Haunted Objects & Bizarre Curses
Screaming Skull: There are plenty of unexplained mysteries that exist in our world, and cursed skulls just happen to be one of those strange phenomena's. A full manuscript documents one particular skull due to the many creepy events that have surrounded it for more than 340 years.
The Screaming Skull of the British Isles at the Higher Farm, Chilton Cantilo just happens to be the one screaming skull that has many written accounts from witnesses stating the severity of the bone chilling events that take place if one tries to remove it from the farmhouse.
The skull is believed to be the head of Theophilus Broome, who died in 1670, who just before his passing left strict instructions as to what he wanted done with his skull. His first wish was for it to remain at the farmhouse he so loved. Unfortunately this task proved to be tedious as many people throughout the years have attempted to remove the skull and properly bury it which has ultimately led to severe poltergeist activity at the normally quiet homestead.
The legend of the screaming skull was formally published in the History and Antiquities of Somerset by John Collinson in 1791. The tomb of Theophilus Broome is located just up the road from the farm at the Parish Church of St. James in Chilton, Cantelo.
The Conjure Chest: One particular cursed conjure chest is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 17 family members. The hand-carved chest was built for Jacob Cooley by Hosea, an African slave who sprinkled the chest with the dried blood from an owl and then it was cursed by a group of Cooley's slaves led by a "conjure man" or more commonly known as a "witch doctor". The death of Jacob's infant son was only the beginning of bad luck for the family once they had possession of the chest. The relic was eventually donated to the Kentucky History Museum where it remains in storage.
The Crying Boy Painting: 1985 plagued England with several unexplained fires that disintegrated the homes touched by the infernos, leaving only one single painting of a "crying boy" left intact. A Yorkshire fireman involved with each of the fires couldn't help but notice that the painting was found at each of the fires, and all in perfect condition.
Overwhelmed by his discovery, the fireman went to the local newspaper to report his finding. Dora Mann of Mitcham claims that just six months after purchasing a copy of the portrait her home burned to the ground. The painting was the only thing that remained. It is believed that the picture is a portrait painted by a Spanish artist of an orphaned boy and eventually mass produced throughout the United Kingdom.
The legend states that the artist's studio burnt to the ground, and the unknown boy was later killed in an automobile accident. The curse only effect's those that are aware of the story. Most believe that the portrait is haunted by the boy seen in it.