Lord Carnarvon had planned this expedition for years. A fanatical Egyptologist and amateur archaeologist, he had the heard the tales of the treasure laden tombs of the Pharaohs, and as the years advanced, the 57 year old planned his biggest expedition to date – to seek the fabled tomb of the Boy King, Tutankhamen.
During the frantic days in the lead up to his departure for Luxor, Lord Carnarvon received a message from one of the most revered mystics of the time, Count Hamon. This message was not one of best wishes or Godspeed as you would expect prior to the embarkation of such an endeavour. It was a cryptic warning which read;
‘Lord Carnarvon not to enter tomb. Disobey at peril. If ignored will suffer sickness. Will not recover. Death will claim him in Egypt.’
Lord Carnarvon knew all about the legendary curse of the Pharaohs, and was in fact so concerned about the warning that he solicited the services of a fortune teller on at least two occasions. Each time he received the same message – the news that he faced impending death in circumstances described as ‘mysterious’… yet here he stood in the Boy Kings tomb, surrounded by untold wealth (and several nervous native workers). As he raised his eyes above the solid gold coffin that cradled the remains of the King, he spied an inscription in the hieroglyphic script of the ancient and powerful Egyptian race….
It is said that the inscription was deciphered later, in private so that it didn’t alarm the local workforce that Carnarvon had employed to excavate the tomb. Never the less, his heart must have skipped a beat at the words:
‘Death Will Come To Those That Disturb the Sleep of the Pharaohs’
Two months later, far away in a country mansion in Hampshire, UK, a dog began to howl. So mournful were its plaintive cries that it roused the entire household from their midnight slumber and no matter how they tried to comfort it the poor thing was inconsolable.
Thousands of miles away in his room at the Hotel Continental in Cairo, the now celebrated Lord Carnarvon awoke in his room and said ‘I feel like Hell….’
His companions called for his son, but by the time he arrived, Carnarvon was unconscious. Carnarvons son would later recall ‘… the lights went out all over Cairo… we lit candles, and we prayed…’
Thousands of miles away in England, Lord Carnarvons faithful dog, finally exhausted, lay down and die – and in Cairo so too died Lord Carnarvon.
The cause of death was recorded as pneumonia, caused by an infected mosquito bite. Cairo was unlikely to have been a particularly hygienic place at the time of Carnarvons visit, and death from infected wounds may not have been as uncommon as they are today.
But shortly after the untimely and tragic demise of the English Lord, Death again visited the Hotel Continental…
A leading member of the Tutankhamen expedition and archaeologist, American born Arthur Mace complained of tiredness and suddenly sank into a coma. He was dead before the doctors even had time to establish what was wrong with him.
A close friend of Lord Carnarvon, George Gould rushed to Egypt when he heard of his friend’s death. He was shown the Pharaohs tomb by the remaining members of the expedition. He collapsed with a fever the very next day, and within twelve hours, he too was dead.
Radiologist Archibald Reid who performed X-rays on the mummified body of the Boy King was sent home to England complaining of exhaustion. He died shortly afterwards.
And so the body count continues…
Richard Bethall, Carnarvons personal secretary during the expedition was found dead in his bed from heart failure. Joel Wool, British Industrialist – one of the first people outside of the expedition to be invited to view the tomb – died shortly afterwards, also from a mysterious fever.
Within six years of the discovery and excavation of Tutankhamen’s Tomb, twelve of the original team of excavators present on the 17th February 1923 had perished. At least twenty two people connected to the expedition in some way had died prematurely including Lady Carnarvon, and the Earls half brother, who committed suicide whilst temporarily insane.
So was it ‘The Curse’? And if so, just how powerful was it?
With such a high body count, it seems wrong somehow to blame mere coincidence for the many deaths associated with the opening of Egypt’s most celebrated tomb, and over the years many learned men and women have studied each individual case. Theories, as always, abound.
The ancient Egyptians were indeed adept at many things, and their knowledge of the use of poisons was advanced. Could the team of archaeologists have inhaled poison used in the wall paintings of the tomb? Or maybe the tomb itself was a breeding ground for bacteria which infected the team and then dispersed?
A rather more elaborate theory states that Uranium was used in the construction of the tomb, and that the excavators suffered some form of radiation poisoning.
Ultimately, belief is a curious and powerful thing. It is the basis of religion, of superstition and phobia. It governs our everyday life, influences our behaviour and is the fundamental basis of our very survival. It is the unbreakable Kevlar-like fibre of our very existence which makes us all unique. It is also the basis of all magical practice.
The two factors of successful hexing or cursing are simple – the intent or ‘will’ of the person casting, and the belief or even gullibility of the victim. In effect, the person originating the effect – be it a curse, spell or hex, call it what you will – must believe in the reality that they will achieve their aim. Likewise, the victim must have knowledge of the effect, be that consciously or unconsciously knowing the will of the person wishing to cause the effect to do them harm. After this point, when the rules (or belief) is set or in place, a chain of events is set in motion within the victims sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which in extreme cases can cause death.
Lord Carnarvon is believed to have died from an infected insect bite – this much we know. As stated before, this may have not been unusual in 1920’s Egypt, the complications may even have been aggravated by exposure to poisons or bacteria within the tomb, but that doesn’t explain the fate of the other unfortunate expedition members, or others who later became involved with the relics.
In 1966, Mohammed Ibriham, Egypt’s director of antiquities was asked by his government to prepare the Tutankhamen treasures for an exhibition in Paris, France. Ibriham, seemingly a suspicious man was not enamoured by the idea. In fact he is said to have dreamed that if the Pharaohs treasures left the shores of Egypt he would suffer some personal tragedy. Mr Ibriham is said to have been knocked over and killed by a car after an unsuccessful meeting with government officials to try to postpone the Paris exhibition.
Three years later, Richard Adamson, Lord Carnarvons security guard during the expedition, and the last living member of the expedition appeared on British television to explode the myth of the Pharaohs Curse. It was his third attempt to dispel the legend. The first time, his wife had died within twenty four hours, the second, his son broke his back in a plane crash. Adamson, addressing the British viewers said “ I don’t believe the myth for one moment.”
At a later interview from his hospital bed, recovering from head injuries sustained when he was thrown from his taxi during the car crash which occurred as he left the television studios (a swerving lorry managed to avoid crushing his head by mere inches as he lay in the road), Mr Adamson said “Until now I refused to believe that my families misfortunes had anything to do with the curse. Now I’m not so sure.”
In 1972, King Tut claimed another victim. Dr Gamal Mehrez, director of antiquities at Cairo Museum, and successor of the ill-fated Mohammet Ibriham, was in charge of crating the golden ‘Death Mask’ for an exhibition at London’s British Museum. Dr Mehrez was a staunch disbeliever in such superstitious nonsense as curses. “I more than anyone in the world have been involved with the tombs and mummies of the pharaohs, yet I’m still alive.” He said. “I am the living proof that all the tragedies associated with the pharaohs have been pure coincidence”. Then he added, quoting Richard Adamson almost word for word – “I don’t believe in the curse for one minute.” Dr Mehrez successfully organized the removal of the priceless treasures onto Lorries to begin the long journey to London, and that evening he died. He was 52. The cause of death was recorded as circulatory collapse.
The organizers of the exhibition decided to proceed with the arrangements regardless, and so the relics were loaded onto an RAF transport command aircraft and shipped to the UK. Within five years, six of the crew had either suffered ill fortune, or were dead.
Chief Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Rick Laine and Flight Engineer Ken Parkinson were both fit men. Parkinson is said to have suffered several heart attacks after the flight, each one at the same time of the year. Finally in 1978 he suffered a fatal one. He was 45. Laine had died two years before him, also of a heart attack. He was 40.
Chief Technical Officer Ian Landsdowne jokingly (and very disrespectfully) kicked the crate containing the death mask during the flight. He joked “I’ve just kicked the most expensive thing in the world!” Five months later a ladder inexplicably collapsed underneath him, and his severely broken leg was in plaster for months.
Aircraft Navigator Flight Lieutenant Jim Webb’s house was destroyed by fire and he lost all his possessions. A girl also aboard the plane during the flight had to leave the RAF after undergoing a very serious operation.
Steward Brian Rounsfell disclosed how the crew had played cards on the coffin crate, and had dared each other to sit on it. Rounsfell suffered two heart attacks over the next four years – he was 35.
The above cases are infamous purely because the tomb was said to be cursed, and as such appeal to our superstitious nature and beliefs as ‘proof’ that curses really do exist. The reality is that the examples above illustrate probably a very small percentage of the thousands of people who have been involved with the tomb and its contents over the many years since its discovery – we don’t know what fate befell every individual, every workman or examiner. Some of the cases cited here defy research as to whether or not they actually occurred or are mere rumours or half truths. It’s also possible that other ‘unusual’ events occurred where the connection between the event and the relics was not made, and have therefore not been recorded – we will never know. To declare everyone involved in the excavation of King Tuts tomb suffered some serious calamity or death would be both short-sighted and untrue after all, the co-leader of the expedition, Howard Carter died of natural causes in 1939, and as far as I can find suffered no hardships at all.
Of course, he may have not believed just that little bit more…
Haunted Eddy Brothers House: Séances and Bizarre Phenomena
In 1874, uncanny events were happening in the home of William and Horatio Eddy, two middle-aged illiterate brothers, and their sister, Mary.
According to newspaper and Spiritualist accounts in 1874, mysterious incidents were happening in a small Vermont farmhouse near Chittenden where the Eddy’s lived. They resided in a two-story building that was reported to be infested with supernatural entities.
People came from all over the world to experience them in the house that Spiritualists dubbed the “Spirit Capital of the Universe.” Prominent attorney Henry Steel Olcott was a skeptic until he experienced the paranormal incidents.
The Eddy Brothers’ Early Years
William and Horatio were descended from a long line of psychics. Mary Bradbury, a distant relative, was convicted of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. Their grandmother had second sight and often went into trances and spoke to entities that no one else saw.
Their mother, Julia, was known for scaring neighbors with predictions and visions although her husband, Zepaniah, condemned her powers as the work of the Devil. She learned to hide her gifts from the cruel and abusive man.
When the couple had children, strange poundings began shaking the house, disembodied voices were heard in empty rooms, and, allegedly, babies vanished from their cribs. They were discovered in the house and outside.
As William and Horatio grew older, their paranormal powers strengthened. Zepaniah beat them with a rawhide whip. He tried everything he could to stop the paranormal incidents by abusing them. The events continued. He doused the boys with boiling water, on the advice of a “Christian” friend.
When this didn’t work, he allowed this friend to drop a hot coal into William’s hand to exorcize the devils. When he realized that he couldn’t stop them, he was furious.
The boys couldn’t attend school. The strange events, including invisible hands throwing books, levitating desks and objects flying about the room, kept happening.
Zepaniah realized they had money-making potential, so he sold them to a traveling showman, who, for the next fourteen years, took them all over America, Canada and Europe. He challenged audience members to try to awaken the boys from their trances, as part of their performance.
The Eddy’s were locked into small wooden boxes to see if they could escape. Hot wax was poured into their mouths to see if they could produce spirit voices when they were unable to talk. Skeptics poked, prodded and punched the entranced brothers. On several occasions, they were stoned and shot at by angry crowds.
The brothers moved home after their father died. They and Mary opened the farmhouse as an inn, the Green Tavern.
Eddy Brothers’ Validity Challenged
Were they genuine or a hoax? Henry Steel Olcott challenged the authenticity of the events at Eddy House. He had no interest in the paranormal before he read about the brothers in the Spiritualist newspaper, the Banner of Light. Although skeptical, he knew that if the stories were true, they were important in physical science.
Olcott traveled to Vermont, accompanied by newspaper artist Alfred Kappes. They planned to investigate the weird events in the Eddy farmhouse. If the stories were a hoax, they would expose the Eddy’s in the Daily Graphic newspaper as charlatans. If they were genuine, Olcott would confirm the validity of Spiritualism. He was determined to be fair and unbiased.
Olcott’s first impression was that the brothers were belligerent and unfriendly. They weren’t the scamsters he expected. He attended an outdoor séance. A group of ten participants gathered in front of Honto’s Cave, named in honor of the Native American spirit who often appeared there. Olcott investigated the cave and found no other egress. Horatio was the medium for the séance.
He sat on a stool in the cave’s opening and was draped in a makeshift spirit cabinet formed by shawls and branches. As Horatio sat there, a gigantic man, in AmerIndian clothing emerged from the cave. While Horatio spoke to the spirit, someone cried and pointed toward the top of the cave.
There was another enormous AmerIndian. A spectral female materialized on a ledge. Ten specters appeared during the séance. After the séance ended, Olcott and Kappes carefully searched the cave and the surrounding area for footprints. They found none. Olcott found the séance convincing but wanted to try to detect fraud in the farmhouse.
Kappes and he carefully examined the large séance room. Olcott drew maps, charts and diagrams and took numerous measurements because he was sure he would find false panels, secret doors and/or hidden passages. He found nothing. He convinced the newspaper to hire experts to examine the house. Carpenters and engineers were the consultants. They found nothing unusual.
Eddy Brothers’ Validity Established
Each séance was basically the same. Guests sat on wooden benches in the room. A platform was lit by a kerosene lamp, in a barrel. William, the primary medium, got on the platform and entered a small cabinet. Soft voices whispered in the distance.
Often, it was singing, accompanied by phantom music. Musical instruments soared over the heads of the audience, disembodied hands appeared, waving and touching spectators, odd lights and unexplained noises appeared. The first spirit emerged from the cabinet. They materialized, alone or in groups. Some seemed solid; others, transparent and otherworldly.
Olcott examined the spirit cabinet and platform and found no trap doors or hidden passages. There was no room in the cabinet for anyone other than the medium. Olcott was familiar with the work of stage magicians and fake mediums, but couldn’t find any of their trickery in the Eddy house.
The apparitions sang and chatted with the sitters. Phenomena included rappings, moving physical items, spirit paintings, automatic writing, prophecies and levitations.
Olcott concluded that such a show would have required actors, costumes and would have cost a fortune. The brothers were nearly penniless. Olcott believed that fraud would have been physically and financially impossible.
Olcott documented the paranormal events in the newspaper and wrote a book, People from Other Worlds. The book contains meticulous drawings of the apparitions, the grounds, the house and blueprints of its construction that proved there were no hidden passages.
He collected hundreds of affidavits and testimonies to the events and reproduced dozens of statements from respected tradesmen and carpenters who examined the house for trickery.
The Eddy Brothers: Post Script
The Eddy brothers and Mary went their separate ways. Horatio died on September 8, 1922; William on October 25, 1932. Some people are inclined to dismiss the events as fiction; however Olcott’s extensive documentation and investigations imply the events weren’t a hoax.
He was skeptical and analytical during his ten-week stay at the farmhouse and he became a believer.
Sources: Dennis William Hauck, Haunted Places, Penguin Books, 2002., Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, FactsOnFile, 1992., Troy Taylor, “The Strange Mystery of the Eddy Brothers,” www.prairieghosts.com/eddy.html Accessed on October 20, 2011. By Jill Stefko
This story is from a few years ago but I have only just heard about it recently.
A video shared on Facebook from the Philippines shows a mother crying inconsolably at her sons funeral when all of a sudden a white balloon floats from his coffin and towards the mother.
The video was shared by grieving mother Joy Ganda Viber-Alambers.
Witnesses at the funeral believe that the balloon was moved by the spirit of the seven year old boy Trebby who died.
Joy commented next to the video on Facebook “I would like to believe that this was his last mission”
In the video you can see the balloon floating from the coffin and towards the mother. When she looks at the balloon it changes course and moves towards her and around her. She talks to the balloon and hugs it. It hangs around her for a few seconds before floating away.
What do you think of it? Was it the spirit of the child saying goodbye to his mother?
Being Respectful Of Spirits, Helps Someone To Communicate With Them
For quite some time, people have attempted to communicate with spirits. They seek out answers to questions never answered before. Most of the time, people want to communicate with a lost relative or friend.
Séances are one way to talk with spirits from the other realm. Most of the time, one person might initiate the process, before others join in. This person is usually psychic or attuned to everything around them, more so than many others are.
Back in 2015, a team known as Hope Paranormal White Light decided to put together a video, they fabricated materials together to create a ghost box. Some of the responses they received were rather extraordinary.
If this was real evidence, then it was amazing to listen to the spirits trying to communicate with the living. The equipment the team used then, was the Portal Geo Box, SCD-1, GB Rift, Jensen hacked radio and Frank’s Box #78. One of the items even resembles a guitar pedal. Through the use of this gear, they called forth any kind of good spirits they were able to. However, for a few moments, something sinister made its way towards them as heard in the video.
Spirits sometimes act as guides for people, to show them the way to the light or into the darkness. People who are highly attuned to everything around them, are likely more inclined to see or even communicate with a spirit. Certainly individuals are naturally radiate with paranormal presences.
While attempting to communicate with spirits, pay attention to the little things. Quite possibly, the smallest thing could be a moment of communication from a ghostly type presence. Dreams are another gateway to communication.
Just because someone isn’t attuned to psychic abilities, doesn’t mean they cannot reach for understanding in some sense. Ideally, most people find they want to discover spirits on their own. Maybe even one of these spirits is a guide to help someone. They might be a lost loved one from their lifetime.
If someone is skilled at divination, they can try different divination methods for themselves. Someone doesn’t necessarily have to hire a psychic to help them discover a spirit presence around them. It is commonly believed that spirits can be seen by young children and animals. Perhaps due to them not being tainted by the ways of the world yet.
Their spirit is believed to be pure along with their thoughts. Spirits might resonate with this and reach out to make contact with them. The next time you hear a child say they have an imaginary friend, they might just be communicating with a spirit of some kind. Hopefully this is a good spirit and not something evil.