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  • It's just after 2 am, and David Spezo is suddenly wide awake.

  • He knows it's 2 am because he can see the clock on his nightstand out of the corner

  • of his left eye, but to his alarm, he can't physically turn his head to look.

  • In fact, he realizes that he can't move at all.

  • And out of the corner of his other eye, he sees that he isn't alone.

  • The figure is there, standing just outside his bedroom door.

  • David always sleeps with his bedroom door closed in order to keep his roommate's cat

  • out at night.

  • But now the door is wide open, and someone is standing right outside it.

  • David strains as hard as he can to crane his neck, to move his legs and get out of bed...

  • to scream for help, but he's completely paralyzed.

  • The best he can manage is a hoarse whimper.

  • The figure suddenly disappears and reappears, now inside his room.

  • It's in the closest corner to the open door, and as the figure seems to lift its head up

  • to look at him, David can see more details.

  • It seems to be a man, standing just over six feet tall and dressed head to toe in black-

  • though it's hard to tell if he's actually wearing any clothing at all, as the shadows

  • in the room almost seem to be attracted to him, wrapping around him.

  • What he can tell for sure is the figure is wearing a hat, something from a few decades

  • ago, with a wide brim.

  • Then the figure seems to open its eyes, blazing red coals in its pitch black face.

  • David can't breathe, horrible pressure weighs down on him.

  • He gasps for air, trying to scream once more.

  • Suddenly, the spell is broken and David has full control of his body.

  • He throws himself off the bed on the opposite side of the Hat Man, scrambling to get away.

  • But as he picks himself up off the floor, the Hat Man is gone.

  • The only evidence anyone was ever there is the still open bedroom door.

  • Someone will go on to tell him that he simply suffered a bout of sleep paralysis, an unsettling

  • phenomenon that can lead to the exact same paralysis and vivid hallucinations David experienced.

  • But David knows that the Hat Man was still there when the paralysis faded, and he knows

  • that he always sleeps with the door closed.

  • David's story is unsettling, but it's hardly unique.

  • Shadow people have long been reported throughout human history, and with the proliferation

  • of video cameras and recording devices throughout our modern world, photos and images of shadow

  • people have popped up with increasing regularity.

  • What's new in the Shadowpeople phenomenon may be its most disturbing evolution however,

  • or possibly a hint that shadowpeople are more than ghosts or figments of people's imagination...

  • China.

  • Mexico.

  • The United States.

  • Europe.

  • The places are different, but the descriptions are always the same.

  • A tall man, dressed all in black, and always wearing a hat of some kind.

  • Sometimes he appears alone, other times he appears with other shadowperson cohorts.

  • When he appears in a group it's clear that he's in charge.

  • The encounters vary.

  • Sometimes the victim will wake up and realize that the Hat Man is standing there, watching

  • over them.

  • He's described as featureless, though at times he's been reported to have blazing red eyes.

  • Other times the Hat Man is accompanied by a group of shadow people, whom he seems to

  • almost 'let loose' on his victim.

  • Sufferers have reported having to fight off these wispy, wraith-like beings, before finally

  • disappearing.

  • But real scratches and bruises are left behind.

  • Victims typically remain paralyzed for the entire encounter though, and these physical

  • altercations appear to be the extreme minority.

  • Some sufferers have described feeling as if the hat man was draining them of their vitality,

  • feeding on their life force like some kind of ghostly vampire.

  • Others were sure that the hat man was after their very soul.

  • One victim described waking up to find the hat man standing at the foot of her bed, looking

  • down upon her with his featureless, black face.

  • She could feel pure evil emanating from the creature, washing over her and almost suffocating

  • her.

  • Try as she might she couldn't move her body or scream for help though.

  • Then, she started praying to God and asking for protection, when suddenly the hat man

  • disappeared, vanishing into thin air.

  • Instantly she was freed from his paralytic grasp.

  • Other victims however have described more physical encounters, with them waking up to

  • discover the hat man physically standing over them, his feet on their chest.

  • Other times he'll be straddling their chest, pushing down on them and making it difficult

  • to breathe.

  • Still others have seen him simply hovering over them, some sort of force being projected

  • down onto them to keep them in place.

  • One woman from east Asia was sure that the hat man was after her very soul.

  • Medical doctors will point to sleep paralysis as an explanation for hat man apparitions.

  • While sleep paralysis does go a long way towards explaining the hat man phenomenon, it doesn't

  • quite fill in all the details.

  • It's estimated that something like 40% of all people will experience sleep paralysis

  • at least once in their lives- so if you haven't experienced it yet, get ready because odds

  • are good that it's coming.

  • An estimated 8% of people experience the phenomenon repeatedly.

  • Caused by the brain being caught between a dreaming state and wakefulness, sleep paralysis

  • happens when your brain has paralyzed your muscles to keep you from hurting yourself

  • during dreams, and believing it's still in a dream state, hasn't quite yet released your

  • body for duty.

  • The close proximity to this dream state can explain the powerful hallucinations experienced

  • by sufferers, with the most common described being humanoid figures and insects crawling

  • on walls or objects around the person.

  • Typically lasting only a few seconds, the brain eventually realizes it's actually awake

  • and releases your muscles from their dream-time paralysis.

  • It's a good explanation, but it's missing two key points in the attempt to explain the

  • hat man phenomenon.

  • First, sleep paralysis doesn't explain the fact that sufferers all over the world are

  • reporting a nearly identical figure during their episodes.

  • How could individuals from vastly different cultures and with no direct link to each other

  • all be describing the same individual- always around six feet tall, cloaked in black, no

  • visible features, and always a hat of some kind?

  • If the phenomenon were simply the cause of sleep paralysis, then surely hat man would

  • take on forms more appropriate for each individual culture.

  • Yet this isn't the case, and sleep paralysis doesn't account for the physical evidence.

  • A minority of sufferers experience very physical encounters with the hat man, although interestingly

  • it seems that it's never him who is the attacker, but rather other shadow people that accompany

  • him.

  • These individuals report that they are attacked and forced to fend off one or more shadow

  • people while the hat man watches, and this happens long after the sleep paralysis has

  • worn off.

  • After each encounter, a victim might find scratches or bruises on their body.

  • But that isn't the only physical evidence of the hat man phenomenon.

  • Often hat man will be described as manipulating objects in the environment around him.

  • He's been known to open doors and closets, sometimes even push aside objects on a night

  • stand.

  • Like in our opening account, the hat man will sometimes open a sleeper's door when they

  • have had a lifelong habit of sleeping with their door closed.

  • Sleep paralysis clearly doesn't not explain these physical events.

  • So what does the hat man want?

  • Opinions are divided on the identity of the hat man.

  • Some believe he is an alien observer, an otherwordly visitor using advanced technology to cloak

  • himself and manipulate his victims.

  • Most however are convinced that hat man is purely paranormal, an evil entity that is

  • not of this- or any other world.

  • Perhaps he is feeding on his victim's fears, as clearly if he wished to physically hurt

  • or kill his paralyzed victims he'd be able to freely do so while they were paralyzed.

  • This would put hat man more in line with demonic entities, which are well known to cultivate

  • and feed on fear, becoming more powerful the more their victim is afraid of them.

  • Whatever hat man's intentions are, one thing is for sure- he isn't done.

  • As he continues to be reported around the world, the next hat man visit just might be

  • in your bedroom tonight.

  • Now go watch shadowpeople, the terrifying mystery explained- or click this other video

  • instead!

It's just after 2 am, and David Spezo is suddenly wide awake.

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