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The Deogen, De Ogen or The Eyes is a ghost that is said to haunt the Sonian Forest in Belgium, often seen in fog form and followed by smaller shadow figures. The story, which is based on a series of true events, has become more of a campfire tale or urban legend with virtually no sightings in recent years.

According to the book De Kinderen van Het Bezeten Bos which was written in 1937 the legend of Deogen is said to have begun when area nuns began finding the burned bodies of young children in the Sonian Forest in Belgium, near Brussels. It is said in the book that 80 children were murdered and the bodies dumped throughout in the forest and set ablaze but a more accepted number was only 8. Very little is known of the case excepting that which is found in the book which is believed by many to have been a work of fiction.


A greenish ghostlike fog is often seen and small black solid figures are said to dart across the road causing cars to go off the road. A laughing child is often heard as the mist evaporates. On other occasions it is said that bloody palm print is seen on the cars window only to soon disappear as mysterious as it appears. Earlier descriptions of the fog would have it as being gray, orange, or white in color followed by the childish laughter. The term De Ogen, Dutch for The Eyes originated from reports that something large was said to be seen staring at witnesses from within the fog.

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Shadow figures have still been reported seen running in front of cars driving through the forest on very rare occasion, along with the bloody hand of a child on the back side of a car window. Practical jokers have been seen though touching the windows of cars entering the forest. The shadow figures are believed to be that of wild boar which have been known to roam the forest.