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Rash Of Black Eyed Children Sightings

By James Donahue

One would think that the appearance of a young child with dark eyes would not be unsettling to anybody. In fact, a large portion of the children now existing in the world have lovely brown eyes. But there is a new phenomenon that that is scaring the hell out of anybody that witnesses it . . . the unexpected appearance of a child with coal black eyes.

We are not writing about children with black irises. There are children with an entire eye socket that has gone black. There is something about them that raises an eerie chill in the heart. It is as if they are the walking dead, but in the body of an innocent young child.

What may be the first known recorded sighting of these frightening children occurred in 1996 when journalist Brian Bethel said two boys, aged about nine and 12, approached him in his parked car at around 9:30 p.m. in downtown Abilene, Texas. He said the boys, both wearing hooded pullovers, knocked on his car window and asked for a ride home. Bethel, who e-mailed his story to friends, said the very presence of these boys gave him a chill. Then he saw their coal black eyes he put his car in gear and sped off.

Bethel described them as "the sort of eyes one sees these days on aliens or bargain-basement vampires on late night television. Soulless orbs like two great swathes of starless night."

The Bethel story went viral on the Internet. Since then, there has been a rash of other sightings, and they have been dubbed BEKs and considered a modern urban legend. Some have compared black eyed children to the bigfoot myth.

The children always appear between the ages of six and 16. They have pale white skin and coal black eyes. They are seen hitchhiking, panhandling or sometimes they knock on doors of residential homes or approach people in parked cars, as they did Bethel. When they come to the door they always want to let inside.

We know of no cases where people have ever let a black eyed child into the home. Perhaps it has happened, and the resident is no longer around to tell the story.

People who say they have met them all agree that these children give off a frightening vibe. Dogs growl and bark at them.

People who believe in demons say that an evil presence like that needs an invitation before entering a home, or a human body. This is why the children beg to be let into homes to "use the telephone" or into cars "for a ride home."

Lee Brickley, a paranormal writer in Cannock Chase, United Kingdom, claims that he talked to a woman who was recently confronted by a little girl with black eyes after entering a wood to investigate a child’s screams.

"We couldn’t find the child anywhere and so stopped to catch our breath. That’s when I turned around and saw a girl stood before me, no more than 10 years old, with her hands over her eyes. I asked if she was OK and if she had been the one screaming. She put her hands down by her side and opened her eyes. That’s when I saw they were completely black, no iris, no white, nothing."

Brickley noted that this was the first known sighting that occurred in broad daylight. In his story, he did not name the woman who witnessed the black eyed girl.

Since publishing his story, Brickley says he has been overwhelmed by people who also claim to have seen black eyed children.

Just do a Google search for black eyed children and you will find an entire website dedicated to black eyed children stories.