A Canadian woman (36) has returned stolen objects from Pompei after 15 years. She claims in a letter that they are “cursed” and “brought her nothing but bad luck”. The woman has contracted breast cancer twice since the theft and ran into financial difficulties.
A tourist point in Pompei (Pompei is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples), recently received a package containing two mosaic tiles, pieces of a jug, and pieces of ceramics.
A letter written by a Canadian woman named Nicole revealed that the items had been stolen some 15 years ago. She now wants to get rid of the objects because, according to her, they are “cursed”.
In her own words, the woman stole “because she wanted a piece of history that no one else had”. “But they carry so much negative energy in them, it comes from that place of destruction,” it says.
‘I am now 36, and I have had breast cancer twice,” the Canadian woman continues in her letter. “The last time ended in a mastectomy. My family and I have money problems. We are good people, and I do not want to pass this curse on to my family or my children. So please take them back. They bring bad luck.’
The administrators of the archaeological site report that they have already recovered several stolen objects from Pompei in recent years. Most of the time, tourists want to keep the items as souvenirs. Still, some thieves have also tried to sell archaeological pieces online. In 2015, a stone stolen from Pompeii in 1958 was listed for sale on eBay.
One of the most famous archaeological sites globally, Pompei was buried under ash and debris in AD 79 at the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius. The ruins were gradually uncovered from the 16th century onwards.