Everyone wants the ability to be in two places at one time, correct? Did you know that you could actually be doing that exact thing without even knowing it? I bet not. My biggest, and by biggest I mean only, fear in the world is a thing called doppelgangers. A German word for “double goers”. Now, there is a really good book about double goers called 172 Hours on the Moon, but that’s for another post. This post is about the creepy stories and evidence behind doppelgangers. After this post, if you haven’t already, I suggest you watch the old movie called “It Follows” if you haven’t got enough double people creepiness to fill your needs.
I, along with a lot of others, believe that everyone has an exact copy of themselves that stalks their every move. (Yes, crazy, I know. But just keep reading!) Most doppelgangers only come about when someone is near death, but other cases are known where they show up at any given time. They sometimes stand side-by-side with the original, and often do the same thing that the original is doing. A doppelganger can walk and talk, interact and visit with others, just like a normal person. You can’t tell who is real and who is not. Once a doppelganger is deemed strong enough it can be projected to another location, and still act just like the original counterpart. Still don’t get it? You’re skeptical? Here’s two stories for you:
Abraham Lincoln (recounted by Noah Brooks and confirmed by Mary Todd Lincoln)
“It was just after my election in 1860, when the news had been coming in thick and fast all day and there had been a great “hurrah boys,” so that I was well tired out, and went home to rest, throwing myself down on the lounge in my chamber. Opposite where I lay was a bureau with a swinging glass upon it and looking in that glass I saw myself reflected nearly at full length; but my face, I noticed had two separate and distinct images, the tip of the nose of one being about three inches from the tip of the other. I was a little bothered, perhaps startles, and got up and looked in the glass, but the illusion vanished. On lying down again, I saw it a second time, plainer, if possible than before; and then I noticed that one of the faces was a little paler –say five shades- than the other. I got up, and the thing melted away, and I went off, and in the excitement of the hour forgot all about it –nearly, but not quite, for the thing would once in a while come up, and give me a little pang as if something uncomfortable had happened. When I went home again that night I told my wife about it, and a few days afterward I made the experiment again, when sure enough the thing came back again; but I never succeeded in bringing the ghost back after that, though I once tried industriously to show it to my wife, who was somewhat worried about it. She thought it was a sign that I was to be elected to a second term of office, and that the paleness of one of the faces was an omen that I should not see life through the last term.”
Which he didn’t. Strange right? You still don’t believe me? Here’s one more story.
The Emilee Sagee case is the most documented doppelganger case, well one of them anyway. Sagee had lost eighteen jobs in a short sixteen years “because of her twin”. Emilee was a teacher at a school for girls, where the students thought fondly of her. After a while there were rumors of Sagee being in two places at once. One time students had reported seeing her twin about three feet away from her mimicking her writing on a chalkboard, but without the chalk. They also said Sagee walked the halls while she was asleep in her room. There was another time, witnessed by about 50 people, when the students were sewing and a supervisor (like a substitute teacher) was in the back of the room while Emilee was outside the window gardening. Then the supervisor left and Emilee came in to teach the class. Emilee Sagee was still outside the window gardening. Some students reported touching the doppelganger, and that it felt empty like a cobweb.
Ghost of the living are common apparitions. In fact, the most common. This is backed up by a report from 1994 by the British Journal of Psychiatry, which examined 56 doppelgangers that year, including a pilot who saw himself years away for about ten minutes.