In the 1950s, wrestler Jack Adkisson created his alter ego, Fritz Von Erich, and began what would become a very successful career in the sport. Tragedy, however, struck in 1959, when Jack's six-year-old son died in a bizarre electrical accident. This terrible event would only be the beginning of the so-called Von Erich Family curse. In the years that followed, illness, injuries, depression, drug addiction, and suicide would plague all of Jack’s remaining sons until only one child survived. Can it really be just a horrible happenstance that Fritz Von Erich outlived 5 of his 6 children? If there was a curse, what could he possibly have done to bring it upon himself and his family? Can fame and fortune instead be blamed for the athletes’ deaths? Stay with us as we explore the mysterious and deadly curse of the Von Erich family.
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