Everyone knows that Friday the 13th is not a good day. The number 13 itself is tied deeply to superstitious beliefs that bring bad luck and even death. So it's no wonder there are plenty of horrible things that happened on Friday the 13th.
There are enough creepy Friday the 13th stories to make one paranoid and fear that particular day every time it comes on the calendar. In fact, some are so superstitious about the day, they will do anything they can to avoid leaving the house and risk the bad luck that seemingly follows the day. No one knows exactly what the origin of the unlucky Friday the 13th, but there are plenty of theories. It could've been the day Jesus had his last supper, or it could be connected to the Knights Templar.
Whatever the cause may be, history is replete with tragedies and crimes committed on Friday the 13th. Could it be that the day really is cursed?
The Murder Of Kitty Genovese
Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside of her apartment in Queens, New York on Friday, March 13, 1964. At the time, it was reported that nearly 40 people in the neighborhood witnessed or heard Genovese's murder take place, but no one tried to help or call the police. Since then, that number has been refuted, though there's no question people didn't intervene.
A man by the name of Winston Moseley was arrested for an unrelated crime six days after Genovese's murder, and he confessed to it in custody. Moseley stated his only motive for killing Genovese was his desire to kill a woman. Moseley was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Genovese, but he died in March 2016 after serving 52 years in prison. Did Moseley really just have the desire to kill a woman that day, or could it be that Friday the 13th evil curse at play?
The Black Friday Fires
The Black Friday Fires began on Friday, January 13, 1939, in Victoria, Australia - and the result was devastating. Almost five million acres of land was destroyed, and 71 people lost their lives. Thousands of homes and businesses burned down, too.
The fires were due to an unnaturally dry summer combined with a drought that lasted for years. Many small fires had developed before the Black Friday Fires, but they were mostly ignored because people believed they would eventually die down. Instead, high winds caused the fires to fan out and eventually join together, resulting in the disastrous fires.
The Buckingham Palace Bombing
The bombing of Buckingham Palace is proof that even if you decide to stay home on Friday the 13th for fear of bad luck, lousy things can still happen. On September 13, 1940, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were at the palace enjoying their afternoon tea when German bombs went off in their courtyard during World War II. Even though the room they were occupying was right next to the courtyard, the couple was not injured. However, one guest in the palace died, and several more were injured. King George VI refused to leave the palace and move to a safer place, and his wife and children stuck it out with him.
Friday the 13th has claimed many victims, but Tupac Shakur's death was a shocking one. Shakur was a successful rapper, actor, and record producer. He was on the up and up, which made his death at age 25 even more tragic. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was in Las Vegas on his way to a club when an unknown assailant in a white Cadillac pulled up beside him at a stop light and started shooting. Shakur was shot four times and in critical condition for six days, but on Friday the 13th, he died of internal bleeding from his injuries. There are many theories about Tupac Shakur's death, but none of them have been proven.
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