Black Eyed Child
Black Eyed Children or Black Eyed Kids (BEKs) is another group of paranormal entities triggered my interest and prompted me to find out more since I learned about them a few months ago.
The BEKs are something that is interesting and frightening at the same time. Haunting accounts of BEKs tell of what happens when those who come into contact with them do not comply with what these children have requested. This is what makes them so interesting apart from their appearance.
I would like to thank Martin, Beatrix and Pastor Jean Ai for their invaluable help with this article and making it available for all to read.
What Are Black Eyed Children?
Sightings of the Black Eyed Children or BEKs for short, place them to be around the ages of six to 16. These children have been described as wearing white bedclothes, normal attire or even hoodies. They are pale-skinned with the pallour of death upon them. The distinguishing feature is their haunting eyes, which are jet-black with no discernable sclerae (whites), irises or pupils.
These beings are often said to knock on doors or windows, or can be found out in open abandoned fields playing in groups at night. They speak confidently, asking to be let into the homes or cars of others, in a manner that has surpassed the intellect of children their same age. Those who invite them into their homes are not heard of again.
There is no exact point in time when these beings started to appear. However, stories about them began to surface on the Internet in the mid-1990s. One blogger/ journalist, Brian Bethel, claims to be the first person to have encountered the BEKs. It happened in 1996 in Abilene, Texas. The encounter took place in the spring or summer of that year. He reports:
I had gone down to the former site of Camalott Communications, one of the area’s original Internet providers, to pay my bill. At the time, Camalott was near the movie theater. I was using the light of the theater’s marquee to write out my check, which I planned to put in Camalott’s night drop-slot. Involved in my work, I never heard them approach.
There was a knock on my driver’s side window. Two young boys, somewhere between nine to 12 years old and dressed in hooded pullovers, stood outside. I cracked the window a bit, anticipating a spiel for money, but I was immediately gripped by an incomprehensible, soul-wracking fear. I had no idea why.
A conversation ensued between one boy, a somewhat suave, olive-skinned, curly-headed young man, and myself. The other, a red-headed, pale-skinned, freckled young man, stayed in the background. The “spokesman”, as I’ve come to think of him, told me that he and his companion needed a ride. They wanted to see a movie, Mortal Kombat, but they left their money at their mother’s house. Could I give them a ride? Plausible enough. But all throughout this exchange, the irrational fear continued and grew. I had no reason to be frightened of these two boys, but I was. Terribly. After a bit more conversation, I looked up at the theater marquee and down at the digital clock display in my car. Mortal Kombat’s last show of the night had already started. By the time I could have driven the boys anywhere and back, it would practically have been over.
All the while, the spokesman uttered assurances: It wouldn’t take long… They were just two little kids… They didn’t have a gun or anything. The last part was a bit unnerving. In the short time I had broken the gaze of the spokesman, something had changed, and my mind exploded in a vortex of all-consuming terror. Both boys stared at me with coal-black eyes. Soulless orbs like two great swathes of starless night.
I full-on freaked out inside while trying to appear completely sane and calm. I made whatever excuses came to mind, all of them designed to get me the hell out of there. I wrapped my hand around the gearshift, threw the car into reverse, and began to roll up the window, apologizing all the while. My fear must have been evident. The boy in the back wore a look of confusion. The spokesman banged sharply on the window as I rolled it up. His words, full of anger, echo in my mind even today: “We can’t come in unless you tell us it’s okay. Let us in!”
I drove out of the parking lot in blind fear, and I’m surprised I didn’t sideswipe a car or two along the way. I stole a quick look in my rear-view mirror before peeling out into the night. The boys were gone. Even if they had run, I don’t believe there was any place they could have hidden from view that quickly. (Bethel, 2013).
Who Are They?
People have said that these beings might be either spirits, extraterrestrials, demonic entities, vampires, inter-dimensional beings or perhaps just children with medical conditions. With the evidence at hand, what I can conclude is that these beings are definitely not ordinary children with medical conditions.
The dilation of the pupils in human eyes is called mydriasis. The term is used when referring to pupil dilation that is NOT the result of a physiological condition or a cause such as drugs, illness or injury. The pupil enlarges or constricts based on the amount of light that enters the eyes at any given point of time. Besides light and light arousal that can cause the pupil to dilate noticeably, there are a few other causes that make the pupil expand in an abnormal way. These are:
- Blown Pupils: Pupils dilated beyond the normal limits due to intracranial pressure
- Adie’s Tonic Pupil: This is a condition where one pupil is noticeably larger than the other, often a mismatch in size for the two eyes
- Traumatic iris damage, third cranial nerve palsy, pharmacological dilation (i.e. dilating drops), iris rubeosis
However, with all these above conditions, none of them would cause or can fully explain the Black Eyed Children’s appearance (total black of the eye, no iris, no visible pupil and no sclera). Therefore, it can safely be said that the eyes of BEKs are not the result of an explainable medical condition.
Types of Black Eyed Children
The appearance of BEKs are very similar but there are some differences in the way that they will approach their ‘victims’. Three of the recorded methods are:
1. Knocking on windows of vehicles
In these cases, the BEKs either alone or in a pair will approach vehicles and knock on the windows, asking for the driver or passengers in the vehicle to roll the windows down. When these people have done so, the BEK will ask for a ride home to get something or pretend to have lost their way. They will speak in a monotonous way, and yet the manner in which they carry themselves represent a maturity that surpasses the typical mental development of the children of their age. They appear very confident when they approach. These BEKs will not look at people straight in their eyes.
If the BEKs are rejected, they become more demanding and will play on the guilt of their would-be victims. It is said that these BEKs have a very hypnotising voice and tone. Even if their targets have fear or concern in their hearts and are unwilling to comply with the BEKs’ requests, they will often find themselves slowly and hypnotically reaching to unlock their vehicles and letting the BEKs in. If they are fortunate, they will catch themselves just in time.
A woman took her young son, around nine, with her to the neighborhood Mini Mart for milk. Her son was in the back seat and belted in; he told her he’d wait in the car, they often did this together so she ran into the store. She was in there less than five minutes. When she came out, another “kid” was in the backseat with him, sitting right next to him in the middle of the seat.
The woman had an instant reaction of terror, dropped the milk, opened the back door and got her son out of the car; that is when she saw the jet black eyes. She described it as a look of pure evil. She ran back into the store and told the clerk to call 911 and she called her husband. When they went back out, the child was gone and nowhere to be found. A police report was made but no child of that description was ever located, or seen by police.
Her husband drove up in the family car and the woman asked her son how the child came to be in the car. He told his Mom that the kid came up to the car window and said, ” I want in.” He said he thought it would be fun to have someone to play with and so let the kid come in the car. The son told his Mom and Dad that the child climbed over him and sat next to him; then his Mom came out.
The mother was still so fearful that she had her husband drive the SUV while she took the family car. On the way home, the husband was in a wreck that totaled the SUV. The next day the son became sick and for the next eight months continued with unexplained illnesses whose symptoms seemed to change every time he went to the doctors. Finally the parents had their local church come and pray for them and their son; they did this for weeks! As a result of continued prayer, the son was healed and the fear of the encounter began to subside for all of the family members.
From the stories we have gathered, it shows that BEKs target anyone without an age specifics. In the above report, we see how these beings targeted an innocent young child to let them in.
2. Appearing on front porches and knocking on doors
Cases like this happen when the ‘victim’ is alone at home and it is late in the wee hours of the night. The victims will hear loud knocking on their door. When they go to the door, they will usually find a pair of children outside. The children are pale in complexion and have their eyes cast down on the floor, instead of looking at the ‘victim’ while speaking to them. They will ask to be let in to the house to wait for their parents, or to make a call home. The leading child of the pair will ask their victims in a monotonous way, speaking in ways that is unlike other children of the same age group.
When the ‘victims’ are faced with these children, they are gripped by a strong sense of fear and yet, they will start finding themselves slowly letting the BEKs into their houses.
Many times when these BEKs are rejected, they will say things like, “We are just children, what harm can we do. Please let us in.” Sometimes they will even say something like, “If you do not invite us in, we cannot come in.” It is said that their voices are usually hypnotic in a manner that makes their ‘victims’ do things that they say.
Below is a report of such a experience, with some difference. The twist here is that this couple let the BEKs into their home. This is a unique story and in my research, I have not seen any other case where survivors lived to report what happened after they let these beings in. This account is by the witness herself.
I live just outside of [a rural town in] Vermont. It’s a tight knit community where everyone knows one another and people don’t lock their doors at night. There has never been any need to.
A little over a year ago I woke up because I heard a loud banging on my front door. At the time my husband I lived in a small home on a dirt road just off the rural route into town. It was the middle of a snowstorm and the nearby hills get very slippery in the snow so I thought that someone might have been in an accident and broken down. It’s happened before.
When I looked out the window I could see that out motion spotlight was on. I could see that there were footprints in the snow that had come from our road and into our driveway but there was no car anywhere. The snow was still covering the road and no one had driven on it for at least a couple hours. Our front door was obscured from the window but I could see that someone was standing there. I wasn’t sure what to think so I woke my husband up just to feel safer. While I was telling him what was going on the banging on the door started again and my husband went to answer it while I stood in the hallway.
When he opened the door there were two children standing in the snow looking toward the ground. They were a boy and a girl and could not have been more than eight years old. They were dressed strangely and had odd haircuts. The girl’s hair was very long and straight and the boy had a dated haircut that looked almost like a bowl cut. They weren’t dressed for winter and my first thought was that they must have been Mennonite children but as far as I know there was never a large community of Mennonites near us.
Thinking back on it I know that my normal reaction to seeing children in a snowstorm would have been to rush them inside and bundle them up with some blankets and hot cocoa, but that’s not how this felt. The children were very unnerving. They would not make eye contact and when my husband asked them if everything was ok they asked if they could come in. My husband looked at me like “what do I do?” and I asked the kids where their parents were.
“They’ll be here soon,” is all they said.
It was around 2 o’clock in the morning at this point so the only reasonable thought in my head was that there must have been an accident or these kids got lost. As much as my instincts told me not to bring them inside I did it anyway.
I went into the kitchen to make them some hot cocoa while my husband took them into the living room. While I was fixing the kettle I could hear my husband talking to the kids. He was asking them if they were ok, where they came from, how far they walked, if their parents’ car was broken down, things like that. But they always answered “our parents will be here soon”. They spoke in a sing-songy voice. They weren’t afraid to be in a stranger’s home at all.
I started to notice that our cats (we had four) were all hiding except Pigeon who was in the kitchen with me. Normally our cats are very curious and friendly and we have to be careful that they don’t run out the door when we leave. This time none of them even tried to see who was here which I thought was very strange. All of the hair on Pigeon’s neck was standing up and his tail was puffed up while he looked in the living room. When I bent down to pet him and see what was wrong he hissed and started growling and backed up until he had hid himself under the kitchen island. I have never seen him do that before.
When I walked back into the living room the kids were sitting on the couch as still as can be but my husband was holding his head in his hands. I asked him what wrong and he just said that he felt very dizzy all of a sudden but that he was fine. I turned back to the children to give them their cocoa, but when they looked at me I gasped. It took everything inside of me not to drop the mugs and run away. When they looked at me their eyes were completely black. They had no whites just giant black pupils.
When they saw that I was scared they stood up and asked if they could use the bathroom. I tried to be as composed as I could be and showed them down the hall. They went into the bathroom together and I hurried back to my husband to ask him if he had seen their eyes. He had seen them too and said that it looked like his brothers badly bruised eyes after a car accident. We were in the middle of talking about whose children they could be when my husband’s nose started to bleed. He’d never had nosebleeds as long as I had known him. I just knew inside myself that this had something to do with the kids in the bathroom and I started crying while I ran to get [my husband] some tissues.
That’s when the power went out. I heard my husband yell my name from the living room and as I started to walk back through the hallway I stopped dead in my tracks. The two children were standing at the end of the hallway. They weren’t moving and I have never been so scared in my whole life. They just stood there in the dark.
After what felt like forever the boy said “our parents are here” and they walked to the door, opened it, and walked out leaving it wide open. My husband jumped up to go close it and almost fell over. We looked out the window and saw two men standing by a black car idling at the end of our driveway. The men looked like they were wearing black colored suits and were very tall, at least 6 feet. When my husband waved at them they just stared at us, got into the car, and drove off.
Our power came on about half an hour later but nothing was the same after that.
Over the next few months three of our cats went missing. We can only assume that they ran away somewhere and never came back but the worst thing was coming home to find Pigeon in a puddle of blood on the living room floor. He looked like he had been vomiting blood. The vet told us that he had some kind of hemorrhage.
After my husband’s nosebleeds became a regular occurrence we went to see the doctor. He didn’t know what to make of it other than “dry nasal passages” but my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive skin cancer. When the doctor asked us if he used tanning beds we both thought he was joking, but apparently this kind of melanoma is linked to over-use of indoor tanning. The doctors think he will recover but don’t understand how it got so bad so quickly. My husband has never worked an outdoor job and spends relatively little time in the sun.
Since we let the Black Eyed Kids inside our home I’ve also suffered from regular dizzy spells and nosebleeds on a regular basis. I’ve had other issues which I won’t mention here but trust me when I say that I am suddenly in the worst condition of my life and no one can do anything about it. I know that all of this is because I let the Black Eyed Children into my home. We’ve told everyone we could about the strange kids that showed up that night but no one else saw them and some laugh at how scared we were of the “Mennonite kids” but we know what we saw. I wish my husband had never opened the door.
3. Playing on abandoned or deserted open fields
For these cases, groups of BEKs will be playing on an abandoned or open field, dancing and singing nursery rhymes. When the group know that someone has seen them, they will characteristically approach the victim.
During this time, if the witness tries to drive away, they will hear a loud piercing sound like a cat snarling across the area.
There are some reports saying that these BEKs will approach and ask to follow their victims home. If rejected, they will appear more aggressive and insist on their demands. However when the witness walks away, they will hear loud piercing snarls that will make them run faster.
Common Places That They Are Sighted
The reports of these BEKs are mainly reported in the US, Europe and Australia. However, it does not mean that BEKs are not present in other countries. If you will recall, reports of these beings only started not too long ago and we may well receive similar reports of BEKs from other countries in the years to come. For now, sightings of BEKs come mainly from:
- Cannok Chase Staffordshire, England
- Aisne, France
- North Carolina, USA
- London, England
- Vermont, USA
- Virginia, USA
- Louisiana, USA
- Ohio, USA
Colour of Black… The Meaning
The BEKs’ eyes indicate their malevolent intent. Usually the colour of black is associated with power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil, aggression, authority, rebellion, and sophistication. It is typically seen as something that can evoke strong emotions. In psychology, black means power and control.
When we see the black eyes of BEKs, we may begin to realise that these beings are not something that we should take lightly. Eyes are considered by many cultures to be the windows to the soul. With that in mind, it would mean that these BEKs are more than just innocent-looking children with black eyes. They are something that is more sinister.
What to Do When Facing Them?
The best advice available to those of you who may be faced with these beings is to not engage with them. What should be done is to ignore them and turn around. If possible, chant protective mantras of protecting deities like Dorje Shugden, Dukkar or Sengdongma and ask for help, for example OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA which is the mantra of Dorje Shugden. Mantras are specific sounds or words that help to tap into the powers of the deities, asking them for assistance.
You should not engage BEKs in conversation as that is how they control their victims, especially given regular reports of their hypnotic voices and mind-controlling abilities.
I hope the information shared is useful to those who have or may encounter BEKs. The BEKs’ mask of innocence should not be allowed to fool anyone. These beings are far more sinister than they appear.
Just think, why are there so little reports about what happened when people let these beings in? It must mean that letting them into your house or vehicle will lead to disastrous consequences. Referring to the reports above, it can be seen that when people allow these beings in, horrible things happen to them, be it a car crash or even some unexplainable medical conditions.
I would conclude that these beings are not fake urban legends and they do exist. If we get in contact with them, we should be very careful when dealing with them. Be vigilant so that their powers of hypnotism do not affect the clarity of our own minds.
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