A Canadian woman has returned five artifacts she stole from Pompeii in 2005, alleging the ancient pieces were cursed beyond her understanding and it has unleashed 15-years of suffering and ill-fate to her and family.
Nicole, sent back two pieces of amphora vase, a piece of ceramic wall, and two white mosaic tiles back to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii from where she stole them in 2005, media reports confirm.
In the parcel she also sent an attached letter explaining her decision. ‘I was young and dumb at that time,’ Nicole wrote saying the reason she lifted those ancient artifacts were because she ‘wanted to have a piece for history that could not be bought.’
But clearly she now regrets the decision.
Since she returned to Canada with the theft, her family has drowned in deep financial trouble, she was diagnosed with two breast cancer and had to undergo a double mastectomy — a fate she blames for the cursed Pompeii artifacts she bought.
“We can’t ever seem to get ahead in life,” she wrote, adding: “I took a piece of history captured in a time with so much negative energy attached to it.”
The ancient city of Pompeii what is now the comune of Pompei near Naples in the Campania region of Italy was buried in 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
“People died in such a horrible way and I took tiles related to that kind of destruction,” Nicole wrote, referring to the pain of the city inhabitants who lost their lives burring in the volcano.
The city, now largely an excavated remain, is a major tourist attraction as it allows a glimpse of the 79 AD when the time was frozen in Pompeii by the sudden eruption.
The woman also said she gave a piece of tile to one of her friends and has informed her of the decision to return them back. But she can’t guarantee if the friend will return them back as well.
“We are good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family, my children or myself anymore,” she wrote in the letter. “Please forgive my careless act that I did years ago.”
A spokeswoman from Archaeological Park of Pompeii told CNN that over the years they have received 100s of return mails of stolen pieces. They sent the attached letter complaining the artifacts only bought them bad luck.
A few of those letters are now on display in the Antiquarium because the authorities believe, even though the stolen pieces may not be significant but the letter is interesting from an anthropological perspective.