Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Curse of the "Crying Boy"

(Above: Who would want that creepy kid in her house anyway?)

In 1985, an English couple's house caught on fire. Everything on the ground floor was destroyed--with one strange exception. A cheap painting of a crying child had survived the flames unscathed. It was odd, yes. But then a local firefighter stepped forward, and the story became truly disturbing.

The firefighter claimed that the tacky painting was well known among his blaze-battling colleagues. It was often discovered--in perfect condition--among the burnt remains of fire-ravaged homes. The "Crying Boy" had been present at dozens of fires, investigators later determined, some dating all the way back to 1973.

One of Britain's tabloid papers immediately picked up on the story, and the "Crying Boy" became a phenomenon. Was the painting cursed? Was poor taste in home decor putting people's lives at risk? When the paper offered to destroy people's paintings for free, frightened Brits sent in so many copies that the stack eventually reached over twelve feet high.

Rather than go away, the story has grown into a full-fledged urban legend in the past twenty-three years. Some sources even claim to have tracked down the artist and identified the boy in the painting as a Spanish orphan whose parents died in a fire. (A priest reportedly told the artist that fires followed the child wherever he went.)

Of course most "rational" people have long dismissed the curse of the "Crying Boy." The source of each and every fire at which the painting was present has been identified by firefighters--electric heaters left next to beds or stoves left burning unattended.

But what no one has ever been able to adequately explain is why the painting itself is never destroyed. (Oooh. I just shivered.)

Read the full story at

(Via Boing Boing)


Anonymous Rhapsody said...

Uh.... Thats one creepy looking child. Your right who wuold want to have to see that on there wall everyday.
I find it very interesting how the boys parents died in a fire.

6:54 PM  
Blogger MinnieMouseLoverxoxo said...

oh my gosh. See i really don't like stuff like that.I dont even know what to think about quetion.....Do the rest of you believe in it?

7:47 PM  
Anonymous bookgirl said...

Creepy! And do you have any tips on becoming an athour? I asked Schoolastics and got turned ddown:(

7:58 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

That is sooo cool! OoO If the fire can't hurt it, can you chop it in half or something? XD But who would chop it in half?

11:00 PM  
Anonymous michele said...

Very creepy! I wouldn't want that painting hanging around anywhere in my house! I sorta believe the legend/myth. I think the boy looks more mad than sad though.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Random Irregular said...

Oooo. This is very creepy.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Quarguana said...

That is... Really, really creepy. We have one like that, almost, but the 'Crying Boy' in the picture happens to to be my dad as a five year old, getting a splinter removed. So I don't think it counts.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

sheesh. i'll bet the artist was also the maid who gave robert the doll. she has a thing for creepy little boys.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

What do you think would happen it you tried to set fire to the painting?

Oh, and (relatively) good grounds for all you conspiracy theorists out there: kitchen countertops causing cancer (I couldn't think of a halfway decent description that didn't have alliteration)


1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so creepy. Man, I wish stuff like this would happen out here. All we get is the "2008 Democratic National Convention". Bo-ring!

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bookgirl-Try googling "publishing companies". I'm kinda a writer, too, and I found a lot of pretty good ones. My advice, pick like 6 or 7, and if one turns you down, just go to the next one.
Good Luck!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...

Ooh, I want! (jk)
Who would want a painting of a sad child? It's just as bad as having paintings of sad animals (like certain people in a certain book!).

bookgirl, please tell me if you get your book published! Pretty please with the Crying Boy on top? (again, just kidding)

5:38 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Dante's.inferno, I agree with you. NOTHING EVER HAPPENS WHERE I LIVE!!! [except this fair that happens ever year at about this time (ohh! I'm gonna go there today! ... I think) and this historical hotel which my mom and her friends think that it haunted... And more historical sights that have absolutly nothing interesting. No seceret underground tunnels, no hidden secrets, and no ghosts]

6:46 PM  
Blogger Erin said...


Wow. I have chills.

12:20 AM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

Where I live, you have to make things happen. I would love to see your book! Actually, I do believe this. I'm a sucker for ghost stories.

9:33 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

Wait, does this even count as a ghost story? X(

12:49 PM  
Anonymous iori said...

What a creepy painting.

9:42 PM  

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