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Steal a rock from Gettysburg and risk the curse
The Washington Post
First posted: Friday, July 08, 2016 03:51 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, July 08, 2016 04:08 PM EDT
Tourists who have stolen rocks from the Gettysburg National Military Park have been mailing them back, fearing they've been cursed by their ill-gotten souvenirs.
On its website (external - login to view), the park posted a pair of notes that came with a couple of packages of stones they received.
One man sent back three rocks and wrote that he and his wife had picked them up on a visit to Gettysburg 10 or 11 years ago.
"Our lives fell apart. My wife took my son and walked out on me. I lost my house and (the) majority of what I owned and ended up in jail for nine years. My now ex-wife has fared no better. She has been plagued with health problems and other issues," he wrote.
Another letter, sent to the park in June 2015, told a similar story. The writer had also suffered some personal setbacks after taking a small stone from the battlefield. "Since then I have had nothing but horrible times, injured on the job, several surgeries, relationship failures, etc. Perhaps coincidental, maybe, but I'm returning this small stone and twig."
In the conclusion of his handwritten letter, the man asked that the two items be returned to Devil's Den where he had found them.
The New York State Monument is seen on the 150th anniversary of US President Abraham Lincolns historic Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 2013 at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Penn.. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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