Woman returns stolen Pompeii artifacts after suffering 15-year 'curse'

October 13, 2020

A Canadian woman has returned a series of stolen tile pieces to Pompeii after housing them for 15 years and claiming to have suffered a "curse" from her decision to take them in the first place.

The woman, who CNN identifies as Nicole, took two white mosaic tiles, two pieces of amphora vase, and a piece of ceramic wall from the Archaeological Park of Pompeii in 2005. Now, she's sent the items back with a letter explaining her decision.

"I wanted to have a piece of history that couldn't be bought," she began, further explaining that she was "young and dumb" at the time.

However, since returning to Canada with the items, she suffered two instances of breast cancer and a series of financial troubles for her family.

Nicole blames the majority of her bad luck on the tiles, which were taken from a place with "so much negative energy attached to it." "We can't ever seem to get ahead in life," she wrote.

She continued, "People died in such a horrible way and I took the tiles related to that kind of destruction."

She then went on to say that she had gifted one of her tiles to a friend years ago, and is unsure if her friend will also decide to return her piece.

CNN reports that according to a spokeswoman for the park, people have been returning stolen artifacts to Pompeii for years, claiming the items brought them only bad luck.

The value of these items is usually not significant.

Many of the letters sent with the returned artifacts are now on display at the Pompeii Antiquarium.

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