friend, who is an illusionist (magician)," he continued, "he wanted it bought for a ghost tour that ended in his home with a spectral illusion. My friend asked if I would buy the Dibbuk Box for him and he would work with getting me repaid. Once the Dibbuk Box arrived and strange things began happening... he no longer wanted to be near it. So I was stuck with (it) and I began to get very ill, and have strange symptoms."
After having enough of these 'strange symptoms', Jason decided to bury the box in a private location. For those who are curious, he has had an exact replica of the box made for people to view. I asked him if he would send me photographs of the original box instead of the replica, and this is what he sent:
PICTURED: The original dibbuk box in Acacia Ark.
Certainly concerning the box's history I cannot blame Jason for hiding it away in some underground location. "My fear of destroying the Dibbuk Box (is that it) would permit the energy to be loosed around me and things would be worse. So it has been buried per several Rabbis' suggestion to let the earth draw off the energies over time."
Whether the events told concerning this box are true or imagined is entirely up for you to decide. Like all paranormal phenomenon, there will be believers and there will be skeptics. What is true, however, is the fact that those who have come into contact with the Dibbuk Box believe the things that have happened to them.
As for Jason, I asked him exactly how the Dibbuk Box was sealed, and his answer reaffirms my belief that he is not messing around. "The Dibbuk Box is in an Acacia Ark and then in a shock proof, military shipping container, then buried in dirt in the ground, in a private location."
Jason said he did unearth the box briefly for a Discovery Channel filming, but has not since returned to see the box.
"After sealing and burying it, I have not gone to check on it or had any issues."
You can read more about the Dibbuk Box at the website: www.dibbukbox.com