On August 1st, 2012, Clyde Lewis sat down and talked to Kevin Mannis, one of the original owners of the Dibbuk Box. The Dibbuk (or Dybbuk) Box was a wine cabinet said to be haunted by a spirit or demon related to Jewish Folklore. Also talking to Clyde that night (by phone) was Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri.
Mannis once owned a small antiques and furniture refinishing business in Portland, Oregon. In 2001 Mannis bought the Box at a local estate sale. The box had previously belonged to a Polish Holocaust survivor named Havela, who had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before moving to the United States. Havela’s granddaughter told Mannis that the Box had never been opened because a dibbuk was said to have lived inside it. Mannis offered to return the box, but the granddaughter refused and did not want anything more to do with it.
Mannis claimed he experienced a series of horrific nightmares while in possession of the box. When the box in the basement of his furniture shop, an employee heard glass shattering and other things breaking despite the fact that no one was down there and the basement had been locked up. His mother suffered a stroke on the same day he gave her the box as a birthday present. Mannis managed to sell the box to another owner, but as the box passed on from one person to another, they each experienced supernatural happenings and strange health problems.
Clyde wanted to talk to Kevin and Jason about “The Possession” an upcoming film co-produced by legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi. The movie stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, and Natasha Calis and is about a young girl who buys a mysterious box at a yard sale and becomes possessed by supernatural forces. “The Possession” is loosely based about the Dibbuk Box.
Kevin brought in a Dibbuk Box to the studio. The box was not the one that Kevin had owned, but a similar object that had previously been “haunted” by a dibbuk. Kevin opened the box to show the contents inside, but once he did, strange things began to happen within the studio.
Clyde managed to have two cameras rolling during the show. Here is the footage that we captured…