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Updated on July 9, 2015

The Basano Vase

Carved from wood and silver sometime in the 15th century, it weighs approximately four pounds. The story goes that it was wedding present for a bride from Napoli, who was murdered the night before her wedding! As the young woman lay dying, clasping the vase, she swore vengeance.
The vase was passed on from family member to family member, each one dying in turn. At some point it disappeared, until 1988 when it was unearthed. Tucked inside the vessel was this scrawled message "“Beware…This vase brings death.
The vase was auctioned to a Italian pharmacist for $2,300.00 US dollars. He died within three months The family sold it then to a 37 year old surgeon who dies two months later of unknown causes. From there, it was sold to an archeologist who died three months later. The next owner died a month after buying it. Now nobody wanted it. The last victims tried selling and/or destroying it buy throwing out a window. Instead they got a ticket from the police for "being disorderly "
The family refused to allow the vase back into their house and no museum would take the vase into their collection and today its whereabouts are once again unknown.Local rumor says that the police buried it.

Pupa and Her owner, circa 1928


Pupa, the Haunted Doll

Bought for a little girl some time in 1920s, Pupa remained in the girls possession until the owners death in 2005. Fourteen inched tall, made of felt, with a head of real human hair. She and her little girl lived in Trieste, Italy.
The owner always called Pupa her best friend; that she was alive and "had a mind of her own." She would tell her grandchildren how Pupa spoke to her and once even saved her life. After she passed away, her family says that Pupa became very active.
Reports say that people have seen steam on the inside of the glass case Pupa is kept in, like breath fogging a mirror.Sometimes small smudges that like a child's fingerprints in the the inside; sometimes the smudges spell out "Pupa Hate." Items inside the case move around and Pupa herself moves on her known: crossing and uncrossing her legs, her felt hands touching the glass. The hear the sound of tapping on the glass as they walk by.

Original 1952 Photograph


The Hands That Resist Him

As a child, Bill Stonehaim, during his family's frequent visits to grandmothers apartment in Chicago, befriended one of the little girls in the neighborhood. During one of these visits in 1954, when Stonehaim was five, his father had him and the little girl pose in front of a dark glass door and took their picture.

Twenty years later, Bill Stonehaim turned that photograph into a terrifying painting. And that painting "has become the stuff of Internet legend." The painting depicts a live boy and a girl "doll", standing in front of the darkened glass door. Behind them hands press against the glass from the other side. He called the painting the Hands Resist him, after a poem by his wife, Rhoann. "The hands were all of the possibilities," Stoneham explained. "You were left with thequestion, ‘Are these disembodied hands? Are they dismembered, floating there in space? Or are they connected to bodies?’" And "...the hands are the 'other lives.' The glass door, that thin veil between waking and dreaming. The girl/doll is the imagined companion, or guide through this realm."
In 1974, actor John Marley, best known for his role in The Godfather [the movie producer who finds a horse's head in his bed], purchased the painting. The gallery show Marley purchased the painting from also got the painting its first critical review, from Los Angles Times art critic Henry Seldis.
Within ten years, three of the men associated with that showing had died; Marley [1984], Seldis [1978], gallery owner Charles Feingarten [1981] and Marley [1984]
In the year 2000 the Hands Resist him resurfaced on E-bay. The anonymous seller wrote this about the painting, which they received as a gift, "At the time we wondered a little why a seemingly perfectly fine painting would be discarded like that. ( TODAY WE DON'T !!! ) One morning our 4 and 1/2 year old daughter claimed that the children in the picture were fighting , and coming into the room during the night" The advertiser also posted "a series of pictures of the picture 'changing form' at night - caught on film by a webcam." The last two photos allegedly show the girl doll coming to life, using a gun held in her hand to force the boy out of the painting. The seller said they had no liability in whatever happened to the buyer once they took possession of the artwork. The internet blow up, buzzing over the "cursed painting."
They eventually sold the painting to Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Mich­igan, for $1050. The buyer later gave an interview with the paranormal website 'Surfing the Apocalypse' and discussed life with their purchase. They described how why they have themselves have experienced nothing particularly strange, they began receiving emails from people who viewed the piece on the internet and "Experiences include an exorcist type of voice along with a blast of hot air like standing in front of an oven door," the buyer said. And how a new printer "ate and mutilated" image after image that that the emailer tried to print of the the painting. Some people reported passing out or feeling ill upon viewing the painting. Strange night visitations in their home. Children bursting into tears when they see it.
Stonehaim has painted two commissioned squeals to the Hands Resist him, depicting the doll as a real girl and the boy as an ol man.
The gallery does sell prints of the painting.

the Hands Resist him


from the ebay listing.


Sources: Aisling. "Five Haunted Archaeological Artefacts That You Will Never Want to Lay Hands On | DigVentures." DigVentures. N.p., 31 Oct. 2014. Web. 07 July 2015.

Alfonso, Fernando, 111. N.p., 31 Oct. 2013. Web. 30 June 2015. <

Hagerty, Andrew. "Pupa the Haunted Doll." NightWatch Paranormal. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 July 2015.
Pescovitz, David. "Elmo Doll Says "Kill!"" Boing Boing Elmo Doll SaysKill Comments. N.p., 21 Feb. 2008. Web. 30 June 201

Evil Elmo

Sesame Street. Since 1968, it has brought joy to innumerable children. And with that joy came merchandise. Toys and dolls. Kermit. Big Bird. And of course Elmo.
Christmas 1996. "Elmo-mania". Tickle me Elmo took the country by storm, the toy to get your kid for Christmas. Impossible to find in stores, scalpers sold black market Elmos for hundreds of dollars more then his retail price. By the end of December, one million Elmos had been sold.
That was followed by a slew of other, similar toys. Tickle Me Ernie. Mini Tickle Me Cookie Monster . LOL Elmo.
In January 2008, Melissa Bowman of Lithia, Florida brought her 2 year old son James the newest Elmo, Elmo Knows Your Name. The plush toy "incorporates your child's name and favorite things into their friendly character phrases and songs. But after the mother replaced the dolls batteries, the doll kept repeating "Kill James! Kill James!" Then her son started to repeat the phrase.
Distraught, she stowed the creepy toy in a closet and contacted the toys manufacturer, Fisher-Price, who offered the family a free replacement.


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    • wildbluefrontier profile image

      Nathan M 

      5 years ago from Tucson

      Interesting. I never knew the story behind the painting. Dolls can be a bit creepy anyway. good hub.

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      5 years ago

      Few things scarier than scary dolls. Even scarier than Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

    • Lady Summerset profile image

      Lady Summerset 

      5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      A very interesting read!

    • T T Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      tara wright 

      5 years ago from conway,ar

      the two sequels are somehow even creepier.

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Evil Elmo-- sick, lol. These are really interesting, that painting is creepy as hell. I saw it once before, I understand why people get so freaked out by it. This is a really interesting hub, voted up.


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