Monday, January 05, 2009

Shadow People Stalk a Dying Man

Leslie Robert’s husband was diagnosed with end stage liver cancer in September 2007. The cancer progressed rapidly and by the end of November, he was close to death. During this time he started talking about people no one else could see.

“He claimed to see shadow people standing at the edge of the room watching him,” Leslie said. “He said that there were at least 12 to 20 of them and they were always present listening to our conversations and watching as we nursed him through his illness.”

Although Leslie’s husband was weak, he insisted they take a trip to Redding, Calif., 150 miles away.

“I did not want to go because I was extremely worried about him, but because he insisted, we went,” she said.

They spent the first night of their trip in a motel, but Leslie soon found they were not alone.

“He and I were laying on the bed with the TV off just holding each other and talking,” she said. “He told me not to be alarmed but that the shadow people were in the room with us paying very close attention to everything we were saying.”

Fear poured over Leslie as she scanned the room, the hair rising on her arms and neck, but she saw no one.

“He told me the reason he wanted to go so badly was he thought he might be able to hide from them at least for awhile,” she said. “This really upset me.”

The couple spent the next night at a nearby relative’s house.

“It was a very bad night both because he was so sick and also because they were getting clearer and more present,” Leslie said.

The next day, Leslie took her husband home, but the visits from shadow people grew more intense.

“I, being raised by a Pentecostal minister, felt I had to do something to relieve his fears,” she said. “I sat with him and asked him one simple question. Did he think the shadow people were good or bad?”

He did not know the answer, but he knew he was afraid of them.

“From my experience with (the) church I did know that when something of the spirit world is good you knew it,” she said. “There only seemed to be doubt and fear if the spirits were evil.”

She slid her hands into her husband’s hands and prayed for the shadows to go away.

“I addressed the spirits that he was seeing and let them know that my husband was a child of the light, and a child of the almighty God in heaven,” she said. “I claimed my home a home of light and a dwelling of peace and love. I rebuked the spirits and told them that there was no place for them there and that in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost they could not remain.”

The moment the prayer was over, her husband jerked violently.

“My husband … looked at me with wide open eyes and said ‘you just took what I was using to keep me here,’” she said. “I was shocked; he said they were gone.”

The next morning her husband said he was leaving and an hour later he went into a coma. He died two weeks later. Leslie thinks she helped him in his last moments.

“I do not know exactly what was tormenting him,” she said. “But I do believe they were not good forces because otherwise I could not have sent them out.”

Copyright 2009 by Jason Offutt

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

“My husband … looked at me with wide open eyes and said ‘you just took what I was using to keep me here,’” she said.

This seems to say that her husband was actively trying to stay in this world, and using the shadow people in some way to do this. Is this a statement of relief, or regret?

Jason Offutt said...

It was a statement of relief.

Mike Betts said...

I've seen shadow people all the time when I was younger and in the closet. But since I have come out of the closet, they are gone and have been replaced by pretty little fairies.

Andy Avers said...

Faries aren't real! Bigfoot is!

Kevin Lasley said...

I’ve seen them shadowy people before. They try tried to come an repo my truck last Tuesday. Every time they try, I go out to my driveway and explain that my food stamps should cover me till August but hey just stand there and stare like they always do. A simple nod of the head in some sort of understanding way would be the least I could want from them. I don’t necessarily think they are bad, just misunderstood because I am not afraid of them. Especially the scrawny one. I could take him down in a heartbeat. Even though I have never seen his style of flannel before, it does not phase me. Those European prints mean nothing to me.

Mike Betts said...

Well, I know faries are real categorically. That is just what they look like now. Let me explain.
The only reason why I was in the closet is because I don't have cable. The only place in the
entire house that my attenae tv picks up Channel 7 is in the corner closet on the second floor.
Now I couldn't call myself a God fearing American Christian if I didn't keep up on my evening news
programs to keep on top of the atrocities in going on in the world. And as we all know, I could just
as easily watch Channel 2 in the living room, but the street reporter is a cousin of mine and he owes
me money. Everytime I see him, even on tv, I break out in the hives and seem to black out for 45 minutes.
The only reason I recently stopped watching tv in the closet and came out is that I just bought the
digital receiver for when the government makes the stations switch over in February. So now, I can
get any evening news program I want in any part of the house. I don't think my eyes have adjusted to
being in normal lighting conditions yet, so whenever I watch the news with the shadow people these bright
spots dance around in my retinas and they just look like little faries instead of their usual staring
shadowyness. This should return to normal soon hopefully. The shadowy one I refer to as "Eddie" has a mean
backhand in ping pong and he is up on our series 15-12. I need to make a comeback and FAST. These little
eye sprites are not doing me justice.

Farmington Frank said...

That Mike Betts guy sure is messed up. Ping pong is for pussies.

Dayton Dave said...

Farmington Frank, I know Mike Betts peronally and you are correct about ping pong, it is for pussies. Mike was born to play that game.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog, too bad (judging from the comments) you don't have more intelligent readers.

It is also too bad that mentally challenged people don't understand that what they express as "wit" translates into mere inanity to the small percentage of us who do have a fully functioning brain.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother (who is still living) talked of similar people many years ago.

She mentioned only to a few close family members (such as my mother) who in turn discussed her fears about my grandmothers visions with us children.

My Grandmother was concerned about a group of people who only she could see that would stand over her bed and talk. I dont think she quite knew exactly what they were saying , but believed they were talking about her. She was also afraid of them, and was worried they had come to collect her.

Anonymous said...

Cancer. Shadow people. Clearly, God loves us all so much, toying with us in this and other ways.

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Ryan said...

It's as if they had legal grounds to be after him like that. Like he had done something that gave them the right to stalk him. Maybe he was a stalker...and so they had LEGAL GROUNDS to haunt him until he died.

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