One of the strangest and creepiest phenomena paranormal researchers have investigated is that of the Black-Eyed Kids. First reported in 1998, these Black-Eyed Kids appeared normal at first glance and then behaved strangely once they began to interact with witnesses. They cause extreme fear and panic in those who witness them.
In the winter of 1998, journalist Brian Bethel was spending some time at a park in Texas, when he was approached by two young boys, who appeared to be around the age of fourteen. The boys asked Bethel for help getting home from the park. Both were insistent that Bethel drove them home in his car.
Details about what happened next vary, but stories agree that Bethel decided to leave the park without the boys and became extremely fearful when he noticed the boys’ eyes. The entire eye was coal black. There were no pupil, no iris, no cornea, no sclera, just solid black.
There was little to back up Bethel’s claim, but there have been several other accounts of Black-Eyed Kids. Bethel’s encounter was the first recorded.
In each account, there are several similarities. In each report, the children appeared normal in the way they were dressed and they behaved until they interacted with the witness. Each time the children’s eyes were noticed late in the encounter, sometimes even after the fact, and were completely black. Every witness claimed to have felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety and fear throughout the encounter.
Most encounters with Black-Eyed Kids take place at night or late afternoon around dusk. The children usually knocked on a door and asked to be invited in the home. Every witness claimed the Black-Eyed Kids appeared to be between the ages of twelve and seventeen.
Witnesses claimed that although the Black-Eyed Kids appeared normal at first, the longer the encounter went on, the stranger the kids acted. Usually, reports stated the children were in a trance-like state. Other claims included behavior that was lethargic, catatonic, forceful, demanding and insistent that they got what they wanted.
Some paranormal researchers found a link between these Black-Eyed Kids and another phenomenon. The senses of fear and foreboding are commonly associated with Schattenwesen, more commonly called Shadow People. Reports of Schattenwesen are consistent in claims of extreme fear, panic, and the sense that the entity intended to hurt the witness.
Other paranormal researchers saw a tie to folklore of the vampire, in that the Black-Eyed Kids asked to be invited in to a home. These researchers felt the entities were some sort of evil spirit.
Several rational explanations have been proposed as well. The story could just be an urban legend or the result from overactive imaginations and then spread through the internet. Another theory was that the Black-Eyed Kids were just a hoax, their black eyes caused by contacts.
Several credible witnesses came forward with reports of their own experiences with Black-Eyed Kids, including a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Whether the Black-Eyed Kids were just an urban legend, an evil spirit, or something else, stories about them have popped up all over.