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"The Hooded Chair" is the fifth and final story that is featured in the eighth episode of Season 2.


George Talbot III inherits the family business, Talbot Steel, and a huge fortune following the death of his father, George Talbot Jr., who was a respected and good-natured magnate. Despite being hardworking, George is an arrogant, spoiled, and rotten man who has spent most of his time traveling the world in search of priceless relics.

However, George's obsession took the best of him when he purchased an ancient hooded chair, which was done on his behalf by his lawyer, Ms. Wiseman, who, despite making a huge commission from George, feared the item's reputation, knowing of its alleged curse. George, however, does not believe in the curse and orders Ms. Wiseman to compile a list of the chair's previous owners.

The next day, George's maid, Jenny, sits on the chair out of curiosity, only to be sternly admonished by George, who informs her that the chair is exclusively for him and his guests. The following week, Jenny is killed in a hit-and-run accident involving a drunk driver. Although George does not believe that the chair had a role in Jenny's death, suspicions arise in his mind.

A week after that incident, a close friend named Eric Cates visited George and insisted on sitting on the chair despite George's objections; two days later, Eric was killed when the airplane that he was piloting crashed due to engine failure on the way to New York.

George's company is subsequently left on the verge of bankruptcy due to numerous lawsuits, which have caused a massive loss of business. Ms. Wiseman visits George one evening and presents him with a list of the chair's previous owners along with a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte sitting on the same hooded chair. Napoleon sat on the chair one day prior to his infamous defeat during the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on June 17, 1815. George finally accepts that the chair is cursed.

That night, George, armed with an axe, enters the living room, intent on destroying the chair. But before he can deliver a single blow to the chair, George suffers a fatal heart attack. With that, George became the latest victim of the chair.


  • Franc Luz as George Talbot III
  • Janice Lynd as Ms. Wiseman (Narrator)
  • Erin J. O'Brien as Jenny


  • This story is primarily based on the Busby Stoop Chair, an oak chair that was allegedly cursed by the murderer Thomas Busby before his execution by hanging in 1702 in North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. Busby was arrested, tried, and condemned to death after he murdered his father-in-law Daniel Auty (or Autie) in 1702 after an argument over a coin counterfeiting business that they ran. One variation of the story has Busby cursing the chair whilst on his way to his execution, whereas another says that he was drunk in the chair when he was arrested and cursed it. So many deaths were later attributed to people sitting in the chair since the second World War, that its owner donated it to the Thirsk Museum, where it was suspended from the ceiling in 1978 to prevent any more deaths caused by people sitting in it.