"I Held the Cursed Idol of Nightmares and Was in a Terrible Car Accident"

Witness Report: “I Held the Cursed Idol of Nightmares and Was in a Terrible Car Accident”


Discovered bound in burlap and hidden in a crawlspace below a home in Ohio, The Idol of Nightmares is one of the most fascinating, frightening, and paranormally-active haunted objects that we’ve ever come into contact with. But is The Idol dangerous? After a man who held the artifact suffered a horrible freak accident, he got in touch to share his terrifying experience.

Thanks to its tendency to surprise even staunch skeptics with its strange activity, The Idol of Nightmares has easily become the most popular item in the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, even earning the affectionate nickname “Billy” from guests. Many who work up the courage to hold the artifact will report intense nightmares that feature the statue front and center, but the most incredible thing about The Idol of Nightmares is how the figure’s unmistakable, gruff voice comes through almost every EVP session we perform with it, without fail.

danamatthews-idol-of-nightmaresMuseum curator Dana Matthews holds the bound Idol of Nightmares


A portion of our experiments with The Idol of Nightmares happen in front of large crowds in some of the world’s most haunted places, and if you know much about haunted objects, you know nearly all of them have a bad case of stage fright. Not The Idol. He rants and screams on recorders for audiences of two or two hundred. He’s even done it for Nick Groff, who has taken hundreds of thousands of EVP recordings during his years on Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Lockdown, and Ghosts of Shepherdstown. He’s never heard anything like it.

The following video, filmed by a guest on the Nick Groff Tour’s stop at the Ohio State Reformatory (where we’ve captured some fairly incredible evidence in the past), gives you a good idea of what you can expect from The Idol of Nightmares. The ten minute clip actually captures one of the first live, public experiments we conducted with the artifact, including some priceless reactions from Paranormal Lockdown‘s Katrina Weidman, paranormal investigator Jeff Waldridge, and a room full of ghost hunters.

Interesting to note: a later video by the same guest documents a bizarre recording error that kills the audio during the evening’s most intense group experiment with The Idol of Nightmares.

Sometimes, though, a guest has an experience with The Idol of Nightmares that goes beyond a bad dream or an EVP recording. Far beyond.

The following email comes from a man who held The Idol at a stop on the Nick Groff Tour, and subsequently experienced a terrible car accident. But he wonders – did The Idol of Nightmares cause the accident, or did it save him from it?

[Redacted] said he was talking with you about my story on your live feed last night and you wanted me to tell you about it first-hand.

I was at Ashmore Estates, on the Nick Groff Tour, where I held Billy. Three days after the event, I was driving in North Central Wisconsin when all of a sudden, for no reason, I started to think about holding Billy the Idol. In that moment a semi truck and trailer came over into my lane. I had to take massive aversive action or become nothing more than a memory for my family friends.

I had no choice but to take my truck off road or suffer a head on collision. I went down into the ditch at 65MPH and totaled my vehicle. The semi didn’t even stop! For whatever reason, I recall thinking of Billy again as I laid in the ditch in my truck.

Thankfully I walked away without a scratch.

So is it really bad luck or could be good luck? Something to think about, Greg.

i-held-the-idol-of-nightmaresPhoto captured three days before the man’s freak car accident

Despite the nightmares, creepy history, and the gruff voice that comes through on recorders, we’ve never gotten the impression that The Idol of Nightmares was malevolent so much as misunderstood, but then again, we’ve never received a report like this one either.

If you’ve ever wondered why visitors to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult need to sign a waiver before handling the haunted objects on display, this is why.

Have you held The Idol of Nightmares? Would you? We want to hear from you! Tweet us @WeirdHQ, drop us a line on Facebook, or start a conversation in the comments below!


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  1. Deb Fulton-Kauffman

    07/10/2016 at 8:51 PM

    Is it possible to play the tape in reverse?

    • Planet Weird

      07/10/2016 at 8:58 PM

      Absolutely is. We should have all the recordings soon and will give it a shot!

  2. Dawn Wills Lull

    07/10/2016 at 10:57 PM

    Glad I did not touch it!

  3. Jimmi Quintero

    07/10/2016 at 11:51 PM

    I would like to hold it and feel the energy from the idol of nightmares, I have no fear cuz I love the supernatural.

  4. Gloria Nickerson

    07/10/2016 at 5:32 PM

    This statue has the evil eye,not evil persayBut the eye that wards off bad juju or bad ghosts. He is a protector, whoever removed him from what he was protecting is not a good thing!You’ll know what it is if you could actually find out where he is from. I feel bad for him, because his job was taken away from him. The crys you hear are screams of anger and frustration that he cannot finish his job here on earth. I feel sorry for him.wish you luck.????????????

  5. lacey

    07/11/2016 at 9:38 AM

    Erm, walking away from any car accident – even a minor fender bender – without a single scratch is pretty dang impressive. I’m really surprised, considering the high speed at which the truck went off the road. That’s crazy! I’m betting the accident investigator was pretty surprised as well. Hoping they can track down the semi with negligent driver, though I’m guessing without any brake tire marks or cameras, that will be near impossible. Maybe Billy will haunt the driver’s dreams…

    I’m fairly certain that I would decline an offer to hold Billy. He seems wildly unstable – anything could happen, good or bad (or good and bad).

  6. Sharen Depoister

    07/11/2016 at 5:57 PM

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Billy at Ashmore Estates. I could of gave him tobacco but not the whiskey. Next time I bring moonshine, never know, he might like. Offerings are good, at times

  7. Sharen Depoister

    07/12/2016 at 12:37 AM

    I have a pic of Billy and Greg. Do ya want a copy? And where would you like for me to share it at?

  8. Joe

    07/12/2016 at 12:47 PM

    I know the paranormal is real because I seent it wit my eyes.

  9. Kristina

    07/15/2016 at 2:51 PM

    The statue itself, in my opinion, appears to be similar in nature to the statues produced by the Nok culture in Africa (Nigeria-area). The style is very similar, and I know they found evidence of rock paint at different dig sites. Might be something to look into.

  10. Kathleen Wilson

    08/11/2016 at 10:31 PM


  11. Scott Litaea

    08/11/2016 at 11:12 PM

    I can say it gives you nightmares for sure !

  12. Sophia of Atlantida

    10/08/2016 at 8:44 PM

    I think it was saying: “Cunt… Go to hell…” i can be wrong too…
    That was surely scary, i do belive in paranormal stuff… I saw another website of guys that tries to proof that spiritual forces exists, and he have a archive of EVP videos i though interessing, it isnt like most “i want scary you” video that happen strange things that makes u have no interpretation of what is happening, it more like in your video, i can see that you guys are really filming it all, without edits, and i can say that have lot of details in recording that shows that it wasnt pre-recorded, nice video, nice proofs… Obiviously skeptics have always a excuse for those stuffs, but i believe they never research enough, never see entirely, and never have good counter-arguments, and i can see you have lot of solid proofs of those “strange forces”… This is the first time i’m cheking your site, i stepped on it before but i didnt remembered well, but well, i liked it, checked lot of your videos and work, keep on with the good work…

    I think that is a good proof of spiritual stuff, even being evil, that is a proof of how mysterious our mind can be, and how we can interfere even in phisical stuffs using the spiritual forces…
    I dont condem nobody, but i think its dangerous to work with etherical beings, most of the beings there are not trustworth, mostly are evil or lost souls, so i’m always a step behind when someone works with lower realm entities, i preffer to work in a realm above…
    My friend had a problem when another friend went on his home doing some works with lower realm beings, with exus, not that all exus are bad, but there are entities like Xango and stuffs that would be more worth to call for, but well, resuming, he lit some candles to that entitie, and i think it took him subconsciously in to putting his candle in a inapropriate place(over plastics), and forgot and went to sleep, then in the next day, his house was getting burned out… People are very unfaithful, but by what i know, that makes easier to the evil uses his subconscious and making they thinking it was “his own choice to do that”, or that was just a accident, or something alike… I too use this exemple to tell people that is good that you are at least experienced in spiritual works before working with something serious, dont think “oh i readed lot of occult books, i know what i’m doing”, mostly of the work in spiritual realms are more in details than in the igredients…

    I think you and your girl had a past-life that you both were witches, and then another past-life where you both were priests that guarded and exorcised haunted stuffs, and now you guys are doing it again, but i can see you guys are well protected…

    Keep on the good work, i love things that proofs that supernatural things exist, even if that is scary, it shows how our mind is powerful, and if used in right way can bring wonderful things… May God keep with you both protecting you guys from your own works, hehe.

  13. LadyKaren

    11/20/2016 at 12:32 PM

    I loved Billy, not nightmares what so ever!

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