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The nightmare Twitter saga dates back to August when Ellis began posting threads describing his encounters with “Dear David,” a dead boy supposedly occupying his apartment and causing all sorts of blood-curdling mayhem. In November, Ellis posted photos allegedly of the specter, and things really took a turn for the scarier.
Ellis returned to Twitter on Tuesday to post more chilling images of his apartment—and the ghost of Dear David within.
First, Ellis explained he’s been sleeping poorly, having strange dreams, and getting dizzy. It’s not hard to see why.
But last week something started to happen. Late on Wednesday, I woke up with a start and felt something strange, like something had just been watching me. I turned on the light but I was alone.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
There's what I felt that night. Malice. Dread. But still, I was alone. And I was so tired, I wound up just going back to sleep. I've been so exhausted recently I can barely function.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
At one point, Ellis was using a nanny cam to catch sight of Dear David in his living room. It was the nanny cam that allegedly captured the chair rocking and a turtle shell falling from the wall. But when the apparition appeared in his bedroom, Ellis had to devise a new method for capturing the ghost.
I downloaded an app that takes a photo every 60 seconds and set my phone on top of a bookcase (it's almost 7 feet tall, so it had a pretty good view of my bed and the surrounding room). Then I went to sleep.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
After awaking unsettled, Ellis found 350 photos on his phone, most of his peaceful empty bedroom. Until David appeared.
In the next photo, from a minute later, he seems to be staring straight up at the ceiling? Just staring. pic.twitter.com/MoW6CPcKoD— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
Then he appears to collapse on the chair. The next dozen photos are all the same. He's completely lifeless. At first I'd thought he was dead, which obviously doesn't make any sense. I looked over at the chair half expecting him to still be there but it was empty. pic.twitter.com/yA5MltIp0i— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
And then disappeared for about 15 photos—before showing up inches away from Ellis’ face.
He was on the bed. Inches from me, staring down at me sleeping. pic.twitter.com/MOtQEgTLma— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
The next one was worse. In the next photo, he's staring right at the camera. pic.twitter.com/WhmuAr9DcQ— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
The final photo in the camera roll? You don’t want to know.
Here's the final photo on the scroll. pic.twitter.com/LkkpiEbBnr— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
The image of the ghost’s hair left Ellis speechless.
I'm at a loss for words. That malformed ear, that stringy hair. I didn't even know what to think. I looked all over my room but couldn't find anything. And honestly I've been so exhausted I didn't know how to process it.— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) December 13, 2017
Whether it’s an elaborate hoax or something more sinister, one thing is for sure—Dear David has the internet hooked.
Follow Ellis’ hair-raising tale from beginning to end here.
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.