There is no denying of the fact that every once in a while a story pops up which manages to increase the list of haunted stories we keep confronting every now and then. These stories just manage to freak us out and get us thinking about their authenticity. The story of the Dybbuk Box is no different. In fact, the story of Dybbuk Box received so much hype that it eventually managed to get on the big screen of Hollywood by the name “The Possession”. Even weird, a whole website is dedicated to the so called haunted box. You can find the website online here.
The Dybbuk Box or often spelled as Dibbuk Box refers to a supposedly haunted wine cabinet. So, who haunts the box? The story originates from Jewish folklore and Dybbuk is none but a tormented evil spirit with malicious intents and the ability to even possess human beings. Sounds creepy, eh? So, what’s the real story behind it?
It is said that a survivor of the Holocaust (we prefer calling it ‘so called Holocaust’ because it was nothing more than a well-staged and executed plan of the Jews) summoned the Dybbuk accidentally using a Ouija board that she made by herself at home. Upon realizing the mistake, she trapped the tormented evil in an old wine cabinet. It is said that survivor was Polish and her name was Havela.
Not many people knew about the box’s existence until a man named Kevin Mannis put the box on eBay auction in year 2003. In the description put forward by Mannis for the eBay auction, he said that that he bought the box during a 2003 real estate sale. He mentioned that the box belonged to Havela who managed to survive the Holocaust and escaped to Spain where she purchased the wine cabinet before immigrating to the USA. It was Havela’s granddaughter who mentioned that the cabinet belonged to her grandmother.
When Mannis learned that the box was a heirloom, he tried to give it back to Havela’s granddaughter who refused to accept the box stating that the box was kept concealed in the sewing room of her grandmother and no one opened it because of the evil spirit that lived inside the box.
In the description on eBay auction, Mannis further wrote that he opened the box and found the following items tucked inside the box:
- 1 U.S. Wheat Penny of 1925.
- 1 U.S. Wheat Penny of 1928.
- A black/brown lock of hair that was tied up using a string.
- 1 dried rosebud.
- 1 candle stick made of black cast iron and the holder had octopus legs (not real).
- 1 golden wine cup.
- 1 small statue made of granite and the Hebrew word SHALOM engraved on it.
Mannis also wrote that after acquiring the box, he met with a series nightmares. He also mentioned that the others who possessed the box or even stayed at Mannis’ house while he had the box also suffered nightmares. According to Mannis’ account, he presented the box to his mother and she suffered from a stroke the very same day. He gave the box to his mother as a birthday present. Mannis wrote in the description that others who possessed the box reported of smelling jasmine flowers or cat urine and reported nightmares where they saw an old hag accompanying the box. People who reported bad experiences included his sister who returned the box to him stating that doors of the cabinet wouldn’t stay shut. Even his brother returned the box stating that it smelled like cat urine. He eventually sold the box from the shop where he intended to keep the box. A few days later he found the box at his shop’s doorstep with a note reading “This has a bad darkness.”
Mannis concluded the description on eBay auction with the following words:
“I would destroy this thing in a second, except I really don’t have any understanding of what I may or may not be dealing with. I am afraid (and I do mean afraid) that if I destroy the cabinet, whatever it is that seems to have come with the cabinet may just stay here with me. I have been told that there are people who shop on EBAY that understand these kinds of things and specifically look for these kinds of items. If you are one of these people, please, please buy this cabinet and do whatever you do with a thing like this. Help me.”
Mannis managed to sell the box on eBay for $140 to a student of Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri by the name of Iosif Neitzke. However, 6 months after the purchase, Iosif put the box for auction once again on eBay. In the listing description he wrote about weird health issues and insomnia among his roommates. He also mentioned that occasional strong odors made appearances and his car kept breaking and required servicing every now and then. He also mentioned that his hair fell out with no explanation and there was no evidence of any illness after he had himself medically tested. He also mentioned that the box caused the lights in his house to burn out.
So, Iosif ended up selling the box on eBay and this time, it was sold for $280. The person who purchased the box was Jason Hutson who was the Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville Missouri. Haxton later reported of weird health problems after he acquired the box. He reported of hives, coughing blood and head-to-toe welts. All these claims were made by Haxton in his book titled ‘The Dibbuk Box’. He also created the website http://dibbukbox.com.
Huxton reportedly consulted with Jewish religious leaders (Rabbis) and figured out a way to seal back the Dybbuk inside the box and then took it to a secret place and hid it away forever. He never disclosed the location of box to anyone!
So, what do you think? Is the story of Dybbuk Box haunting true or was the story just made up with some inherent commercial gain? Think again because from Mannis to Iosif to Haxton, everyone made money. The first two made money by selling the box and the last person made money by selling his book. We will like to know about your thoughts on this Dybbuk Box story.