Man hears 'voices of black eyed children' and spots apparition in Cannock Chase woods
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A paranormal investigator believes he heard voices and warnings from so-called 'Black-Eyed Children' while exploring Cannock Chase woods in Staffordshire.
The woods are the same ones where Raymod Leslie Morris murdered seven year-old Christine Darby in 1967, with the area known by ghost hunters for being home to 'black-eyed children'.
The ghostly figures are said to resemble children whose eyes are entirely black, and rumours of their presence in the woods prompted ghost hunter Tom Buckmaster, of Haunted Findings, to visit the area to explore for himself.
Buckmaster visited the woods with his team and filmed as they walked through the woods, but it wasn't until he watched the footage back that he realised what he'd caught on camera.
Among the darkness emerged a white blurry light, which Buckmaster believed showed one of the ghostly children wandering near them.
"It looks like a child dressed in white - you can see the legs moving as it walks," he said of the footage.
"I didn't even know I had captured the ghost until I went over the footage and thought, 'What the hell was that?'"
If the undeniable white blur hasn't convinced you of life after death, then wait until you hear what else Buckmaster experienced while in the woods.
The ghost hunter claimed his team could 'hear running on the footpath' behind them, and that the spirits appeared to be playing with them as 'at one point a rock was rolled quickly from behind [him] and through the group, out of nowhere'.
The team also captured voices with the help of a spirit box, which Buckmaster described as 'basically a modified radio system'.
Recalling the creepy experience, Buckmaster said: "We got weird voices on there - there were footsteps, and voices saying, 'We're watching, We're looking' and then a male voice saying, 'He's coming'."
It's unclear who 'he' referred to, but I wouldn't recommend sticking around the woods for too long to find out.
Buckmaster got into ghost hunting when he was young after experiencing an unusual 'energy' in certain spaces.
He launched Haunted Finders with his dad David Cranfield and brother John to investigate reports of the paranormal, explaining: "When I was younger there was always something going off that I couldn't explain.
"My father and his mother and grandmother were the same - certain people are sensitive to it and you feel the energy when you go to a haunted location. We do it just for ourselves, because we are interested in the subject."