Canadian tourist returns ‘cursed’ artefacts she stole from Pompeii, saying they gave her 15 years of bad luck including two cases of breast cancer
- Nicole, 36, stole mosaic tiles and ceramics from Pompeii during a trip in 2005
- She has since suffered breast cancer twice and endured financial hardship
- The tourist attributes her bad luck to the objects from the ‘land of destruction’
A Canadian tourist who stole artefacts from Pompeii in 2005 has returned them to the ancient city claiming they gave her 15 years of bad luck.
The woman, known only as Nicole, 36, sent a package containing two mosaic tiles, a piece of ceramics and parts of an amphora to a travel agent in the southern Italian city.
She also wrote a letter of confession in which she detailed her theft and her subsequent run of misfortune, including two cases of breast cancer and financial hardship.
A Canadian tourist who stole artefacts from Pompeii in 2005 has returned them to the ancient city because they were ‘cursed’ (file image)
She wrote, according to The Telegraph: ‘Please, take them back, they bring bad luck.’
She said she took the artefacts because she wanted to own a piece of history that no one else had, but they had ‘so much negative energy… linked to that land of destruction’.
Pompeii was destroyed after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, covering the ancient city in volcanic ash, preserving it until it was rediscovered in the 16th century.
Nicole added that she had learned her lesson asked for forgiveness from God.
She said: ‘I am now 36 and had breast cancer twice. The last time ending in a double mastectomy.
‘My family and I also had financial problems. We’re good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children.’
The tourist says she suffered breast cancer twice and experienced financial difficulties in the years after stealing the objects
Her package also contained another letter of confession written by a couple from Canada who stole from the site in 2005.
She said they took the artefacts without thinking of those who suffered there thousands of years ago.
The ancient city is one of the most visited attractions in Italy and has had to contend with many tourists pilfering its ruins.
So many stolen relics have been returned to the site along with letters expressing guilt that officials at Pompeii set up a museum to display them.
Some thieves have even tried to sell parts of Pompeii online, with a brick from the ruins appearing on eBay in 2015.