"The Cursed Stone"
Legend in: Glen Ellyn, IL
For generations, people have collected unique rocks that sometimes stir up feelings of pride or joy just by looking at them. For most women, this includes, but is not limited to, diamonds, but for Gilbert and Trudy Woods of Glen Ellyn, it was a rather large, mysterious rock that engaged them after a long day working in their rock garden.
So when the Woods found a rather large strange rock with various symbols on it in their yard, including what appeared to be a serpent, the couple thought it would be a great idea to include the mysterious object as a trophy of sorts among the rocks in their rock garden.
Soon afterwards, a variety of strange happenings started up at the Woods residence.
The night the rock was discovered and placed in their garden, Trudy felt a presence in her bedroom at night. The following days her children complained that someone was touching their feet in bed. Then the events continued during daylight hours. Lights would come on randomly throughout the house. The radio would suddenly change stations in the middle of a broadcast. Gilbert suffered a heart attack and Trudy unexplainably went blind for three months . . . then developed multiple sclerosis.
The Woods finally figured the stone was to blame and got it out of their life all together . . . by giving it to their friend Linda Kliest.
Almost immediately, she too began to feel the effects of the Cursed Stone.
Kliest made a list of all the bad things that happened to her while in possession of the object. She had regular migraines, hepatitis three times, got into a five-car accident and perhaps strangest of all, her house was constantly swarming with bees in the middle of winter! Her friend Maria Miller was so intrigued by the stone that she took a photograph of it and then was diagnosed with cancer. Two years to the day later, Miller died of the disease.
Kliest eventually relinquished the Cursed Stone to Dr. Evelyn Paglini, who had background in occult objects. Paglini was able to decipher the symbols on the stone. She explained there was a sign for infinity and a serpent that represents the battle between good and evil. The latter symbols, the five squares, represent the five senses, and the diamonds represent a directional compass.
Shortly after taking possession of the stone, Paglini's assistant Linda Hornacek was working late one night and saw two glowing eyes floating near the stone inside of a dark outline that appeared to be an infant.
Instantly she felt a unruly amount of rage and negative energy.
Today, no one knows what has happened to the stone as the ownership from there is foggy at best. What is known is that this stone was only the first of several to be found in the yard of the Woods family. No one knows what happened to the new stones but one thing is clear. To this day the stone is passed from one person to the next leaving an unfortunate trail of events in its path.
- Beyond the above, a professional photographer was called in to take a picture of the stone. The next day at midnight her house in Lemont, IL caught fire and burned to the ground. The photographer wasn't hurt, but no one could figure out how the fire started.