Haunted Dybbuk Boxes Real or Hoax


Over the past few months there has been an explosion of Dybbuk boxes finding there ways \on to YouTube Channels that are claiming to be “haunted”, but are these Dybbuk boxes real?  Chances are that these Dybbuk boxes are a hoax, and the Youtube paranormal channels uploading them are as fake as the boxes that they are claiming to be haunted.

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Within the past 5 months hundreds of videos have surfaced proclaiming that they have real “haunted demon” boxes, from sensationalist YouTube channels such as Omargoshtv, Proving Demons that proclaim on every video that either video tape Real Black Eyed Kids, ZoZo, themselves playing with themselves with the “lights out”, and there newest videos on their Dybbuk Boxes.

Real History Behind the Dybbuk Box

Kevin Mannis created the term “dibbuk box” or “dybbuk box” to describe the haunted wine cabinet he had in his possession for the item information for an eBay auction and as the subject of his original story describing paranormal events which he attributed to the box. Kevin Mannis, who is a writer and creative professional by trade, owned a small antiques and furniture refinishing business in Portland, Oregon at the time, which lead many to believe whether the “Dybbuk Box” story was even true, to begin with.

According to Mannis’ story, he bought the Dibbuk box at an estate sale in 2003. Mannis was able to gather the information that the haunted box had belonged to a survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland named Havilah.  He was told by Havaleh’s relatives she had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before her immigration to the United States. Havilah’s granddaughter told Mannis that the box had been bought in Spain after the Holocaust.

Upon hearing that the box was a family heirloom, Mannis offered to give the box back to the family but the granddaughter insisted that he take it. “We don’t want it,” she said. She told him the box had been kept in her grandmother’s sewing room and was never opened because a dybbuk was said to live inside it.

What’s in a Dybbuk Box?

Upon opening the box, Mannis wrote that he found that it contained two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word “Shalom”, a small golden wine goblet, one dried rosebud, and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs.

Paranormal Activity from the Dybbuk Box

Numerous owners of the box have reported the strange paranormal phenomena that accompany it. Some of the paranormal events that Mannis reported while having the Dybbuk box in his possession included bad dreams and paranormal attacks, and he also believed that his mother suffered a stroke on the same day he gave her the box as a birthday present—October 28. Every owner of the dybbuk box reported smells of cat urine or jasmine flowers and nightmares involving an old hag accompanying the box.

the dybbuk box contents

The last person who auctioned off the dybbuk box was Iosif Neitzke, a Missouri student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  He claimed that the dybbuk box caused lights to burn out in his house and his hair to fall out. Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, claimed that he subsequently developed strange health problems, including hives, coughing up blood, and “head-to-toe welts”.

Haxton consulted with Rabbis (Jewish religious leaders) to try to figure out a way to seal the dybbuk in the box again. Apparently successful, he took the freshly resealed box and hid it at a secret location, which he will not reveal. He recently donated the box to Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures to display in his museum.

So are Dybbuk Boxes on YouTube Real or a Hoax?

Chances are that they are not real, I would find it highly unlikely that suddenly hundreds of real haunted boxes suddenly showed up, and decided to make their appearances known on YouTube.  Back in 2012 a “Dybbuk Box” was sent to me and it was one of the worst things in terms of paranormal activity that I have ever experienced and I couldn’t wait to get rid of the box.  I had the box analyzed by Jason Haxton who verified it to be authentic and had the box resealed after I made the mistake of opening it by John Zaffis.

I had experienced many of the same types of events, later to find out the owners of the first Dybbuk Box had experienced: fowl stench of urine, poltergeist activity, horrible nightmares, and that was only the beginning.  The dibbuk box was sealed, and buried along with the evil that occupies it.