On numerous occasions, Nebulous Children have spoken to me about a dark male figure who visits them at night in person or in dreams. He wears a dark suit, a black top hat, has been said to have red glowing eyes, and he has a ball and chain around his ankle. I did not think too much about it until recently. A few times within this blog, I did write about this same dark figure, when it was seen by children. A few weeks ago, a child described the same entity to me again. I thought back to the times when other children had reported this same sighting to me, and wondered if there was a connection. My curiosity remained just that a thought, until a therapist contacted me about child who shared the ability to see ghosts with her and described the exact same same figure. Still, I did not think anything too much more about it. Then, live on my podcast two weeks ago another therapist discussed her client as having the same image: A man with a top hat and a black suit who appeared as if he was from the 18th century. I thought, what in the world? I heard that from children too years ago, and now I am hearing it again?
What is the connection?
Two weeks ago, I was sitting with another child who I knew could see ghosts. Remember, I do not ask unless I have a reason to do so and did not question this child about it. However, I already knew about it because this child's mother randomly told me. Nevertheless, it is up to children to decide whether or not they want to talk to me about it. This is an older child and as we were establishing rapport, here is a paraphrase of the conversation:
Child J: I can see ghosts and so can my siblings.
Dr. Lisa: Oh Yeah? I'm listening. You can tell me.
Child J: Well, once I saw a dark spirit walk across my room.
Dr. Lisa: Really? No way!
Child J: Yes, it was dark and had on a black suit with a large black hat, a top hat like you see in old movies, and red eyes.
Dr. Lisa: That' scary.
Child J: I was under the covers! I tried to make sure it did not see me, but I think it did see me looking at it.
Dr. Lisa: What did it do?
Child J: Walked across my bedroom. It looked at me, then looked at my siblings as it walked across the room. But it was real tall like 7 feet tall.
Dr. Lisa: How did you know the height?
Child J: Cause my door (frame) is about 7 feet tall and you have to be real tall to reach the top. This ghost had to duck under it to come into our room.
Dr. Lisa: I see. That is tall.
Child J: Yeah and once he was in there, I saw it. It had a ball and chain on its ankle and it just walked across the room and out of the window.
Dr. Lisa: It didn't see you looking at it did it?
Child J: No I don't think so, but he might have because when he came in, I was scared so I was peeping at it from under my covers.
Dr. Lisa: When it left the room, what did you do?
Child J: I went to sleep. I was too scared to get up.
Dr. Lisa: I understand, I would be scared too. Did your siblings wake up?
Child J: No, they were asleep. It looked at them though, and left out of the window.
Dr. Lisa: I believe you. I've heard of this dark ghost before from other kids. We will have to talk about it more when I see you again if that's ok?
Child J: Yes that works. I saw the whole thing.
Dr. Lisa: I know you did.
The Shadow Man
After listening to the podcast caller's description of her client's image of the ghost, and Child J's sighting, I started to conduct some research. My mouth hit the floor while reading through article after article about this same sighting from countless other people. I guess in my mind, I tend to think that these experiences are unique to the children under my care only.
I thought back to movies where you will see a dark shadow of a ghost in a top hat, as well as on movies such as a "Haunted Mansion" and "A Christmas Carol," and also on cartoons similar to "Scooby Doo Mysteries" to name a few. It made me think about something that I mentioned on my podcast, "None of the stuff seen in movies is just made up." "Those producers have seen ghosts and write about their experiences within those tv shows, movies, and cartoons."
Think about "The Sixth Sense" from 1999.
My research led me not only to articles about The Shadow Man, but also a place in Missouri where there is a sighting of the same figure at an AirBNB. It is interesting that the location is in Missouri right? What I began to understand, however, is that there is something to The Shadow Man. First of all, he is called The Shadow Man which is something that I would never have known on my own. He is also reported as being involved in sleep paralysis and nightmares. Now, remember I mentioned that I thought there was a connection between sleep disorders and dark angels? Yes. I still do.
Google, the man in the top hat, shadow people, or the hat man. The results are interesting and I spent awhile reading them. There is also a documentary: "The Hat Man: Documented Cases of Pure Evil" on Amazon Prime Video. This is a shared phenomena from many people regarding the mystery behind this mysterious entity, according to Amazon Prime, and I am intrigued enough to watch it.
Why? Because I have heard about him for many years from Nebulous Children.
Take a look at the article and news story below.
I am still very shocked.
I am still learning about The Shadow Man.
I have to learn more about the location in Missouri.
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