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DERPNOTE: Since the “This Man” post was seemingly well-received, I’m going to continue tossing in these sorts of posts every so often. They’re not actual pastas, but interesting things to read about “real life” paranormal events and experiences. My hope is that you will enjoy both learning about and discussing the events described in these sorts of posts, and maybe even glean some inspiration for future submissions.
With that said, what follows is the original text of a very famous eBay auction where a harried seller tried his best to unload a possibly cursed item: The Dibbuk Box.

All of the events that I am about to set forth in this listing are accurate and may be verified by the winning bidder with the copies of hospital records and sworn affidavits that I am including as part of the sale of the cabinet.

During September of 2001, I attended an estate sale in Portland Oregon. The items liquidated at this sale were from the estate of a woman who had passed away at the age of 103. A grand-daughter of the woman told me that her grandmother had been born in Poland where she grew up, married, raised a family, and lived until she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. She was the only member of her family who survived the camp. Her parents, brothers, a sister, husband, and two sons and a daughter were all killed. She survived the camp by escaping with some other prisoners and somehow making her way to Spain where she lived until the end of the war. I was told that she acquired the small wine cabinet listed here in Spain and it was one of only three items that she brought with her when she immigrated to the United States. The other two items were a steamer trunk, and a sewing box.

I purchased the wine cabinet, along with the sewing box and some other furniture at the estate sale. After the sale, I was approached by the woman’s granddaughter who said, I see you got the dibbuk box. She was referring to the wine cabinet. I asked her what a dibbuk box was, and she told me that when she was growing up, her grandmother always kept the wine cabinet in her sewing room. It was always shut, and set in a place that was out of reach. The grandmother always called it the dibbuk box. When the girl asked her grandmother what was inside, her grandmother spit three times through her fingers said, a dibbuk, and keselim. The grandmother went on to tell the girl that the wine cabinet was never, ever, to be opened.

The granddaughter told me that her grandmother had asked that the box be buried with her. However, as such a request was contrary to the rules of an orthodox Jewish burial, the grandmothers request had not been honored. I asked the granddaughter what a dibbuk, and keselim were, but she did not know. I asked if she would like to open it with me. She did not want to open it, as her grandmother had been very emphatic and serious when she instructed her not to do so, and, regardless of the reason, she wanted to honor her grandmother’s request.

I finally ended up offering to let her keep what seemed to me to be a sentimental keepsake. At that point, she was very insistent and said, No, no you bought it!

I explained that I didn’t want my money back, and that it would make me feel better to do what I thought was an act of kindness. She then became somewhat upset. Looking back now, the way she became upset was just plain odd. She raised her voice to me and said, you bought it! You made a deal!

When I tried to speak, she yelled, we don’t want it! She began to cry, asked me to leave, and quickly walked away. I wrote the whole episode off to the stress and grief she must have been experiencing. I took my purchases and politely left.

At the time when I bought the cabinet, I owned a small furniture refinishing business. I took the cabinet to my store, and put it in my basement workshop where I intended to refinish it and give it as a gift to my Mother. I didn’t think anything more about it. I opened my shop for the day and went to run some errands leaving the young woman who did sales for me in charge.

After about a half-hour, I got a call on my cell phone. The call was from my salesperson. She was absolutely hysterical and screaming that someone was in my workshop breaking glass and swearing. Furthermore, the intruder had locked the iron security gates and the emergency exit and she couldn’t get out. As I told her to call the police, my cell phone battery went dead. I hit speeds of 100 mph getting back to the shop. When I arrived, I found the gates locked. I went inside and found my employee on the floor in a corner of my office sobbing hysterically. I ran to the basement and went downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs, I was hit by an overpowering unmistakable odor of cat urine (there had never been any animals kept or found in my shop). The lights didn’t work. As I investigated, I found that the reason the lights didn’t work also explained the sounds of glass breaking. All of the light bulbs in the basement were broken. All nine incandescent bulbs had been broken in their sockets, and 10 four-foot fluorescent tubes were lying shattered on the floor. I did not find an intruder, however. I should also add that there was only one entrance to the basement. It would have been impossible for anyone to leave without meeting me head-on. I went back up to speak with my salesperson, but she had left.

She never returned to work (after having been with me for two years). She refuses to discuss the incident to this day. I never thought of relating the events of that day to anything having to do with the cabinet.

Then, things got worse.

As I already indicated, I had decided to give the cabinet to my Mother as a birthday gift. About two weeks after I made the purchase, I decided to get started refinishing it. I was surprised to find that the cabinet has a unique little mechanism. When you open one of the doors, the mechanism causes the opposite door, and the little drawer below, to open at the same time. It is very well made. Inside the cabinet, I found the following items: 1 1928 U.S. Wheat Penny; 1 1925 US Wheat Penny; One small lock of blonde hair (bound with string); One small lock of black/brown hair (bound with string); One small granite statue engraved and gilded with Hebrew letters (I have been told that the letters spell out the word SHALOM); One dried rosebud; One golden wine cup; One very strange black cast iron candlestick holder with octopus legs.

I saved all of the items in a box intending to return them to the estate. The family has refused the items, so they will be included in this sale of the cabinet.

After opening the cabinet, I decided not to refinish it. I cleaned it, and rubbed in some lemon oil. It was at this time that I noticed that there was an inscription in Hebrew carved into the back of the cabinet. I have no idea what it says or if it is significant. I have included a picture of that inscription below. On my mother’s birthday, October 28, 2001, my mother called to tell me that she was going out of town with my sister for three days, and we postponed celebrating her birthday together until she returned. On October 31, 2001, my mother came to my shop. We were going to have lunch together, but before we were going to leave, I gave her the wine cabinet. She seemed to like it. While she examined it, I went to make a phone call. I hadn’t been out of sight more than 5 minutes when one of my employees came running into my office saying that something was wrong with my mom.

When I went back to see what the matter was, I found my mom sitting in a chair beside the cabinet. Her face had no expression, but tears were streaming down her cheeks. No matter how I tried to get her to respond, she would not. She could not. It turns out that my mother had suffered a stroke. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance. She ended up suffering partial paralysis, and losing her ability to speak and form words (she has since regained the ability to speak). She could understand things being said to her, and could respond by pointing to letters of the alphabet to spell out words she wanted to say. When I asked her the following day how she was doing, she teared up and spelled out the words: N-O G-I- F-T. I assured her that I had given her a gift for her birthday, thinking that she didn’t remember, but she became even more upset and spelled out the words: H-A-T-E G-I-F-T. I laughed and told her not to worry. I told her I was sorry she didn’t like the cabinet, and that I would get her anything she wanted if she would promise to get well soon.

Still, I didn’t associate anything that had happened with the cabinet itself or anything paranormal. Frankly, I don’t think I ever even used the term paranormal until this last month.

I’ll try to make this short now. I gave the cabinet to my sister. She kept it for a week, then gave it back. She complained that she couldn’t get the doors to stay closed and that they kept coming open. There are no springs in the door mechanism and I have never found that the doors come open. I gave it to my brother and his wife who kept it for three days and then gave it back. My brother said it smelled like Jasmine flowers, while his wife insisted that it put out an odor of cat urine. I gave it to my girlfriend who asked me to sell it for her after only two days. I sold it the same day to a nice middle aged couple. Three days later, when I came to open the shop for the day, I found the cabinet sitting at the front doors with a note that read, This has a bad darkness. I had no idea what that meant. Anyway, I ended up taking it home.

Then, things got even worse.

Since the day I brought it home, I began having a strange recurring nightmare. Every time I have the horrible dream it goes something like this: I find myself walking with a friend, usually someone I know well and trust at some point in the dream, I find myself looking into the eyes of the person that I am with. It is then that I realize that there is something different, something evil looking back at me. At that point in my dream, the person I am with changes into what can only be described as the most gruesome, demonic looking Hag that I have ever seen. This Hag proceeds then, to beat the living tar out of me. I have awakened numerous times to find bruises and marks on myself where I had been hit by the old woman during the previous night. Still, I never related the nightmares to the cabinet, nor do I think that I ever would have.

About a month ago, however, my sister, and my brother and his wife came over to my house and spent the night. The following morning, during breakfast, my sister complained that she had had a horrible nightmare. She said that she recalled having had it a couple of times before, and went on to describe my nightmare exactly to the last detail. My brother and his wife froze as they listened, and then chimed in that they had both had had the exact same dreams during the night as well. The hair was standing up on the back of my neck and still is. As we talked, it became clear that the common denominator was that each of us had had the nightmare during the times that the cabinet was in our respective homes. I called my girlfriend and asked if she could recall having any nightmares recently. She described the same nightmare, same Hag, everything. When I asked her if she remembered the date when she had the nightmare, she said she did not. Then I asked if it happened to be the night before she gave me the cabinet back to sell for her. She said, Yeah!  Hey, how did you know that?!!!

Now then, since my family discussion, it seems like all hell is breaking loose. For a week afterward I started seeing what I can only describe as shadow things in my peripheral vision. In fact, numerous visitors to my house have claimed that they have seen these shadow things. I put the cabinet in an outside storage unit and was awakened when the smoke alarm in the unit went off in the middle of the night. When I went to see what was burning, I opened the door and didn’t see any smoke. However, I did get hit with the smell of cat urine. When I went back inside, the smell was there in my house. I DO NOT OWN A CAT AND I NEVER HAVE. I went back outside and grabbed the cabinet. I brought it back inside and tried to research it on the Internet. While I was surfing the net, I fell asleep and once again had the same freakin nightmare. I woke up at around 4:30am (when it felt and smelled like someone was breathing on my neck) to find that my house now smelled like Jasmine flowers, and just in time to see a HUGE shadow thing go loping down the hall away from me.

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.

You can see that I have no reserve price or minimum bid. If I can make things any easier let me know and I will do everything within my abilities.

One more note. On the same day my Mom had her stroke, the lease to my store was summarily terminated without cause.

The measurements are 12.5″ x 7.5″ x 16.25″

ALL OF THE ITEMS THAT I ORIGINALLY FOUND INSIDE THE CABINET ARE INCLUDED IN THE SALE AND WILL BE DELIVERED WITH THE CABINET.

On Jun-12-03 at 02:15:30 PDT, seller added the following information:

There is no way that I can respond to all of the e-mails I’ve received since I put this thing on-line. I’ll try now to update and answer the most common questions I’ve been receiving.

1. No, I am not religious.

2. No, I do not wish to have or participate in any sort of exorcism, or case study, or photo sessions at my home.

3. No, I will not sell any of the individual pieces which were originally found separate from the other pieces and the cabinet.

4. No, I do not speak Hebrew nor do I know what the word “keselim” means. I don’t know that the word is even or or a Hebrew word.

5. At the end of the auction, I have decided to take an opportunity to speak with the winning bidder for two reasons: a.)To make sure that the winning bidder is a serious adult who has employed some valid reasoning skills in making the decision to accept whatever this is. I will not be judgmental. Do whatever you want or need after the sale. b.)To offer full details of the events that have transpired. After I have carried out those responsibilities, and upon payment, I will have the cabinet and its contents delivered by U.S.MAIL, FED-EX, or UPS to the winning bidder. At that point, I will have no further involvement with the matter in any way, shape, or form. Period.

6.) To all of you who have offered to pray, I may not be religious, but I am certainly open to the possibilities –no matter what your religion might be. THANK YOU!

On Jun-14-03 at 05:216 PDT, seller added the following information:

Here is another update for everyone following this listing.
NO! No, I will not circumvent, or make any deals outside of EBAY – EVEN FOR MORE MONEY THAN THE FINAL AUCTION PRICE!!! If you want to win the auction and have the kind of money some of you are offering, there shouldn’t be any reason why you cannot simply place your bid in an open honest fashion. I’m sure you can understand why I might be suspicious.

ALSO….

For those of you wanting to know if I am still experiencing anything out of the ordinary, I thought everything was going OK until I got home on Friday – the 13th of June – and found that the fish in my fresh water aquarium – all 10 – were dead.

I’m still hoping that all of this is coincidental crap.

 

The Dibbuk Box

The Dibbuk Box Contents

Another Shot of the Dibbuk Box

 

DERPNOTE PT2: Now, I seem to recall that more follow-up information was initially available on this website, but it seems to have been removed – most likely, to encourage interested parties to just bite the bullet and buy their book about the whole thing instead. For now, I’m just linking the book, but if anyone else stumbles onto pages that go a bit more into detail with the follow-up investigations and other details about this particular story, I’d appreciate if you would drop me a link in the comments. I’ll edit it any new links into this post as they come, so that eventually we can have a nice little “main menu” page here about the dibbuk box for both discussion and discovery.

Mirror of the original eBay auction
Paranormal Review Podcast Episode: The Dibbuk Box with Jason Haxton
Mysterious Universe Episodes 209 and 524 both deal with the dibbuk box
The Dibbuk Box on Amazon - full disclosure: our referral link is included.
Syfy’s Paranormal Witness episode on the topicfull disclosure: our referral link is included.
The “official website” of The Dibbuk Box
The wikipedia entry

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  • Dave Mustardstaine

    It was, for the worst part, well-written. I’d strongly recommend you used commas for the dialogue in the future, though. Also, one question. Did you by chance base this on The Possession? That’s all I could think of throughout this story.
    Anyway, overall, I’d say 7/10.

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    • omer_y

      Who the hell are you referring to? this is from ebay.

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      • lol

        Half the people who comment on these stories don’t read the whole thing first, it’s pretty funny when they give themselves away like this.

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        • candy

          I heard this story on paranormal whiteness on syfy channel it is on Wednesdays at 8:00 in da morning

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      I see you’ve already been corrected, but The Possession is actually based on this story. Re-read the bold notes, it should click for you.

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      • Gallal

        It is. It’s the same box and everything from the extras on the DVD. Once I read the contents of the box, I knew this was fake

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    • Tristan

      This is real this box is a real thing with a trapped (formerly trapped) spirit inside that can’t go to heaven or he’ll and IT IS PURE EVIL

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      • Endoplasmic Reticulum

        Sure, whatever you say.

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      • Actually

        Sorry, but if it’s pure evil it would go to hell?

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        • Josh

          not necessarily ever see the movie the possession they are demons who have escaped hell to our plane

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    • Anonymous

      The movie was based of this…

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    • Jessica

      LOL NOOB.

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    • Ryan

      I know what this box is. It was once common practice for practiced witches, or hags, to attempt to circumvent their mortality by creating an echo. the cabinet would have been used as a focal point. there are entities that exist between dimensions who’s soul purposes are to prevent the success of such an act. the hag figure will continue to do harm until it can break someone mentally and take them as a host. this has nothing to do with religion. its simple preservation of energy. I can help. if people are being harmed, I offer my knowledge and. services freely. I hope that the owner contacts me before someone tries to make things worse. there are people out there who will recognise the item and seek to use it in a malicious way.

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    • Anonymous

      Actually he based it off of an episode of paranormal wittness. I mean, he basically copied the freaking episode. Everything is the same.

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      • Nicole

        Episode is based off of this story…

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      • Anonymous

        I thought it was! I was wondering if anyone else would point it out.

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  • Dave Mustardstaine

    *For the most part.
    *Quotation marks.
    My bad. It’s 12 A.M. and I’m not thinking entirely clearly.

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    • lol

      That much is clear.

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    • Anonymous

      Im just gonna say that i have had a recent dream simular to the one in the story was the thing in thee dream green

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      • Endoplasmic Reticulum

        Of coase you did! The Sutherland described a prettly generic type of dream.

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  • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

    Hi Derpnote,

    I am the author of the book “Dibbuk Box” and also caretaker of the “Dibbuk Box” which has been buried since before the film/movie “The Possession” came out. You are correct that there was a bit more on the next two owners – the college student and me. But, the book publisher (the public university – Truman State Univ. – that gets the majority of the funds on the book) asked that I pull back on some of the information on the website so people could get the full story from the book – if they wanted to know the whole story. I agreed as the funding goes to a good cause.

    But here is a bit more for your dedicated readers:

    “For the next sale or auction, the college student merely re-posted the original description from when he bid and won the Dibbuk Box — but, he added at the bottom his own testimonial and warning.

    Here is that addition:

    1. “I don’t really want to talk about anything [that happened] between September and January, so I’ll just say that I’m selling the box now for a couple reasons:

    2. “Around October 6th, I started feeling bad, with trouble sleeping. This problem has persisted through today. “I live alone now, and as of late I have noticed replacing a lot of burnt-out light bulbs and getting many unusual car repairs . . . .

    3. “I’ve started seeing things, sort of like large vertical dark blurs in my peripheral vision.

    4. “I smell something like juniper bushes or stingy ammonia in my garage often, and I have no idea what from.

    5. “Most disturbingly, last Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004), my hair began to fall out. Today (Friday) it’s about half gone. I’m in my early twenties and I just got a clean blood test back from the doctor’s. Maybe it’s stress related, I don’t know.

    6. “Anyhow, for personal reasons I very strongly do not want this box anymore. I hope there’s someone on eBay that will take this thing off of my hands. [I would just throw it away in the woods or something, but I know there has been some interest in it in the past.]”

    Link to article about why i wrote the book: http://blogs.truman.edu/tsup/2012/08/17/the-dibbuk-box-jason-haxton-on-writing-his-story/

    Best – Jason a.k.a. agetron

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Glad to know I wasn’t hallucinating there being more on the website in the past!

      Thanks for dropping by and giving us the extra details. I bought the ebook a few months ago, but I’m the type to read multiple books at once so I’m only about 75% through it. I’m looking forward to seeing what conclusions (if any) you ended up drawing about the origin of the box.

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      • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

        Hi derpbutt –

        As I mentioned if you read the link I provided above – I do not see myself as a writer. But, to protect myself – I joined the Author’s Guild”. Having a movie made from your book tends to “fast track” you to instant membership – which only as a member of “The Authors Guild” can you purchase writer’s insurance for libel or invasion of privacy.

        The book I wrote is indeed insured forever as long as I do not change any of it or add to it. After the book came out, I recieved additional information from those involved – but, I am unable to update the kindle or book next printing unless I pay for insurance as if the book with the additons is a new book – which is very expensive. However, if you send me an email – I will give you a few pages to add at the very end – but yopu can not publish it or share it – SORRY!

        Best – Jason

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        • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

          I may take you up on that offer after I’ve finished the book, thanks!

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        • Xander Davis

          hello, I have delved into this story for some time now and to actually come across the keeper and author is amazing luck. I want to buy the dybbuk box off of you and run some tests on it. Everything and everyone associated with this investigation will be filmed and give their own accounts on anything that may or may not happen. Is there a chance that you could name a price and we could come to some sort of an agreement?
          excellent book and best wishes

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        • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

          Hi Xander,
          I appreciate your interest and enthusiasm. to answer your request, the Dibbuk Box went through a battery of tests measuring energy and reviewing its components by a NASA Metallurgist – Mr. Vagle and one of the best and most documented mediums of Orange County, California – Laurie Campbell. Their work and reports will be coming out in History Channel’s H2 series Haunted History in a month or two.

          Since that last documentary, the Dibbuk Box has been sealed in its ark for almost 5-years and was buried about 6-months ago. Having felt I gave it a fair review by many professionals over the years – the BOX is put to rest …or out least out of harm’s way. Thanks for your interest – but it is not for sale (kind of an ethical issue for me) and it will not be disturbed – by me.
          Best,
          Jason

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      • mmsf03

        Hey if you want a dibukk box they’re giving it away on gumtree! http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/antique-box/1013389662

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    • Nighty

      This is creepy as creepy comes! Thank you for taking the time to visit and add some more information Mr. Haxton, I had seen the movie trailers but I never knew what it was about or where the movie was inspired from… It’s mind boggling that something like this exists in this world, will try to get my hands on that book. I hope you now enjoy good health and don’t suffer from any nuances caused by the box.

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  • meh

    This story was on a ghost story show. Seeing this on creepy pasta is very interesting to me.

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  • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

    Hi Nighty,
    I am not really a paranormal type – I guess I am a little more aware since this artifact came into my life. To be honest, I only found this website because on occasion I will do a Google searches to see what is happening with the studio Lionsgate and others who have interest in the artifact. Sometimes I chime in if it looks interesting enough. As a matter, Lionsgate of fact the DVD will be out on Tuesday with a featurette of the real history – it has the first owner, me and my son Ross in it.
    For the best documentary of the Dibbuk Box – I recommend SyFy’s Paranormal Witness Season 2 Dybbuk Box.

    Thanks for your good wishes. Since the Dibbuk Box was put an Acacia Ark it has been calm. Burying it in the ark seems to have finished the task.
    Best – Jason

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  • http://dranking.tumblr.com Winsley

    I can honestly say I’ve never read anything more shocking in my life. I hope you and your family are doing well now, especially your mother.

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    • Suzanne

      Damn. I didn’t mean to dislike your comment. I agree.

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  • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

    Hi Winsley –

    The events in the eBay listing was about Kevin Mannis’ mother Ida.

    She is shown in the SyFy show about the Dybbuk Box. It has been downhill ever since for her – paralysis, speech problems – every form of illness but she continues to breath. Sad.
    Jason

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  • lollipop_gestapo

    Half way through, I realized the movie had to be based on this..was very excited to read the real facts. I found the movie upsetting, and intriguing, this tale even more so.
    I had once, about 6 years ago, in my late teens, purchased a porcelain box, painted like a jester head. It was obtained from a flea market for about a quarter. Immediately, began suffering nightmares, waking up at the same time every night, etc. The line between being awake and sleeping was very blurred; I couldn’t tell if I was seeing shapes swim across my floor, or still asleep. I was absolutely distraught, and sleep deprived. When I moved, a few weeks later, I re-donated the box, and was fine.
    I’m not GLAD someone’s experienced a disturbance over an inanimate object, but relieved I wasn’t entirely insane.
    I’m really sorry you had such a change in your life because of this, and experienced fear, sleepless nights, and general anxiety.

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  • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

    Thanks for your concern Lollipop. Strange story of buying something seemingly innocent and figuring out it was not as it appeared. Be careful with your purchases or what you inherit too!
    Best,
    Jason

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  • Kenzie

    “Dibbuk” is German for the English word “Dybbuk”, and here’s the definition of this word:
    dybbuk |ˈdibək|
    noun ( pl. dybbuks or dybbukim |ˌdiboŏˈkēm|)
    (in Jewish folklore) a malevolent wandering spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person until exorcized.

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  • Mindy

    Creepy。

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  • Xander Davis

    although the majority of this is somewhat true to the original true story and the links are authentic I had to down rate this pasta as it is not original and not your work. also the facts you have can be acquired by anyone who buys the book on it from the website that has those pictures.

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    • Anonymous

      Sweetie, the guy who wrote this then wrote the book. Duh!

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  • Alice

    Mr. Haxton,
    Wow… This story is very in-depth, but yes, I could tell the movie was indeed based off of this. I also remember seeing this on SyFy, and I must say I was awestruck.
    I plan on buying the book soon, so… yeah. But I really hope that you and your family are better, and whatever the heck that box was possesed with (it almost sounded like a demon. No promises, but the fact that you saw blurrs and shadows could be a demon.)may leave soon and if it’s gone, never return.

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    • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

      Thanks Alice for your good wishes. Sealing the Dibbuk Box in an acacia ark lined in gold (I know sounds pretty extreme) did have a calming effect on the box.

      Now buried over half a year ago – seems to have finished the task. No promises that if someone were to dig it up wouldn’t start the problems all over- who knows. I have no intereset in disturbing the Dibbuk Box’s slumber.
      Best,
      Jason

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      • Chris

        Mr Haxton,

        I have not read your book yet. I WILL be getting it soon. I was wondering , what exactly is an “Acacia Arc” ?

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  • pang

    dibbuk means demon in hebrew. it is an old tradition to capture demons in boxes, the boxes are never meant to be opened which is probably why the girls grandma wanted to be burried with it. once opened they can not be let back in with out some sort of hebrew exorcism.

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  • Stheno359

    Huh,it’s weird how the word “keselim” seems so familiar to me.Too familiar.I am not joking,I’m really curious to know why it’s so familiar to me.Maybe I’m just imagining it and I’ve heard the word in a movie or read it somewhere,but it’s almost like I’ve alawys known that word.As soon as I read it,I related it to a winged creature,I don’t know why.It seems like the people I ask have never heard of that creature,and when I pronounce it,it sounds like an unfamiliar word to me,which is pretty odd.I’m very sure I’ve heard it before,and if anyone else feels they’ve heard it before as well,please tell me.

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    • Jhe

      I do feel like i’ve seen it before. But i think that’s because it flows so easily in your tongue.

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    • Tristan

      yeah how odd I thought that too

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      • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

        Hi All:
        Here is what I was able to find on the word Keselim – remember – Kevin Mannis the first buyer heard the word from a distressed grand-daughter of the old lady that had the Dibbuk Box. Keselim could have been confused with the word “Kessamim” Kevin wrote it down as he heard it phonetically – It seems to make sense the Dibbuk Box had items in it – charms hair, cups, rare stones, dried flower, pennies. Here is the
        Link:http://www.usajewish.com/jewish-civilization/CAN_JEWS_BELIEVE_IN_MAGIC.asp

        ‘Kessem’ which is more a description of objects used in magic than a system. So when the elders of Moab come towards Balaam they bring ‘Kessamim’ ‘ Charms in their hands’ and someone who uses charms is called a Kossem. The word Kessem also means sticks possibly the art was in casting down sticks or wooden dice and reading them.

        So what do you think? Jason

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    • Huttie

      Hmm, you might actually be referring the word with someting called “Nephelim”. Nephelim are the off-spring of Demons who have materialized and come down to earth, and have had sexual intercourse with women. This happened on the time before Noah, and with the flood, they were all wiped away from the face of the earth. The jews might have changed the word, and made it into keselim instead, idk.

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  • Viktor

    Why not destroy the thing entirely? Save some people the distress of having to deal with it.

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    • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

      My fear – is that if you destroy the box — then the spirit/demon is completely free. While the box that trapped it still exists you have a chance for some control over whatever this is. That is how I see it.
      Jason

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      • Anonymous

        Hello, I couldn’t help but notice you said the meaning of the word keselim was unknown to you. I thought I could be of some help here, because I have a doctorate in Arabic. Keselim is a word from an obscure Syrian dialect of Arabic which means “soul lost in darkness” and is often used in situations involving cursed or possessed items. The folklore of the Arabs in the area suggests that the only way to free an item from a keselim’s possession is to leave it with it’s original owner for eternity. Hope I could be of some help.

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      • onewhoknows

        Jason did the correct thing , It needs to stay just where it is; Never to be opened again .You should NEVER try to destroy such a box because in doing so you unleash the evil within . Thank You Jason for buying this and putting it where it can’t hurt anyone else .
        I cannot believe these such boxes are on sale even now in ebay why on earth would anyone buy one of these then sale it on ebay ? And for those that don’t believe Jason you have no idea the evil that exist ; Jason is being completely honest

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      • tim

        well said unlike others that said why not try to destroy it or throw it in the woods or leave it somewhere in the open with other people because this box is something that should be not taking lightly because the box itself is just a vessel that keeps the demon spirit inside so the best way to handle it respectfully is to keep it sealed and somewhere it can not be found and do not open it fully.

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  • kenny smalltwinkle

    fake as shit

    sell it to me ill buy it for 10 bucks

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    • Anonymous

      I would love to see another story come about from the Dibbuk Cabinet.

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      • Prashant S.

        I’m agree with you Anonymous. I’d also like to see a another story representing a name Kenny related to Dibbuk Box.

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  • Miss Misanthrope

    This link has some more information about the story: http://tribesofthemoon.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=evelse&action=display&thread=94

    Also, the word “keselim” could be based on the word “kessem”, which means witchcraft or witch.

    One thing I like about this story is that to me, it kind of goes along with a silly little belief I have of how objects or places can be touched by emotional energy that leaves an imprint on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Dibbuk means Possessed and Keselim means fools

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  • D.J.Helm

    The possesion is based of this and there is such thing as a dibbick box. So when you think the possesion is just another scary movie…your wrong.

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  • Matt Riccio

    alright no offence but I watched a television show of this and it is copied word for word, basically this isn’t your story and you stole it. seriously am i the only one who saw this? it was a woman who was a holocaust surviver who sold the box to a shop the man gave it to his mother and she had a stroke then he sold the box to a teenage kid who started to get very sick and then it was sold to a proffesor at a university, please make your own story next time

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  • Matt Riccio

    sorry everyone that was my brother who instantly posted this without reading it AND USED MY NAME -.- sorry!

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  • Madeline

    that was really cool/ good, even IF it might be fake.

    what ive heard works it that you put all contents back in exactly how they were, close it up with salt sprinkled around it, put it perfectly up and down, and completely SHASH it.

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  • Anon

    Ok, I’ve read the story and the comments etc, nice story, not really looked in to it, but there’s something in the first paragraph that’s been bugging me all the while.

    In the first paragraph we hear of the original owner, the Jewish woman who was sent to a concentration camp with the rest of her family and was the only one to survive. Then we hear about her granddaughter. That’s the part that doesn’t stick with me.

    If she was the only survivor, then her children (and any grand children) died back in the concentration camp. There’s no mention of her remarrying, which with the complications that come with a Jewish widow wanting to remarry there should be, so how can the Furniture shop owner be talking to her granddaughter?

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    • http://www.dibbukbox@hotmail.com Jason Haxton

      I see you point.

      But… Portland, Oregon has a huge Jewish community – synagoues, cemeteries (in proportion to other cities in the USA).

      I am guessing many Jewish survivors lost spouses and remarried to someone that may have already had children. Not necessarily someone Jewish too?

      The family is very private about this.

      Best,
      Jason

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      • Britt

        A lot of holocaust survivors re-married to other holocaust survivors once they had relocated. Depending on their age, they may or may not have had children together.

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      • reaperess67

        Jason, seems you know alot about this. any suggestions on how to close one without the contents?

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  • Susan

    Loved this! I had never heard of it before. But, when eBay was in its infancy, I do recall hearing about a vial of black smoke- or liquid- that was being auctioned. It had a similar, scary story around it. Not sure if anyone has heard of that. Thanks!

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