Man in Gray
March 24, 2008 | 17 comments
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I feel that it would be generally boring and lazy of me to turn this column into a retelling of spooky personal experiences that I have no way of proving to the reader, nor do I want to give the impression that I ride around in the Mystery Machine in my spare time. I could probably fill a book with spooky personal experiences, and may do so eventually, but for the purposes of this column, I am trying to keep the focus away from that with very little exception. This article is one such exception because I am writing it at my motherís request, and one does not deny Mom.
I have mentioned previously that I have had some psychic experiences in my time, but they are sporadic, often vague, and far from extraordinary considering that there are those with more highly developed gifts out there. This gift is one that my grandmother could have harnessed and used, and one that my mother is coming into in the most morbid way imaginable.
Mom has predicted the deaths of no less than five people over the past few years. This isnít some vague feeling. This is not something she has mentioned to others after the fact, and for this reason alone, I am sharing it with world. Mom is freaking us out, but it goes well beyond the mere prediction.
Mom was mopping her living room floor on a summerís day a few years back when she described a moment during which she saw a man in a gray suit, wearing a bowler hat. His features were so plain that she could never recall them, even moments after her experience, and in fact, she is not entirely sure if this man was standing in her living room or simply in her mindís eye. What she did remember was his calm, but otherwise nondescript voice informing her that her eighteen month old grand-nephew was dead. She dismissed it at first, but was disturbed enough to tell a few people about it. She also made sure to verify that this child was alive, and on that day, he was. It was two weeks later that he drowned in a swimming pool.
This was not an isolated incident. The man in gray has appeared to my mother several times since, and each time, he has delivered the news of somebodyís death. Each time, that person was dead within a few weeks. They were not always people she knew well or even cared for, though some were. My mother does not like receiving this information before it happens, and she has always said that if she thinks about it too much, it bothers her to think that she might predict the death of someone much closer to her than the grand-nephew that was a difficult enough loss to bear.
Apparently, my mother is not the only person to have encountered this prophet of doom. My sisterís mother-in-law has seen him as well, and he also informed her of an impending death in the family.
It was this revelation that prompted my mother to request this article of me.
An admittedly brief web search of legends surrounding a prophetic man in gray turned up no information, though I have heard of him from one or two people over the years. This information was as vague as the gray clad manís face and gave me little to go on. Unfortunately, the closest I have come to actually seeing anything about him was an old Anthrax album cover, and while I am a fan of theirs, I would hardly consider them a starting point for serious research.
Iím just throwing this out there. Is this man in gray part of an elusive legend? Have others seen him? If heís out there, wandering the earth and delivering bad news, I sure donít want to meet him, but I would like to know if you have.