A tourist who pilfered fragments from the ancient Rome city of Pompeii while touring it back in 2005 has returned those claiming that they are ‘cursed’.
As per the reports, the Canadian woman, identified only as Nicole, returned a couple of mosaic tiles alongside a letter of confession. In the letter, she wrote that ever since she had stolen the remains, she has seen the hardest time of her life wherein she got diagnosed with breast cancer and is also facing financial hardships ever since.
“Please, take them back, they bring bad luck,” she wrote.
At the time of the theft, she said, she wanted to have a piece of history that “nobody could have” but that the relics had “so much negative energy … linked to that land of destruction”.
Pompeii is one of the most visited sites in Italy. It was discovered in the 16th century before which it lied buried in volcanic ash.
Nicole goes on to explain that returning the remains is her way to seek an apology from God.
“I am now 36 and had breast cancer twice,” she wrote. “The last time ending in a double mastectomy. My family and I also had financial problems. We’re good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children.”
Pompeii sadly has been no alien to such thefts. Over the years, many people have stolen from Pompeii for their ‘personal’ collection. But over the years, a lot of people also have returned the stolen remains alongside letters of guilt and the officials have made a museum for all such remains.