A dybbuk is a malicious spirit entity able to haunt and posses the living.
In 2003, Kevin Mannis, the owner of a small antique business in Portland, Oregon, purchased a box at an estate sale.
The box had once belonged to a female survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland named Havela who escaped to Spain. Havela had purchased the box prior to her immigration to the United States.
Havela's granddaughter told Mannis that Havela had brought the box to Spain after the Holocaust. When Mannis learned that the box was a family heirloom, he offered to give the box back to the family, but the granddaughter refused to accept it. She claimed the box had been kept in Havela's sewing room and never opened because there was a dybbuk inside the box.
Upon Mannis opening the box, it contained the following items
- Two pennies dated in the 1920s
- A lock of dark hair bound with a cord
- A lock of blond hair bound with a cord
- A small golden wine goblet
- A dried rose bud
- A candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs
- A small statue engraved with the Hebrew word "Shalom"
Mannis gave the box to his mother on her birthday whereupon she suffered a stroke on the same day.
Numerous other owners of the box have reported strange phenomena pertaining to the box.
Mannis experienced a series of horrific nightmares when in possession of the box. These same nightmares were shared when visitors stayed at his house when the box was present. Other owners of the box also shared the same nightmares involving an evil-looking old woman who was a female demon when the box was present. Every owner of the box also claimed that smells of jasmine flowers or cat urine emanated from the box
Iosif Neitzke, a student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, was the last person to auction the box on eBay. He reported that the box caused his hair to fall out and lights in his house to burn out.
Neitzke sold the box to Jason Haxton of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Haxton subsequently began having strange health problems -- Head-to-toe welts, hives and coughing up blood.
Haxton consulted some Jewish Rabbis in an attempt to figure out a way to reseal the dybbuk within the box once again. Then he proceeded to remove the resealed box to a secret location, which he refuses to reveal.
If you should encounter a mysterious sealed box, somewhere in the vacantly of Kirksville, Missouri, or elsewhere for that matter, it would be wise to travel rapidly to a distant location.
Quote for the Day -- “May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.” George Carlin
Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where strangeness is often a daily occurrence.