The Black eyed kids, also referred to as B.E.K., started making an appearance around 1998, when journalist Brian Bethel wrote of his experience in a newsgroup posting. These children are said to have eyes that are coal black; there is no sign of an iris or pupil.
The story begins with Bethel sitting in a parking lot when the two boys approached his car and asked for a ride. He claimed that they were dress in style and were normal looking accept for the eyes. He became overwhelmed with a feeling of danger. He said that the two boys were insistent and annoyed when he would not let them into the car.
Bethel stated that the two boys became annoyed and repeatedly asked for ride home to get movie money. Bethel stated that he felt something come over him and he wanted to open the door. However, once he looked at their eyes, they were black with no irises or pupils and he felt paralyzed with fear. Bethel said he was somehow able to get over his fear long enough to leave the parking lot and the two boys behind.
Some people have stated that these children could possibly be ghosts or demons, specifically vampires: the tales frequently emphasize that the children must be admitted or invited into the house or car in question, and in this way are reminiscent of some vampire legends. Another common element is a feeling dread or uneasinesss when in contact with the children (whether or not one sees the child’s eyes).
It has been said that if you let these children into your house or car, you will die. There has never really been an explanation as to why the children’s eyes are black.
Some people report feeling uncomfortable around children, but they do not look at the child’s eyes (or the eyes aren’t completely black). However, the other elements (feeling of dread, urge to escape, thinking you’ll die) are consistent. Whether these accounts are actual encounters with BEKs or are related to BEKs in any way is unknown.
Here is an example of an encounter with some of these beings:
Adele was at home when she had her experience with the beings.
I was sitting in my bedroom reading a book,” Adele says, “when at about 11:00 p.m. I heard a knocking? a slow, constant one. I got up out of bed to see what it was. I looked out of the window and to my surprise saw two children. I opened the window and asked them what they wanted at this time of night. They replied by saying simply, ‘Let us in.’ I said no and asked what for. ‘We want to use your bathroom.’
“I was quite shocked that children of about 10 years old wanted to use a stranger’s bathroom at this time of night. I told them no, closed the window, but looked at them through the glass. I glanced at their eyes… and I have never ever seen eyes like them. They were black, completely
black. I got the feeling of evil and unhappiness. It surrounded me. It was horrible.”
Although nearly all stories relate to children, there are some stories where a person has had an encounter with an adult with black eyes.
There are some common threads which run through all the stories:
1) Almost all cases occur at night or late afternoon just around dusk.
2) The need to be invited in, much like vampire lore.
3) All have black eyes.
4) The encounters usually leave peole feeling threatened, panicked, fearful, despairing and even disorientated.
5) The children are usually extremely confident to the point of being forceful.
6) They usually wear dark or black clothing
People have tried to explain away these sightings by claiming that the kids were merely wearing a form of contact lenses with the express purpose of scaring people. But it could also be a medical condition called Aniridia – The eyes will often appear to have no colour, so the whole eye looks black.
In his article, Black Eyed Kids: A Profile, Barry Napier of UFODigest, writes: “The black eyes could be nothing more than contact lenses. The most likely scenario is that the few convincing reports were the results of overactive imaginations, and that the string of reports that followed were nothing more than copycat falsified stories used for attention or fun.”
But, Napier admits, “most accounts seem to be passionate, and people that have encountered the [black-eyed kids] seem to be genuinely frightened even after the encounter.”
All of those who claim to have had encounters with these kids, say that they are evil and have malevolent intentions.
Do such black eyes kids actually exist, or are they merely urban legends sprung up around the original Brian Bethel story? If they do exist, what or who are they?
Ghosts.org: Brian Bethel’s Story
UFO Digest: Black Eyed Kids: A Profile
Stephen Wagner: Invasion of the Black-Eyed People