Is #ThePossession based on true events?

There is, in fact, a much-publicized story of a box that has strange happenings associated with its possession. Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein’s documented the tale in an article titled “Jinx in a Box.” Published in July 2004, Gornstein’s article chronicled bizarre events associated with a small antique wooden cabinet that had been placed up for sale on eBay. Tagged a “haunted Jewish wine cabinet box” by the seller, this mysterious item reportedly caused whoever owned it to have horrifying dreams and see shadowy apparitions.

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

The box, according to Gornstein’s report of the eBay description, contained “two locks of hair, one granite slab, one dried rosebud, one goblet, two wheat pennies, one candlestick and, allegedly, one ‘dibbuk,’ a kind of spirit popular in Yiddish folklore.”

The box was sold at an estate sale in Oregon, eventually making its way to Missouri college student Iosif Nietzke who put it on eBay and sold it to Jason Haxton, a medical museum curator who collects religious paraphernalia. Haxton in turn began researching the source of the box and created a website ( where people could discuss and debate the mysterious ‘haunted’ antique. He traced its roots back to the Holocaust and in November 2011 published a book, The Dibbuk Box, with his findings.

Lionsgate’s 2012 film The Possession is inspired by the true story but takes many cinematic storytelling liberties with the actual events surrounding the small antique cabinet.

The following comment was left on e-cloudy ;

Hello – As caretaker of the REAL Dibbuk Box – it is true. Read Chapter 10 “The Kirksville Connection” of my book The Dibbuk Book. Jason a.k.a. agetron My website; – Jason Haxton

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