‘Dear David’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


A man from New York claims that something (or someone) is haunting him and he has been sharing posts, photos, and videos of mysterious occurrences on social media since August. Adam Ellis, an illustrator and an author (you may recognize him from Buzzfeed) with his own apparel line, is the man behind “Dear David,” a child spirit-ghost-entity that is identified by its dented head. Ellis has had dreams/nightmares about this strange looking child and he now claims that those visions have become part of his reality.

For months now, people have been following Ellis’ story, looking at his photos and videos, and trying to figure out if there is some kind of paranormal activity going on at his apartment or if this is all a hoax.

“So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he’s trying to kill me. He started appearing in dreams, but I think he’s crossed over into the real world now. The first time I saw him, I was experiencing sleep paralysis and saw a child sitting in the green rocking chair at the foot of my bed. He had a huge misshapen head that was dented on one side,” Ellis tweeted on August 7. He also added an image that he drew that he says resembles the child.

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Here is what you need to know:

1. Ellis’ Most Recent Update Was on November 6 & the Photos of ‘David’ Are Freaking People Out

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‌Ellis found this picture and several others on his phone the day after having a dream about David. Many can make out the silhouette of a child with a dented head, sitting in a chair.

Ellis had a dream in which “David” was present. He explained what happened in a lengthy Twitter thread to his 500,000+ followers.

“It’s been about four months since the first time I dreamed of David. This might be long, but stick with me. Last night I dreamed about him again. It was almost exactly the same as the first time I saw him. In the dream, I saw him in a chair again. I don’t have the green chair in my room anymore—this time it was a recliner I’ve had for years. He was staring right at me, just like the first time. Again, I felt paralyzed & could barely move. But this time, something was different,” Ellis explained in a Twitter thread.

Apparently lucid dreaming, Ellis decided to grab his phone (while still in his dream) and snap a bunch of photos. The next day, he went through his camera roll and the photos that he snapped in the dark — in his dream — were on his phone.

Many people who have been following Ellis’ story have been completely freaking out by these photos. In fact, Ellis himself said that the close up (the second photo below) “made [his] heart drop.”

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Dear David hoax

Many people have used photo editing apps to lighten these pictures and make the images more clear. Others have been too freaked out to do so.

2. Ellis Saw a Strange Sculpture That Featured a Small Child with a Dented Head Weeks After Posting Videos of What Was Going on Inside His Apartment

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Last month, Ellis took a trip to Japan. On October 3, Ellis sent out another update after he came across a strange sculpture (pictured above). Twitter has identified the artist as Takeo Yamauchi from Japan. As Ellis zeroed in on the sculpture, he noticed something even more alarming; there appeared to be a child with a dented head carved into the side as part of the artwork.

Take a look at Ellis’ photos below.


Dear David hoax

Dear David hoax

“I came across this statue in a park. I couldn’t find out any real information about it online, but it was weird and pretty. It felt too similar to be a coincidence. I felt dizzy staring up at it, this kid with a dented head. I don’t know. Maybe I’m overreacting? Maybe this is nothing? It doesn’t feel like nothing,” Ellis wrote on Twitter.

Ellis saw this sculpture after he had been having dreams about “David.” In the weeks leading up to his trip to Japan, Ellis posted a few videos taken from a “pet cam” that he installed inside his place. The videos show things falling off the walls and chairs rocking without anyone near them.

Check out some of those videos below.

3. Ellis’ Cats Seem to Feel the Presence of Something in Ellis’ Apartment

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Since August 7, Ellis has been noticing his two cats acting a bit off. He posted about his cats sitting at the front door, just staring at it. He also posted a couple of videos of his cats standing at the front door and meowing.

Whether one believes in the paranormal or not, dogs and cats have long been suspected of sensing things that humans could not. While it’s entirely possible that an animal’s exceptional hearing, smelling, and vision just go beyond what humans can hear, smell, and see, there are people who believe that an animal’s “sixth sense” can actually pick up on things that are otherworldly, so to speak.

Ellis’ cats seem to be sensing something as evidenced by the videos that he has shared, all of which appear to be completely random and without provocation. Check out some of those videos below.

4. Ellis Has Used Salt Around His Doors, Sage & Even Purchased a Quija Board (That He Says He Won’t Use)

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Ellis has documented all kinds of things, from photos that he has taken that come out pitch black despite having the lights on to him waking up with mysterious bruises on his body. He says that he has reached out to “paranormal professionals” and he vows to “get to the bottom of this.”

In the meantime, Ellis has taken cues from social media (and, perhaps, from horror movies). He has used salt around his door and has tried to rid his home of unwanted spirits by lighting sage. None of his attempts to get rid of “David” have worked, however, as he still says he’s experiencing visions and that strange things are still happening in his apartment.

In fact, another photo that Ellis took just two weeks ago, shows something really creepy. If you enlarge the photo below and look closely, there is a figure of some sort on the left-hand side that looks like a child.

5. Many Are Still Wondering if this Is a Hoax

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While this has been going on, Ellis seems to be taking advantage of the attention by promoting his clothing line. This is just one of the reasons that some people think that he’s playing a pretty epic prank on the internet. He’s certainly gaining attention from all of his posts — he even inspired someone’s Halloween costume this year.

Even still, Ellis has grabbed tons of attention from his posts and the hoax debates continue on social media.

“It’s that dude from BuzzFeed. The one who draws goofy comics. It’s an attention grab. I promise you that around halloween, the Dear David entity will start getting stronger and stronger in Adam’s narrative then at the last second it will stop whatever it’s been doing and fade out. Tadaaa. He told a story, got everyone interested, and got more popular,” wrote one Reddit user.

“IMO the cats are just being cats. The one where it’s is swiping at something – it’s clearly a small flying insect. See that cat starting to give itself a little wash at the end, so not scared or worried. I don’t know about the jumping thing, but the cat is not freaked out, my cat often makes little jumps like that, because cat. I’m quite impressed by the moving glass however, great effect if fake, creepy if real,” wrote another on the same thread.