Weird History 11 Famous Historical Families With Eerie Curses You Can't Deny  

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Stories of curses have permeated throughout history. Stories like the ancient Egyptian curses, where tragedy and death run rampant. Many believe curses also affect some of the world's most prominent families. It appears that with fame and money comes the risk of being cursed. 

Certain major families have been hit with countless mysterious deaths, horrifying coincidence, and some of the most rotten luck ever documented. Is it possible there's something plaguing these families, causing an abhorrent amount of suicide, mental illnesses, and death?

The Kennedy Curse May Be The Most Well-Known Family Curse

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The Kennedy Curse is one of the most documented cases of family cursed out there. Heartache and mysterious deaths span through generations of family tree. In the late 1940s, Joseph Kennedy Jr. and Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish both died in plane crashes. Rosemary Kennedy struggled for years with psychiatric issues – even going so far as getting a lobotomy – before dying in 2005.

John F. Kennedy was supposed to turn the family’s luck around and things were looking up when he became president. However, his presidency ended in tragedy when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated him in 1963. Five years after JFK’s assassination, a lone gunman named Sirhan Sirhan murdered his younger brother, Robert Kennedy, in Los Angeles.

Two of Robert Kennedy’s children died in tragic incidents, one in the '80s of drug overdose and another in the '90s in a skiing accident. In 1999 John F. Kennedy Jr. –JFK's son – died alongside his wife and wife's sister in a plane crash.

The Grimaldi Family Was Cursed By Witches

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The Grimaldi family was one of the most powerful names in Genoa, and eventually became the foundation and royal family of Monaco by the end of the 12th century. In the 13th century, a witch supposedly cursed the Grimaldi name. The curse came after Lord Rainier I raped a young woman who later learned the ways of witchcraft. She used her knowledge of the dark arts to make sure a Grimaldi never found happiness in marriage.

This curse may have manifested into something far more sinister, considering Princess Grace died in a 1982 car accident. Her daughter, who sustained injuries in the accident, had a failed marriage and other failed relationships later in life. 

The Von Erich Family Curse Left All But One Son Dead

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In 1958, Jack Adkisson joined an organization called Klondike Wrestling and created his alter ego Fritz Von Erich. The Von Erich family curse started a year later in 1959, when Jack's young son died from electrocution in an accident.

Jack's other sons went on to become successful wrestlers. David Von Erich died of acute enteritis of the upper intestine at 26. Mike Von Erich sustained a shoulder injury in 1985 and contracted toxic shock syndrome just days after his shoulder surgery. He suffered brain damage as a result and sunk into poor mental health. He committed suicide in 1987 at 23.

In 1986, Kerry Von Erich was in a motorcycle accident that led to the eventual amputation of his foot. He shot himself in the heart in 1993. The youngest son, Chris Von Erich, dealt with many health issues that ultimately became too much for him to bare and he took his own life in 1991. In 1997, Jack Von Erich succumbed to brain and lung cancer. Kevin Von Erich is the only surviving member of the curse-plagued family.

The Nepalese Royal Family Curse Lasted Ten Genereations

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Gorakhnath was a yogi in the 11th century who supposedly had supernatural powers. He protected Gorkha, the place where King Gyanendra's forefathers came from.

Legend has it the first king of a unified Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah, once came into contact with the yogi in the forest and offered him some food. The yogi accepted the food, chewed it up, and spit it out. Gorakhnath told the king to eat it, but the king refused. The yogi stated the king's disrespect meant his kingdom would fall after ten generations

In 2001, Prince Dipendra of the royal family killed his parents and shot seven other people before attempting suicide. Dipendra was crowned king by default while in a coma, but soon died. The tenth generation of the royal family, Dipendra's death marked an eerie manifestation of Gorakhnath's curse