- A Canadian tourist returned artifacts she took from Pompeii, blaming them for her past 15 years of bad luck.
- Along with the artifacts, she sent a letter saying that she didn’t want the negative energy attached to the tiles to pass on to her family.
- Over the years, about a hundred visitors have also returned artifacts they stole from the ancient city.
A Canadian woman, identified only as Nicole, took five artifacts from Pompeii in 2005. She recently returned them (two white mosaic tiles, two pieces of an amphora vase, and a piece of ceramic tile) to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii after saying they have plagued her with bad luck for the past 15 years.
Along with the artifacts was a letter explaining her decision.
The woman wrote that she was “young and dumb” at that time and she had wanted to have “a piece of history that couldn’t be bought.”
However, once she returned home to Canada, she said she suffered two bouts of breast cancer, which prompted a double mastectomy. Financial trouble also plagued her family.
She blamed the tiles for the bad luck, being a piece of history attached to tragic destruction, death, and “so much negative energy.”
In 79 AD, Pompeii was destroyed and its residents buried when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted and showered the ancient city with volcanic rock, ash, and noxious gas.
The woman said that she had given another tile to a friend, but she doesn’t know if that friend will also return hers.
In the letter, she wrote, “We are good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family, my children, or myself anymore. Please forgive my careless act that I did years ago.”
A spokeswoman for the park said that around a hundred visitors have also returned small artifacts they had taken during their visit to Pompeii over the years. They also sent letters “claiming to have derived only bad luck” from the stolen artifacts.