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« Reply #1095 on: March 22, 2009, 07:43:07 pm »

In the 1920s, of course, death from pneumonia was common. Nevertheless, newspapers around the world began to attribute Lord Carnarvon's death to a "curse" from the tomb when, it was reported, all the lights in Cairo went out and Lord Carnarvon's pet terrier suddenly howled, rolled over and died at Highclere Castle in England 4,000 miles away - both at the same moment that Lord Carnarvon died.

Not everyone accepted the story of the curse, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, acclaimed creator of Sherlock Holmes, did - publicly. And even skeptics began to wonder when an investigation showed that there had been an unexplained power failure in Cairo that night.

Around the world, as a result, fear spread swiftly. In England hundreds of people packed up antiquities and souvenirs from Egypt and sent them to the British Museum, and in the United States several politicians went so far as to demand an investigation of mummies in various museums to determine whether they presented any medical danger to the public.

In 1930, the "curse" hit the headlines again when Lord Westbury committed suicide following the sudden death of his son, Richard - who had served as Carter's secretary during the opening of the tomb - and when a young boy was run over and killed by Lord Westbury's hearse enroute to the cemetery.

The story was revived still again when two archeologists, one from the Louvre, the other from the Metropolitan, both died - reportedly right after visiting the tomb. In 1967 the press trotted it out still again when the man who had signed the contracts to send King Tut exhibits to Paris was hit by a car and died - as the treasures were being packed - and when a leading antiquarian was killed just after leaving the exhibit. In 1972 Dr. Gamal Mehrez, director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage as the Tut treasures were being packed for an exhibition in London.
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