Beware of the B.E.K.S (Black-Eyed Kids)

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With Halloween coming around the corner and little kids coming to the doors of strangers asking for candy, beware of the Black Eyed Kids.  If the images of movies such as “The Children of the Corn”, “The Omen”, “The Village of the Damned”, or those creepy little twin girls from the “Shining” haven’t terrified you of the little ones, this post might do it.

While reading over many encounters of these mysterious children from paranormal/UFO sites, I had the natural jerk reaction from time to time to look over my shoulders to make sure there was nothing behind me.  I also have a habit of leaving my front door open with the security door closed and locked to let the cool air breeze flow through my house during the evenings.  After reading the first few of these accounts of the black-eyed kids I couldn’t fight the urge to close my front door in fear of walking to my kitchen and seeing two silhouettes of small children peering into my house demanding me to let them in.

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Folklore

The sources that I have uncovered from surfing the internet vary about who these mysterious beings are or what their true agenda serves.  However the descriptions of the out of this world kiddos tend to match with each other.  They have pale or olive-like skin.  Their clothes usually tend to be modern of the time periods of the encounters, however the color of the clothes tend to clash or they were all black.  Their eye sockets are commonly described to be empty or missing human eyeballs and are nothing more than black voids.  The most common theme of these encounters state that the B.E.K.s have to be invited into your house or your car.  These kids do not act like normal kids.  They are not shy.  They will try to play on sympathy or resort to intimidation.  Some sources claim that these children are somehow tied or even related to M.I.B. (Men In Black).  Other sources are stating that they are hybrids of vampires and werewolves and are used to lure unsuspecting prey to the lairs of their masters or possibly vengeful spirits.

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Conclusion

Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if many claims tend to be fictitious stories that have spread like wildfire on the internet that have good entertainment value to allow bloggers, including myself, to make a living.  However there are a lot of these stories and some can be traced back to Ancient China, so the possibility of these other worldly children trying to gain entry into your humble abode could have some truths.  I’m not going to rehash all of these supposedly true encounters because it would distort other’s perception of their reality.  But, if you are interested and brave enough, check out my references and dig deeper if you dare.  If you decide to be skeptical that is normal, however, if you are visited by these creepy little kids and they try to pull the sympathy card or intimidate you, Do Not Let Them In!

 References

Newkirk, G. (2016). Witness: “I Let the Black Eyed Kids Inside, Now I’m Dying” Retrieved September 04, 2016, from http://weekinweird.com/2016/01/28/witness-report-i-let-the-black-eyed-children-into-my-home-and-now-im-slowly-dying/

Stockton, C. (2013). 16 Terrifying Encounters With ‘The Black Eyed Kids’. Retrieved September 04, 2016, from http://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2013/11/16-peoples-terrifying-encounters-with-the-black-eyed-kids/

Strickler, L. (n.d.). Black-Eyed Children/Adult Encounters. Retrieved September 04, 2016, from http://www.phantomsandmonsters.com/2015/12/black-eyed-children-adult-encounters.html

They’re Back! More Encounters With Black Eyed Children – Monstrum Athenaeum. (2015). Retrieved September 04, 2016, from http://monstrumathenaeum.org/theyre-back-encounters-black-eyed-children/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwjK–BRCzv-Wyu4OTosEBEiQAgFp5OG93KvdoQb51QMc5nTfhPA7XhcMyyen_NdziCWcTLaoaAgjM8P8HAQ

Relfe, S. (2008, May 7). Black Eyed Beings/Black Eyed People. Retrieved September 4, 2016, from http://www.metatech.org/2008/black_eyed_beings_people_kids.html

Harold, J. (2015, October 27). The Lore Of The Black Eyed Children – Can We Come In? Retrieved September 04, 2016, from http://jimharold.com/can-we-come-in-the-lore-of-the-black-eyed-children-ryan-spragues-hidden-auditorium/

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The Mothman

John A. Keel, a paranormal researcher and author, was visiting Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1975 to investigate and write an article for Playboy magazine about UFO sightings in the area. He interviewed people of the area about weird events such as mysterious lights moving across the sky, people’s pets and cattle being found slaughtered and mutilated , and sightings of a mysterious part-man part-moth like creature.  His findings led to his book, The Mothman Prophecies, which inspired the movie in 2002 starring Richard Gere.

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The Mothman Prophecies

The legend of the Mothman started on November 15, 1966.  When two couples, Steve and Mary Mallette and Roger and Linda Scarberry, reported to police, that while driving through the McClintic Wildlife Management Area, 6 miles north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia; a creature flew over their car.  The group got out of the car to investigate and saw a six or seven foot man with a ten foot wingspan and it had red glowing eyes.  The creature started to walk on what appeared to have two sturdy legs with a shuffling gait towards the group.   The scared couples quickly got into their car and drove away from the mysterious man-like bird.  However, while driving away this  creature took off of the ground and started following them while flying in the air without flapping it’s wings and was making high pitched squeaking noises.  After filing a report with the local authorities, the local media picked  up on the story and gave the creature the name, Mothman.  One of the witness’, Mrs. Scarberry stated that the creatures eyes didn’t start glowing red until their lights hit the creature’s face.  Three days later,  two Point Pleasant firemen visited the same area of the first sightings of the Mothman, near the TNT compound within the wildlife refuge.  They also reported seeing the huge creature but stated that it was just a bird.

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In 1967, during the holiday season, the Silver Bridge collapsed killing 46 people who were commuting over the Ohio River.  The bridge was built in 1928 and connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio.  Days before this tragic event, sightings of the Mothman were reported near the top of the bridge.  Some of the locals believe that the Mothman was to blame, while others interpreted the appearance of this mysterious creature as a warning sign of impending doom.

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Wildlife experts and other skeptics claim that the description of the Mothman fit the description of a few types of birds that are common in the area of where the sightings have been reported.  A barn owl, a horned owl, or the sandhill crane were suggested to be the culprits of the many sightings of the Mothman.  All three species of birds have eyes that will glow red when light is directed to them.  However, the locals of Point Pleasant celebrate the Mothman every September by holding a Mothman festival.  A Mothman statue was erected in the middle of the town in front of the Mothman museum.

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References

Mothman Revisited:
 Investigating on Site – CSI. (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/mothman_revisitedinvestigating_on_site
Mothman Prophecies True Story – John Keel, Silver Bridge, Indrid Cold. (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/mothmanprophecies.php
Mckendry, D. I. (2015). The REAL Story of THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES: Part One. Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.blumhouse.com/2015/12/01/the-real-story-of-the-mothman-prophecies-part-one/
Who Is The Mothman? (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/mothman-legend3.html