A series of tweets by a New Yorker, Adam Ellis AKA @moby_dickhead
, have gone viral. The terrifying tweets tell the story of the sinister ghost of a child which Adam claims is haunting his apartment. He's tweeted about several strange paranormal occurrences in the apartment, some of which involve his cats.
According to the 30-year-old Twitter user, the haunting started after a series of vivid dreams which featured a little boy with a misshapen head sitting in a chair at the end of his bed.
Adam now believes that the spirit has crossed over from his nightmares into the real world which has resulted in lots of strange goings on in his NYC apartment. The whole tale has gathered quite a following on social media. His original tweet which he posted at the start of August has now been retweeted over 50k times. It read, "so my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me."
But those 98 characters were just the start of the story. Adam continued with a series of tweets about the eerie ghost child. The thread from that first day is made up of around 30 tweets, including a drawing of what he claims the ghost of Dear David looks like.
Since then Adam has gone on to post regular updates on his Twitter account
, as well as several photos and videos of paranormal activity.
Adam describes the spirit of the boy as having a "huge misshapen head that was dented on one side."
The New Yorker says the first time he saw the boy was while he was experiencing sleep paralysis, a condition where your mind wakes up before your body resulting in a terrifying moment where you are fully conscious but frozen in bed and unable to move.
During this paralysis, Adam saw the child sitting in the green rocking chair at the foot of his bed. He tweeted, "for a while he just stared at me, but then he got out of the chair and started shambling toward the bed. Right before he reached my bed, I woke up screaming."
So, how does Adam know the child's name is Dear David? Well, a few nights after that first encounter Adam dreamt he was in a library, "a girl came up to me and said, 'you've seen Dear David, haven't you?'"
The girl told Adam about the boy, "he's dead. He only appears at midnight, and you can ask him two questions if you said 'Dear David' first. But, never try to ask him a third question, or he'll kill you."
Adam was confronted again with David in his dreams soon after and questioned him about how he died. Adam says that the boy was once again sat in the rocking chair near the window. Adam asked, "Dear David, how did you die?" And says that David mumbled the answer, "an accident in a store."
Trying to obtain more detail, Adam asks, "Dear David, what happened in the store?" The boy groaned, "a shelf was pushed on my head."
Adam spent the next couple days trying to find details about the boy and his death. Despite plenty of Google searches about deaths in the city, he couldn't find anything about a child named David being killed in a store. He said, "I even try different names... Daniel, Dylan, Devon. Nothing."
It could be that Dear David was the victim of an accident in New York City, perhaps in a store decades ago which would mean the story wouldn't be on Google. Perhaps the story was more recent but details of the accident and the child's name weren't made public.
However, when it comes to hauntings there are some who believe that there is more to a ghost than meets the eye. Some might say that this is a classic case of a demon trying to fool and confuse its victim by posing as the ghost of a dead child.
So, why is Adam now so convinced that David has followed him from his nightmares into the real world? Well, remember what the girl in the library said, "never try to ask him a third question, or he'll kill you."
Having already asked David two questions about his death, he forgot this advice and asked a third question, "who pushed the shelf?" Adam said that the boy didn't answer but at that point he realised that he'd asked a third question, which he was not supposed to do. He tweeted "at that point, I wake up, absolutely terrified."
A couple of months went by, and Adam says he "sort of forget about Dear David. I think he lost track of me because I moved." Around this time the larger apartment above his was vacated, and he had the opportunity to move into it. At first Adam is thrilled by the move but then the odd happenings began.
Adam continued to explain in his huge Twitter thread, "For the past four nights, my cats gather at the front door at exactly midnight and just stare at it, almost like something is on the other side. Last night I got a weird feeling and looked out the peephole, and I'm dead certain I saw movement on the other side. When I opened the door and turned on the hall light, nothing was there, but my cats seemed unnerved."
This is where Adam's original tale ended. However, this wasn't the end of the story. Since his original thread of tweets, Adam has been posting regular updates on the haunting.
People have asked whether I think that the Dear David saga is a real case of paranormal activity unravelling on social media or just some good viral content.
Personally I think the whole thing reads like the posts of a wannabe movie producer who's come up with a concept and will use the attention he's got after his tweets went viral to support his movie pitch or to help promote a crowdfunding campaign to fund the film.
...or it could just be a fluke. Either way, we haven't heard the last of Dear David just yet.