Some are saying that an Illinois man learned the power of hexes the hard way after attempting to collect $150,000 in hidden cash that his neighbor says was cursed.
51 year old Wayne Sabaj was picking broccoli in his McHenry County yard when he stumbled upon a treasure that just about anyone would consider good luck: bags full of cash amounting to well over a hundred grand. For an unemployed carpenter on the verge of losing his home, it was like hitting the jackpot.
After reporting the cash to the police (after all, better safe than sorry), Sabaj was set for a court settlement which would have seen him split the find with his neighbor Delores Johnson once the money was released from holding, but according to Johnson’s daughter, Delores wanted nothing to do with the cash.
Sabaj’s elderly neighbor told her daughter that she had disposed of the cash because it was cursed, and warned her and others to steer clear. She died shortly after her warning, at the age of 87.
Well, Sabaj didn’t listen and went ahead with his claim on the cash. He didn’t live long enough to see it’s release, passing away on Monday from diabetes complications.
“Apparently, she was right,” Robert Burke, Sabaj’s lawyer, told The Chicago Tribune. “The money is cursed.”
The alleged curse hasn’t stopped other local people from attempting to make claims on sacks of money, including a liquor store owner who claims he was robbed of the same amount of cash several years ago.
“There are all these theories about how the money ended up in the garden,” said Edmund Budris, another of Sabaj’s neighbors. “People are grasping. Grab what they can.”
For now, the cursed cash is still being held by the local police department until they can be sure that the money isn’t linked to any criminal activity, but Burke believes it will be released to both the Johnson and the Sabaj estates soon, though he now has his own reservations about the case.
“I don’t know if I want to take a fee,” he quipped.
Did an out of work carpenter stumble upon some very bad luck? Or was he simply the victim of some very bad health? Would you hold on to the “cursed cash”? Let us know what you think! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below!