Previously published in Examiner
Was there really a curse and did it strike the excavation team?
Reporting of deaths associated with the King Tut Tomb Site
A few months after the opening of the tomb, 57-year-old Lord Carnarvon became ill and was rushed to Cairo where he died a few days later. The exact cause of death was not determined, but it seemed to have to do with an infection brought about by an insect bite. According to legend, the lights went out in all of Cairo at the time of his death and his own son reported that back home in England, Carnarvon’s favorite dog howled at the precise moment of his death and dropped dead on the spot.
The intrigue does not end there. It is said that when the Pharaoh’s corpse was unwrapped in 1925, they found a wound on the king’s left cheek, which was the same location as the insect bite, which killed Lord Carnarvon.
From that point up until 1929, eleven people somehow associated with the archeologists and excavators died of unnatural deaths, among these people were Carter’s personal secretary (Richard Bethell and his father) and two of Lord Carnarvon’s relatives.
Lord Westbury was Bethell’s father. He killed himself by jumping off a building. What was very disquieting was the message he left before committing suicide. He said,
“I really cannot stand any more horrors and hardly see what good I am going to do here, so I am making my exit.”
Of course the press got wind of these strange happenings and had a field day with them. By 1935 they had attributed 21 deaths in total to the mummy’s curse.
The director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Herbert E. Winlock was one of the greatest Egyptologists of the 20th century. He did his own research on the curse. According to his findings, of the 22 people who worked at the site only 6 of them had died by 1934, which was 12 years later. There were 22 people present when the sarcophagus was opened two years later in 1924 and only two of those people were died 10 years later in 1934. Ten people saw the mummy unwrapped in 1925 and they were all still alive in 1934.
to be continued
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