The Black-Eyed Kids
Update! (September 2012)
NEWEST UPDATE (September 2012): new videos added
Interviews with David Weatherly, author of "Black Eyed Children" available at Leprechaun Press online.
Update - (December 2010): I now have a number of emails sitting in my net address box from people who have been telling me of their experiences with BEKs... these are frightening accounts, most of them, to say the least. NONE of the accounts people have emailed seem to be without some grains of authenticity - although some seem to carry features of psychological details...no, I'm not saying some of these people are psychologically unbalanced... but rather that they've had extreme fright, trauma or something. This seems to be a common factor in both the newer accounts I've been receiving in my email boxes AND the accounts I keep reviewing online...
If ANYONE has more information on BEKs, just email me. I don't have any solid answers for the people who are already emailing me. The most I can do is "listen" and let these people tell me about their experiences when they're afraid to speak out loud about them.
To email me - just get to my profile page. There is a link on the page that says "Send mythbuster an email."
I could sure use some guidance... I've looked into all the things that other people have already said and still, I am no closer to understanding what's going on with these BEK sightings and encounters...and I am leaving my last "update" posted below just so people can see that, well, I'm really not making any progress here.
Perhaps the BEKs are just OUT THERE... perhaps we won't figure them out - but I hope that's not the case...
Ohyeah - and Tee - from the accounts I've posted already in my article here and another similar article elsewhere - has contacted me just briefly...actually the contact was made via a comment section on an article, so I do believe Tee's account is authentic. I do not know what sort of child/teen or entity came to Tee's door several years ago but I do definitely believe the event was traumatic and frightening for her...
Previous Update (Winter 2009):
I wrote that I'd update if I found additional information.
I haven't found anything conclusive but I tracked down a gentleman by email who responded to some general questions I posed about BEKs and Brian Bethel.
I explained my interest in BEKs and my suspicions that these/this phenomenon is largely urban legend and the gentleman responded to my email in just over 24 hours - on Christmas Day 2009, no less! The person is a journalist and researcher/author, himself, who had been able to track down Brian Bethel several years ago about Bethel's BEK account.
Put it this way - I have been urged to research further, myself, before deciding that these BEK accounts are simply urban legend and nothing else. It was suggested that I do some research on "terrestrial" possibilities and that I contact people whose accounts are available online. I was told, also, to get in touch with medical people and theatre (?) people who are in the know about this phenomenon. The latter are harder for me to figure out how to approach but I'm working on it.
A second source from some online forums suggested I look into the topic of "Shadow People," however, I'm not willing to disclose this source because I'm not positive yet that the person is reliable (of course, I should be skeptical, right?).
I'm currently doing the research that Mr. O (don't worry, he won't remain anonymous - I'll put his Amazon book up somewhere on this hub for you - he's a researcher and author in paranormal fields, himself) has suggested and I have emailed Mr. Bethel but have not yet received a reply.
I'm trying to also track down contact information for 3 other main accounts that are commonly found online. If anyone has a line in or on this information, I could use some help.
The three accounts are as such: an account of a couple coming off the interstate in Michigan who encountered an odd female in a restroom who had totally black orbs for eyes, a young 20-something woman who encountered a man in Starbucks who had the same awful eyes, and the following (one I think will be more traceable than the aforementioned accounts):
Tee's Account. A woman who only identifies herself as "Tee," who wrote in to the about .com site following her frightening experience with a youth who seems to fit the same sort of description as Bethel's account of a boy with black orbs for eyes. Tee, an apartment manager refused to take this youth on a tour of a possible apartment when he knocked at her door one day. Tee's account can be found here:
By the way, I'm not sure what to make of the information I'm finding yet. "Shadow People" are slightly outside of my realm of 'urban legend' research and folklore, however, if these BEKs are related to Shadow People - WE NEED TO stop being complacent and stop pooh-poohing things we do not understand as being describable by science thus far - and take better stock of what is around us in this world. That is, whether science can explain things or not.
I've had to take on a sort of chaotic "crash course" in paranormal topics thus far - and I have to say, studying urban legends and folklore is much safer, more comfortable ground! It appears that even if we can't explain 'shadow people,' something is going on that has DEFINITE effects in the world - at least on our psychological states...
This is all very strange research, I must say.
I'll probably have more definite information in another month or so.
This Is Likely a Contact Lens
BEK's a New Phenomenon
Referred to as B.E.K.s or BEK accounts (B.lack E.yed K.ids) in paranormal communities, stories of Black Eyed Kids are surfacing with great regularity these days.
These are kids with coal-black eyes, no irises apparent, no pupils - just entirely black eyes.
The BEKs want to get into your car with you but it seems they are not hoodlums...in fact, they are reported to be much more polite and well-spoken than most pre-teens or teenagers are - more self-aware, self-controlled and confident than most adolescents are. It seems that Black Eyed Kids are aware that they cannot enter your vehicle unless you invite them in. Some Black Eyed Kids want to enter your house. Nobody knowns what for...but they generally ASK VERY POLITELY to enter your house or car.
Few reports exist which tell of what happens IF one allows Black Eyed Kids into a car or house, but any who have reported interacting with Black Eyed Kids say that a feeling of impending doom or of intense fear and dread accompany the interaction!
Of course, it is believed that there's an unfortunate ending if you let a BEK in...it is something akin to inviting a vampire into your home - you perish!
Nobody, it seems, is quite certain of all the details yet...
BEKs, Shadow People and Ghosts
BEKs Only a Decade Old
Black Eyed Kids are virtual babies within the realms of urban legends. Circulation of the stories about BEKs seem to be traced back only as far as about 1998!
Most BEK accounts are stories found online in blogs, message boards, newsgroups and the like. In fact, the first known posting of a BEK incident was posted by Brian Bethel onto a newgroup he was a member of. It was on January 16, 1998 when Bethel posted to his newsgroup, and other people have been coming forward ever since that time, relating similar accounts, all telling of Kids with Black Eyes who ask to be let into cars, houses, etc.
In most accounts, there are two males, aged from pre-teen to mid-teen years, and the boys always ask to be 'let in' to either a car or home. Sometimes this is to get a ride home or to be taken home so they can get money for a movie (as in Bethel's account). Sometimes they want to be 'let in' to use the washroom in your home.
A similarity in most accounts of BEKs is the impending dread and fear felt by the people who have encountered these strange kids - often before the people even get a chance to have a good look at the BEKs' faces clearly and see the black orbs of their eyes.
This Child Is Beautiful...But The EYES! This girl did not survive the toxins & hypothermia that made her eyes black. See caption area - no disrespect intended
Strange and Unexplained
Brian Bethel's Account of Black Eyed Kids
On January 16, 1998, a man named Brian Bethel posted online to a newsgroup and told an account of his experience with a very strange and frightening male pre-teen duo. The kids had had approached his car and asked to be "let in" to his car. They spoke UNLIKE pre-teens usually do, using a more formal vocabulary than kids or teens usually use, and one of the most striking aspects of the event was the intense mood-altering 'air' that accompanied the kids' presence. Bethel asserts that an extreme fear overtook him while the pre-teens were standing by his car, which is something he found very strange and overwhelming.
Brian Bethel is a journalist - or at the time, he was a journalist. I have been unable to find much information on the man, himself, although his account of the strange interaction with Black Eyed Kids has been spread far and wide across the internet in newgroup threads, forums, blogs and articles.
I'll certianly update as I find more information on Brian Bethel, himself, but until then, his account is the data we have so far regarding a lengthy explanation of an experience with BEKs.
The Black Eyed Kids, According to Bethel...
Bethel was inside his car which was at a standstill in a parking lot in Abilene Texas. His trip out of the house was for the purpose of paying his bill for Internet services, so his attention was turned to writing out a cheque when two kids approached his car. The likely time of this event was around 9:45pm. Bethel remembered leaving his residence around 9:30pm to complete a 10 to 15 minute drive to where he could take care of his Internet bill.
On the evening in question, the film that was playing in a movie theatre nearby was "Mortal Kombat," and Bethel drove past the theatre in order to park in the lot, stop and write out a cheque. As he was writing, a knock sounded on his driver side window.
When he looked up, Bethel saw two children standing near his car and he deemed them to be around 10-14 years of age. Later, on his internet newsgroup post, he would write that the kids were in that "[...] semi-mystical stage of life children get into where you can't exactly tell their age."
Bethel refers to the children as boys, furthermore as "Boy 1" and "Boy 2" and has said that Boy 1 acted as a "spokesman" for the duo. In hindsight, Bethel would claim that Boy 2 never spoke, "at least not with words" during the incident.
The boys are described as:
"Boy No.1 was slightly taller than his companion, wearing a pull-over, hooded shirt with a sort of gray checked pattern and jeans. I couldn't see his shoes. His skin was olive-colored and [he] had curly, medium-length brown hair. He exuded an air of quiet confidence.
Boy No.2 had pale skin with a trace of freckles. HIs primary characteristic seemed to be looking around nervously. He was dressed in similar manner to his companion, but his pull-over was a light green color. His hair was a sort of pale orange."
Bethel believed the kids intended to ask him for some money, and just when he'd completed this thought, he noted, "then the air changed." He described an overwhelming sense of fear and unearthliness pressing down on him at this point of the experience.
The smile that Boy No.1, the spokesman, offered brought chills to Bethel's blood, and Bethel knew there was something not quite right about the boys and this situation. Even before he responded to the actual knock on the window, he felt his fight-or-flight responses rev up.
Bethel unrolled the window a little bit and asked, "Yes?"
When the spokesman smiled again, Bethel noticed that Boy No.1 had extremely white teeth.
The boy asked, "Hey, mister, what's up? We have a problem." Bethel said the boy's diction was quiet and calm but his voice sounded like that of a young man - not a child. While the boy spoke, Bethel remembers wanting so very much to just FLEE...but the spokesman continued to speak...
"You see, my friend and I want to see the films, but we forgot our money...We need to go to our house to get it. Want to help us out?"
In Bethel's account, he suggests more typical ways that children and young teens use language and the actual way that "spokesman" talked was not typical, in Bethel's opinion.
Instead, Boy No.1 spoke fluently, without any nervous pauses one might expect of a child who is asking a grown-up stranger for money. Bethel remembers only stuttering a reply like "Uh, well..." before noticing something like discomfort or nervousness from Boy No. 2's body language.
"C'mon mister..." Boy No. 1 urged, "Now, we just want to go to our house. And we're just two little boys."
Bethel remembers feeling that the spokesman's manner was all wrong - so was the 2nd boy's body language, but Bethel couldn't quite pinpoint what exactly was wrong about this whole scenario, so finally he asked the boys about what movie they were going to see.
"Mortal Kombat, of course," replied the spokesman, while the Boy No.2 that Bethel now calls 'the silent one,' simply nodded in agreement. Bethel responded to this answer with a simple, "Oh..." while he glanced at the movie theatre marquee and at the clock in his car. He quickly determined that Mortal Kombat was in its final showing for the evening and that it was about an hour into playing by this time.
While Bethel's reluctance to interact with the boys seemed to make the 'silent one' ever more nervous, the spokesman showed no nervousness at all. The spokesman continued to coax, "C'mon mister. Let us in. We can't get in your car until you do, you know." And with a more soothing voice, "Just let us in, and we'll be gone before you know it. We'll go to our mother's house."
At this point, Bethel locked eyes with the vacant-orb-eyed spokesman - while realizing in horror that his own hand had strayed to the door lock. Luckily the door was still locked, but Bethel's hand had started the process of unlocking the door before he caught hold of himself. He probably jerked back his hand upon this realization, alerting the strange pre-teen duo that he felt that all was not right in this situation. This action also forced Bethel to look away from the kids and stutter something non-binding and unclear.
He turned his attention back to look at the children and, for the first time, noticed their eyes...
...coal black...no irises, no pupils, and as Bethel wrote, "Just two staring orbs reflecting the red and white light of the marquee."
Bethel's facial expression must have conveyed something to the duo and the silent one suddenly dawned a look of horror, while the spokesman's expression turned to blatant anger, "C'mon mister," he insisted, "We won't hurt you. You have to LET US IN. We don't have a gun..."
These words were terrifying to Brian Bethel, and he tried to gain his bearings, reaching a hand toward the car gearshift in order to make a speedy exit...
The spokesman said, with great urgency, "WE CAN'T COME IN UNLESS YOU TELL US IT'S OKAY. LET...US --- IN!"
Finally, Bethel's hand responded on the gearshift, knocked the car into reverse and Bethel's car ripped out of the parking lot, "I noticed the boys in my peripheral vision, and I stole a quick glance back. They were gone. The sidewalk by the theatre was deserted."
Bethel drove straight home, parked and ran inside, all in a complete panic.
Bethel still wonders, "What did I see?" and "What would have happened if I opened my car door?"
I have my own suspicions about the Black Eyed Kids as being the product of more parental and societal fears.
After all...the accounts I've read so far - of which the "Brian Bethel Account" is the most prominent - contain tell-tale signs of 'urban legend-ness' and tidbits of hysteria...in fact, in the Brian Bethel account, he has plainly stated the level of fear he felt upon being approached by Black Eyed Kids in an Abilene parking lot.
C'mon Brian! Scared almost to the point of poopy-pants by a couple of kids - one very well-spoken young gent that most parents would be proud to say is their own. Most parents are ASKING THEIR KIDS to display the sort of politeness that frightened Brian Bethel to the point of panic...
No, I'm not making fun of Bethel above...well, not overly so. I'm just saying that it appears he was THAT SCARED!
Something is out of sorts here - but in my opinion, it is possible that it might not be the kids in question here...
There's a small chance that these Black Eyed Kids are manifest from the fears of society and from parental fears...it is possible that societal PERCEPTION is at work here and going awry.
Putting two and two together - that 1) accounts of BEKs reek of urban legend tale format and 2) almost all urban legends are based on societal fears, parental fears, and fear of the unknown...
(Are we afraid that more and more of our children are becoming child-criminals, distanced in familial relationships? This concern would be fitting in societies where parents are no longer raising most of the children...where daycares, schools and such are taking up the slack for parental absence.)
These BEK reports are just something I'll have to keep my eyes and ears open for, that's all.
Brian Bethel on an American TV Show
An Account of An Encounter Provided By "Michael" - a theory forwarded about BEKs possibly being "Demons"
THIS ACCOUNT was posted in the comments section but I felt I should move it directly into a HUB module so that it is not overlooked. Offered by a reader/commenter named "Michael."
Please note: I have taken the liberty of adding spacing simply to make the text and account easier to read...
So I apologize first off if I am restating something that has already been said. With that being said I understand everyones different beleifs in what these "BEKs" are and let me tell you that they are far more sinister and intelligent than you can imagine.
I have been studying in the field of demonology for the past 5 years and have been through 24 years of supernatural hell, ranging from ghost apparitions to full on demonic oppression. These BEK's are without a doubt in my mind demonic. The way they speak with perfect diction and almost intellectual in their conversation being that most of these encounters have been with young children is quite odd for the language they use.
Having to be invited into a persons car or home and not being able to enter unless they receive verbal invitation. And of course the biggest telltale sign is the infamous "black souless eyes" acoumpanied [accompanied] by the feeling of dread and a dark evil presence. Your gut dose [does] not lie to you and even if you arent a beleiver in "evil" per say all the accounts still refer to the feeling of a "dark" presence when around these beings.
As far as the invitation goes it is also a telltale sign of a demon; demons being eons of years old and being as dark and powerful as they are still have to abide by cosmic law meaning that they cannot enter "your" property being your car or home or anywhere you have ownership unless you where to give them verbal consent(Now you know where the vampire myth stems from). The reason why they usually appear as children is to gain your trust. Obviously you will feel bad for a poor lost child and would love nothing more than to let them in on a cold dark night....that's exactly what they want. Or sometimes appearing as young teenagers or a person of your own age, someone that can gain your trust easily. Their not going to appear as a crazed dirty man weilding a knife, scaring people off would work against them.
The dark feeling you get when there near, your body can sense something that wants to do it harm and it reacts by sending you into a fight or flight mode. These beings are filled with so much hate and evil that it emotes off of them like a black aura, hitting you with waves of their emotions. The reason for the black eyes is obvious, being evil in nature and being void of any soul, their eyes are just showing you the emptiness that is inside. If you have ever heard the term "the eyes are the window to the soul" that would explain the empty black, these beings have no soul.
The reason behind their odd speech and diction is like I stated before, these beings have been around for thousands of years, they are not a child as they appear to be. They are unfortunatley smarter than humans and they speak as well educated people because frankly they have had time to practice. I also would bet that if anyone where to begin speaking in another language that these BEK's would respond in that language, even if switched up to multiple dialects I bet you they would follow with even better pronounciation. Unless they catch onto what your pulling and play it off seeing that your testing them.
The reason for the fowl smell from their breath or just the smell of them as many have stated is also demonic in nature, the putrid smell of garbage or decay in many cases sulfur. These are the scents of a demon, just think of the most revolting smell you can think of...thats what you will smell when near them.
Also I haven't read this alot in the testimonies but they usually are preseaded with 3 knocks on either the door or the window, obviously many have just run into these beings but if that dose happen I urge not to answer their knocking because opening that door or window is all the invitation they need.
Now to say that these things are pure demons in their corporial form or possibly possesed humans that we truthfully wont know. But I lead more to the first only because its practically unheard of for an innocent 5 year old could come under possesion but then again we cant prove that for sure. I apologize for the misspelling and if what I wrote is comfusing but Im typing this at work and trying to do both.
Your Views on BEKs
I think that Black Eyed Kids are:
Marine in NC Spooked by Black Eyed Kids
A marine living on the 3rd floor of barracks located near River Road at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina encountered two BEKs in November 2009. The marine's account can be found by going to the paranormal section at the About .com website.
Apparently, the marine was staying home on a weekend late in the year of 2009 while most of his peers were out. A knock at his door interrupted his movie watching late at night. The marine went to the door, expecting to find that his roommate had forgotten his keys, but instead of opening the door to let his room mate in, he stood face to face with two kids: "[...] these kids freaked the hell out of me."
At first, the marine couldn't place the reason why these two kids made his senses react with trepidation, but instincts are something that marines are told to pay attention to, so the man didn't let his logic overcome his gut feelings in this instance. Something from within told the man to shut the door and lock it but he fought these feelings long enough to get a good look at the kids, notice they had pitch black eyes, and he spoke briefly with them.
The kids told him they wanted to come inside and read and said they were cold. It seemed odd to the marine that the kids didn't mention parents or things that a pair of lost children might be concerned about.
Unnerved, the marine glanced down the hallway to see if anyone else was around but he found the hallway empty. When he turned attention back to the kids, they had come a step closer to him and the doorway, further freaking him out. He describes feeling as if he were being hunted - as if he were the prey for these predator kids. This last complex gut reaction caused the marine to immediately close and lock the door.
For about 5 more minutes, the marine reports he heard a constant, soft knocking at the door. After refusing to respond to the knocking, he then heard a rattle at a window - which he also ignored. Things seemed to settle down after that and the marine got through the night without further incident.
In the morning, the marine found and approached the officer who was on duty during the nighttime hours and asked him some questions. The officer had noticed nothing out of the ordinary while on shift and passed the marine's account off as the marine having taken too much to drink. In the marine's account, however, he makes sure to state that he wasn't drinking at all during the night in question.
I think some important questions to ask are:
- Would parents allow kids to just wander around an infantry army barracks?
- Why didn't the officer on duty notice the kids?
The marine who provided this account to About .com is known only as Reaper 3-1, and obviously prefers to remain anonymous.
Black Eyed People Like To Shop At Wal-Mart?
Webb City, Missouri
An anonymous writer: was at a Webb City Wal-Mart ready to pay for some items and got an uneasy feeling while in the teller's line-up. The person also smelled a strange odor and turned to look around. Right behind, there was a man, dressed in black who was very tall. When our author/Wal-Mart shopper looked at the eyes of the tall man who was dressed in black, the eyes were completely black. Our shopper got the sense that the black eyed man was evil and hair stood up on the shopper's neck: "I got the sense that he was evil, maybe the Devil himself."
This is pretty much all there is to this particular BEK experience. This is a three (short) paragraph account I found at About .com. The person who offered this story to About .com isn't named.
At a Wal-Mart in Kansas:
A person shopping at a Wal-Mart in Kansas got separated from daughter and mother, ending up in the perfume aisles. The shopper got a strange gut feeling first, then began to look around. The shopper saw a man walk past the aisle who had striking features (in a striped shirt, blonde, tall, good looking), who appeared clean-cut but who had a strange gait. Right after he passed the aisle, he stopped and walked back to it and turned his head to look at the shopper who describes these actions as robotic and odd.
The shopper felt the man with the strange manner of walking was looking right through, scanning, surveying and taking in knowledge of our shopper, and his eyes were totally black and unnatural. The shopper felt great fear and had the feeling of being in danger. The strange man turned his head again and walked away, still in the stilted, jerking manner.
The shopper says it is the eyes that will never be forgotten out of the whole of this experience and is convinced that the man was not even human. The shopper found daughter and mother and left the store shortly after this encounter and calls this incident, "[...] one of the most unnerving experiences of my life."
(one more wal-mart account to be typed out soon. just checking to see if the one I found online matches up with someone who emailed me with a similar account but who wanted to remain anonymous)
Black Eyed Kids - Poetica
I was browsing and reading some interesting articles and poetry at Hub Pages and came across epigramman's poem about Black Eyed Kids.
The poem isn't extremely long but it's fitting to link to:
Black Eyed Kids - a poem by epigramman
It's a reasonable length for a quick read but still packs a punch and says what needs to be said, describing fear and dread, a rapping on the door and the need to stay away from Black Eyed Kids!
Thanks for sharing a great poem, epigramman!
Veritas Radio online is an interesting site radio show that deals with paranormal and out of the ordinary topics. In August 2012, Author and paranormal researcher, David Weatherly, was on the show to answer questions about BEK's and talk about his newest book, "The Black Eyed Children."
The interview starts around the four and a half minute mark on the video, part 1.
I could have just posted the vid(s) without offering any text but I just wanted to comment on how I enjoy the Veritas Radio intro... not quite "Twilight Zone" far out and a bit like some of the Matrix soundtrack... I just wanted to say it should put you in the mood to listen to off-beat topics.
Veritas Weatherly on Veritas Radio - Interview from August 2012
BEKs and Vampires
BEKs seem to share some characteristics of the undead and/or of vampires.
BEKs often seen at dusk or night time - do they have an aversion to sunlight as vampires apparently do?
BEKs ask for for something. Vampires often do as well...in some tales. There are so many types and versions of vampire tales that it is hard to make straight off comparisons. With vampires, they're alternately silent and deadly with instant attacks or very interactive with potential victims, conversing, possibly sizing a person up, making judgments on what kind of person the potential victim is (perhaps some are spared the attack, depending on the way they conduct themselves).
BEKs ask to be let in. One of the most often mentioned points of vampire lore is that a vampire cannot enter a home where it has not been invited to enter.
BEKs "Let me/us in."
Weatherly on PZTV Show: Do You Believe Interview PT1
BEKs and Demons
Most of what passes for reasons why BEKs might be demons involves emotions, particularly fear. People who have encountered BEKs readily assert to feeling an overwhelming fear over the encounter and also say they can feel a palpable presence of the fear, doom, evil, darkness, etc.
It is possible that all of the above feelings are purely psychological in nature, even when people say they feel a physical presence of doom... "Doom" is a tough physical presence to pin down - however, it could be that the presence of BEKs affects the magnetic, lighwave, or other unseen environments enough that people sensitive to such things can feel a difference.
Many who have reported instances of demonic possession say that the possessed person's appearance changes and in a large number of cases, the face and eyes appear to change dramatically with the eyes darkening or exhibiting a reddish hue.
Weatherly on PZTV Show: Do You Believe Interview PT2
BEKs and Djinn
Some say BEKs are a type of Djinn.
If I knew what the heck I was talking about concerning Djinn, I would comment A LOT about this comparison but Djinn are entities I am quite unfamiliar with. They're one of the very few paranormal/lore types I have never looked much into... (*Hint: If anyone can help me here, I would much appreciate it!).
The possible link between BEKs and Djinn, however, is fairly weak as far as I can tell, with this comparison given very little attention on message boards, blogs, article sites, etc., where BEKs are beign discussed. Partly, those who believe in the existence of Djinn/Genies claim that when Djinn come around, they are very active, considered primarily negative/evil, are often very aggressive. We can note that BEKs are ASSERTIVE in many accounts, occasionally turning to slight verbal aggression but more like verbal insistence or strong assertion.
Again, I honestly have to admit to not knowing much about Djinn. I have insisted on mention of this entity in the hopes that someone will see my failings here and be prompted to provide some information.
BEKs and Tulpas
Similarities or perhaps a cause of the appearance and disappearances of BEK closely resemble accounts involving what people perceive to be tulpa incidents.
A tulpa is a thought form that contains so much energy that it can become solid matter for a time. There are various intensities of tulpa but this is a type of entity that is considered a fairly new topic of study in North America (older and embedded in many ancient belief systems in older lands).
The comparison between tulpa and BEKs is one of the ones I lean toward most. If tulpas are primarily derived from energy vibrations into matter, then the very high level of fear present in most BEK accounts might just be the focus of the tulpa.
It is said that in many BEK encounter cases, if a person shuts the BEK out and then second-guesses what just happened, then looks for the child/children again, usually the person is unable to see them or discover where they went to so quickly. For example, a person may shut and lock the door after seeing a BEK just on the outside step by the door. After a few seconds and calming down, the person may open the door to double check that they actually saw a BEK on the step but then the door is opened again, there is nothing, no person standing there at all - and with a quick eye sweep of the yard, there is no sign of retreating BEK - which should be able to be seen since the door was just closed a few seconds before.
Perhaps, if the BEK is a tulpa, the cut off of contact dispels the tulpa energy and it vanishes? Or it might be possible that, if tulpas feed off fear and BEKs are a type of tulpa, by the time someone double-checks, they've recovered from the washing over of fear and the tulpa/BEK is no longer around. This could be an explanation for BEKs seeming to vanish. If the tulpa has fed, it leaves. If the fear is gone, so is the tulpa.
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland Interview with David Weatherly on BEKs
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