As paranormal investigators, we’re privileged to receive an extensive range of eye-witness accounts from the curious to the bizarre and everything inbetween. Some things can be easily explained whereas others defy logic. Now and again we come across stories of dark, anomalous figures caught observing human behaviour. Their appearances differ from many ghost or spirit sightings and there is a school of thought that they are not spirits of the dead but a different species entirely. They are commonly known as shadow people and we invite you to read the following report which took place in a private residence in Dumfries and Galloway.
A couple of weeks ago, *Sara woke up during the night. She got up to go to the bathroom and upon opening the door, a strange sight awaited her. As Sara walked through the door, standing there was the image of a ‘cut-out’ man, very black in colour and 2D in appearance. One of the most distinctive features of this ‘shadow man’ was that ‘he’ wore a hat with very straight, pointed sides – almost too neat for any hat she had ever seen – it wasn’t a style Sara was familiar with. The apparition didn’t move and still thinking she was half asleep, Sara continued to the bathroom, walking through the image, blinking, hoping it wasn’t really there. She spotted the shape in her front room doorway and assumed it was the same thing, however after reflecting on the incident, she believes now it might have been two separate entities. Upon returning to her bedroom, Sara spotted another black shadow which looked exactly the same, this time in the doorway of a different room. Sara didn’t feel frightened, more intrigued. She went back to bed and realising she might have seen something very strange, left it at that.
A few days later, Sara, her mum and daughter were in the kitchen of her home, when Sara’s daughter, *Amelia alerted them to the presence of a man in the corner of the kitchen. Sara asked Amelia to describe what she saw. The description mirrored Sara’s experience in the bedroom doorways, complete with unusual hat. Sara was ‘shocked beyond belief’ that Amelia had witnessed and described what she herself had previously encountered. Sara did an online search and found an image of a shadow man which precisely matched her sighting (see image above).
It’s interesting to note the shadow man’s ensemble was completed by a coat of some sort and that he was quite tall, roughly six feet in height – along with the hat and observational behaviour, these characteristics link in with shadow sightings the world over. Although they are given the umbrella term of shadow people, Sara pointed out that this thing didn’t look like a shadow: ‘the outline was unnaturally sharp and almost like a drawing’. Sara has since seen this figure again in front of her bedroom door – she hid under her duvet this time. She initially thought these beings were spirits, however since we have spoken and shared information, she is aware they may have alternative origins. Of course, no-one really knows. Sara has found the experience very unnerving.
*Names have been changed to protect anonymity.
See Also: Shadowy Sightings
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