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…
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.
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!
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?
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