Haunted Objects - the Dibbuk Box
A dibbuk box is a wine cabinet which, according to Jewish folklore, is said to be haunted by a restless, evil spirit that is capable of haunting and possessing the living. One particular dibbuk box became famous when it was listed on eBay along with a terrifying backstory.
The story began in September of 2001, when an antique buyer and
refinisher attended an estate sale in Portland, Oregon. The auction was
held to sell off the belongings of a 103-year-old woman, and her
granddaughter informed the antique dealer of the woman’s past when she
noticed that he had purchased a simple wooden wine cabinet.
woman had been Jewish, the only one of her family members to have
survived her time in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. When
she immigrated to the United States, the wine cabinet and two other
items were the only things she brought with her.
The woman’s granddaughter explained that her grandmother had always kept
the box hidden away, and said that it should never, ever be opened
because it contained a malicious spirit called a dibbuk. She requested
that the box be buried with her, but since doing so went against Jewish
tradition, her family did not oblige. When the antique dealer asked the
granddaughter if she would like to keep the box for sentimental reasons,
the woman vehemently refused, becoming very upset and saying, “We made a
deal! You have to take it!”
The dealer took his purchase back to his shop and placed it in his
workshop in the basement. Immediately, strange and frightening things
started happening. He was called by his frantic shop assistant, who said
that the lights had gone out, the doors and security gates had locked,
and she heard terrible sounds coming from the basement. When he
investigated, he discovered a terrible odor of cat urine lingering in
the air, and every light bulb in the place had been smashed.
The dealer gave the wine box to his mother as a gift, and the woman
immediately suffered a major stroke. In the hospital, she spelled out,
“H-A-T-E G-I-F-T” as tears spilled from her eyes uncontrollably. He
attempted to give the gift to several more people, but it was always
returned to him within a few days, usually because people just didn’t
like it, or because they felt that something about it was evil. He began
suffering from a recurring nightmare, and he later found that all of
his family members who had been around the box were having the same
dream. He started seeing shadow figures darting around in his peripheral
vision, as well.
After finally admitting that there was something paranormal happening,
he went online to research and fell asleep at his computer. When he woke
up, he felt like something was breathing on his neck, and when he
turned his head he saw a huge shadow figure dashing away from him down
the hall. He then decided to list the item on eBay, along with a
detailed account of what had happened to him since obtaining the box.
Jason Haxton, the curator of a medical museum in Missouri, purchased the
box from the eBay auction. He later wrote a book detailing the strange
story of the dibbuk box, and in 2012, a horror movie based on the book
entitled The Possession was released.