When it comes to the supernatural, it’s fair to say that we’re skeptics. Even so, the idea of some creepy dude or lady putting a curse on us still proves a little chilling–especially after researching for this article. Below we examine ten hexes that actually had real-world results.
One of the most famous curses in American history started with the Presidential election of 1840, where William Henry Harrison was elected in no small part due to his routing of Native American leader Tecumseh at Tippecanoe. Harrison’s Presidency was short-lived, however – after contracting pneumonia during his inaugural speech, he was dead within a month. Since then, almost every President elected in a “zero year” has died in office. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and JFK were murdered, Warren Harding had a stroke and FDR a cerebral hemorrhage. Some say the failed attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life in 1981 broke the curse for good. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Some curses are carried by inanimate objects, dooming whoever comes into contact with them. One famous example is the “Little Bastard,” the Porsche 550 Spyder that James Dean bought while filming “Rebel Without A Cause” and later wrecked spectacularly on Route 466, taking his own life in the process. After the crash, the car was bought by George Barris, who had originally customized it, and then the scary stuff began. He sold parts from the car to a pair of drivers who went on to race against each other and both got into horrific accidents (one fatal). When he lent the Bastard to the California Highway Patrol, the building it was in burned down. A truck transporting it had a mechanical failure that resulted in the Porsche slipping off and killing the truck driver. Even thieves trying to swipe the Bastard came away with grotesque injuries. (Photo credit: Photofest)
Here’s a particularly grisly story that begins with the rape and murder of an 83-year-old nun in Houston, Texas and just gets scarier from there. The crime was pinned on Johnny Frank Garrett, a mentally deficient young man who had been seen in the area. He claimed innocence, but the evidence was enough to send him to Death Row. On the way to his execution,