Case File: Fertility Statues
Location: Orlando, Florida
Description: The fertility statues originate from the Ivory Coast and are described as five foot tall, both male and female, statues carved from solid ebony.
History: In 1994, Edward Muier was searching the world for artifacts bizarre enough to add to the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. He found fertility statues in a small shop on the Ivory Coast. The owner told him that after a village shaman blesses them, they must be turned facing one another. If a woman touches them, she will become pregnant.
Edward brought back to his office in Orlando, Florida as a joke, but they soon took on a life of their own. Within a few weeks, a receptionist named Lucy was pregnant after touching them. Then Kimberly Martin, an accounting clerk who tried to avoid them, accidentally touched one and soon became pregnant.
In thirteen months, thirteen women who came in contact with the statues became pregnant, including three of the ten women in the office. As word began to spread, strangers began coming into the office to touch them. Nancy McCaffrey decided to give it a try as well, and soon became pregnant. Edward claims that he has gotten postcards that confirmed nearly a thousand pregnancies. To this day, nobody can explain how the statues got their power.
Background: The fertility statues originated from a small village on the Ivory Coast, north of the Gulf of Guinea. They came from a tribe called the Baule, who first made them.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 18, 1996 episode. The statues were also featured on In Search Of.
- Fertility Statues on Unsolved.com
- The Fertility Statues on Ripley's
- Ripley's: Famed fertility statues have multiplied
- The Secret Tip to Getting Pregnant?