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Nursery Crimes: Terrifying Tales of Creepypasta’s Creepiest Kids

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While there are dozens of blood-curdling creepypasta legends revolving around children, when a child itself is the monster of the tale, it shatters our perception of innocence, destroys our long-held conceptions of good and evil, and even puts the very nature of reality in question: after all, if a mere child, with so little knowledge of the world around them, has the capacity to commit acts of pure evil… then we’re truly living in an upside-down world of chaos and limitless horror.

So for today’s look at “creepypasta’s greatest hits,” I’m focusing on diabolical kids — specifically pre-teens, since we’ve already given a fair amount of coverage to teenage creepypasta subjects like Jeff the Killer and similar revenge tales (though we’ll get into more of those in the future). These terrifying tots come across as all the more sinister for their perceived innocence… which often masks an evil intelligence and even murderous intent.

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The Black-Eyed Children

One of the first creepypastas covered on this site is also one of the most widespread urban legends, taking many forms over the years — beginning as early as 1998, with a series of posts by Texas-based reporter Brian Bethel, who shared descriptions by separate witnesses in multiple cities.

Most of the stories of these sinister kids describe them as more or less like normal children… except for their eyes, which appear to be either glossy black orbs or empty, bottomless voids. The children (also nicknamed BEK, for “Black Eyed Kids”) have frequently been sighted wandering playgrounds, empty streets and other vacant urban areas, and many posts describe them wearing hoodies that obscure the upper part of their faces until they approach.

According to most reports, the kids approach random people and make soft-spoken, polite requests — to give them a ride home, for example, or to let them use your phone — and become more aggressive if these requests are refused. There are no known accounts from anyone who actually agreed to help these mysterious children… which suggests that those individuals were never heard from again.

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The Fourth Child

Steeped in voodoo lore, this tale of a malevolent young spirit is recounted by a girl who recently moved with her recently-widowed mother and two siblings to an old but cozy house on the rural outskirts of New Orleans. There they soon made the acquaintance of “Miss Leah,” a kindly woman well-versed in local voodoo practices and traditions, who claimed to be able to communicate with the spirits of the dead.

One day, the author remembers watching Miss Leah place a letter in her family’s mailbox, addressed to the house’s deceased former owners… and by morning, the letter had mysteriously disappeared. The author was encouraged by this, hoping that she could perhaps reach out to her late father the same way… and one day, not only did her own envelope disappear, she actually received a response in its place. The girl kept up the “correspondence” for some time, believing the otherworldly sender to be her father writing to her from beyond… but for some reason the conversation eventually took a dark turn, with the sender becoming increasingly angry and even destroying some of her possessions.

When the author finally realized that the sender wasn’t her Daddy after all, but a demonic child who had occupied the house for many years and wanted someone to “play” with, it was already too late to save her family…

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The “Happy Puppet” Children

While Happy Puppet Syndrome — now more commonly known as Angelman Syndrome, after the doctor who first diagnosed it in 1965 — is a documented medical condition, this tale delves into a nightmarish theory about its origins as a genetic experiment which took place at an unknown date in a remote laboratory.

According to the increasingly erratic writings found in one scientist’s journal, the classified project involved tapping into the nature of human emotions — to create, in the scientist’s words, “a being which felt only happiness.” But as you can imagine, their plans went awry… and the children subjected to these often horrific experiments underwent a frightening transformation, seemingly developing abilities far beyond the team’s ability to control. Abilities which resulted in the deaths of nearly everyone on the scientific team.

The journal’s author, who claims to be one of only two people to escape this undisclosed facility alive, is said to have been driven mad with guilt by what they’d done to innocent children in the name of science… but what if their account was true?

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Kagome Kagome

More than a few creepypastas involve children’s games (or more grown-up games, for that matter) gone terribly wrong… but this is probably one of the most disturbing. Loosely translated as “Circle You, Circle You,” the playground game “Kagome Kagome,” familiar to Japanese children for generations, takes on a darker connotation when you learn about an incident which allegedly took place during World War II, during which a Japanese orphanage was converted into a “medical research facility” by German authorities.

Among the horrific experiments performed upon the young children at the orphanage was an attempt to locate a hypothetical “kill switch” within the human brain — which, if removed, could potentially prevent a human being from the effects of aging or disease, essentially rendering them immortal.

After many lethal failures, the test proved successful on several subjects — but with one terrifying side effect: the children who lived through the procedure reportedly transformed into undying malevolent beings, hiding behind innocent faces, asking any adult they encounter to play a game of “Kagome Kagome.” Anyone who loses the game… dies.

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Lacy Morgan

Another common thread among creepypasta tales is the theme of revenge… but this story is particularly chilling due to the tender age of the title character, the abuses she endured during her brief lifetime, and the violent and bloody retribution she visited upon those who wronged her… as well as anyone else like her.

When the teller of this tale first met her reclusive neighbor’s six-year-old daughter, Lacy Morgan, she didn’t know that she and the little girl had something specific in common: an abusive, alcoholic parent, prone to fits of violence. She also didn’t yet know that Lacy had recently been murdered, and had apparently returned to exact revenge.

While the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the author’s own mother are still in question, she insists the girl’s bloody vengeance didn’t end with the death of the woman who killed her… in fact, it would seem it’s only just beginning.

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Lily Palmer

Part of the infamous “Anomaly” image series first introduced via Reddit’s /x/ paranormal community, the mysterious and unsettling vintage photograph shown above comes with a chilling supernatural backstory involving four-year-old girl Lily Palmer — who, on Halloween night in 1952, began to experience what is described as an “acute onset of sensory hallucinations,” most of which involved “things crawling in her eyes.”

While the condition appeared to lessen in intensity after that night, it wasn’t long before the symptoms appeared again… and this time, before her family could stop her, Lily had gouged both of her eyes out with her mother’s knitting needles. But her horror didn’t end there.

Accompanied by the above photograph, the account of Lily Palmer’s horrific experience states that these hallucinations continued for the rest of her life, which was spent entirely in mental hospitals — first in Bellevue, then alter at Rockland Psychiatric Center. Caretakers at both institutions reported that Lily’s episodes intensified every Halloween.

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Lisa

Nearly everyone had at least one imaginary friend during their childhood, and those companions can reveal a lot about the nature of who we are. But then there’s the story of “Lisa,” whose diabolical presence was discovered via a young girl’s writings and drawings, found in an abandoned pink backpack. The loose diary describes the unnamed author’s experiences with her “nice friend” Lisa — an invisible companion whose presence becomes more real and menacing with each entry.

Depicted in the crayon drawings as a pale woman in a bloodstained white dress, with ragged holes for eyes and a red slash for a mouth, Lisa seems very protective of the author… and begins to reveal a growing resentment toward any grownups who refuse to acknowledge her presence. The pages also reveal Lisa’s strange connection to a patch of ground “where her daddy is sleeping.”

As the diary progresses, more and more adults, including the author’s father, seem to be disappearing… and it’s not hard to guess where they’re “sleeping” too.

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Ugly Annabella

Another tale of horrific revenge, this one dates back to 1935, where nine-year-old Annabella Gwenn became the object of disdain among her classmates. Annabella was a sweet girl, but had a habit of talking endlessly to anyone who would listen. This constant chatter annoyed the other children to such an extent that they plotted a seemingly harmless way of teaching her a lesson.

Inviting Annabella for a game of hide-and-seek in the woods, twelve of her classmates began to taunt her, shouting words like “stupid,” “annoying” and “ugly” from their hiding places among the dense trees. Eventually they abandoned her there. Annabella was later found dead, her body half-submerged in river mud — the apparent victim of a murderer whose identity was never discovered. But that’s only the beginning of Annabella’s story.

Annabella is said to harbor a murderous grudge against those who called her “ugly” and abandoned her to die in the woods… and that vengeance apparently extends to the descendants of the other twelve children. According to the author, Annabella’s latest victim was the grandson of one of those kids; although he was found dead in his own home, the coroner determined that his lungs and stomach were filled with mud and river water…

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