So this starts airing this Saturday, April 2nd at 9/8c on Travel Channel.
It does sound a lot like John Zaffis’ old show Haunted Collector but not sure exactly what Zak is going for here. I’ve heard rumor that he is planning to open a museum now if it’s going to be an actual brick and mortar place one might buy a ticket to walk through off the Vegas strip remains to be seen.
Per Zak’s tweet this afternoon, this show, “takes a deeper look at the people who are severely affected by haunted objects…..I try to help them”.
So this show sounds as if it is not about the object itself rather like Aftershocks where Zak interviews the owner of said object(s). AND he did get the owner of the Dybbuk Box to dig it up for the show.
Zak hasn’t done much talking about this new show just posting that it starts airing, I’m guessing the title kinda of gives the premise away???
First up will be Robert the Doll. Robert, coming from Key west, FL
standing 3 feet tall with button eyes and it is said that Mrs. Otto (who owned the doll)one day witnessed one of the servants performing black magic this servant who gave Robert to Robert (the son of Mrs. Otto)was fired. Yes, it was a lifelike doll, the real human hair was rumored to be Robert’s (the son) real hair, so we kinda get there is a bit of possible VooDoo going on here. To this day Robert remains in the East Martello Museum, still holding his stuffed lion and continuing his supposed menacing ways.
Also in the first episode is what’s known as, The Dybbuk box (dibbuk). The haunted jewish wine box. This box was bought in an estate sale. The woman who is believed to be the box’s original owner died at the age of 103 and had survived a Nazi concentration camp. The box was acquired in Spain and brought to the United States.
A Dybbuk Box (hebrew Kufsat Dibbuk) a wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by a Dybbuk. What is a Dybbuk (pronounced di-bic) you might ask? Well, a Dybbuk is a restless, usually malicious spirit (so, what most believe as a poltergeist). Many owners of the box have reported strange happenings.
The box gained notoriety when it was auctioned on eBay with an accompanying “horror story” from Kevin Mannis, this being the original inspiration for the movie, “The Possession”. Upon opening the box, Mannis writes, he found inside, 2 1920’s pennies, a lock of corded blonde hair, a lock of corded brown/black hair, a small statue engraved with the word “Shalom”, a small golden wine goblet and a single candle holder with four legs shaped like an octopus.
The box was subsequently bought by Jason Haxon of Kirksville Missouri who reported strange medical problems. He consulted Jewish Rabbis about how to re-seal the box, apparently he succeeded and is said to have buried the box someplace he would never revel. I say Zak must have some tough negotiating skills if this is the real Dybbuk box because he succeeded in getting Mr. Haxson to revel not only the location but to film the box once again.
As far as the pennies inside the box, whenever I investigate or visit a place that is known to be haunted I leave the spirits a penny (or dime). Why, because they are believed a sign of respect for the spirit (pennies from heaven), I leave it for the loved one especially if the investigation involves living members of the spirits family. I never tell anyone where I place the penny but the spirit knows it’s there. The locks of hair and the statue engraved with Shalom signals the original owner may have believed they were being or could become haunted by passed loved ones and tried to contain the spirits inside the box as Shalom is used by the jewish as a meeting or parting greeting meaning peace but can also mean completeness, soundness, and welfare. In Chronicles 12:18 Shalom is applicable to an external peace between two entities such as individuals and/or to an internal peace within THE individual.
This should be an interesting episode, not sure about all of them. We’ll see what haunted items Zak and crew have for us. Hopefully they will concentrate more on the history than the re-enactments.