The Dibbuk Box

Jason Haxton


A series of eerie events slowly unfolds when a wine cabinet sells at an estate sale in Oregon. In this true account, a dark story comes to light—a story that began at the time of the Holocaust and seems to have come full circle.

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A series of eerie events slowly unfolds when a wine cabinet sells at an estate sale in Oregon. It is soon sold and resold on eBay’s Internet auction, and each new owner becomes desperate to get rid of the box along with the health problems, accidents, or death they claim came with it.

Jason Haxton, the curator of a medical museum in a small Missouri town, learns of the mysterious cabinet and is intrigued by it as an artifact to be studied and researched. He places a bid on eBay and soon finds himself the proud owner of the dibbuk box. But as he carefully investigates and records everything he can about this unusual item said to be possessed by a Jewish spirit, Haxton discovers far more than he bargained for. In this true account, a dark story comes to light—a story that began at the time of the Holocaust and seems to have come full circle.

The major motion picture, The Possession, is loosely based on the events Jason Haxton tells about in this book. The Dibbuk Box and Haxton’s experience with it, are frequently shown in television docudrama series including SyFy Channel’s Paranormal Witness and The History Channel’s Fear Files.

No other tale in the history of our show has had such a profound effect on us, and our audience, as The Dibbuk Box.

Aaron Wright & Benjamin Grundy,
Mysterious Universe

The Dibbuk Box is one of those head-scratching enigmas in the paranormal community. The box itself forces us to ponder big questions: Are curses real? Can spirits get attached to inanimate objects? Is there magic and mysticism left in the old religions of the world? I’m glad someone with Jason Haxton’s background and credentials owns this unusual object, and I’m grateful he has so meticulously chronicled his experiences and the origins and mysteries surrounding this old cabinet. Be careful when you open The Dibbuk Box, you may just find a piece of yourself inside.

 —Jeff Belanger, author of
The World’s Most Haunted Places,
host of 30 Odd Minutes

The incidents surrounding the dibbuk box are intriguing, compelling, and downright frightening! Think twice if you believe The Dibbuk Box is “just another fictional tale.”

—Chad Wilson, Paranormal Underground

At our first “Dibbuk Box” production meeting, Sam Raimi said it would be best to have the actual box in our possession while we worked on the movie. The question was raised about who would be the caretaker for the box while it was here. In a room of ten, nobody would volunteer, each using a different excuse to avoid exposure to the box’s curse.

—Stan Wertlieb, Executive Producer of “Dibbuk Box” aka The Possession

No need to search the vastness of outer space for encounters with beings alien to us. There are plenty right here on Earth, journeying with ease across dimensions yet to be discovered, invisible to the eye, inaudible to the ear, and absent to the touch. Some belong to a species of their own, creatures of neither day nor night but of twilight, flourishing betwixt the subtle shifts of moments, drawn to emptiness, to abandoned ruins, to uninhabited spaces reeking of the unfinished, the undone, the forsaken.

—Rabbi Gershon Winkler, author of
Dybbuk and Magic of the Ordinary



Minding My Own Business
Second Thoughts
Taking Possession
Questions from All Sides
Searching for the Truth
Finding Kevin
Sophie’s Story
Rituals and Mysticism
Understanding the Dibbuk Box
The Kirksville Connection
Incompatible Stories
Tying Up Loose Ends

Afterword The Dibbuk in Jewish Folklore,
  Howard Schwartz


Jason Haxton is the museum director at A. T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. He speaks on medical history and exhibits artifacts from the museum worldwide.

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On Aug. 31, Lionsgate will release The Possession, a film produced by Sam Raimi that's loosely based on the terrifying experiences endured by Haxton and the previous owners of the wine cabinet, which has become known in some circles as the Dibbuk Box.... It's based on a true story. EW investigates. Carefully.

Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 3, 2012

Their stories and experiences with the box instantly hit me with a combination of both fear and a strange curiosity. Like thousands who are following this story, I wanted to know more.

—Planet Inside On-line Magazine

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