1. News & Issues
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Curses! 4 Tales of Sinister Forces


Voodoo curse

Curses: Real or all in the mind? Does it matter?

Getty Images / altrendo images

Whether they are supernatural or not, curses can have powerful, devastating effects

ARE CURSES REAL? Or are they just the stuff of superstition? You might have heard stories and legends of Gypsy curses and witches' curses (you'll find more of those below), but do they have real supernatural power?

A curse is an expression of or wish for misfortune, harm, evil, or doom by a person for another. Curses are not taken seriously by most educated people in the western world, yet they might retain their power and influence over those who believe in them. Belief could be the key to a curse's power. If a person believes - even on a subconscious or psychological level - that he or she has been cursed, then its effects can be just as powerful as if it is supernatural in nature.

Consider the following reports of curses and their sometimes devastating effects, and judge for yourself whether they are produced by dark, sinister, external forces, or are brought about from the minds of those who have been cursed.


This first report comes from O. F. about a strange incident that happened to her grandparents who, in their retirement, enjoyed traveling around the world. One trip took them to New Orleans, a city with a long tradition of witchcraft, voodoo, and other assorted dark arts.

On this occasion, her grandparents were staying at a bed and breakfast that was once an old plantation. After a restful night, they awoke and were ready for an enjoyable breakfast. "The housemaid and server who waited on them was an elderly black woman with a thick southern accent," says O.F. "She graciously served my grandfather his juice, coffee, and toast, but when it came to my grandmother, she threw the juice in her lap and broke the tea kettle on the floor next to her."

Furious over this inexplicable behavior, the grandfather stood and demanded to know what the outburst was all about. The housemaid ignored him and glared at the perplexed grandmother, and screamed a curse: "God is going to get you!" she shrieked, then threw down her apron and ran from the building.

O.F.'s grandparents complained to the management. The management promised to fire the woman, but claimed she could not be found. "My grandparents got their entire stay there for free," she says. The owners were even called in, who apologized exceedingly for their recent employee's horrible behavior.

Over the next few days, however, the old woman's curse seemed to have its effect on O.F.'s poor, innocent grandmother:

  • She tripped on the sidewalk and dislocated her shoulder
  • She lost her purse along with $300 cash, credit cards and I.D.
  • Their rental car stopped working for no apparent reason
  • The lights refused to stay lit in their bedroom and bathroom, while the rest of the hotel lights worked fine
  • She was haunted by horrible, demonic nightmares the entire time she was there, and swore up and down that she had awoken several times during the night to find the maid standing over her, watching her.

Finally, having enough, they cut the trip short and returned home, but many incidents of misfortune seemed to follow the old couple for an entire year after their New Orleans trip and the old housemaid's curse.


Candice also suspects that her great-grandmother was the victim of a curse - this one proclaimed by an angry Gypsy woman. Candice's great-grandparents were migrant workers who traveled from place to place seeking employment wherever they could find it. Much of their time, however, was spend in Southern Texas, close to the Mexican border, where it was common to see Gypsies traveling through, selling various items.

One day, a gypsy woman came to their house trying to sell some things, none of which Candice's great-grandmother needed. The Gypsy woman was not so easily dismissed, however. She was very insistent and refused to even let the door to be closed in her. She said she knew there was money hidden in a jar in the house and that she wanted it. Her great-grandmother did indeed have such a jar, but did not know how the Gypsy woman would know that.

"My great-grandmother wasn't intimidated and basically pushed her out of the way and yelled some various offenses to run her off," Candice says. But the Gypsy woman was not so easily intimidated either. They exchanged words and the Gypsy woman cursed her, saying that she was going to die soon by choking on her tongue!

Less than a year later, Candice's great-grandmother had a heart attack and had, in fact, choked on her tongue.

Next page: Curse of the Witch of the Woods

  1. About.com
  2. News & Issues
  3. Paranormal Phenomena
  4. Witchcraft and Spells
  5. Are Curses Real? - Four Tales and Stories About Curses

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.