All over the world, people are reporting disconcerting encounters with people with all black eyes.
By black-eyed people, I am not talking about folks who have recently been punched out. Nor am I talking about people with very dark brown or blue eyes. I am talking about folks whose entire eyes, irises and all, are black. People are seeing them everywhere and the phenomena is growing. What is going on here? Are these hoaxes, medical conditions or… something else.
Black-eyed people exhibit odd behaviors and attitudes. Those who encounter them are usually overwhelmed by a deep sense of dread, feeling disoriented, panicked or threatened. According to Barry Napier of UFO Digest, most encounters occur at the person’s home. A twelve to seventeen year old kid knocks at the door and asks the person who answers the door to let them in.
When the person sees their eyes, the sense of fear and wrongness sets in. Some believe that the black-eyed person is an evil spirit that must be invited into a house or car. Since most of these encountered people are children it may be posing as a child rather than a man may get them invited in faster.
Journalist Brian Bethelgave us the first major account of a black eyed person in 1998. Two preteens approached Bethel as he sat in his car in a parking lot. When they asked for a ride, he noticed their all-black eyes. Since then, there have been hundreds of reported incidences. At an I-75 rest stop in Michigan, a woman named Chris came face-to-face with a thin woman with black eyes who was coming out of the ladies room.
According to paranormal researcher Stephen Wagner, a young man of around eighteen asked an apartment manager about renting a flat. The manager later said the man’s black eyes made the hair on his neck stand up and made him tremble.
Of course, black eyes do not necessarily have a paranormal cause. Pupil dilation can be caused by drugs, medication, emotion, eye drops and brain injuries. What sets a lot of these cases apart is the feeling on the part of the beholder that not only their eyes are dark but it is as if their very souls are wrapped in darkness. Some even get the feeling that the black-eyed person is not even human.
And the black eyes may be caused by contactlenses.
The paranormal explanation is that these people are aliens, inter dimensional or demonic.
Napier believes that the first reports of black-eyed people resulted from active imaginations and the reports that followed were hoaxes. Until there is proof, such people will be just Internet hearsay. He concludes that the phenomenon is hard to believe but intrigues people.
My own opinion is that there is not enough evidence to support a paranormal theory about black-eyed people. Right now, it looks like the phenomenon is either a normal condition like drugs or medication or a hoax. The fact that most of the cases involve teens or preteens, who are notorious pranksters, supports the hoax theory. If you have had any encounters with black-eyed people, please leave a comment so I can use it in a follow-up article.