They are described as pale-skinned, robotic, and exude a sense of menace and dread. But it's just a child - a child with jet black, soulless eyes. As with other paranormal themed entities, believing is seeing.
The Birmingham Mail (U.K.) posted a story related by a local paranormal investigator, Lee Brickley from Stafforshire back in 2013. He received an email report of a sighting of the Cannock Chase black eyed child.
A leading paranormal investigator has scoured a Staffordshire beauty spot following chilling sightings of a spectre known locally as The Black Eyed Child.
Lee Brickley launched an in-depth investigation of Cannock Chase after reports that the ghoulish apparition has returned to the sprawling heathland.
The child was last spotted 30 years ago, sparking worldwide interest – and is today a cult internet sensation.
Latest descriptions of the girl, who has coal-black pits for eye sockets, are identical to those chronicled in the early 1980s.
This piece, accompanied by a grotesque and horrible picture of a scary child (however, not with black eyes), is getting thousands of shares and being covered by media outlets all over the world. (I’m not clear WHY they dredged up a 2013 blog post and wrote this story as if this is a recent sighting).
Whenever such reports appear in tabloids or on mystery-mongering forums and websites, Internet search engines spike as people are fascinating by the tale and search to know more.
The 2013 report is said to parallel other reports from the past in this area: the witness is alarmed by the sound of a screaming child. When they search for the source, they are suddenly faced with a child (in this recent reported case, a little girl approximately 10 years old), who reveals jet black eyes without irises or sclera. Stories of black-eyed children have been reported widely but writer Brickley says that daytime sightings are rather unique to Cannock Chase.
Reports of black-eyed kids (BEK) are frightening at face value but have characteristics that peg them as textbook urban legends. There does not seem to be documentation of such events but they are passed on as "friend of a friend" stories with irrational, supernatural elements. The wikipedia page for black-eyed kids is being considered for deletion because it is not sourced. Yet, it's easy to find dozens of tales online.