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Why the Dear David Ghost is Probably Fake

Mamerto Adan is a feature writer back in college for a school paper. Science is one of his many interests, and his favorite topic.

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By the time I wrote this article, it is not Halloween. But why wait for the 31st of October to share ghost stories from the dark reaches of the net. In fact, back then when I was a puny second grader, I hated Halloween for the ghost stories it spread in the local television. But as I grow older and got exposed to the real horrors of life (like job related stresses), ghost stories eventually became a form of entertainment. The fear of Halloween died, and I learned to enjoy the revelry. Nevertheless, I never fancied seeing a real ghost popping from nowhere and cornering me in the toilet as I poop.

Then there is a story a demon child suddenly surfacing in my feed.

2017 is the year when it all happened. A certain someone Tweeted about being haunted by a ghost of a deformed child, which became a viral story. He even got pictures as proof, and it scared a lot of people. And after seeing the photo, I understand why. We will get to that in a moment, but like many things crawling out from the net, who knows if it is true? I mean there are lots of jokers out there spreading phony stuffs, and this ghost story might be one of them.

Who is Adam Ellis

The one that started it all.

The one that started it all.

The story started with this guy, going by the name Adam Ellis. He is just a regular guy like any of us, a guy with a somewhat interesting job. He once worked for Buzzfeed, as a cartoonist and writer. His handywork includes a bunch of quite entertaining (and somewhat funny) comics which we could find around the web. He was always accused of lazily copypasting previous images, however. People noted the static facial expression that seems to be just pasted images of his past works.

But it wasn’t his comics, or the notoriety of his copypasting that earned him fame. In Twitter, he had been telling this somehow outrageous, and truly terrifying story of his encounter with a strange apparition. Allegedly it was supernatural, and demonic all the same. For months he was Tweeting how he was haunted by a demonic child called Dear David.

The Dear David Ghost

Like what I mentioned, it all began in the summer of 2017. August 7, 2017 is when the first thread appeared where he described a weird dream he was having. For several months, a child with a misshapen head will appear and sit on the green rocking chair. He recalled having sleep paralysis in the process. In the first Tweet, he showed everyone his drawing of the kid in his dream. It was a terrifying experience he said, as the child will got out of the chair and approach the immobile Ellis before he woke up. A few nights after, a girl appeared in his dream, whispering the name of the ghost “Dear David.” Also, the girl explained how the kid was dead, and the freako will appear only in midnight and he can ask him two questions staring with the words “Dear David.” And only two questions, a little more and Ellis is dead.

Ellis' first Tweet about the ghost.

Ellis' first Tweet about the ghost.

Dear David as Ellis drew him.

Dear David as Ellis drew him.

And ask questions Ellis did in a separate dream, only he asked three instead of two. Hence a shelf was pushed on his head. By the way Ellis is still alive after that. Ellis did attempt to find out more about Dear David but found nothing.

Things became horrid when he moved to the vacated apartment upstairs. His cats were behaving strangely, whereas they stared at the front door as if something was happening in the other side. And when Ellis checked what was happening through the peep hole, he swore he saw something move. Maybe Dear David found his new place.

Yes, his cats are seeing something.

Yes, his cats are seeing something.

More creepy stuffs followed during the 8th and 9th of August, when his cat behaved even more strangely. He then took photos of the hallway and claimed that there was something wrong. The seemingly ghostly phenomena continued, and when took a selfie on August 12, his followers claim that there was a face behind him.

Then there was the Polaroid shot.

He bought a Polaroid camera and took pictures of his flat. Incredibly the shot he took of the hallway became blank, or just a black image. He kept shooting photos, and the eeriest came when Ellis stood inside his apartment and took a snap at a distance. The inside of his apartment was okay, only the hallway outside is pitch darkness.

The hallway just turned black.

The hallway just turned black.

And how about the black Polaroid shots.

Upon closer examination, people claimed that there is a shadow looming in the photos.

Ellis attempted to cleanse the house with rituals, though his cat continued acting strangely. He dreamed of Dear David again the following days, only this time, he pulled him into a strange warehouse. Ellis woke up with bruise on his arm. And when he left his apartment for a breakfast, he came across an empty warehouse, with the same green rocking chair David used in his dreams. Days passed, and weird things continue to happen, from the turtle shell hanging on his wall flying off, to his cat fighting an invisible entity. The nightmares returned, and Ellis returned to the warehouse. There he snapped the first images of his ghostly tormentor behind a pile of junk.

See the face behind those junks.

See the face behind those junks.

And did I mentioned how Ellis claimed that a statue in Japan resembled the ghostly freak when he came to visit there?

Ellis found Dear David's dead ringer.

Ellis found Dear David's dead ringer.

So far, his later Tweets involved peep hole pictures and electrical issues. Upon his return to the warehouse, he Tweeted how a hearse was parked there and there is a figure in one of his photos.

But it wasn’t until November 5 that people got truly scared.

He presented to the world the oddly grainy photo of Dear David, with his terrifyingly deformed head visible.

This photo scared a lot of people.

This photo scared a lot of people.

Now, with his Twitter thread going for too long, let’s just say that his later Tweets became more mysterious and creepier with the demon child continuing haunting him. He even presented more photos of his flats, and the supposedly supernatural incidents involved.

Why I Think it is not True

The Tweets sounds compelling indeed, and even I got hooked. We all love mysteries, especially if it is supernatural in origin. The story of Dear David may open us to the possibilities of the unseen world of the dead looming among us.

Given that it is true.

As much as I love to believe, I felt that it is simply to ghoulish to be real. And below are the reasons why I thought that its authenticity is problematic.

1. Cliché

Yes, the story is too fantastic to be even real. After reviewing the Tweets of Ellis, I have a feeling that it’s not a real occurrence, but simply accounts from existing horror films put together into one. The dream, the grainy photos, the wavering electricity, disruption in his electronics, rocking chair and pretty much everything else in Ellis’ accounts are already a staple of modern ghost stories (you will know what I mean if you watch Japanese horror films). It could be possible that he fabricated his so-called experiences based from portions of some horror film. And not just horror films, but accounts from other ghost legends.

2. The Grainy images.

Cryptozoologists, UFO fans and just about anyone else who wants to prove the impossible will rely on grainy photos. The bad quality image will help mask any forms of human fabrications and will make it hard for sharp eyed experts to debunk.

And the photos of Dear David are no exception.

The images of the freaky ghost are bad quality as usual. What if it is just a doll that Ellis tweaked to be freaky? Or the ghost is just any kid he paid to dress up like Dear David.

Recent Development

People felt that the photo looks fake.

People felt that the photo looks fake.

Then there is the recent clip that Ellis posted that turned off his followers. He showed photos of the ghostly child captured with his phone on timer. People felt that the whole thing was staged, and Ellis was using a doll, or a CG. Simply, unlike his earlier Tweets, this latest act seems to have gone too far. The picture looks too fake compared to earlier photos.

And lastly is the movie deal.

New Line just won a bidding for Dear David, which made people think that the whole thing is all about profit anyway.