Posts Tagged ‘curse’

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If you feel sick, full of dread, or uneasy looking at this picture then you are not alone.

This  painting was created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. It depicts a young boy stood next to a sinister doll against a glass door, if you look closely you can seen small hands behind the door reaching towards the boy. According to the artist, the boy in the painting is based on a photograph of the artist when he was 5 years old.

The painting was originally purchased by actor John Marley, and sometime after Marley’s death, the painting was found on the site of an old brewery by an elderly Californian couple. Shortly after, the painting then appeared on the auction website eBay in February 2000.

According to the seller the painting carried some form of curse. The eBay description made a series of claims that the painting was haunted. Included in those claims were that the characters in the painting moved during the night, and that they would sometimes leave the painting and enter the room in which it was being displayed. Also included with the listing were a series of photographs that were said to be evidence of an incident in which the female doll character threatened the male character with a gun that she was holding, causing him to attempt to leave the painting.

A disclaimer was included with the listing absolving the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased.

News quickly spread about this haunted painting and the eBay page received over 30,000 views and the painting eventually sold for $1,025.00. The buyer, Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually contacted Bill Stoneham and related the unusual story of its auction on eBay and their acquisition of it. He reported being quite surprised by all the stories and strange interpretations of the images in the painting. Stoneham recalls that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed, and the art critic who reviewed it, died within one year of coming into contact with the painting. 

Now, when i was doing some research about this painting i entered ‘The Hands Resist Him’ into google and my computer froze. Then the internet wouldn’t work for me and disconnected, even though my partner was on his computer next to me and his internet was working fine. 

Quite a bizarre painting to look at, not something that i would particularly want in my house for decorative purposes. Think i will just stick to some flowers or  some candles.  

In February of 2013, after residents of Cecil Hotel complained to managers about low water pressure, the body of Elisa Lam was found inside the rooftop water tanks. Elisa was a 21 year old Canadian tourist who traveled to LA on January the 26th, she was last seen 5 days later on the 31st of January.

Officials ruled out any foul play as autopsy reports concluded she died from drowning and there were no drugs on toxins in her body. It has also been reported that Elisa suffered from no previous mental health issues, so this leads us to the question ‘What happened?’

Footage has been released of Elisa acting very strangely in the hotel lift, pressing all the buttons and standing sheepishly in the corner, as if trying to get away from someone.

The video is very creepy considering, just a few minutes after, Elisa met her untimely death.

What is even more suspicious is how 5ft 1″ Elisa managed to access the 8 ft tall metal water containers on an alarmed rooftop, climb inside and close the lid….Do these look easy to climb in to you?

 

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Another weird connection to the Elisa Lam death is the uncanny similarity to the 2005 film Dark Water. It tells the story of a young woman found drowned in a hotel water tank. A scene in the movie depicts an elevator malfunctioning, and a character is named Cecilia. Elisa Lam was staying in the Cecil Hotel.

What is even MORE strange is just days after Elisa Lam’s body was found, national health experts were called into Skid Row near the hotel to investigate a deadly persistent tuberculosis outbreak that local health officials called the largest in a decade. More than 4,500 people may have been exposed to TB and scientists linked the outbreak to a TB strain unique to L.A. A test used to diagnose tuberculosis, particularly in patients with advanced immunosuppression, was used on residents. The name of the test – LAM-ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).

Many question whether the Hotel (which is now closed down) is actually cursed with evil. The Cecil Hotel has a long history of violence and death, including suicide and murder. Notable serial killers – Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, who lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months and used the hotel’s dumpster to dispose of his victim’s clothes, and Jack Unterweger, a crime journalist who unceremoniously killed three prostitutes in Los Angeles both commited these crimes while living at the Cecil Hotel

There are so many possibilities to this mysterious death and i sincerely hope for the family of Elisa Lam that more comes to light about that fateful night. I think the paranormal fanatic in me is questioning all these spooky connections, i would be interested to know what you all think is going on.