On Paranormal Lockdown, Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to Joliet, Illinois to investigate Scutt Mansion. They ask fellow paranormal researchers Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews to meet them at the mansion and to bring “the most active artifacts” from their Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult with them. One of the artifacts they use at Scutt Mansion is the Dybbuk Box (a wooden box with a metal chain wrapped around it) which is used to make contact with spirits. When Greg and Dana show the box to Nick and Katrina, they warn them, “Don’t open it. It will try to trick you into opening it. But whatever you do, fight any urge to do so.”
The Dybbuk or Dibbuk Box term describes a Jewish wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by a dybbuk, a malicious spirit. The term was created by writer/antiques store owner Kevin Mannis of Portland, Oregon who sold his “Dibbuk Box” on ebay where he said the box once belonged to a survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland. Mannis claims when he gave the box to his mother as a birthday gift, she suffered a stroke that day. Owners of the box since Mannis have also reported strange health problems when the box was in their possession. The box inspired the 2012 Sam Raimi film The Possession. Paranormal Lockdown airs Friday s at 9pm on TLC.