The Hands Resist Him

Welcome back, fellow humans 🙂

Have you heard about the eBay Haunted Painting called The Hands Resist Him?

The Hands Resist Him

The Hands Resist Him was painted by an artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. He showcased the artwork in Los Angeles in the early 70’s. Eventually, it was purchased by the actor John Marley, who played Jack Woltz in The Godfather. Before the painting was examined by an art critic who passed away within the year, followed by the owner of the art gallery. In 1984, John Marley at age 76 died following an open-heart surgery

Jack Woltz in The Godfather

The boy is the younger version of the artist aged 5 standing in front of a glass panelled door, the doorway is signifying the division between the living dimension and the realm of dreams and opportunities, possibly life and death. The doll with vacant eyes and a gloomy expression is guiding the boy. She is holding a battery and wires. Many bodiless hands of children symbolize the possible life paths that can be taken by the boy who has his back turned. 

The original photo

After Marley’s death, the painting vanished and reappeared in 2000 on eBay along with details of what happened to a Californian couple who come in contact with it. One night, the boy and the doll were seen fighting, the boy crawled out of the painting because the doll was threatening him with a gun. They heard a demonic voice, similar to the voice of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist and felt a gust of hot air or unseen hands touching their body. The painting caused individuals to fall sick or experience blackouts. Some individuals attempted to print the painting using a printer, which malfunctioned. The eBay post was viewed by 30,000 individuals and then purchased by the Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan for $1,025.


The painting received so much popularity that it appeared in a short film by A.D. Calvo and in a PC video game “Scratches.” Currently, the copies of the painting and its sequel, Resistance at the Threshold are sold worldwide. 

Bill Stoneham

What do you think? Is it actually haunted or just another urban tale?

Thank you for reading, fellow humans 🙂 

155 thoughts on “The Hands Resist Him

  1. The painting sounds so spooky that I would never risk hanging it up on my wall. It may be all hear say but still it’s scary.


  2. Well, the paranormal investigators say they feel painful spirit their. But when I went there and saw the painting as a psychic I’d say I didn’t feel anything.


  3. Just another urban tale, but they are still really fun to read and learn about. This reminds me of the show and podcast called “Lore” it is pretty awesome if you haven’t heard about it.


  4. Interesting and scary. I appreciate art, but I am not that fond of learning about spooky stories behind them. If this painting is really haunted, I want to know if the present day owners experienced anything weird too.


  5. Yeah…I’m not even risking going into the gallery it’s being housed in lol. I believe all those supernatural things and people that do not are naive. Not saying this painting is it, but…


  6. I can say that this painting is both creepy yet very interesting full of wonderful, meaningful and hidden explanations about life. Nice post and thank you for sharing this informative post!


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