Apr 21, 2021 I Nick Redfern

The Mysterious and Sinister Callers at the Doors: Paranormal Invaders

My previous article revealed how the worlds of Ufology, Cryptozoology, ghost-hunting, the occult, the supernatural and the paranormal are clearly interconnected. Today, I thought I would focus on one particularly intriguing example of this strange connection. It's what we might call the phenomenon of the "Paranormal Invaders." By that, I mean supernatural entities that have different names, and look different, but that are all clearly tied to each other when it comes to eerie agendas. They are the creepy things that will do almost anything to find a way to get into the homes of those they choose to target. They include the Phantom Social Workers (PSWs), the Women in Black (WIB), the Black Eyed Children (BEC), and the Men in Black (MIB). Every single one of them should be avoided at all times. With  that said, I'll begin with those PSWs. The 1980s saw a deeply disturbing, and even dangerous, development in this field. In fact, it was just about the most disturbing and dangerous development of all. It revolved around the phenomenon of what became infamously known as the "Phantom Social Workers"(PSW) and/or Bogus Social Workers. On numerous occasions, terrified parents throughout the United Kingdom were plagued by visits to their homes from pale- or tanned-skinned, black-garbed women – occasionally accompanied by men – who claimed they were there to investigate reports of abuse to babies and children. In many such cases, the claimed social workers acted in extremely strange and unsettling fashions, and created atmospheres filled with dread and high-strangeness. Not only that, a significant number of the reports eerily paralleled the saga of the so-called female "census takers" of the 1960s, that so fascinated and unsettled the mind of John Keel.

Of one example, investigator Peter Rogerson said the following, which accurately and concisely demonstrates the nature of the phenomenon, and of the Bogus Social Worker/Phantom Social Worker and their modus operandi: "A woman described as being her late 20s, 5’7” (1.7m) in height, blonde, wearing a brown skirt suit, a white polo neck and carrying a briefcase called to a house near Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, claiming that she was a Public Health Nurse who had to take a baby boy away for vaccinations. She knew the boy’s name and date of birth, but when the mother requested identification, the BSW upped sticks and left. The Eastern Health Board has issued warnings following the incident, advising people to be vigilant. The reason why the authorities urged such vigilance was because the wave of BSW reports followed in the immediate wake of a 'satanic abuse' scare that exploded across much of the U.K., including Rochdale, Nottingham, and Manchester." (Rogerson, Peter. "Somewhere a Child is Crying."  Magonia, No. 38, 1991.)

The PSWs always tried to find ways into the homes of the targeted, terrified people. They were never caught, photographed or identified. Yet, their actions mirrored those in other parts of the world. As you'll now see. One of the weirdest of all the early 1967 cases occurred in the vicinity of Melville, New York, and involved a rancher whose farm was located in a rural, isolated part of town. Only days before he received a most unwelcome visit, the man saw a definitive flying saucer hovering over one of his fields, and which – somewhat amazingly – had what was described as a "ladder" hanging from its underside. At least, until the ladder was hastily retracted and the saucer shot away, high into the sky, and vanished from view. That was hardly the end of the matter, however. Just a few days later, the man heard a knock at the door. Given that his home was in the middle of pretty much nowhere, he opened the door both slowly and cautiously. Stood before him was a "Gypsy lady," who tried to enter the home, but failed. She was dressed in a gray dress that reached her ankles and who wore sandals.

Just like so many of the Men in Black, her skin was noted for its deep, olive complexion, and her eyes were described as "Oriental." The rancher added that she stood around five-feet and four inches tall, and had long hair that was "so black" it "looked dyed." The woman said to the slightly alarmed man: "I have traveled a long way. May I have a glass of water? I must take a pill." Baffled, the man decided not to risk incurring her wrath and quickly fetched her a glass of water and watched as she swallowed a round, green-colored pill. She thanked him, turned, and walked away – which the man found very strange, given that he lived on a back-road, and walking to the nearest town would be an arduous task, to say the least.

Now, let's have a look at the phenomenon of the Black Eyed Children, who surfaced in the final years of the 1990s. There can be very few people within the field of paranormal research who have not heard of the BEC. In the same way that the Men in Black wear black suits and black fedoras, the Black Eyed Children almost exclusively wear black hoodies. So, we have a black outfit and black head-gear present in both phenomena. Both the MIB and the BEC very often surface late at night. Trying to convince people to let them into their homes is one of the most chilling aspects of the activities of both the MIB and the BEC. And they are very good – almost too good – at making their escape. But, certainly, no-one has done more to highlight the MIB-BEC connections and parallels than David Weatherly, whose 2012 book, The Black Eyed Children, is essential reading. Weatherly’s research makes it very clear that there are far more BEC-MIB links than many might imagine. Weatherly says: "On the surface, there may seem to be few connections between the UFO connected MIB and creepy little kids with black eyes showing up on doorsteps. But, when we delve into the actual accounts, we find numerous similarities."

Now, onto the Men in Black. Despite what many might think, they don't look like Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones. Rather, they look like pale-faced creeps that look like they need a big meal (or several) inside them, that sometimes have bulging eyes, and that on other occasions wear what are clearly bad wigs. In other words, they don't actually even look entirely human. Like all of the monsters described above, the MIB are always intent on finding ways to be allowed to cross the threshold. Each and everyone of these things have their own, distinct differences. Yet, they have undeniable parallels and similarities. All of the above amounts to a collective example of how multiple paranormal entities are actually directly connected to each other. As for what they are, and what their agendas might be...well, that's an issue we're still trying to figure out. We don't have any answers. But, the one thing we know for sure is that these "things" are determined to find ways into the homes of those they are determined to terrorize.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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