This story is taken into account utterly genuine and could be traced again over a century and a half, as each one of these years the chest of drawers was stored by the descendants of 1 household.
The Museum of the Historic Society of Kentucky (USA) homes a seemingly unremarkable chest of drawers made of 4 Empire mahogany drawers. Pictures of the chest of drawers could be seen right here.
A merciless curse is related to this dresser, the historical past of which dates again to the 1830s or 1840s.
In 2017, the story of the cursed dresser was revealed in The Conspirated Dresser: The Cursed Household of Outdated Kentucky by Beverly Maine Kinzl, who heard the story from her ancestors.
It began with the truth that a sure wealthy man named Jeremiah Graham ordered his black slave Remus to create a chest of drawers wherein issues had been to be saved for Graham’s first youngster, whose beginning was anticipated in just a few months.
For some cause, Graham was so sad with the result that he beat Remus to demise in anger. Different slaves determined to avenge the demise of a relative and carried out a witchcraft ritual over the chest of drawers – they sprinkled it with owl’s blood and imposed a curse that killed any individual whose garments had been put within the chest of drawers.
The primary demise (not counting Remus) related to the chest of drawers was the very first-born Graham, who immediately died shortly after beginning. Whether or not Graham knew in regards to the curse or not isn’t indicated, however it’s recognized that after that Graham handed the chest of drawers to his household.
After that, these individuals whose garments had been stored within the chest of drawers started to die within the household. Nonetheless, not all died, some “solely” turned very unwell or had been significantly injured beneath unspecified situations.
Solely after not less than 16 individuals died, somebody lastly suspected that one thing was improper with the chest of drawers. By that point, the chest of drawers was stored within the household of Virginia Hudson Cleveland, who inherited it from her grandmother Elsa Gregory.
Cleveland in some way discovered in regards to the curse and determined to take away it, contacting her maid Sally for this. Sally determined to make use of a ritual with a lifeless owl and based on the phrases of this ritual, if the curse is lifted, then both Virginia or Sally should die. Sally handed away shortly after the ritual.
Since then, the previous owl feathers nonetheless lie in one of many drawers of the dresser. Nonetheless, it’s unclear if the spell has been utterly lifted, as a result of since then, nobody has saved their garments on this dresser anymore.
In 1976, Virginia Hudson Cleveland’s daughter Virginia Carey Hudson Maine donated this chest of drawers to the Kentucky Historic Society, and in 2015 Maine’s daughter, Beverly Maine Kinzl, got here to the TV present and informed the story of her ancestors’ cursed chest of drawers. Two years later, she revealed a ebook about this, as indicated above.
Sixteen individuals are believed to have had misfortune because of a curse positioned on this chest of drawers. As well as, each the chest-maker Remus and the curse-breaker Sallie died, making a complete of 18 deaths or tragedies associated to the chest.
1. Jeremiah Graham’s youngster, for whom the chest was made, died in infancy.
2. Jeremiah’s twin brother, Jonathan, had a son. This son’s garments had been positioned within the chest, and he was stabbed by his physique servant on his twenty first birthday. Jeremiah and Jonathan’s sister-in-law, Amanda Winchell Graham, spouse of Moses Graham, put the chest within the attic.
3. John Ryan, a latest immigrant from Eire, eloped with Catherine Winchell (see sufferer #4). Amanda Winchell Graham organized for them to dwell on land belonging to the Grahams and gave them the chest, which they each used. Farm life left them poor and made Catherine unwell. John deliberate to go to New Orleans to search out work and was killed in an accident.
4. Catherine Winchell Ryan died.
5. Louise Gregory, a baby of Eliza Ryan and John David Gregory, died across the age of 10 years previous.
6. Eliza and John David Gregory’s solely son, Ernest Gregory, married Stella Stonecipher. Stella put her wedding ceremony garments within the chest. The couple wed in 1895. Stella died inside two years of their wedding ceremony.
7. Mabel Louis Whitehead, a relative to the Gregory household, got here to dwell with Eliza and John David Gregory in 1884. Mabel married Wilbur Harlan in 1897. In 1901, Mabel and Wilbur had a child named Chester, whose garments went into the chest. Chester died at two weeks previous.
8. Wilbur Harlan’s garments had been positioned within the chest. Wilbur died in 1905.
9. John David Gregory’s nephew, Emmett, was the son of John David’s sister, Lucy B. Gregory. Lucy hid knitted gloves and a shawl within the chest for her son’s Christmas reward. Emmett labored for the railroad. One night in December 1909, Emmett obtained off the prepare and fell 30 ft by a trestle.
10. Nellie Gregory, daughter of Eliza and John David Gregory, married Fred Fraize in August 1905. Nellie had positioned her wedding ceremony garments within the chest. Fred abandoned Nellie.
11. When Eliza Gregory’s husband, John David, died in 1908, Eliza rearranged her home and moved the chest into her room. Eliza quickly took her personal life and died on April 4, 1915.
12. The chest then moved to Louisville with Eliza and John David Gregory’s granddaughter, Virginia Cary Hudson Cleveland and her husband, Kirtley Cleveland. Virginia put her first youngster’s child garments within the chest. The child was born prematurely and died the identical day on August 8, 1915.
13. Virginia and Kirtley Cleveland had two daughters, the second being Ann Cary Cleveland. Ann’s clothes was positioned within the chest. Ann was struck with polio round 1929. Though she recovered, Ann endured associated signs all her life.
14. Virginia and Kirtley Cleveland’s older daughter was Virginia Hudson Cleveland, whose wedding ceremony garments had been positioned within the chest. Wilbur Brister married Virginia Hudson Cleveland in 1943. In December 1944, Wilbur was rushed to a hospital for an appendectomy. He died December 9, 1944 from an overdose of ether.
15. Virginia’s and Kirtley’s neighbor, Herbert H. “Sonny” Moore Jr., put his looking garments within the chest. Moore was killed in a gun accident on the house of neighbors on April 5, 1946.
16. Richard, Virginia and Kirtley’s son, Richard, put his garments within the chest. Lower than per week later, he was stabbed by the hand at college.