On November 4, 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. In February of the following year, together with another specialist, George Carnarvon, they entered the burial chamber.
Inside, they found that the tomb was completely intact and contained not only the sarcophagus with the mummy of Tutankhamun, but many treasures.
Literally a month and a half after visiting the tomb, Carnarvon died. Then, one after another, those people who worked at least a little on the excavations of the tomb or went inside the burial began to die.
Immediately, notes appeared in most newspapers regarding the fact that the ancient curse of Tutankhamun had begun to act. At the same time, experts note that such rumors were spread by journalist Arthur Weigall.
The opening of the tomb of the Egyptian ruler was an incredibly important event. Newspapers began to send their journalists to the Valley of the Kings, which is located in Luxor, in order to get not only current news, but also photos of the treasures found in the tomb.
Carnarvon died on April 5, 1923 from blood poisoning and pneumonia in Cairo. The disease was provoked by the bite of a sick mosquito. After that, experts recorded other cases of death of those people who visited the tomb of Tutankhamun.
A month and a half after Carnarvon’s death, financier George Jay Gould died of the same disease;
A year later, the Egyptologist Hugh Evelyn White committed suicide, after leaving a note that he was the next victim of the curse of Tutankhamun;
Archibald Douglas Reed fell ill just a day after the X-ray of the mummy and died just three days later.
Aaron Ember, who took part in hiding the tomb, died two years later in a fire.
Arthur Mays died in 1928 from pneumonia and pleurisy, which he had suffered for a long time.
Richard Bettel, working as Carnarvon’s secretary, died in 1929 under very strange circumstances.
According to telegraph.co.uk, after many years, scientists managed to establish that most of the deaths were provoked by ancient bacteria that were in the tomb of Tutankhamen. At the same time, they infected only those people who had problems with the respiratory system.
Ella Al Shamahi, a paleoanthropologist and the presenter of the documentary, said: “For the newspapers, these exotic deaths were a gold mine and they started to splash stories of a curse of Tutankhamun. Hungry for stories, reporters added even more names to the list.”
Skeptics have pointed out that many others who visited the tomb or helped to discover it lived long and healthy lives, including Carter, who died of lymphoma in 1939 at the age of 64.