After a third prominent cast member from the popular TV show ‘Glee’ died, it was inevitable that some on social media raised the idea of a curse. Is that show the latest addition to the cursed ‘club’?
The Glee deaths aren’t on the level of the infamous ’27 Club’, but the circumstances of the Glee departed make things curious enough for some to wonder. After quite a few people realized Naya Rivera’s body was found on the same date seven years after that of her fellow cast member Cory Monteith, there was no way some people would dismiss the potential for a supernatural aspect to the story. The first in the trio to die was Monteith. His death was followed by the death of Mark Salling who allegedly died of suicide by hanging in a California woodland near Sunland.
All three cast members were in their early 30s when they passed. Salling was facing sentencing after being convicted of possessing child porn. Monteith died in Vancouver, BC, reportedly of toxicity from alcohol and heroin. Rivera is believed to have drowned in the lake after swimming with her small child—authorities say she managed to get her four year old son to the boat she’d rented. Authorities found him asleep on the boat. Salling and Rivera had dated each other at one time. Monteith had also dated a cast member.
It’s natural for people to wonder about curses when deaths defy statistics. For instance, if you had a limited number of people at a party at your house, and three of them died by means other than old age or severe physical illness, you’d probably question the statistics.
Prior to these deaths, the possibility of a curse on people involved in making the Poltergeist films had been written about often.
The Independent (UK) featured an article about 17 scary films that are supposed to be cursed, and I can vouch to a degree for that because the way that site zaps what you’re looking at to make you start all over so you can see ads when, if the Web designers were smart, they’d just put the blasted ads right by the content—well, that led me to a few curses of my own although they are of a different nature than the supposedly supernatural curses at hand.
Films and TV shows aren’t alone when it comes to curses. Most of us have read about the 27 Club curse, and that’s become part and parcel of US pop culture. Some of the most chilling tales, however, come from real life curses.
For instance, at pop culture site Cracked, there’s a story about “convincing” real life curses, including the tale of Oetzi whose murdered body was found more than 5,000 years after his death. I am a big proponent of respecting the dead and letting them lie. I suspect some folks wish they’d done that when the body of Oetzi, aka The Iceman, was found in the Alps in 1991. Seven deaths among those involved with the Iceman’s finding have become part of Oetzi’s legend.
Making the Oetzi mystery even more interesting, Germany assigned his 5,000+ years ago death on a glacier to an investigator, and it’s safe to say that’s probably the oldest cold case (pun aside) in Western history. Needless to say, Oetzi’s killer got away with murder.
If you’ve never read at Cracked, try it out. The site has great ‘sticky’ and it’s fun.
The one curse that seems almost legit to me is the Kennedy curse. I recall when I read Seymour Hersh’s phenomenal work The Dark Side of Camelot, if I’d done some of the things the Kennedy clan had done, I’d probably be doing a dozen confessionals every day. Seriously, if you haven’t read the book, do so. It’s a familiar tale how media lied and deceived Americans on behalf of a political party.
Were members of the TV show Glee cursed? I have no idea, but I’d say what actually cursed the two men who died had more to do with Tinseltown’s destructive influence than anything supernatural. On Rivera’s death, I have no answers. I do know that if I were to take one of my young grandchildren swimming at a lake, and piloting a rented boat solo, I’d take another adult along as part of my buddy philosophy when doing such things.
Growing up in the semi-rural South, I heard tales of witches and curses from some of the elderly in my family. I don’t know if the curses are real. I do know sometimes, the living curse themselves by their actions.
(Kay B. Day/July 14, 2020)