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#1 Willow

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:47 PM

One of my favourite Urban Legends...


The Story and Curse of the Crying Boy Painting.


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The legend around this painting is as grim as it gets. The stories began around 1985, when several mysterious fires occurred all around England. When the debris was sifted through the only item that remained un-charred was a painting of a little boy with a tear rolling his cheek in every fire. Could this all be coincidence?

Whether real or not a Yorkshire fireman was so upset that he talked with the “Sun” newspaper in England. They ran his story about how everything in the home was consumed by fire except for a painting of a crying boy. There were at that time more than one of these paintings around and each seemed to have the same effect. The home and all contents would be totally destroyed but the painting of the little crying boy would not show any sign at all of going through a fire. The newspaper began receiving telephone calls from people all over the area that had similar stories to tell about the crying boy painting. One person that called the “Sun” was Dora Mann of Mitcham and she has been quoted as saying "Only six months after I had bought the picture, my house was completely gutted by fire. All my paintings were destroyed, except the one of the crying boy." After one month of hearing all the tales, the “Sun” gave their readers the chance to bring their crying boy paintings and agreed to have a very large bon fire to rid everyone of this cursed or jinxed painting. All paintings that were brought to the newspaper were in fact burned and everyone rejoiced.

However, the story goes on. There have been reports of the crying boy painting being found in charred homes untouched since 1985 and as recent as 1988.

No one knows for sure who the artists might be and where he got the idea to paint a portrait of a crying boy, the rumors are many and the tale is still around. The fact is beware if you find a beautiful painting of a sad, little crying boy.

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This one wins the prize for the creepiest, its a painting by artist Laura Kikauka, The boys' eyes are LEDs and can be lit. The tears are made out of hot glue.

Edited by Willow, 30 May 2007 - 12:48 PM.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:51 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm neat article. Never heard of this one before. It makes these pcitures creepy especially the last one. If I ever see one I will be sure not to buy it!

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 02:08 PM

That last painting really creaped me out also.

I'll remember about the paintings. I wont be buying any crying children any time soon. LOl

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:38 AM

Hehehe...Crying Boy is creepy in its own right...

But there is NO "haunted" painting creepier than "Hands Resist Him."
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:54 AM

Man, this post just inspired me for a birthday gift idea for my mother-in-law!! Especially the last one!WHAT???!!! He's cute!
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 06:17 AM

I like that story alot.
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Posted 21 June 2007 - 03:39 PM

heh my grandparents has a copy of that first pic lol

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 02:00 PM

what compells a person to paint something like that.

I cant even look at the last one... creepy or what.

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#9 Willow

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:34 PM

Hehehe...Crying Boy is creepy in its own right...

But there is NO "haunted" painting creepier than "Hands Resist Him."



I agree entirely :)

Man, this post just inspired me for a birthday gift idea for my mother-in-law!! Especially the last one!WHAT???!!! He's cute!


*snickers* Thats just wrong...hmmm, but my not so nice neighbour's birthday is around the corner *ponders*


heh my grandparents has a copy of that first pic lol



They should count themselves lucky if they werent cursed with fires of anykind :wow:

Believe it or not there's actually a fan club devoted to the crying boy urban legend/paintings though it doesnt seem to be working atm.

I'm partial to the first one, its beautiful yet completely menacing
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Posted 19 September 2009 - 06:08 PM

creepy pictures! :D

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 06:31 PM

Hehehe...Crying Boy is creepy in its own right...

But there is NO "haunted" painting creepier than "Hands Resist Him."



Except maybe a bad likeness of Elvis on black velvet!!! :D :P
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#12 Willow

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:48 AM

Updated article on TCB



National Frenzy Over "Crying Boy" Cursed Paintings

Cursed or not, seems popular to seek out and own one of these paintings/prints.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:58 AM

Hmmmm....

I think the key words in this story are "The Sun."

Nice story & creepy pictures, though. :)

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#14 Willow

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:09 AM

lol...yeah, not the most notable in the world of literary excellence, huh.

I would still own one...well, the first one, the others are just a tad creepy and wouldnt go with anything in my living room.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:03 PM

I'd never heard of this curse, but cursed or not its just...creepy...like clown creepy-shudders-
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