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The Hat Man

Posted on May 20, 2010

I first saw the Hat Man when I was in my early twenties. I had just moved into my first apartment in New York City. I had only been there for a week or two when I started hearing noises like rats running within the walls at night when I went to bed. Shortly after that I started seeing the Hat Man, standing in a far corner at the foot of the bed.

At first I tried to ignore the sight because he was  almost invisible, but, soon he became my most terrifying nightmare. He began to become more visible as the nights passed and along with the clarity came a dark, chilling fear.

One night when my infant nephew stayed over, I saw the Hat Man standing in the corner watching me. The light switch was across the room and I had no way to get to it without passing him. I watched until I started to fall asleep. As the last blinks came over my eyes, I saw the Hat Man move towards my direction. Suddenly I wasn’t sleepy anymore. In horror, I watched him come closer, not being able to move. He climbed on top of me and looked into my eyes. I couldn’t move one muscle in my body. I stared back into a blank face that didn’t have eyes or any other facial characteristics. It was just a shadow. My nephew cried, at that second the Hat Man vanished.

I never saw him again. However my personality changed. I stopped going to church, stopped leaving the house and stopped taking care of myself. Shortly after that I moved home to my mother who was a praying mother.

Thirty years later when I was at home alone, I saw him standing in the corner of my bedroom but this time it was more like a vision. I couldn’t make out if he was really there. It was the same shape and size and darkness. I was terrified. Suddenly he came rushing out of the corner, pushing me down on the bed, climbing on top of me, ripping away at my chest. He had claws, not fingers. As he ripped at me, I could feel my living soul tearing away from me. At that very moment, I cried out “Jesus help me! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” The hat man disappeared.

The next day my husband of 29 years left me for another woman. I haven’t seen the Hat Man since. Pray to God, I never will again. When I saw the picture on the web site, I froze in horror. I thought all this time he was in my head.

Written by Patricia Henderson, Copyright 2010

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14 Responses to “The Hat Man”
  1. Sarah says:

    This is one of the creepiest things I’ve read here! I had no idea many people are seeing this thing in their homes. You are so strong not to have been driven insane by this! If it happened to me I would die of fright! There is a chance your last experience could have been sleep paralysis, the Hat Man figure coming from your dream, because you’d seen him so many times before; but you are the best judge of that. This entity sounds a lot like some kind of demon, the way he attacked you in your bed. World folklores are full of spirits who do this kind of thing. What is the picture on the website? I ‘d like to see it. I hope you are not living in fear that you’ll see the Hat Man again. Your prayers will keep you safe, I’m sure. All the best.

    • Jesse says:

      I was living with my cousins at the time this happened. I was like 10 or 11 and I was lying in bed staring at the ceilling and I happened to look into the hallway and see a dark figure I told my cousin and she said she saw it to. Now im 13 and me and my cousin happened to come across a site showing a picture of the hatman. I hope I never see that thing again.

  2. AnNa says:

    i cant believe that happened.i would be freaked out.thats weird the man never said anything.(maybe) he tried to warn you when he was at your chest ripping it maybe it was a sign about what happened to your husband that hewas going to leave you.i dont know really thats just me.thanks for the story and i hope for you that you wont see him again.

  3. DARKANGEL says:

    I remember when i seen the hat-man for the first time. I was 15 or 16 years old. I dont know if anyone else has every had 1 talk. The hat-man i saw spoke to me “you know who i am” i didnt stick around to find out who he was! I ran from my room screaming to my aunt and uncle that there was something in my room. I didnt see him again and pray that i dont. Thanks for your story.

  4. felicia says:

    Which picture are you refering to? One on this site?

  5. Carlos says:

    There are two things I definitely dont want to see.The Devil and the Hat Shadow man.

  6. jdizzle says:

    i had a similar experience with a 3 foot tall hat man….he would stand in the corners of my room and watch me as i slept and he would stand at the foot of my bed……you can read it under ” the demonic little man ” good luck to you!

  7. Nate says:

    I’m going to tell 2 stories that happened during my life that have to do with “hat man”. 2 years ago, I was in 7th grade working at an art project at my house. It was in the afternoon around 1o clock I was very concentrated in my work when I heard someone rustling by the doorway. I didnt take much notice, thinking it was my sister or mom(the ONLY people along with me who were in the house). I looked up a bit, not completely though, and I saw the boots of a black figure right in front me. The figure was slowly walking from the doorway to the living room. I was REALLY scared and couldnt move. I kept hearing the footseps even if i couldnt see who was the one causing it. I got up and slowly walked upstairs, and then I supervised the area where I saw the figure, but I saw nothing, only heard the footsteps…(I had no idea who the hat man was when this happened, but now that I know who it is, I do believe it was him).

    The second story happened 2 weeks ago. I was at the coumputer searching in the internet for shadow people becuase I kept seeing shadows at my house. Then thats when I found out about the hat man. I jokingly said in my head ‘It would be really cool if I saw him again’. That same night when I was going to sleep, I suddenly felt as if though I was being watched. I turned to one side and froze as I saw a very tall black shadow with broad shoulders a hat staring right at me. I was terrified. I hid under the covers of my bed, praying to God for him to go away, but he still was there. He had no eyes (or at least I couldn’t see them), and shuffled from one foot to the other, and he resumed watching me. I turned the other way for a long while, and, thinking that for sure he was gone, I turned around. But he was STILL there. Thats when I started crying and feeling very insecure and really scared. However, after trying to convince to myself that he was gone, I went to sleep…that was the scariest experience in my life.

  8. Steph says:

    There seems to be a common theme of hat man apparition which has just sent a shiver down my spine.

    I too have had a Hat Man encounter, but I don’t think I can remember it myself. It’s a story my mum recounts whenever a conversation turns to anything creepy or paranormal. Apparently when I was a baby and was only just learning to talk, I saw a Hat Man in my parents bedroom. It was a Saturday morning and my mum had taken me out of my cot and brought me into bed with her. We were playing a game where she’d be lying down under the duvet and she would balance me on her knees and then when I wasn’t expecting it, would let me fall straigh through her legs onto the bed – I loved it and would be in fits of hysterics, totally absorbed. So it surprised her when, as I landed on the matress laughing, I suddenly stopped laughing, sucked in a breath and scrambled to get upright, all the while looking at the far corner of the room – almost at ceiling height. My mum automatically looked to see what I was seeing but there was nothing there, she asked me what I could see, and I said quite distinctly ‘ Who is that Man mummy?’ my mum was a bit shocked and asked what man, and I said ‘The Man with the funny hat – up there’ and pointed. I then said, ‘Oh he’s going bye bye’ and my mum watched my gaze follow an invisible entity right across the room to the door. I then jumped back on her knees to play again. She says I didn’t seem frightened but she really got a shock, and we both experienced a number of strange things in house over a 20 year period. I wonder who or what the Hat Man was to me?

    • Nate says:

      wow! thats scary. I remember my sister had an imaginary friend when she was a kid that was a black shadow…my mom said that one night, my sister was wide awake watching the black figure walk to the window and dissapear forever. After the shadow dissapeared my sister was very calm..it was weird

  9. Andy says:

    I find it Fascinating how many people have had the same experience – or similar experiences- with this “being” Mine take can be found under searching ” Dark Figure Burning Flesh “

  10. Anonymous says:

    I had a hat man when i was a child. he would be in my dreams at night and chase me in the dreams. one night i woke up after him chasing me and using tornadoes and slow motion to catch me: He was on top of me leaning over. I was horrified and screamed out for my mom and he just smile (without facial features but i knew he was grinning in a evil manner) i ended up say the same thing “Jesus help me!” over and over and he disappeared.

    now i didn’t see him at all but my child did. my son was around the same age. he said there was a monster in the corner. so me and a bible and with the help of the Holy Spirit we got it on. My son said he never has seen him since.

  11. Anonymous says:

    first of all i would like to say in the name of the father the son and the holyspirit.amen
    (all) power and glory to god ive been an otr truck driver for alitlle over two years and i recently seen the hatdude on interstate 25 just north outside of denver the
    entity thing or whatever it was? was hiding behind a couple of horses i was on the way to deliver a load in colorado.it looked at me as to say yea you saw me and started waving so i did what people do when they believe in the one and only (all)powerful god pray as i drove passed it in my volvo semi . the bieng had a hat tall hollow black eyes looked at it as it was levitated over two curios horses were in front of it just outside
    a old horses pen yep i got an eyes full too because the figure diddnt want me to see it
    but the horses gave him away to me.by the looks of it the figure was trulely vexed.the thing is by no means holy and niether are the days we live in but i know if you trulely believe in the power of the cross and what jesus did for us repent and by the grace and power of the (all)powerful god nothing will can and will not undermine your existance
    broad daylight too i might add and the thing looked like a cheap diguise like someone dressed him up to look like a dumb dumb:) god bless everyone good bye

  12. Kenny says:

    I’ve seen the “hat man” many times since i was in my early teens. I am 25, and the first few times as a young teen i actually seen him, made eye contact. He was about 8ft tall a long black cloak with a black dick tracy type hat. Ever since then i wont look right at him. still to this day i’ll occasionally see him in the corner of my eye, standing on the the side of the road when im driving, looking out a window of my home etc. anywhere at anytime. Thankfully its not often i see him. One time when i was about 18, i was staying with my grandmother and i was asleep it was 3:47 in the morning, i somehow remember that time. When the phone by the bed rang, i jumped startled and answered it. I could never with any adjectives or fancy words describe what i heard. It was the most hideous and blood curdling voice i’ve ever heard. I remember it saying my name, and asked me a series of questions that i cant recall to this day. I believe it scared me so bad that i blocked it out (not to mention Im a really hard sleeper and you cant ask me anything within 5 minutes of me waking and expect me to remember). My then girlfriend and now wife thought maybe it was a friend playing a prank on me with a “voice box” of sorts. But I truely know in my heart that it was no “voice box”. The voice was grating, full of dirt like. No man or woman could produce those sounds. I hung the phone up and started back to sleep still half asleep really, then the horror of it hit me and i sat straight up in cold sweat and shakes. I lit a cigarette and smoked it quick unable to sleep that night, the next several nights i got phone calls around the same time, I was admittadly too afraid to answer, not wanting to hear that voice ever again. I just want to know if anyway can give me any info on this “hat man” and maybe if the phone calls relate. I just need any answers please. I don’t really think its a demon of sorts, i whole heartedly believe in Jesus Christ and God the most high and believe they’ll deliver me from this if it is a demon, it has never hurt or attempted to hurt me, just watch me. Is it death in human form? A demon? What?

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