In 2005, a Canadian tourist stole pieces of amphora, fragments of mosaics and a piece of ceramic in Pompeii. She accused this theft of having harmed her.
It’s a sordid story that reported the “Guardian”. A 36-year-old woman said she returned stolen items to the Pompeii archaeological site, as she said they were “cursed”. Nicole – who did not give her last name – was 21 years old when she visited, like 3.6 million people each year, the famous Roman ruins, located in the south of Italy. Before leaving, the Canadian wanted to take some memories with her. She then stole pieces of amphora, fragments of mosaics and a piece of ceramic.
Fifteen years later, this woman accused this theft of having caused many wrongs in her life. “I am now 36 years old and have had breast cancer twice. […] The last one ended with a double mastectomy. My family and I also had financial problems. We are good people and I do not want to pass this curse on to my family or my children, ”she wrote in a letter, including the artifacts stolen in 2005.
“We are sorry”
Pompeii was buried by volcanic ash from the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. About 3000 people perished. “We took them without thinking of the pain and suffering that these poor souls experienced during the eruption of Vesuvius and their terrible death. We are sorry, please forgive us for making this terrible choice. May their souls rest in peace, ”continued Nicole.
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The British newspaper explains that every year, stolen relics are returned to the archaeological site of Pompeii, so much so that park officials have created a museum to specially exhibit these artifacts.