Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

This article will be examining the Asian legend of The Slit Mouthed Woman, thought to have originated in the late 1970’s.

Is Kuchisake Onna real, and if so – where did she originate from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Kuchisake Onna Myth

A teenager is walking down the street at nightfall and turns off a main road and into a smaller street. The noise from the city workers driving home soon sounds very distant.

The street he is now walking down seems near enough deserted…except for a young lady approaching him…wearing a surgical mask.

This may seem strange in the western world, but people frequently wear surgical masks in Asia to protect against the high levels of smog.

kuchisake onna wiki

The woman continues to walk towards the teenager, at first looking to walk past, but at the last minute, veering to stand directly in front of him.

“Am I beautiful?” the masked woman asks.

She has long dark hair that covers a lot of her face…but her eyes just shine out – she is clearly very beautiful.

The teenager tells her that he thinks she is indeed beautiful…

The strange woman then rips of her surgical mask to reveal a horrific grin, that has been cut across her face from ear to ear.

“How about now?” she asks.

The teenager has heard about the legend of Kuchisake Onna – The Slit Mouthed Woman, in school…and now she stands in front of him.

He turns to run in fear…but suddenly she is in front of him once again, holding a scissors.

The Kuchisake Onna Myth

The teenager is found stumbling around the street minutes later, after being cut from ear to ear, with a permanent smile.

This teenager is actually considered to be lucky – he survives the attack but he must carry the permanent smiling scars for the remainder of his life.


The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

Reports of The Slit Mouthed Woman first surfaced in the late 70’s, leading to the authorities in that part of Japan putting more man-power on the streets.

They were desperate to get a hold on the panic that these reports were creating among the public.

It even got to the point where schools would not allow children to walk home alone – they were forced into groups as soon as they left the school gates.

Teenagers were scared – they devised inventive ways to get away from The Slit Mouthed Woman. The most interesting of these was to answer her question with a question – never give her a definite answer.

The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

There were also a few ‘survivors’ from these incidents – apparently they simply told The Slit Mouthed Woman that they could not stop and talk, they were busy and were late for an engagement!

The stories and sightings died down in Japan, only to surface in South Korea through the 1990’s.

There are numerous ‘urban legends’ floating about on her identity – many believe she was a beautiful woman that was caught having an affair, and her husband cut her, to make sure she would never cheat again.

Another ‘origin’ points to her being the spirit of a woman who used to chase kids and scare them. She was eventually chased by the police and knocked down by a passing car.

The car managed to rip her face in half.

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Boot Hill Cemetery Ghost

The Boot Hill Cemetery Ghost

Ike Clanton was excited to find out that his good friend was coming to visit him in Tombstone, Arizona, for the first time…and he knew where the first ‘tourist’ stop would be!

This article covers the Boot Hill Cemetery ghost image that Clanton and his friend captured during the visit…


The Cemetery

The infamous Boot Hill Cemetery used to be known as Tombstone Cemetery. It gets it’s name from an old-term, meaning that many who lie there died with their boots on.

Simply put – the people that were buried there did not exactly die of natural causes!

The cemetery actually closed down in 1884 to make way for another cemetery to open nearby. Unfortunately, this meant that a majority of the graves ended up being neglected and markers started to go missing.

There are now a number of anonymous graves at the location.

boot hill cemetery tombstone


The Famous Boot Hill Cemetery Ghost Photo

The photo shows Ike Clanton’s visiting friend dressed up in typical cowboy stuff, and was snapped in 1996.

Clanton was a regular visitor to the cemetery and knew a lot about it’s history due to one of his ancestors, Billy Clanton, being laid to rest there.

Billy Clanton was buried along with Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury – all three were gunned down in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Clanton’s mate wanted the photo to look as authentic as possible, so they set the camera up to take a black and white image. The film/photo was then developed at a nearby local Thrifty Drug Store.

When Clanton’s friend returned home he finally had a chance to look at his holiday snaps properly…one stood out in particular.

The Famous Boot Hill Cemetery Ghost Photo

The shocked friend phoned Clanton up to find out if he had been messing with him – surely this snap was a setup?

Clanton had no idea what his friend was on about, and was also shocked at what he saw in the photograph. In the image, he could clearly see an extra person crouching down behind his friend. Ike Clanton knew no one else was in that part of the cemetery when he had taken the picture; the extra figure was a complete mystery to him.

On closer inspection, the two friends realized that the ‘extra’ in the photo was far too low down to the ground, as if he had no legs, or as if he was standing in a hole (grave).

Clanton re-staged the same photo several weeks later in an attempt to find out what had happened in the original image. It didn’t work out – the other person’s legs could be clearly seen in the staged image.

They decided to magnify into the photo to get a look at the ‘visitor’ and hopefully find out more about him. On closer inspection they noted that the male figure seemed to be holding a long knife – the tip of which was pointing up towards the character’s throat.

original boot hill cemetery


The Paranormal Boot Hill Cemetery

Over the years there have been numerous paranormal reports linked to the Boot Hill Cemetery, but this image is by far the most famous. Nobody recognizes the man in the photo and nobody has any idea where he came from.

It’s worth noting that this is not the only paranormal photograph that has been snapped at the cemetery…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on Boot Hill Cemetery ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Three Men and a Baby Ghost

The Three Men and a Baby Ghost

This article will be covering the strange paranormal scene that turned up in the 80’s Hollywood blockbuster Three Men and a Baby…


Success

Three Men and a Baby was the biggest blockbuster of the year back in 1987 when it first came out. It made over $100,000,000 in America alone, which was Disney’s highest ever grossing movie at the time.

A remake of a French hit it even won a People’s Choice award the following year.

Its popularity peaked again for much eerier reasons three years later however. Creepy rumours started to spread about a phantom-like figure that clearly appears in the background of one of the film’s scenes.

The legend of the Three Men and A Baby Ghost was born…


The Phantom Figure

People flocked in their thousands to rent the video for the opportunity to see this ghostly apparition caught on film for themselves.

And it didn’t disappoint.

After around 60 minutes of screen-time Ted Danson’s character, Jack, and his mother are passing through the living room carrying the famous baby.

The Phantom Figure

The first hint of ghostly behavior can be seen in the window here. It has been claimed that the shape of a rifle can be made out, which is a dark precursor to what appears in that same window around 30 seconds later.

What appears next in that window is not the shadow of a curtain, but a solid and standing human figure.

A young boy, he appears to be looking longingly through the window, at the family life he could never have had.

Rumors quickly surfaced that he was the child of a family who had left the house in grief after the suicide of their son.

At first the story went that he had thrown himself out of a window, but this was soon updated to include the rifle, and nowadays people will tell you the boy shot himself.


The Rumors

No-one is quite sure why the boy would have killed himself, although further rumors whisper that his family sued to keep his story a secret.

These rumors seem unlikely to be true however. The movie wasn’t even filmed in a house, but a studio.

The fact that it wasn’t even a real house doesn’t affect the fact that the figure is real though, you can even see it here with your own eyes in the video below:

The Three Men and a Baby Ghost is clearly more than just rumor.


What is it?

But if it isn’t a ghost, what is it?

The answer is actually a lot simpler and less spooky than you might hope. It turns out it was simply a life sized cut out of Ted Danson that would have appeared in the film, but instead ended up on the cutting room floor during editing.

That’s the official story at least.

Other people are a lot less convinced by this explanation. Critics say they can clearly see the figure move, others that it is wearing completely different clothes to the tuxedo wearing cardboard Danson.

What the true story behind the Three Men and a Baby ghost is none of us may ever know, but most of us are happy to accept the official line.

Cardboard cut outs are much easier to understand than ghosts and the supernatural.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Love Rollercoaster Scream

The Love Rollercoaster Scream

Good old 1975, the year I was born…and also the year that the Ohio Players album ‘Honey’ was released. One of the songs on this album contains a background scream which sounds like a woman in agony…

Let’s take a closer look at the Love Rollercoaster scream…


Love Rollercoaster

The song ‘Love Rollercoaster’, could be found on the b-side of the popular 70’s funk band’s album, ‘Honey’.

The song quickly became a worldwide hit, and numerous pop charts linked to numerous countries showcased it’s catchy melody…

But was there more to the meteoric rise of this popular song?

Did it have a little help from an urban legend that sprang up around it?


The Mysterious Scream

At approximately 2:32 into the song, a woman’s scream belts out from the background of the tune. Within months of the album’s release, the scream became a hot topic in the music industry.

Eventually, the show American Top 40 came forward with a theory…

The girl used on the front cover of the ‘Honey’ album was a Playboys Playmate named Ester Cordet. Her image has her spooning a large amount of honey into her mouth.

The Mysterious Scream

The photographers could not get the honey to flow in the correct manner for the image, so they heated it up…apparently a little too much!

The honey ended up dripping on Cordet’s body and severely burning her – the scream she came out with was somehow caught by a microphone in the recording setup.

Ester Cordet

But this explanation got changed and slightly twisted within months of it’s release…and eventually a new version surfaced….

Apparently, Cordet threatened to sue the band as she stood there in pain…and the band manager dragged her out of the studio and murdered her (and these are the screams we hear on the album).

The band witnessed this murder and decided to include her dying scream on the album, as a memento…

This would be a pretty cool version of events…but apparently Ester Cordet is still alive and well today!

A few more conspiracy theories rose from the musical urban legend – a female cleaner in the studio was murdered, it was the sound of a rabbit being ripped apart with a knife…or it was a sampled piece of audio that the band had picked up from a nearby asylum.


The Love Rollercoaster Scream

The band eventually came forward and claimed the scream was nothing more than musician Billy Beck performing an inhaling-type screech before he blasted out a line of lyrics.

The band had decided to keep quite due to the urban legend that the song had created – they would obviously sell more records with this ‘scream’ linked to one of the songs!

musician Billy Beck

But it was an explanation that came MUCH too late…and conspiracy theorists still claim that the scream is a very real female scream of terror.

No law enforcement agencies have ever looked into this claim.

What are your thoughts on the subject – a band member’s inhaling-type screech or a true scream of terror?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Friday The Thirteenth Superstition

Friday The Thirteenth Superstition

In this article we will be covering the Friday the Thirteenth superstition that seems to be settled in numerous cultures and their folklores. Is it really an unlucky number?


That Day

Are you one of those people that salutes every time you see a single magpie, walks around a stooped ladder and cries like a baby if you accidentally smash a mirror?

What about Friday the Thirteenth?

Do you stay in bed all day long and remove all sharp objects from the house?

For many it’s just another day…

But there are sufferers of a disease known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.

I’m deadly serious – that is a real word…honest!

Friggatriskaidekaphobia and Paraskevidekatriaphobia are both terms used for people that suffer from fear of Friday the Thirteenth.

But why do these terms even exist?

Where does this fear of this special Friday date come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


Enter Common Folklore and Superstition…

A number of cultures actually believe that Friday, as a day, is unlucky enough in it’s own right…without having to add the unlucky 13 to the end of it!

The number thirteen really does get a hard time of things – the thirteenth floor is somewhere an elevator shouldn’t stop (and in some hotels it’s even ignored in the building setup!), the thirteenth person to sit at a table is said to be in extreme danger…

The list goes on, and on…

Friday The Thirteenth

In superstition and folklore, Friday is meant to be a day you should not undertake a new venture or attempt an important task.

In times gone past, ships would be advised not to set sail on a Friday!

Some people believe this unlucky link could be attributed to executions being held on a Friday…

What do you think?


Incidences of The ‘Curse’

Most superstitions have some sort of ‘backing’ or proof to them – no matter how distant. Friday the Thirteenth is no different…

The Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and a team of his Templar Knights were caught by the French on Friday October the 13th, 1307. They then met a grizzly end by being tortured to death…

Not exactly a lucky date for that bunch!

Unlucky Friday

On Friday the 13th, 1939, Victoria was hit by one of the most devastating bush fires in Australian history. This terrible event ended up claiming over 70 lives and left huge amounts of damage in it’s wake.

Rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September the 13th, 1996.

Looking to the future – in April 2029, another Friday the Thirteenth falls…the same time as Asteroid 99942 (also known as Apophis) makes it’s close journey past the planet Earth. At this moment in time, NASA believes that it will get closer to the Earth than our own orbiting communications satellites…

Worried?

What are your thoughts on the Friday the Thirteenth superstition – is it a day that troubles you?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Varginha Incident, Brazil

The Varginha Incident, Brazil

This article will be covering the alien reports that surfaced in Brazil in 1996 – now known as The Varginha Incident. What were these strange bipedal creatures and where did they come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Creature

The first reports of these creatures surfaced in the city on January the 20th, 1996, when three young women claimed they had encountered one.

The creature was said to be no more than five feet tall, bipedal, with dark brown skin. It’s head was said to have been ‘over-sized’ with large red eyes, and it had an extremely slender body.

The creature seemed to be injured in some way, and moved in a hobble, as if it was seriously hurt. The three girls (Lilane Silva, Valquiria Silav and Katia Xavier) didn’t care a jot if it was injured – the red eyes were enough to send them running off, screaming.

The Creature

Word spread quickly, and the local press pushed the story until it was worldwide news.

But this was not the end of the extraterrestrial activity in Varginha during January, 1996…


The UFO

The night before the discovery of this creature, the Brazilian Center on Air Defence and Air Traffic Control was contacted by a US agency, regarding an unidentified object heading towards the ground near Minas Gerais Estate in South East Brazil.

Around about the same time, two farmers were awoken to the sound of cattle going mad in their fields. They both got up, got changed, and walked out into the night to find out what was spooking the animals.

The Varginha Alien

When they got to the first field they were shocked to see a silent flying object without lights gliding down one of their fields. The ‘craft’ seemed to be in some sort of distress and was banking left and right erratically.

Rumors suggest that this UFO finally crashed on the farmland, and an alien survivor was shot by one of the farmers. All the evidence was removed from the scene by authorities before the locals could set eyes on it (apparently!).


The Varginha Reports

The reports of ‘The Devil’ creatures started surfacing in Varginha at 8 o’clock the following morning. The first one was made by a student not more than 6 miles away from the farm crash site.

The Varginha Fire Department then received several calls that morning regarding strange creatures in the city. These creatures were described as moving like jaguars. The military had turned up at the scene of every report and ‘removed’ each culprit.

The Varginha Reports

The whole city spent the remainder of the day watching the military patrol their streets, looking for something…

One of these military groups are rumored to have captured one of these creatures alive in a city park, that night. They apparently took it to a general hospital where the doctors and nurses were suppressed. Several areas of the hospital were closed down and the public were told it was nothing more than a training exercise for the military.

The creature is rumored to have died in a ward of that hospital, and kept there under guard, for a full thirty hours before the military heads turned up to remove it.


The Varginha Incident, Brazil

Locals of Varginha, Brazil, still believe that their city was under extraterrestrial quarantine on  January the 20th, 1996 – what do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Cottingley Fairy Incident

The Cottingley Fairy Incident

I can remember coming across the photographs from the Cottingley fairy incident in a school library publication when I was about 10 – at the time, they completely blew me away!

In this article we will be taking a look at the story behind the famous paranormal images Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright gave to the world…only to take them back again in the 80’s…


Frances and Elsie

Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright were relatives that ended up living in the same house in mid 1917. The two young ladies got on like a house on fire, and spent every waking hour together.

Most days they could be found messing about at the stream that ran through the bottom of the Cottingley property.

When the adults would ask what they were doing down there – they would simply reply that they were playing with the fairies!

Frances and Elsie

Before long the two girls got sick of the adults laughing at their fairy claims, and borrowed a family camera to take down to the stream to prove their existence.

The girls returned about an hour later and handed the camera to Elsie’s father, Arthur, who set off to his amateur darkroom to develop the photographic plate.

At first Arthur was shocked by what he saw – images of the girls playing around the stream with fairies dancing by them…but then he passed it off as a clever teenage joke!

Several months later the girls returned to Arthur with a picture of Elsie holding out a hand to a gnome…

Enough was enough – he banned the girls from using his camera again!


Are These REAL Fairies?

A few years later, Elsie’s mother was attending a lecture on fairies at the Bradford Theosophical Society. Because of the lecture subject – she decided to take the fairy photos along.

Things seemed to snowball a little bit from here – the public got hold of these images pretty quickly!

Are These REAL Fairies?

Most people decided that these images were clever forgeries, so Edward Gardner, head of the national Theosophical Society, stepped in to find out if they were indeed tampered with.

The experts he contacted concluded the images were real and genuine, with no apparent tampering.


1920

In 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Gardner decided to ask the two young ladies if they could maybe capture some more images of these wonderful creatures.

They handed the girls a brand new camera, and Gardner waited for them as they went down to the stream – apparently the fairies would not appear if Frances and Elsie brought visitors with them!

They returned about an hour later with several new shots of the fairies. Gardner contacted Doyle immediately and Doyle was over the moon – a famous spiritualist, Doyle had been waiting for years to get his hands on some sort of confirmation of the paranormal.

The 4th Fairy Photo

The photo’s appeared in the December 1920 issue of The Strand Magazine, to mixed reactions, and Doyle started receiving reports from all over the world…involving incidents with fairies.

With these reports, he eventually created a book in 1922 titled The coming of the Fairies – resulting in many questioning his credibility and integrity.


The Fake Fairies

The girls managed to keep the act up until old age – in 1983 the two cousins admitted to faking the photographs.

The fairies were actually cut out female figures from a book titled Princess Mary’s Gift Book. They then suspended these figures on hatpins for the photos.

Once the photos had been taken, the two girls threw the paper fairy constructions into the stream, so all the evidence was washed away!

Frances passed away in 1986, followed by Elsie in 1988.

It’s worth noting that both girls were still convinced that ‘real’ fairies lived at the end of their garden…even though the photographs they produced were fake…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Cottingley fairy incident, please leave them in the comment section below.

The George Adamski UFO Photos

The George Adamski UFO Photos

This article will be covering the controversial George Adamski UFO photos from the 1950’s. Was this Polish born American really in touch with aliens or was he nothing more than a clever fraud?

Let’s take a closer look…


George Adamski and the Venusians

Adamski’s most famous contact with a Venusian (alien race from Venus) was in December 1952, when he managed to capture a photograph of one of their scout ships.

George Adamski had already gone public with a handful of previous alien encounters but this one seemed to gain him notoriety and unwanted criticism.


The First Contact

Adamski claimed that his first ‘alien encounter’ took place some time in 1946, when he saw a cigar shaped ‘mothercraft’ pass in front of the moon during a meteor shower.

Then, in 1950, Adamski managed to capture a photograph of six UFO’s flying in formation.

The First Contact


Meeting Orthon

It was in 1952 that Adamski had his closest encounter, when a Venusian scout ship landed near him and a being named Orthon stepped out.

Orthon and Adamski had a telepathic conversation in which the Venusian warned about the dangers of the nuclear age and doomsday predictions.

When the conversation was over, Adamski asked the Venusian if he could take a picture of him, but Orthon would not agree to this.

However, Adamski was able to take the famous ‘Scout Ship’ photo when Orthon returned several weeks later.

Meeting Orthon


An Important Man 

George Adamski became a very famous man, and published several books on his encounters with the Venusian race.

The Queen Julianna of the Netherlands took great interest in his work and even presented him with a Golden Medal of Honor for his services in acting as a medium between humanity and the extraterrestrial.

His writings explain that he went on several journeys through the solar system with the Venusians – meeting numerous new alien races along the way. He called these groups of alien species ‘Space Brothers’.


The Adamski Empire Starts to Crumble

Even before the release of the 1952 scout ship, Adamski had his critics who claimed he was nothing more than a crazy fraud.

Adamski had claimed to have used a Kodak Brownie box camera and a six inch telescope to snap the scout ship in motion…but photographic experts started pulling holes in his story.

The Adamski Empire Starts to Crumble

They claimed that the precise, separate manipulations of the camera/telescope setup would have caused the photographic image to be extremely blurred…but it was extremely sharp!

Other critics claim that the ship itself is made up of easily recognizable household items – one of Adamski’s colleagues even stated that he had come across the UFO model, when it was being constructed.

BUT…it’s also worth noting that many experts in the field of photography at the time agreed with what Adamski was saying – they believe that the scout ship image was definitely NOT a fake.

So now it’s over to you – friend of the ‘star men’ from Venus or clever fraud?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the George Adamski UFO photos, in the comment section below.

The Joelma Building Fire

The Joelma Building Fire

In this article we will be taking a look at the paranormal reports linked to the Joelma building fire on the 1st of February, 1974, in Sao Paulo, Brazil…when 179 of the 756 occupants, died tragically…


The Joelma Fire

The 25 story high-rise in Sao Paulo caught fire on Friday February the 1st, 1974. The initial report was registered by authorities at 8:50 am, after a resident in an adjacent building spotted flames lapping out of one of the windows.

Unfortunately, within 30 minutes of this initial call – the entire building was engulfed in deadly flames…

And a lot of residents were still trapped inside.

It’s sad to say that the owners of the building had not been keeping up with fire safety regulations – no alarms, no sprinklers emergency lights or emergency exits. It’s also reported that the building’s air conditioning system was faulty…

This system is thought to be the initial cause of the fire.


The Attempted Escape

More than 500 people managed to escape this terrifying ordeal…but many resident’s route to safety was cut off by the flames, heat and smoke.

The Attempted Escape

Just under 200 people managed to get onto the roof of the building…but the heat and flames made it impossible for helicopters to pick them up. This tragically resulted in people taking their lives into their own hands…

People attempted to drop down, floor by floor, on the outside of the building…and plummeted to their doom.

People also attempted to jump straight down to ground level in desperation – a jump they could never survive.


13 Souls and Home of the Devil

When the fire and rescue teams were finally able to get into the burned out building, they came across an elevator that was sealed shut. After a bit of a struggle they finally managed to pry open the doors…and what they discovered would stay with them forever more…

The lift was full of charred bodies of residents that had got stuck within when the fire broke out – the metallic elevator had acted as a human oven in the heat…and fused the bodies together.

The authorities eventually managed to count 13 dead bodies within that elevator…but nobody ever came forward to claim them. It was as if these victims never existed.

They were buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, side by side, and are now known as the ’13 Souls’.

13 Souls and Home of the Devil

Not long after the tragedy, people began looking into the history of the land the building was built on…

Apparently, in 1948, a 26 year old chemist named Paul Campbell lived on the land with his family (who were made up of his two sisters and his mother). For no reason at all – Campbell suddenly cracked one day…and ended up killing his entire family.

He then dragged their bloody bodies outside, and committed suicide.

One of the officers that was called to this bloody scene, managed to cut his hand as he was handling the corpses of Campbell’s family – he died within days of receiving the cut.

This was enough for locals of the area – they instantly labeled the ground as cursed…and gave it the title of ‘The Home of the Devil’.


The Praca da Bandeira

The building was eventually totally repaired and given the name of Praca da Bandeira – it is now a building that is well known for paranormal activity.

Every floor above the fifteenth seems to play host to a range of hauntings – on numerous occasions the fire systems have been set off by an unknown force and apparitions are constantly reported in the building’s stairwells.

Psychics who have investigated the property claim that most of the spirits are friendly enough…but there is also a dark force hidden in the background…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Joelma building fire, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Crying Boy Painting Curse

The Crying Boy Painting Curse

England, 1985, incidents of fire break out destroying certain properties, with one thing in common – all of them were linked to a collection of paintings.

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Crying Boy painting curse that many believe to be behind the bizarre fire outbreaks in the 80’s…


Bruno Amadio

The paintings were created by a restorer in Venice named Bruno Amadio –  the collection of art was dubbed ‘The Crying Boys’.

It is thought that Amadio created the collection to sell to tourists – each picture is supposed to depict an orphan from the Second World War.

At some point in time, a savvy English marketing man got hold of a few of these paintings and took them back to the UK to be mass produced.

Their prints were eventually sold at a relatively cheap price at grocery and department stores.

It is thought that over 50,000 versions of these images were sold.


The Blazing Curse of The Crying Boy

A strange article appeared in a UK newspaper in September of 1985 – The headline of the story read:

THE BLAZING CURSE OF THE CRYING BOY!

The article covered an unfortunate event that had happened to Ron and May Hall from Rotherham.

crying boy painting sale

Their house that they had lived in for over 25 years completely burned down and only one item survived…The Crying Boy painting.

Ron’s brother was a fireman at the time, and he had more mystery to add to the story…

He claimed that several houses had burned to the ground, and that the sole remaining item was a copy of The Crying Boy, found intact, lying face down on the floor.

He also claimed that a colleague back in the fire station, named Alan Wilkinson, had been following these strange events and had logged over 50 fires linked to these strange paintings…


A Paranormal Panic

So, over 50,000 of these popular prints had been sold in the UK – this meant that there were a lot of EXTREMELY worried home owners reading the newspaper that day in 1985.

On top of that, thousands of people started writing in to the newspaper with their own Crying Boy reports. Some of these stories even went as far as suggesting that the paintings could not be burned – even if you covered them in petrol first!

cursed crying boy painting

The media decided that enough was enough after a large Italian Restaurant went up in flames…with the only survivor being a Crying Boy image.

The newspaper asked all remaining owners of the paintings to send them in for destruction. Eventually they managed to destroy over 20,000 of them (but even then they reported problems with setting the images on fire!).


The Legend of The Crying Boy Painting Curse

There are numerous myths and legends behind the curse linked to these images…but one seems to stand the test of time.

Numerous ‘experts’ believe that the models for the various crying boys were orphans who eventually met a grizzly end in an orphanage fire.

Could this be the truth behind this 80’s paranormal episode?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.