by evil, or just cursed by Satan? Many
now a days believe that great demonic
forces are at work mocking them every
step of the way.
Tarot Card Readers on Jackson Square
in New Orleans to Mediums with crystal
balls in New York store fronts, palmist
and psychics and tea leave readers and
coffee ground seers in California, perhaps
on the phone or internet... How many
people have heard they are cursed by
an enemy or from some wrong they have
committed, or from just being in the
wrong place at the wrong time. Should
we believe it? Or should we move on
and live our life untouched by the believing
in the malediction we are rendered.
is thought of as the effective action
of supernatural power, distinguished
solely by the quality of adversity that
it brings, else it would be considered
a "charm" or a "blessing."
A curse may also be said to result from
a spell or prayer, imprecation or execration,
or other imposition by magic or witchcraft,
asking that a god, natural force, or
spirit bring misfortune to someone who
they feel has wronged them.
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But in a strange twist of fate, some
would say that the song is cursed.
... The devil promised to fulfill
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eternal soul.. Read more here.
The forms of curses
found in various cultures comprise a
significant proportion of the study
of both folk religion and folklore.
In a broader sense,
'curse' is a loose synonym for blasphemy
or profanity (i.e. a "curse word.")
is also a term for the original sin
of Adam and Eve in the Christian religion,
and a slang term for menstruation.
Belief in curses is
found in many cultures and is mentioned
in the scriptures of many religions.
And in the 21st century the acts and
fears of genuine voodoo hoodoo, wiccan
and Satanic curses still thrives. Most
established religions forbid such practices
outright, but others, citing the long
history of scriptural curses, utilize
them only in defense against evil that
struck at them first. All religions
offer forms of blessings of homes and
objects and people, with the intent
of removing curses. Typically then a
curse is only a category or type of
something much larger, namely the entirety
of any given culture's religious-magical
Moreover when negative
or painful spiritual possession and
demonic possession are viewed as varieties
of curse, the religious authorities
may see to it that there is a sanctioned
way for the curse to be removed. According
to Catholic records, for example, the
original staff of the Vatican included
300 full time exorcists - specialists
in the removal of demons inhabiting
Many people believe
curses to be strictly psychological
in effect and/or superstitious in general
nature; these people hold rationalist
opposing viewpoints to the opinion that
curses are actual and real. Just as
a skeptic believes in the fact that
ghost and UFO's are non-existent.
The deliberate levying
of curses is often part of the practice
of evil or black magic, taking place
at the boundary between organized religion
and folkloric customs. The curse makes
effective part in the Hindu culture
(The Fakir has the ordained power to
bless and curse).
Devil Made Me Do It!
Special names for
specific types of curses and evil spells
can be found in several modern cultures:
Voodoo or African
American hoodoo presents us with the
jinx and crossed conditions, as well
as a form of foot track magic, whereby
cursed objects are leveled in the paths
of victims and activated when walked
over. Or the making of a ritual doll
which is popular in New Orleans and
the greater south. Root Magic and potions,
powders and hexes are all a great part
of this system. Many Voodoo Doll and
fetish, spell, or curse holding magic
power for adherents of voodoo.
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culture
is the source of the belief in the evil
eye, which may be the result of envy
but, more rarely, is said to be the
result of a deliberate curse.
German people, including the Pennsylvania
Dutch speak in terms of hexing (from
the German word for witchcraft), and
a common hex in days past was that laid
by a stable-witch who caused milk cows
to go dry and horses to go lame. .
in the Bible
Some passages in the Tanakh treat curses
as being effective techniques; they
see a curse as an objective reality
with real power. However, most sections
of the Bible conceive a curse to be
merely a wish, to be fulfilled by God
only when just and deserved.
According to the Book
of Proverbs, an undeserved curse has
no effect (Proverbs 26:2), but may fall
back upon the head of him who utters
it (Genesis] 12:3; Sirach 21:27), or
may be turned by God into a blessing
The declaration of
punishments (Gen. 3:14, 17; 4:11), the
utterance of threats (Jeremiah 11:3,
17:5; Malachi i. 14), and the proclamation
of laws (Deut. 11:26-28, 27:15 et seq.)
received added solemnity and force when
conditioned by a curse.
In the Bible, cursing
is generally characteristic of the godless
(Ps. 10:7), but may serve as a weapon
in the mouth of the wronged, the oppressed,
and those who are zealous for God and
righteousness (Judges 9:57; Prov. 11"26,
A righteous curse,
especially when uttered by persons in
authority, was believed to be unfailing
in its effect (Gen. 9:25, 27:12; II
Kings 2:24; Ecclus. Sirach 3:11). One
who had received exemplary punishment
at the hands of God was frequently held
up, in cursing, as a terrifying object-lesson
(Jer. 23: 22), and such a person was
said to be, or to have become, a curse
(II Kings 22:19; Jer. 24:9, 25: 18;
Zechariah 8:13). An elaborate trial
by ordeal for a woman suspected by her
husband of adultery is set forth in
Numbers 5:11-30; this involved drinking
a "bitter water that brings a curse";
if the woman were guilty, she would
suffer miscarriage and infertility.
It is especially forbidden
to curse God (Exodus 22:28), parents
(Ex. 21:17; Leviticus 20:9; Prov. 20:20,
30: 11), the authorities (Ex. 22:28;
Eccl. 10:20), and the helpless deaf
Certain objects or places are said to
be cursed. Sometimes, the curse was
allegedly laid with a purpose; the "Curse
of the Pharaohs" is supposed to
have haunted the archaeologists who
excavated the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen,
whereby an imprecation was supposedly
pronounced on anyone who violated its
precincts by the ancient Egyptian priests.
Some say the Lalaurie
house in New Orleans is forever cursed,
And the tortured souls there live with
Madame Delphine Lalaurie in an eternal
hell, haunting the living. Others swear
Amityville House is best known for being
the setting of the best-selling book
and popular movie, The Amityville Horror,
which is purportedly based on the real-life
mass murder of the DeFeo family in 1974
at 112 Ocean Avenue. The address was
later changed to "108 Ocean Avenue"
in order to avoid ghost hunters and
demonologists attracted by the book's
ghost story. The house in question was
renovated. A remake of The Amityville
Horror was released in the Spring of
The Warrens have been
called the nations top psychic researchers
for over 3 decades, and have lectured
extensively at colleges and universities
through out the country. They were
2 of only a handful of investigators
ever allowed into the infamous "Amityville
Horror" home and have the only
pictures ever taken inside the house.
The Warrens found
that Mr. Lutz’s descriptions of
the paranormal activity in the home
were very accurate for a case of demonic
possession, although the Lutz’s
had never studied demonology--they would
not have the actual know how to fabricate
the story that they told.
History of the property:
The property was used as a sort of insane
asylum for Native Americans who were
sick and dying. There had been an enclosure
on the property, where the patients
were housed. Inhuman spirits revel in
such suffering and are able to infest
the graves of those who were buried
in unconsecrated ground.
Background: The problems
at the Amityville house seemed to stem
from the Ronald DeFeo murders on November
13, 1974. Mr. DeFeo hated his father
and had plotted to kill him--he’d
even worked out a scheme by which he
could do so. Mr. DeFeo was on drugs,
and his father knew about it. Later
he said that there was a shadow ghost
alongside of him during the killings
which compelled him to shoot his two
brothers and his sister at 3:15 am on
November 13, 1974. Although the houses
in this quiet Amityville neighborhood
were only 40 feet apart, no neighbors
awoke during the shootings. All of the
victims were found on their stomachs.
The Warrens believe that the victims
were in a state of phantomania, which
in effect paralyzed them, making them
unable to cry out for help.
How the Warrens became
involved: Ed and Lorraine Warren met
with a priest, Father Pecararo, and
the Lutzes when they were first called
in to investigate. The Lutzes were living
at Mrs. Lutz’s mother’s
house in Deer Park, NY because they
were too afraid to go back to the house
to live. They were all but afraid to
even speak of the phenomena, so deep
was their fear. They’d even left
all of their furniture and possessions
behind, not daring to return to move
out--it simply wasn’t worth the
The first time the
Warrens went to the house it was with
an anchorman from the Channel 5 news,
a professor from Duke University, and
the president of the American Society
for Psychic Research. That first day
was horrifying. Lorraine received nonstop
clairvisual and clairaudial messages
about the phenomena which had occurred.
Both Ed And Lorraine
were so affected that they vowed they’d
never go back into that house again.
But they did....and the Amityville Horror
story was born.
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Lakes, Rivers and
Mountains, Cemeteries, Crossroads, Castles
and Keeps. Indian Burial Grounds, Sports
Arenas, Parks, Churches, Movie Sets
and even, Golf Courses and Shopping
Centers all have been also known to
be called cursed at one time or another.
However even when there is a tradition
of a place 'taking someone' every number
of years they are not always considered
cursed. For example someone is said
to drown in New Orleans own Lake Ponchartrain,
every 7 months but they say the lake
is not considered cursed.
While it is clear that something strange
is going on, the reason behind it is
anyone's guess. There have been several
theories presented but none as interesting
as the one that suggests that James
Dean himself was cursed. Could that
explain why so many such as Dean have
lead short, yet meaningful lives, and
died so horribly? Stars like George
Reeves, or Christopher Reeve, Sal Mineo,
and Nick Adams to name a few. Or Movie
and television cursed roles such as
Superman, Tarzan, Dr. Who, and the ever
told tale of the Poltergeist, and Exorcist
movies. Many now a days talk about a
new reality television show curse dooming
peoples lives forever.
curse - Excerpts From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia
The Superman curse
refers to a series of misfortunes
that have plagued creative people
involved in adaptations of Superman
in various mediums, particularly actors
who have played the role of Superman
on film and television.
The curse is somewhat
well-known in popular culture, largely
due to the high-profile tragedies
of Superman actors George Reeves and
Christopher Reeve. Other sources deny
the curse, stating that several Superman-related
actors, such as Bud Collyer and Teri
Hatcher, went on to success after
their association with the franchise
and that many hardships of "cursed"
individuals are common in their respective
fields. Nevertheless, the uncertainty
proved to be taken seriously among
many movie stars when several of them
turned down multi-million dollar deals
to play a role in the new upcoming
victims of the curse
Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe
Shuster created Superman in the 1930s
but their employer DC Comics held
the copyright to the character. In
1946, the two sued DC, arguing that
they were inadequately compensated
for the character. The New York Supreme
Court limited their settlement to
$60,000 each, a small sum compared
to the millions of dollars Superman
comic books, films, television series,
and merchandise grossed. In 1975,
in response to a campaign launched
by Siegel and Shuster and joined by
many prominent comic book creators,
DC agreed to pay the two lifetime
pensions of $35,000 a year and give
them credit in every adaptation of
the character. While Siegel and Shuster
are respected in comic book fandom
for Superman, neither went on to work
on any other high-profile comic books
Brothers Max and Dave Fleischer founded
Fleischer Studios, which produced
the original Popeye, Betty Boop and
Superman cartoons. Shortly after bringing
Superman into animation, the Fleischers
began feuding with one another and
their studio slumped financially until
they were forced to sell to Paramount
Pictures. Paramount ousted the Fleischers
and rearranged their company as Famous
Studios. Although Dave Fleischer went
on to a career as a special effects
advisor at Universal Studios, Max
died poor at the Motion Picture &
Television Country House and Hospital.
Kirk Alyn played Superman in two low-budget
1940s serials but failed to find work
afterwards, saying that casting directors
thought he was too recognized as Superman.
He eventually retired to Arizona.
George Reeves played Superman in the
1951 film Superman and the Mole Men
and the ensuing television series
Adventures of Superman. Like Alyn,
he was recognized only for the role.
On June 16, 1959, days before he was
to be married, Reeves was found dead
of a shotgun wound at his home. The
death was ruled a suicide but other
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy's
staff approved of a Superman story
in which the hero touts the president's
physical fitness initiatives, scheduled
to be published with an April 1964
cover date. On November 22, Kennedy
was shot and killed but, at the request
of successor Lyndon Johnson, DC published
a reworked version of the story
Comedian Richard Pryor, who had previously
suffered from a drug addiction that
lead to an almost fatal accident,
starred as a villain in 1983’s
Superman III. Three years later, he
announced that he was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis. He died of cardiac
arrest on December 10, 2005.
Richard Lester, who was the credited
director for Superman II (1980) (though
Richard Donner directed many sequences
which were ultimately used in the
film) and entirely directed Superman
III (1983) was so distraught by the
death of Roy Kinnear during the shooting
of The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
that he quit directing. Kinnear bled
to death following a broken pelvis
which he sustained by falling from
Marlon Brando, who played Superman's
biological father Jor-El in Superman:
The Movie (1978) underwent various
personal tragedies later in his life:
In May 1990, Brando's first son, Christian,
shot and killed Dag Drollet, 26, the
lover of Christian's half-sister Cheyenne
Brando, at the family's home above
Beverly Hills. Christian, 31, claimed
the shooting was accidental. After
a heavily publicized trial, Christian
was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter
and was sentenced to ten years in
The tragedy was compounded in 1995,
when Cheyenne, said to still be depressed
over Drollet's death, committed suicide
by hanging herself. She was only 25
Marlon Brando's notoriety, his family's
troubled lives, his self-exile from
Hollywood, and his obesity attracted
considerable attention in his later
career. On July 1, 2004, Brando died
at the age of 80. The cause of his
death was intentionally withheld,
with his lawyer citing privacy concerns.
It was later revealed that he died
of lung failure brought on by pulmonary
fibrosis. He had also been suffering
from liver cancer, congestive heart
failure and diabetes, which was causing
his eyesight to fail.
Both John Haymes Newton and Gerard
Christopher, who starred as the title
character in the Superboy television
series (1988-1992), fell into obscurity
after their respective tenures as
the character. The same case can be
made for Stacy Haiduk, who played
love interest Lana Lang on the show.
Lee Quigley (who played the baby Kal-El
in the 1978 Superman movie) tragically
died in March 1991, at the age of
fourteen, after inhaling solvents.
Christopher Reeve played Superman
in the Superman: The Movie and three
sequels throughout the 1980s. On May
17, 1995, Reeve was paralyzed from
the neck down after being thrown from
his horse in a cross country riding
event. He died on October 10, 2004
due to heart failure stemming from
his medical condition.
Margot Kidder, who played Superman’s
love interest Lois Lane opposite Reeve
suffered from intense bipolar disorder.
In April 1996, she went missing for
several days and was found by police
in a paranoid, delusional state.
On July 2, 1996, on the anniversary
of their grandfather's suicide, Superman
IV (1987) co-star Mariel Hemingway's
older sister Margaux was found dead
at age 41. She had taken an overdose
of sedatives. Though Margaux's death
was ruled a suicide, Mariel disputed
Lane Smith, who played Clark Kent
and Lois Lane's boss Perry White on
the Lois & Clark television series,
was diagnosed with the rare Lou Gehrig's
Disease in April 2005 and died of
the disease on June 13, 2005.
Dana Reeve, the widow of Christopher
Reeve and co-founder of the Christopher
Reeve Foundation with her late husband,
publicly revealed that she was diagnosed
with lung cancer on August 9, 2005,
despite the fact that she was not
a cigarette-smoker. She died of the
cancer on March 6, 2006 at the age
In July 2006, Brandon Routh who plays
Superman/Clark Kent in the 2006 film
Superman Returns fell off his motorcycle,
catapulting over the handle bars.
He was saved by two women and taken
When Kate Bosworth broke up with Orlando
Bloom, she blamed the curse.
Tecumseh's curse was
reputed to cause the deaths in office
of Presidents of the United States elected
in years divisible by 20, beginning
in 1840 (this alleged curse appears
to have fallen dormant in 1980, as President
Ronald Reagan, elected that year, did
not die in office).
Curse of Tippecanoe
(also known as the zero-year curse,
the twenty-year curse, or Tecumseh's
curse) is sometimes used to describe
the coincidental pattern where, from
1840 to 1960, every United States President
elected (or reelected) every twentieth
year has died in office. The "curse"
was "broken" by Ronald Reagan,
who was elected in 1980 and survived
first noted in a Ripley's Believe It
or Not book published in 1934, is commonly
attributed to Tecumseh, who was defeated
by William Henry Harrison at the Battle
of Tippecanoe in 1811. Another version
attributes it to Tecumseh's half-brother
Tenskwatawa, who pronounced the curse
while sitting for a painting. This version
has been the most widely accepted, but
several scholars have questioned its
Harrison was elected in 1840, but died
only a month after his inauguration
in 1841, after succumbing to a cold
after giving his long inaugural speech
in a freezing March rainstorm. His was
the shortest-ever presidency.
Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860
and shot in 1865 by pro-Confederate
actor John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre,
Washington D.C. (However, he had survived
long enough to be reelected in 1864.)
James Garfield, elected in 1880, was
shot at the Baltimore and Potomac Rail
Road station in 1881 by Charles Guiteau,
a disgruntled man whom Garfield had
turned down for a civil service position.
William McKinley, reelected in 1900,
was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz
at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition
in Buffalo, New York.
Warren G. Harding, elected in 1920,
died of mysterious causes in 1923 in
San Francisco, while on a national tour.
The official cause of his death is a
heart attack, yet historians have suggested
such other causes as food poisoning
and even murder by poisoning, possibly
either by people affected by the recent
Teapot Dome scandal or even his own
wife, fed up with his philandering.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, reelected in
1940, died of a cerebral hemorrhage
in 1945 at his summer home in Warm Springs,
Georgia. Also, shortly before his first
inauguration in 1933, an anarchist named
Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate
him in Miami.
John F. Kennedy, elected in 1960, was
shot in Dallas in 1963 allegedly by
Lee Harvey Oswald, a Marxist radical
(see Kennedy assassination for further
The Kennedy Curse
refers to a series of unfortunate events
that have happened to the Kennedy family.
While these events could have happened
to any family, some have referred to
the continual misfortune of the Kennedy
family as a curse. The improbability
of so many repeated instances of misfortune
within one family, especially two high-profile
political assassinations, has raised
questions as to whether the curse results
from sheer bad luck or from coordinated
violence against the Kennedy family.
There are several
theories regarding the origin of the
"curse". According to Kennedy
detractor Edward Klein, there is a story
that Joseph Kennedy made his way to
the Court of St. James as ambassador
in 1937. On a trip back to the United
States, aboard an ocean liner that was
also carrying a Lubavitcher rabbi named
Israel Jacobson and six of his yeshiva
students, who were fleeing the Nazis,
Kennedy complained to the ship's captain
about the distracting noises caused
by the Jewish passengers praying on
the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah.
He demanded that they be forbidden to
continue exercises so distracting to
fellow passengers. "Rabbi Jacobson
put a curse on Kennedy, damning him
and all his male offspring to tragic
There is another variation
on this story where Joseph Kennedy was
visiting Great Britain during World
War II and a Jewish refugee came to
him and begged him for assistance in
getting his sons out of Europe and Joseph
Kennedy ignored him. The refugee then
placed a curse that involved Joseph
Kennedy's sons facing the same fate
that the refugee's sons did.
Another similar story
claims that Joseph Kennedy sold weapons
to Nazi Germany. Because of this, a
Jewish town found out and all the towns
people prayed for a curse on his family.
In Ireland, folklore
tells that a Kennedy ancestor destroyed
a fairy dwelling, thereby cursing all
Critics of the Curse
theory argue that, given the sheer size
of the family, the number of unfortunate
events is not unusual. The "curse"
may be seen less as a supernatural phenomenon
than simply as an operation of the laws
of probability. Such tragic events happen
to a lesser or greater extent in all
families but they just make headline
news when they happen to a family so
famous. It could also be argued that
the Kennedy family due to their relative
wealth have a lifestyle that is quite
different from how most people live
(for example, piloting a plane) and
consequently they are more often in
greater physical danger.
Believers in the "curse"
generally cite the following core events
as evidence of the family's misfortunes:
1941 - Rosemary
Kennedy was believed to be mentally
retarded but may have suffered from
mental illness due to the intense pressure
of living in a competitive family. It
is generally assumed that her intelligence
was lower than average but that she
was certainly not mentally retarded.
She was a disappointment to her father
and sent to live with a family aide.
Thus isolated, she became increasingly
violent and suffered severe mood swings.
Subsequently, she underwent an experimental
surgery with the intention of controlling
her outbursts. The results of the lobotomy
were disastrous, and she remained in
an institution until her death in 2005.
Due to this tragedy, several of the
Kennedy family have been involved in
advocacy on behalf of developmentally
disabled people (founded Special Olympics
and other organizations) and mental
1944 - Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the eldest
son of the Kennedy patriarch Joseph
Kennedy, is killed over the English
Channel while flying a mission during
World War II.
1948 - Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy
Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington,
dies in a plane crash in France.
1955 - Jacqueline Kennedy suffers a
1956 - Jacqueline Kennedy gives birth
to a stillborn daughter. (Although the
daughter was unnamed and is buried at
Arlington National Cemetery next to
her parents with a marker reading "Daughter",
later reports indicated that the Kennedys
had intended to call her "Arabella
December 19, 1961 - Joseph P. Kennedy,
the family patriarch, suffers a greatly
disabling stroke which makes movement
and communication extremely difficult
and limited until his death.
August 7, 1963 - Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
, the second son of John and Jacqueline
Kennedy, dies two days after his birth,
nearly six weeks premature.
November 22, 1963 - President John F.
Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
(see John F. Kennedy assassination).
1964 - Ted Kennedy is in a plane crash
in which one of his aides and the pilot
were killed. He was pulled from the
wreckage by fellow senator Birch E.
Bayh II (D-Ind.) and spent weeks in
a hospital recovering from a severe
back injury, a punctured lung, broken
ribs, and internal bleeding.
June 5, 1968 - Robert F. Kennedy, brother
to both John and Ted, is shot multiple
times in Los Angeles, immediately following
his victory in the California Democratic
presidential primary (see Robert F.
Kennedy assassination). He died the
1969 - "Chappaquiddick Incident"
- A car driven by Ted Kennedy goes off
a bridge. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former
aide to Robert Kennedy, dies in the
1973 - Edward Kennedy, Jr. At the age
of twelve loses his right leg due to
1973 - Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of
Robert and Ethel, is the driver in a
Cape Cod car accident that leaves one
passenger permanently paralyzed.
1973 - Alexander Onassis, stepson of
Jacqueline Kennedy, dies in a plane
1984 - David A. Kennedy, a son of Robert,
dies from a Demerol and cocaine overdose
in a Palm Beach, Florida hotel room.
1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis dies
after a brief battle with cancer.
December 31, 1997 - Michael Kennedy,
another son of Robert, dies in a skiing
accident in Aspen, Colorado.
1999 - John F. Kennedy Jr.; his wife,
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy; and Carolyn's
sister Lauren Bessette died when the
private plane Kennedy was piloting crashes
into the Atlantic Ocean on a hazy evening
en route from Essex County Airport in
Fairfield, New Jersey to Martha's Vineyard.
A number of curses are used to explain
the failures or misfortunes of specific
sports teams or players. For example,
the Curse of the Billy Goat is used
to explain the failures of the Chicago
Cubs baseball team, who have not won
a championship since 1908. Players who
appear on the covers of either the Sports
Illustrated magazine or the Madden NFL
video game have tended to coincidently
suffer setbacks or injuries.
infamous black cat circles Ron Santo
in 1969 at Shea Stadium, just before
the "Mircale Mets" write another
chapter of the Cubs curse.
Many say the New Orleans
Saints are one of the most cursed teams
in NFL. The curse was said to be placed
on the team by a Great New Orleans evil
voodoo witch queen during the first
year NFL season.
Fans in New Orleans
believe that Exorcists and voodoo priestesses
have been trying to remove or to dispel
the curse. ... The main target of the
curse, of course, has been the New Orleans
Saints, The New Orleans Saints management
called upon Voodoo Yoruba Priestess
Ava Kay Jones.
Voodoo was considered
by the dominant American culture to
be sinful and threatening, and strong
repressive measures were taken by
the authorities. From the turn of
the twentieth century until about
the 1960s, the practice was simply
seen as a fraud from which the ignorant
needed protection. By the latter half
of the twentieth century,concerns
with both sin and fraud had diminished,
and Voodoo was looked upon as entertainment—a
tourist commodity and potential gold-mine
for commercial exploitation. Finally,
at the end of the twentieth century
and the beginning of the twenty-first,
there has been a new awareness of
Voodoo as a legitimate religion.
Many have tried
to break the curse publicly including
Witch Queen Mary Onieda Toups in 1978,
and recently Reese Smith a psychic
Reader from Marie Laveaus' House Of
Voodoo has added his name to the list
for the 2006-2007 season.
Voodoo has been exploited
by promoters of the New Orleans Saints,
... Times-Picayune announcing, “The
Curse Is Lifted.”
On Halloween, 1999,
a local radio station asked Voodoo -
Priestess Miriam Chamani to perform
a ceremony outside the Superdome to
help the New Orleans Saints win against
the Cleveland Browns (which was interrupted
by harassment from a Browns fan dressed
as a dog).
In 2002, New Orleans
own Voodoo Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay
Jones poses with her South American
Red Tailed Boa during the Saints win
against the Rams.
Kay Jones and Voodoo - Priestess Miriam
Chamani were voted by readers of Haunted
America Tours as one of the Top Ten
Voodoo Queens in New Orleans, Visit
here to see who else made the list!
The Saints contracted
Quint Davis and his company Festival
Productions Inc. (the team that produces
Jazz Fest and the Essence Festival)
to handle entertainment for the Saints'
home games. According to Wayne Hodes,
director of marketing for the Saints,
approximately two weeks before the Saints/Rams
game on Dec. 17, 2002, Hodes' office
asked Davis to hire Ava Kay Jones, a
well-known Voodoo and Yoruba priestess,
to do a blessing before the game.
IS THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CURSE
Famous Bourbon Street Psychic,
Medium and Voodoo Master Reese
Smith who now lives in North
Carolina since Hurricane Katrina
says he has made an attempt to
remove the great New Orleans Saints
Curse. This he says is his gift
back to the city he so dearly
loves and misses.
"The Louisiana Superdome
was built on top of a old Cemetery,"
says Smith, "This I think
is part of the The Saints Curse
and needs addressing." Burning
candles day and night, great prayers
and grand Voodoo wishes is what
he says will finally lift the
curse for THE 2008 - 2009 NEW
ORLEANS SAINTS SEASON."
Reese Smith did his Voodoo Curse
Banish Spell On September 1st,
2006. After a dismal 2005 season
and poor pre-season 2006 Post
Hurricane Katrina." After
that I decided they needed all
the help they could get,"
Smith Says, "The
New Orleans Saints curse will be lifted
but it will haunt some far away desert
place and hopefully not another undefeated
team." " Banished Curses sometimes
can be moved but not broken!" Where
this one will end up I do not know."
see: 20 Questions
with Reese Smith
The 2006- 2007 Saints
are no longer a surprise as expectations
continue to rise for a team now figured
to be in contention for a playoff spot.
Was Reese Smiths' Voodoo Hex Breaker
New Orleans Saints 2006 season
09/10 at Cleveland W 19-14
09/17 at Green Bay W 34-27
09/25 Atlanta W 23-3
10/01 at Carolina L 18-21
10/08 Tampa Bay W 24-21
10/15 Philadelphia W 27-24
10/29 Baltimore L 22-35
11/05 at Tampa Bay W 31-14
11/12 at Pittsburgh L 31-38
11/19 Cincinnati L 16-31
11/26 at Atlanta W 31-13
12/03 San Francisco W 34-10
12/10 at Dallas W 42-17
12/17 Washington L 10-16
12/24 at N.Y. Giants W 30-7
12/31 Carolina L 21-31
01/13 NFC Divisional Playoff
Philadelphia W 27-24
01/21 NFC Championship
at Chicago L 14-39
Many say that The
Actual Voodoo Hex Breaker by Smith did
make a difference! So much that Sonia
Choquette wanted Bears fans to take
a piece of paper, write ''Freeze New
Orleans'' on it, then place it in a
freezer. Crazy? Maybe, but as sure as
some believe there's voodoo brewing
in the cemetery under the Superdome,
Bears fans are looking for ways to counter
whatever mojo has been fueling the Saints
"Freeze" In Upcoming Football
Psychic's a freeze spirit
have team spirit
Voodoo queen Marie Laveau died 125 years
ago, but influence lingers
January 18, 2007
BY NEIL HAYES Staff Reporter www.suntimes.com
NEW ORLEANS -- Everyone seems to agree
that the New Orleans Saints have been
propelled as if by magic during a worst-to-first
season that has them one victory away
from the Super Bowl.
But could darker forces be at work?
In the voodoo capital of the United
States, the question must be asked:
Has black magic played a role in the
Saints reversing 40 years of futility
in the wake of the worst natural disaster
in U.S. history?
Are the Bears cursed?
Might there be a hex on Rex?
The search for truth
through the cobblestone streets and
narrow back alleys of the French Quarter
on an unseasonably cold, windy, rain-soaked
day produced a startling answer.
In voodoo capital New Orleans, the Saints
have appeared to have black magic on
their side all season. But Chicago has
its own answer to counter the mojo.
''The explanation would be that Marie
Laveau is happy and has finally decided
she's a Saints fan,'' said Jerry Gandolfo,
administrator of the New Orleans Historic
Laveau, dead for 125 years, is the greatest
icon of New Orleans. The mother of 15
also is considered the greatest voodoo
spirit of all and capable of anything,
good or bad. Gandolfo should know. His
ancestors once lived next door to the
famous voodoo queen, who was the daughter
of a white planter and a black woman.
''People do believe
spirits can intercede and affect the
outcome of a season or a game,'' he
One popular urban
legend involving Laveau that explained
the Saints' futility finally has been
The Superdome was
built on the site of a cemetery where
many believed Laveau was interred. Turns
out a Marie Laveau may have been buried
there, but it wasn't the Marie Laveau.
It was a Cajun tradition
that sons and daughters take the same
first name. Marie Laveau's sister was
named Marie Laveau. Her daughters all
were named Marie Laveau. There are Marie
Laveau tombs all over New Orleans.
''The Saints stunk for 40 years,'' Gandolfo
said. ''People were looking for excuses,
and whenever you say cemetery in New
Orleans, it's analogous to Marie Laveau
and voodoo. So the urban legend became
that they [ticked] off Marie Laveau.''
Another theory involves
Ã©tranger, the French word
for foreigner. New Orleanians, especially
those who believe in voodoo, always
have been wary of outsiders -- and for
good reason. Voodoo was more tolerated
under the French and Spanish but was
considered blasphemous by Americans
who arrived after the Louisiana Purchase,
which drove the practice underground.
Enter John W. Mecom
Jr., the 27-year-old Texas oilman who
was the Saints' first owner. The Saints
never had a winning season under the
Ã©tranger from Houston.
It wasn't until Mecom sold the team
to Tom Benson, a native of New Orleans,
that the franchise began winning division
titles in the late 1980s and early '90s.
waned after he began suggesting he might
mhe team elsewhere if a new stadium
wasn't built to replace the Superdome.
By threatening to leave, even this native
New Orleanian became, in effect, an
Last season the Saints
were displaced by Hurricane Katrina,
and rumors persisted that Benson wanted
to move the team to San Antonio permanently.
It wasn't until he committed to keeping
the Saints in New Orleans that he quit
being an Sttranger, thereby appeasing
the spirit of Laveau and lifting the
''Because he's happy
and wants to stay, Marie Laveau is happy,''
A candle, seashells,
a vial of perfume and a rain-soaked
book by a televangelist sit at the base
of Laveau's Greek revival tomb in the
crowded St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery. This
is where people leave offerings to Laveau
and ask her to intervene on their behalf.
Legend has it that
if you make three X marks on her tomb
with red brick, then place your hand
over the marks while rubbing your right
foot against the base of her tomb three
times, she will grant your wish.
People from all around
the world flock to this shrine and do
The Bears better hope
they're not Saints fans.
Cursed objects are generally supposed
to have been stolen from their rightful
owners or looted from a sanctuary. Today
haunted and cursed dolls are all the
rage. From cursed jewelry, to cursed
toys and chairs.
Dean's Cursed 1955 Porsche Spyder
Everyone knows that
James Dean was killed in his expensive
Porsche 550 Spyder. His fans were devastated
to hear the news about the 2-car crash
that occurred on September 30, 1955.
When his blockbuster hit Rebel Without
A Cause opened a month later, theatres
across the nation were packed with teary-eyed,
heart-broken audiences. Everyone was
in shock that someone so young and vital
would be snatched away so unexpectedly.
But could there
be something more sinister involved
in Dean's death than an everyday tragedy?
There are many strange occurrences surrounding
Dean's death, including a jinxed Porsche
Spyder, a possible curse, and black
magic. There may have even been a malevolent
curse on the car or a strange force
in the car with him on the fateful evening
of his death.
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of James Dean driving his new Porsche
with his mechanic Rolf Wutherich on
the day of his death.
Friends told James
Dean that the car was trouble when they
saw it - a rare Silver Porsche Spyder,
one of only 90 in 1955. Nicknamed "The
Little Bastard," the car carried
the iconic screen rebel to his grave
on September 30, 1955.
After the tragedy,
master car customizer George Barris
bought the wreck for $2,500. When the
wreck arrived at Barris' garage, the
Porsche slipped and fell on one of the
mechanics unloading it. The accident
broke both of the mechanic's legs.
While Barris had bad
feelings about the car when he first
saw it, his suspicions were confirmed
during a race at the Pomona Fair Grounds
on October 24, 1956. Two physicians,
Troy McHenry and William Eschrid, were
both racing cars that had parts from
the "Little Bastard." McHenry
died when his car, which had the Porsche's
engine installed, went out of control
and hit a tree. Eschrid's car flipped
over. Eschrid, who survived despite
serious injuries, later said that the
car suddenly locked up when he went
into a curve.
The car's malevolent
influence continued after the race:
one kid trying to steal the Porsche's
steering wheel slipped and gashed his
arm. Barris reluctantly sold two of
the car's tires to a young man; within
a week, the man was nearly involved
in a wreck when the two tires blew out
Feeling that the Porsche
could be put to good use, Barris loaned
the wrecked car to the California Highway
Patrol for a touring display to illustrate
the importance of automobile safety.
Within days, the garage housing the
Spyder burnt to the ground. With the
exception of the "Little Bastard,"
every vehicle parked inside the garage
was destroyed. When the car was put
on exhibit in Sacramento, it fell from
its display and broke a teenager's hip.
George Barkuis, who was hauling the
Spyder on a flatbed truck, was killed
instantly when the Porsche fell on him
after he was thrown from his truck in
The mishaps surrounding
the car continued until 1960, when the
Porsche was loaned out for a safety
exhibit in Miami, Florida. When the
exhibit was over, the wreckage, en route
to Los Angeles on a truck, mysteriously
vanished. To this day, the "Little
Bastard's" whereabouts are unknown.
Curse of the Hope Diamond
Facts: Hope Diamond 45.52 carats
VS1 Dark blue in color Size:
21.78 mm wide, 25.60 mm long,
12.00 mm deep After exposure
to ultraviolet light it phosphoresces
red (most other blue diamonds
phospheresce light blue) Surrounded
by 16 white diamonds plus an
additional 45 white diamonds
which make up the necklace chain
According to the legend, a curse befell
the large, blue diamond when it was
plucked (i.e. stolen) from an idol in
India - a curse that foretold bad luck
and death not only for the owner of
the diamond but for all who touched
Whether or not you believe in the curse,
the Hope diamond has intrigued people
for centuries. Its perfect quality,
its large size, and its rare color make
it strikingly unique and beautiful.
Add to this a varied history which includes
being owned by King Louis XIV, stolen
during the French Revolution, sold to
earn money for gambling, worn to raise
money for charity, and then finally
donated to the Smithsonian Institution.
The Hope diamond is truly unique.
Is there really a
curse? Where has the Hope diamond been?
Why was such a valuable gem donated
to the Smithsonian?
Taken from the Forehead
of an Idol
The legend is said to begin with a theft.
Several centuries ago, a man named Tavernier
made a trip to India. While there, he
stole a large blue diamond from the
forehead (or eye) of a statue of the
Hindu goddess Sita. For this transgression,
according to the legend, Tavernier was
torn apart by wild dogs on a trip to
Russia (after he had sold the diamond).
This was the first horrible death attributed
to the curse.
How much of this is true? In 1642 a
man by the name of Jean Baptiste Tavernier,
a French jeweler who traveled extensively,
visited India and bought a 112 3/16
carat blue diamond. (This diamond was
much larger than the present weight
of the Hope diamond because the Hope
has been cut down at least twice in
the past three centuries.) The diamond
is believed to have come from the Kollur
mine in Golconda, India.
Tavernier sold the
diamond to King Louis XIV of France
in 1668 with 14 other large diamonds
and several smaller ones. In 1673 the
stone was recut by Sieur Pitau, the
court jeweler, resulting in a 67 1/8-carat
stone. In the royal inventories, its
color was described as an intense steely-blue
and the stone became known as the "Blue
Diamond of the Crown," or the "French
Blue." It was set in gold and suspended
on a neck ribbon which the king wore
on ceremonial occasions.
King Louis XV, in
1749, had the stone reset by court jeweler
Andre Jacquemin, in a piece of ceremonial
jewelry for the Order of the Golden
Fleece (Toison D'Or). In 1791, after
an attempt by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
to flee France, the jewels of the French
Royal Treasury were turned over to the
government. During a week-long looting
of the crown jewels in September of
1792, the French Blue diamond was stolen.
In 1812 a deep blue
diamond described by John Francillion
as weighing 177 grains (4 grains = 1
carat) was documented as being in the
possession of London diamond merchant,
Daniel Eliason. Strong evidence indicates
that the stone was the recut French
Blue and the same stone known today
as the Hope Diamond. Several references
suggest that it was acquired by King
George IV of England. At his death,
in 1830, the king's debts were so enormous
that the blue diamond was likely sold
through private channels.
The first reference
to the diamond's next owner is found
in the 1839 entry of the gem collection
catalog of the well-known Henry Philip
Hope, the man from whom the diamond
takes its name. Unfortunately, the catalog
does not reveal where or from whom Hope
acquired the diamond or how much he
paid for it.
Following the death
of Henry Philip Hope in 1839, and after
much litigation, the diamond passed
to his nephew Henry Thomas Hope and
ultimately to the nephew's grandson
Lord Francis Hope. In 1901 Lord Francis
Hope obtained permission from the Court
of Chancery and his sisters to sell
the stone to help pay off his debts.
It was sold to a London dealer who quickly
sold it to Joseph Frankels and Sons
of New York City, who retained the stone
in New York until they, in turn, needed
cash. The diamond was next sold to Selim
Habib who put it up for auction in Paris
in 1909. It did not sell at the auction
but was sold soon after to C.H. Rosenau
and then resold to Pierre Cartier that
In 1910 the Hope diamond
was shown to Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean,
of Washington D.C., at Cartier's in
Paris, but she did not like the setting.
Cartier had the diamond reset and took
it to the U.S. where he left it with
Mrs. McLean for a weekend. This strategy
was successful. The sale was made in
1911 with the diamond mounted as a headpiece
on a three-tiered circlet of large white
diamonds. Sometime later it became the
pendant on a diamond necklace as we
know it today. Mrs. McLean's flamboyant
ownership of the stone lasted until
her death in 1947.
Hope Diamond as a Good Luck Charm
It was Simon Frankel, an American
jeweler, who bought the Hope diamond
in 1901 and who brought the diamond
to the United States.
The diamond changed hands several
times during the next several years,
ending with Pierre Cartier.
Pierre Cartier believed
he had found a buyer in the rich Evalyn
Walsh McLean. Evalyn first saw the
Hope diamond in 1910 while visiting
Paris with her husband. Since Mrs.
McLean had previously told Pierre
Cartier that objects usually considered
bad luck turned into good luck for
her, Cartier made sure to emphasize
the Hope diamond's negative history.
Yet, since Mrs. McLean did not like
the diamond in its current mounting,
she didn't buy it.
A few months later,
Pierre Cartier arrived in the U.S.
and asked Mrs. McLean to keep the
Hope diamond for the weekend. Having
reset the Hope diamond into a new
mounting (picture), Carter hoped she
would grow attached to it over the
weekend. He was right and Evalyn McLean
bought the Hope diamond.
Susanne Patch, in
her book on the Hope diamond, wonders
if perhaps Pierre Cartier didn't start
the concept of a curse. According
to Patch's research, the legend and
concept of a curse attached to the
diamond did not appear in print until
the twentieth century.5
Evalyn McLean wore
the diamond all the time. According
to one story, it took a lot of persuading
by Mrs. McLean's doctor to get her
to take off the necklace even for
a goiter operation.6
Though Evalyn McLean
wore the Hope diamond as a good luck
charm, others saw the curse strike
her too. McLean's first born son,
Vinson, died in a car crash when he
was only nine. McLean suffered another
major loss when her daughter committed
suicide at age 25. In addition to
all this, Evalyn McLean's husband
was declared insane and confined to
a mental institution until his death
Whether this was
part of a curse is hard to say, though
it does seem like a lot for one person
Though Evalyn McLean
had wanted her jewelry to go to her
grandchildren when they were older,
her jewelry was put on sale in 1949,
two years after her death, in order
to settle debts from her estate.
Harry Winston Inc.
of New York City purchased Mrs. McLean's
entire jewelry collection, including
the Hope diamond, from her estate in
1949. This collection also included
the 94.8-carat Star of the East diamond,
the 15-carat Star of the South diamond,
a 9-carat green diamond, and a 31-carat
diamond which is now called the McLean
For the next 10 years
the Hope diamond was shown at many exhibits
and charitable events world wide by
Harry Winston Inc., including as the
central attraction of their Court of
Jewels exhibition. On November 10, 1958,
they donated the Hope diamond to the
Smithsonian Institution, and almost
immediately the great blue stone became
its premier attraction.
The Hope diamond has
left the Smithsonian only four times
since it was donated. In 1962 it was
exhibited for a month at the Louvre
in Paris, France, as part of an exhibit
entitled Ten Centuries of French Jewelry.
In 1965 the Hope diamond traveled to
South Africa where it was exhibited
at the Rand Easter Show in Johannesburg.
In 1984 the diamond was lent to Harry
Winston Inc., in New York, as part of
the firm's 50th anniversary celebration.
In 1996 the Hope diamond was again sent
to Harry Winston Inc., in New York,
this time for cleaning and some minor
The weight of the
Hope diamond for many years was reported
to be 44.5 carats. In 1974 it was removed
from its setting and found actually
to weigh 45.52 carats. It is classified
as a type IIb diamond, which are semiconductive
and usually phosphoresce. The Hope diamond
phosphoresces a strong red color, which
will last for several seconds after
exposure to short wave ultra-violet
light. The diamond's blue coloration
is attributed to trace amounts of boron
in the stone.
In the pendant
surrounding the Hope diamond are 16
white diamonds, both pear-shapes and
cushion cuts. A bail is soldered to
the pendant where Mrs. McLean would
often attach other diamonds including
the McLean diamond and the Star of the
East. The necklace chain contains 45
The stories behind
why these items are cursed vary, but
they usually are said to bring bad luck
or to manifest unusual phenomena related
to their presence.
HOPE DIAMOND: And Other Cursed Diamonds
objects are generally supposed to have
been stolen from their rightful owners
or looted from a sanctuary. The Hope
Diamond is supposed to bear such a curse,
and bring misfortune to its owner. The
stories behind why these items are cursed
vary, but they usually are said to bring
bad luck or to manifest unusual phenomena
related to their presence.
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Some people claiming to be gifted in
magic, voodoo or witchcraft set up business
to exploit fears, in order to profitably
separate victims from their money. This
has been a very large part of the mythos
(and bad reputation associated with)
of the modern day Romani people (Gypsies),
as well as Voodoo and Santaria priests,
Psychics, Palmist, Tarot Card Readers
Many say when you
feed into a belief in a curse it become
AND SOME SAY
LIFE AND THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN ARE
JUST THAT ...CURSED!
YOU OWN SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK IS
these objects cursed or haunted? That's
what many leading paranormal experts
and investigators are trying to discover.
Do these many haunted items possess
some evil strange power or energy that
can be measured and justly documented.
Are they intelligently motivated hauntings?
The haunted possession of an object
is further stigmatized by ones own beliefs
and personal experiences. And the act
of qualifying such as to what terms
it should be categorized as is up to
ones own subjection.