Islands are mostly considered as the most beautiful place in the world where people come to spend time in a tranquil atmosphere. But there are such islands in the world that are beautiful yet cursed. One of them is Gaiola Island, it is one of the minor islands of Naples, located in southwestern Italy.
The island consists of two stunning and serene islets. While one of the islets has a solitary villa, the other is uninhabited. There is a small bridge in between these two islets. According to media reports, Gaiola Island is cursed. The series of misfortunes started sometime around the 1920s, when the then owner, a Swiss named Hans Braun, was found murdered and wrapped in a rug. Just a few days after his death, his wife drowned in the sea.
The next owner of the villa built on the island was the German Otto Grunback. But he also died of a heart attack while on the island. After him, the pharmaceutical industrialist Maurice-Yves Sandoz committed suicide in a mental hospital in Switzerland after staying there. After some years the villa was bought by a German steel industrialist, Baron Karl Paul Langheim, but he was dragged to economic ruin by wild living.
Then the head of Fiat Gianni Agnelli bought the villa and guess what sadly his only son committed suicide. He then handed his business to nephew Umberto Agnelli, but Umberto also died of some rare cancer at the young age of 33.
Then the multi-billionaire Paul Getty has become the owner of the villa, but after buying the island, his grandson got kidnapped. Gianpasquale Grappone was the last owner of the island but he was jailed when his insurance company failed. Today the sad truth about this beautiful place today is – the villa is uninhabited and abandoned.