Cullowhee Valley School (Grades K-8) in Cullowhee, North Carolina was built on the site of a couple Native American villages, dating from five hundred years ago to several thousand years ago. The site was a village multiple times, as there would be one there that would get destroyed or abandoned and the people would move elsewhere. The site was a family homestead and farm from the mid-1800s up until the 1970s. When NC 107 was relocated in the 1980s, the old farmhouse was moved across the new road to a new site. The School itself was built in 1994, with site work preparation began in the late 1980s. They discovered serious erosion issues and uncovered the site of the ancient villages during the site work, and construction was postponed for two years. When it resumed, workers noticed strange things happening, tools disappearing and doing strange, erratic things. When the school first opened, there were many reports from students and faculty of strange occurrences, including lights flickering and turning on and off by themselves, technology behaving in an erratic manner, doors opening and closing by themselves, some rooms being impossible to heat or cool, toilets flushing, and the automatic air dryers going off by themselves. During a 6th Grade Band Concert in the late 1990s, the doors inside the locker rooms slammed open and closed by themselves spontaneously. When teachers investigated, they found the contents of the rooms scattered about and nobody inside. People at the school often feel like they are being watched and many teachers who stayed after school until late at night to do work for their classes often report seeing Native American people walking up or down the hallways of the school, dressed how they dressed before the settlers came. Since artifacts were returned to the building around 2000, the sightings have continued, but have decreased in intensity and frequency.
The witness said, “I am assured you that a lot of weird stuff did happened to students, parents, teachers and staff”
One should never open the Dybbuk box, the box itself was first used to describe the subject of an original story by Kevin Mannis. It was featured on Syfy’s Paranormal Witness, which he posted as an Ebay auction listing. Mannis, a writer and creative professional by trade, owned a small antique and furniture refinishing business in Portland, Oregon at the time. According to Mannis’ story, he purportedly bought the Box at an estate sale in 2001.
Not knowing there was evil in the box, eventually when Mannis took the box home and opened it, strange occurrences happened at the store. He had an assistance which was working one afternoon, while Mannis was away for a business. He got a frantic called from him his assistance at the store. When he got back, the store was quiet and empty. He did not see his assistance there. He then went to the basement. The basement door was locked. How did it get locked? He opened the lock, and inside it was dark. He tried to put on the lights, but the lights weren’t working. So he grabbed the nearest flash light and started to search for his assistance. He noticed the long tube light that was hanged crashed to the floor. Several of them were on the floor. He wondered how did this happened? Then he called out for his assistance to see if she was alright. She did not respond. But when he turned his flashlight to one side, she startled him, and she left.
Since the dybukk box was sitting on the table, and it was open. He closed it. He then showed the dybukk box to his mom as a gift, which was not a good idea to do, he showed it to her. Then he was called away by an associate, and she opened the box. She felt something evil came out, and it consumed her and knocked her out to the chair. She felt her eyes were droopy, and her mouth was saggy. She felt she was having a stroke. Her son came back, and he saw her eyes were gazed at the box and no movement from the chair. He called out to her, but no answer from her. So he called 911 and they took her to the emergency room, and she felt better. The box did something to her.
Ever since he had the box, it was causing disturbance at the store and at home. Even nightmares too, so he tried to sell it, he placed it in front of the store. Then someone immediately bought it, a few hours later, it was bought back, with a note said: “It is evil.”
He then sold it on Ebay, he took a nice picture of it, wrote a nice description of the box, and set the price for a reasonable price. Across the interweb, a group of college students saw the listing of the Dybbuk box on EBay and the description of the box was haunted, and they were debating whether one of them should buy it and try it. The following day, one of the room mates saw the empty box with packaging material outside in the living room. When the roommate turned to the kitchen, it was there. It was staring at him, and the trick was his other room mates entered from the other door, and he mentioned that he bought it online.
One of the roommates started to blog about the box and the things happening to him and his roommates. First, the lights were popping. The power keeps going out. Some of the room mates were having troubling sleeping, having nightmares, looking like zombies in the morning, and their eyes were red. This hadn’t happened before, but when the box came, things out of the ordinary happened.
A professor who was reading his blog about the things happening in the apartment was curious as a matter of science. When he saw the listing posted on Ebay, many people were also curious about the box too, they were eager to get the box through an online auction. The bids were coming in and the professor won the auction and the matter of days it came. When the Dybbuk box came to the office, the computers and power were going crazy and outage too. He examined the box very carefully and took pictures and notices few interesting things on it. He saw a strip of wax on the box like it was used in ritual for worshiping. Then the professor took it home and put it in his truck. The professor could not sleep. He was having nightmares of an old hag appeared in his dream wanted to kill him, but he woke up from his nightmarish dream. When he looked into the mirror, his eyes were red as zombies.
So he buried the Dybukk box in an old abandoned old house that he owned and it started again. The nightmares came back and the bruises too. The dark mass appeared in his house scaring his son. So he decided to call the owner of the box, Mannis and he mention to contact the original owner of the box. He did, it had belonged to a Polish Holocaust survivor named Havela, who had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before emigrating to the United States. Havela’s granddaughter told Mannis that the Box had been kept in her grandmother’s sewing room and was never opened because a dybbuk — an evil spirit from Jewish folklore — was said to live inside it. He offered to give the box back to her, but she became upset and refused to take it.
A group of ladies in the 1930s in a Jewish community, created an Ouija board out of a cloth, putting letters and number and called out the spirit, which was bad thing to do. The spirit came, and the ladies were shock in what they did. Since the ladies could not put out the spirits away they draw it out. They decided to put the materials in the box with the artifacts. And everything was clammed.
If you had seen the episode on Paranormal Witness on Syfy and listened to the witness who claimed to encounter this episode was the scariest of them all. The movie ‘The Possession’ opens Friday, August 31, 2012, nationwide.
The story has a similar theme, based and inspired by the true story of the incident, the dybukk box. It will either scare you or not, but I hope it will scare you, because it is based on a true story. Go out and see it.