South Carolina (DM): When something goes bump in the night, the last thing you expect is for grandad’s old cane to be responsible. But that’s the kind of thing the unfortunate owners of some of the world’s most haunted pieces of furniture have had to deal with. From the Indiana ‘ghost cane’ to the ‘chair of death’, these regular household fixtures are sure to give you the creeps.  During the middle of the 19th Century in South Carolina, Jacob Cooley murdered a slave named Hosea for building a chest which did not meet his standards.

 Hosea’s fellow slaves took revenge, asking a conjurer to curse the chest - leading to the death of 17 people close to Cooley, including his first-born son. The curse was later lifted by a ‘conjure woman’, and the chest now resides in the Kentucky History Museum. When Mary Anderson’s grandson saw the ghost of his grandfather in the family home in Indiana, she decided to ease the boy’s fears by selling the cane he had owned. The winning bidder was asked to write a letter to the youngster letting him know that the cane was doing ok and the $65,000 walking stick is now housed in Antigua’s Golden Palace Casino.   Bruno Amadio’s portrait of a weeping child hit the headlines in the 1980s when a Yorkshire firefighter claimed to have noticed the painting left unscathed at the scene of numerous house fires, leading to rumours that it was cursed. Newspapers organised bonfire burnings of copies of the painting to rid the country of the curse. The case of the haunted bunk beds of Wisconsin became infamous in 1987, when Alan and Debby Tallman’s purchase from a local junk shop led to nine months of terror.  Radios would switch stations unexpectedly, the children became ill and there were even sightings of a witch-like figure at night. The family reached out to a pastor and, for a while, the house settled down - until Christmas 1988, when Mr Tallman heard a voice beckoning him to the garage, where a blazing inferno appeared before vanishing instantly. Pennsylvania’s ‘chair of death’ was the most famous of hundreds of priceless historical artefacts kept at Baelroy Mansion in Philadelphia. The 200-year old chair is believed to have belonged to Napoleon - but the ghost which haunts the piece of furniture takes the form of a young woman named Amelia, who appears in a blue haze.