On the outside of the casket was an inscription, which read, “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.” Three days later, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa and invaded the Soviet Union in a surprise attack. The curse was supposedly lifted, but not before it had exacted a terrible toll: Although the Soviets eventually emerged victorious, Germany’s invasion resulted in the death of 7.5 million Russians.
The next morning, there was banging on the door and it was fucking [Bowie’s wife] Angie. People on the scene knew that I had been with Bowie and that brought out the paparazzi. But he had the spotlight shined on Lee Childers [Bowie’s publicist], Sable, and I, sitting in the audience.
Not only that, but the Blue Diamond was still missing and, to add insult to injury, the Thai police suggested it never existed in the first place.
But for a jewel whose existence has never been definitely proven, the Blue Diamond has caused more problems than it is worth, leading some to suggest that it’s cursed.
Among the jewels was a prized possession of the Saudi prince—a 50-carat gemstone known simply as the “Blue Diamond.” Saudi authorities alerted Thai police of the crime and the thief was quickly arrested, but not before he had sold some of the stolen gems on the black market.
The remainder of the loot was promptly returned to the Saudi royal family—except more than half of the jewels had been replaced with crude fakes.