The Busby Stoop Chair Curse, also known as the Curse of the Dead Man’s Chair, is one of the most chilling curses that has plagued many. Learning about this eerie curse will give you chills. How’s that? Let’s put it this way. You sit on a chair and you die prematurely. How about that? That’s precisely what this curse is all about.
The cursed chair today sits in England’s Thirsk Museum. The best way to identify the chair is to look for a chair that hangs on the wall. Nope, it’s not something precious that cannot be touched. It hangs on the wall to prevent people from sitting on it and invite death upon themselves. Sounds weird, right? But that’s how it has been for last 30 years or so – hanging on the wall screaming the sad story of the fallen people who dared to invoke the curse just by sitting on the cursed chair.
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What’s the story behind the Busby Stoop Chair Curse?
The story dates back to early 18th century. It was 1702 and in North Yorkshire, England, was a drunkard by the name Thomas Busby. He was quite a famous drunkard across the town. By a stroke of luck, Busby managed to get married to a beautiful lass called Elizabeth Auty.
So far so good, right? Well, the problem started with Elizabeth’s father who was totally against the marriage. Of course, the old Auty had the right to be angry for no sane father wants to give his daughter to a drunkard. The old man had the notion that his daughter could actually do way better and find a sober and more honored man as her life partner.
One fine day, Busby came back home to see the old Auty sitting on his very favorite chair. Upon been asked about the reason for the visit, Busby’s father-in-law announced that he was there to take away his daughter.
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Busby didn’t really take it nice and easy. How can a person really just allow his father-in-law to walk away with his wife only to be remarried to someone else? Busby was furious and picked up a hammer and bludgeoned his father-in-law to death.
The old Auty was hammered to death and his corpse was hidden in the woods by Busby. After the deed, Busby renamed the inn (the place where he and Elizabeth lived) as Busby Stoop Inn. The chair on which Busby killed his father-in-law was also kept in the inn.
The body of old Auty was found by the police and Busby was arrested later. While Busby was being taken away to the gallows, he screamed at the onlookers that anyone who sat on his favorite chair would die a horrible death. His screams were not taken seriously by the bystanders who watched Busby being hanged on a makeshift gallow for the crime he committed. Busby’s remains were then kept on display for several days, perhaps to scare people and prevent them for committing such horrible crimes.
Over next 300 years, the cursed chair or the Busby Stoop Chair claimed several lives. That’s the legend. True or just a hoax? Continue reading…
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Busby Stoop Chair Curse in 20th Century
The Busby Stoop Inn changed ownership in late 20th century when Tony Earnshaw took over the inn in 1968. Earnshaw was more of rebellious and non-superstitious man. When he heard of the Busby Stoop Chair Curse, all he did was just dismiss the centuries old legend and stated that all the deaths associated with the chair were mere coincidences.
Then, things went really bad when Earnshaw witnessed the first two deaths because of the chair. One fine day, Earnshaw overheard two airmen of Royal Air Force daring each other to sit on the cursed chair. The daring young men accepted each others’ challenge and each took turns to sit on the chair. Everything was pretty fine until later that day both the RAF men died of car crash.
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That was quite troubling for Tony but he was still not ready to believe in the Curse of the Old Man’s Chair. Only a few days later, a group of builders came to the inn during the lunch time. A young laborer was dared by those builders to take the cursed sit. The young laborer obliged unaware of the fate that awaited him.
That same day, the young man who took the seat on the cursed chair fell off a roof and died a horrific death after his head banged on the concrete below and his skull cracked open.
That was enough for Earnshaw and called the Thirsk Museum and begged them to take away the chair with a promise that they would never let anyone sit on it. The museum management agreed and the cursed chair found its new home on a wall in the museum. It has been there ever since then.
Now, what do you think? Is the Busby Stoop Chair Curse real? Given a chance, will you dare to sit on the doomed chair and test the centuries old curse? Drop your comments and let us know…
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