Some might dismiss them as superstitious nonsense, but the fact that stories of curses have been around for thousands of years is a testament to their popularity. Previously, Listverse has covered some bizarre curses and creepy, cursed objects. This list will take a look at 10 of the cruelest curses throughout history. Whether or not you believe in them, you can’t deny the suffering the victims of these curses endured . . . even if it is purely coincidental.
10. The Curse That Took Down A Queen
In July 2012, Sirikit, the beloved queen of Thailand, suffered a stroke and hasn’t been seen in public since. That wouldn’t be suspicious in and of itself, were it not for the whispered rumors of a decades-long curse that traces its origins back to one of the most audacious jewel heists in history.
It all started back in 1989, at the palace of the Saudi royal family. A Thai janitor broke into Prince Faisal’s room and stole $20 million worth of jewelry, which he somehow managed to smuggle back to Thailand in the bag of a vacuum cleaner. Among the jewels was a prized possession of the Saudi prince—a 50-carat gemstone known simply as the “Blue Diamond.”
Saudi authorities alerted Thai police of the crime and the thief was quickly arrested, but not before he had sold some of the stolen gems on the black market. The remainder of the loot was promptly returned to the Saudi royal family—except more than half of the jewels had been replaced with crude fakes. Not only that, but the Blue Diamond was still missing and, to add insult to injury, the Thai police suggested it never existed in the first place.
But for a jewel whose existence has never been definitely proven, the Blue Diamond has caused more problems than it is worth, leading some to suggest that it’s cursed. The curse supposedly claimed its first lives back in February 1990, when three Saudi diplomats (who had been tasked with investigating the jewelry heist) were all shot execution-style on the same night. Thai police insisted that there was no proof that the murders were in any way related to the “Blue Diamond Affair,” but the Saudis thought otherwise and suspected a cover-up.
Their suspicions were fueled when the local press reported that the wives of some of Thailand’s most powerful men had been seen wearing jewelry that resembled the missing Saudi gems. Interestingly enough, the most recent alleged sighting of the elusive Blue Diamond was on Queen Sirikit, who was seen wearing a remarkably similar jewel shortly before her stroke and sudden disappearance from the public eye. Many believe that Queen Sirikit is the latest victim of the Blue Diamond curse, which is said to wreak havoc until it is returned to its rightful owner.