10 Real Life Curses That KiILLED People

10 Real Life Curses That KiILLED People

These real life curses have too many deaths and mishaps to be chalked up to mere coincidence. From cursed musicians (Satan’s 27 Club), The Crying Boy Painting, various Cursed Tombs, Frank Sinatra’s Cursed Song, the Cursed Phone Number, Jim Dean’s Cursed Car, Cursed Rune Stones, and many more strange occurrences. Enjoy our complete list and honorable mentions.

  1. 27 Club Curse Musicians

    Cursed musicians walk on the wild side, but many have falling victim to the real curse known as the "27 Club." These musicians noted as members of the 27 Club, have all mysteriously died at the same age of 27 tragically and under peculiar circumstances. There are 50 members of the club so far and every few years, another musician joins. Did these musicians sell their souls to the Devil for fame and fortune only to have the Devil come back to retrieve at a later time?

    Most Famous 27 Club Members

    • Alexandre Levy (Died 1892)

      • Composer, pianist, and conductor.

      • Credited as the first member of the 27 Club although the exact cause of death is unknown.

    • Louis Chauvin (Died 1908)

      • Ragtime musician.

      • Neurosyphilitic sclerosis from unprotected sex.

    • Robert Johnson (Died 1938)

      • Credited as the inventor of the Blues who recorded 29 influential songs.

      • Poisoning

    • Brian Jones (Died 1969)

      • Rolling Stones founder, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist.

      • Drowned in a pool.

    • Jimi Hendrix (Died 1970)

      • Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys singer and songwriter.

      • Asphyxiated on his vomit.

    • Janis Joplin (Died 1970)

      • Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band, and Full Tilt Boogie Band lead vocalist and songwriter.

      • Drug overdose, heroin suspected.

    • Jim Morrison (Died 1971)

      • The Doors singer, lyricist, and leader.

      • Heart failure.

    • Kurt Cobain (Died 1994)

      • Nirvana founding member, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

      • Suicide by gun, Cobain shot himself in the face.

    • Raymond Rogers aka Freaky Tah (Died 1999)

      • The Lost Boys hip hop group member and rapper.

      • Murdered, fatally shot.

    • Amy Winehouse (Died 2011)

      • Independent singer and songwriter

      • Alcohol poisoning at home while in bed.

    • Anton Yelchin (Died 2016)

      • The Hammerheads guitarist and notable actor.

      • Accidental blunt traumatic asphyxia. Anton’s car rolled down his driveway and pinned him to his mailbox.

  2. The Crying Boy Painting Curse

    The Crying Boy painting became very famous during the 20th century, and most houses contained a painting. The curse came about as the cursed pattern surfaced, many houses burned down to ash while the painting remained intact. Every single instance where a house burned down, the painting was left in pristine condition while all things around it were burned asunder. Speculations claim that the supernatural cause was that the painting was possessed by the ghost of a crying little boy.

    The Sun newspaper in England offered owners of the painting the option to send in their painting for The Sun newspaper to take responsibility in destroying this cursed item. The warehouse where these paintings were stored also burned down to the ground leaving ash and those paintings again, survived the fire damages in pristine condition.

  3. The Cursed Song

    The Frank Sinatra song "My Way" is credited with being The Cursed Song claiming at least six victims in the last ten years alone.

    The Cursed Song "My Way" incidents include:

    Strangely enough, all instances are limited to the Philippines urging bar owners to ban the famous song from most bars.

  4. The Cursed Phone Number

    The phone number 0888-888-888 first appeared back in the early 2000’s in Bulgaria leaving behind a trail of murder and deaths from previous owners. All three previous owners of this phone number owned by Mobitel, a Bulgarian mobile phone company died. In 2001, Mobitel CEO Vladimir Grashnov was the first victim who died of cancer. The second owner was mafia boss named Konstantin Dimitrov. Dimitrov was having dinner with a model when he was shot to death in 2003. The final cursed victim was a businessman at the head of a drug empire named Konstantin Dishliev who was at an Indian restaurant when he was killed by stray bullets in 2005.

    After these three occurrences, Mobitel suspended the number indefinitely.

  5. The Cursed Iceman

    In 1991, Oetzi was referred to as The Cursed Iceman who was discovered in between the Alps and Italy. In the 13 years before its discovery, seven victims associated with his discovery have died. Is a 5,300-year-old leather hunter claiming victims?

    The Iceman Curse victims:

    1. In 1992, Rainer Henn, the forensic pathologist credited with putting Oetzi into the body bag with his bare hands died in a fatal car crash while on route to attend a world conference to discuss the Iceman.

    2. Kurt Fritz, the mountain guide leading the expedition and credited with uncovering Oetzi’s face died around the time of an Avalanche.

    3. Helmut Simon was missing for eight days when he was finally found, the cause; he fell off a 300-foot cliff in 2004.

    4. The man who filmed the recovery of Oetzi died of a brain tumor.

    5. Dieter Warnecke, the leader in retrieving Helmut, dropped dead from a heart attack an hour after Helmut’s funeral.

    6. Konrad Spindler died from complication from his greater issue Multiple Sclerosis. He was quoted saying "I think it’s a load of rubbish. It is all a media hype. The next thing you will be saying I will be next." only six months before his death.

    7. In 2005, Tom Loy died of a hereditary blood disease. Loy found human blood on Oetzi’s clothes and weapons. Loy was diagnosed with the disease in 1992, after the team discovered Oetzi, The Cursed Iceman.

  6. The Timur Curse - The Cursed Tomb

    The cursed tomb of Timur starts with Timor claiming the title of Great Khan in 1389. King Timur’s war conquests stretched from Persia to Southern Russia. Timur created a pyramid of 70,000 human skulls in Northern India.

    Timur died in 1405 where he was taken into Gur-e Amir complex of Samarkand, Uzbekistan as his final resting place. Kabek Khan‘s former throne, a huge green jade slab, was placed over Timur’s tomb. Etched into the jade slab in Arabic were the words "When I arise from the grave, the world will tremble."

    In 1941, Stalin sent Soviet archeologist Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov to excavate the final resting place, Timur’s gravesite. Local Uzbek elders warned with ancient texts that a war would occur if Timur’s resting place were ever disturbed.

    According to Kaumov about the local Uzbek elders:

    These old men showed me a book saying that the tomb of Timur should not be opened, otherwise a war could be provoked. I was young at the time and not too wise. I did not pay too much attention to this event. On 21 June we removed the skull of Timur. Then, on the 22 June the war with the Germans began.

    Upon removing Timur’s skull on June 21 giving rise to the Timur Curse, June 22 marked the start of the war with the Germans. Stalin’s men saw, in less than 24 hours after disturbing Timur’s gravesite, Hitler’s N*zi German army launched Operation Barbarossa: the largest and most brutal invasion of WWII where they invaded the U.S.S.R.

    On December 20, 1942, Timur was returned to his tomb by the Russians and full Islamic burial rights were performed. At that very time, Operation Winter Storm marked the last German attempt to escape at Stalingrad; the Nazi’s failed in their attempt at escape and surrendered.

  7. The Hope Diamond Curse

    The Hope Diamond is a huge 45.5 carat diamond that was taken from the eye of a Sita statue in India. The diamond is only part of the statues eye which was over 100 carat total. The priests created The Hope Diamond Curse. The first victim was the thief who stole the diamond named Jean Baptiste-Tavernier. He was later discovered ravaged by wolves. The Hope Diamond then came into the possession of King Louis XIV who, along with all his children save one, all died of gangrene. Nicolas Fouquet among many countless others fell victim to death after handling the cursed diamond.

  8. The Bjorketorp Rune Stone Curse

    The Cursed Bjorketorp Rune Stone is a strange and brief one. The stone read, "I, master of the runes conceal here runes of power. Incessantly (plagued by) maleficence, (doomed to) insidious death (is) he who breaks this (monument)." A man attempted to heat up and crack the rune. While the fire blazed, a freak wind blew the fire in the direction of the man burning him to ashes.

  9. The Cursed Car

    The Cursed Car title is given to the car James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), Giant (1956)) nicknamed "Little Bastard," a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, that would ultimately take his life. Fellow actor Sir Alec Guinness (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)) warned James Dean that the car would be the cause of his death within a week. Seven days later on September 30, 1955, James Dean died in a fatal car wreck while driving the very same car.

    Car customizer George Barris bought the wreck for $2,500 where it claimed another victim. While unloading the Porshe, the car slipped and broke both of the mechanics’ legs.

    Troy McHenry and William Eschrid, two physicians racing in the Pomona Fair Grounds on October 24, 1956, with parts from the original James Dead cursed car "Little Bastard." McHenry had the original engine installed in his vehicle which went out of control and hit a tree, killing McHenry. Eschrid’s car flipped over leaving him with serious injuries but alive. The cause was that his car locked up when he went into the curve.

    A kid tried to steal the Porsche’s steering wheel only to slip and badly gnash his arm.

    Barris sold two tires to a young man. Within a week, both tires blew out simultaneously nearly causing a wreck.

    Barris loaned the wrecked cursed car to the California Highway Patrol as a touring display as the focus in automobile safety. Within days, the garage burned to the ground. All cars parked in the garage were destroyed except for the remain of the "Little Bastard."

    While on display in Sacremento, it fell from the display and broke a teenager’s hip.

    George Barkuis, while hauling the Spyder onto his flatbed was killed instantly by the Porsche falling onto him. He was somehow thrown from his truck resulting in the Porsche crushing him in a freak accident. How weird is that?

    Finally, the "Little Bastard" vanished during transport after it was loaned out for a safety exhibit in Miami, Florida. While the wreckage was loaded on a truck en route to Los Angeles, it mysteriously vanished leaving no trace.

  10. King Tuts Curse

    Among the great pharaoh curses and perhaps one of the most famous curses is King Tuts Curse at the top. King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on November 29, 1922. Several members of the excavation team along with the chief financier (George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, a British aristocrat, and amateur Egyptologist) for excavation were claimed as death victims from the curse. Eight total members were killed in weird and mysterious ways.

Notable Mentions

  • Curse of Tippecanoe

    • Every twenty years since 1811, an American president has fallen victim to a tragic death. Ronald Reagan "broke" the curse when he barely survived an assassination attempt on him.

  • Nepalese Royal Family Curse

    • An ancient curse where the first king of Nepal offended a great Yogi. This Yogi set the curse that after 10 generations, the monarchy’s reign would end. The 10th generation prince slaughtered his entire royal family ending their reign.

  • The Omen Curse

    • Deaths, Gregory Peck’s son suicide, multiple planes were struck by lightning, and a private plane crashed on a populated road killing everyone both onboard the plane and on the road itself. Lastly, two special effects artists were victims in a car crash near a sign that read "Ommen 66.6 KM."

  • The Curse Of Thomas Busby’s Chair

    • The killer Thomas Busby cursed his chair before his execution. Busby cursed that whosoever sat in that chair, would die. Many have indeed died making the events very suspicious.

  • Sarah Good’s Blood Curse

    • The Sarah Good’s Blood Curse is the result of Good being the first victim of The Salem Witch Trials in 1692. She cursed her accuser, Reverend Nicholas Noyes. Good said, "I’m no more a witch than you are a wizard, take my life and God will give you blood to drink." Noyes died of a hemorrhage inside his mouth and choked on his blood.