Dressed in a trench coat and fedora, a shadowy figure known as the Hat Man has frightened San Antonio residents for decades, but who is he and what does he want?
Last week, a San Antonio resident mentioned the Hat Man legend in the Paranormal section of Reddit.com. He writes:
“I used to work at a McDonald’s on the west side of San Antonio. We were rolling out a new layout on the drive-thru menu board. Our supervisor wanted all her store managers to take a pic of the menu board and send it to her. So my store manager goes out there early in the morning and snaps the pic. After looking at it, she realized that in the pic there’s a dark figure with a hat on in the background. She says there were no cars in the drive-thru and definitely no one in a hat walking around while she was out there. We’re convinced it was the hat man.”
Here’s the pic in question:
Though the photo isn’t that impressive (at least in my opinion), the McDonald’s manager is one of many San Antonio residents who claim to have spotted the mysterious, hat-wearing figure.
An article in the San Antonio Current, describes one woman’s childhood encounter with the Hat Man.
“According to Stacy, she was awoken one night by an uncomfortable sensation and felt eerily compelled to look out her bedroom window,” the Current reports. “As her eyes adjusted to the darkness, Stacy could clearly make out the outline of a humanoid figure standing behind the white picket fence that surrounded her yard. Though she couldn’t make out much in the way of features, she could clearly discern what she interpreted to be a pork pie hat atop the figure’s head.”
Stacy was naturally terrified, especially when the man began to sidle towards the house “in a strange sideways motion.” The child tried to rouse her sleeping aunt, but the woman wouldn’t stir. In fact, the aunt slept so deeply that Stacy wondered if she was in a trace. The shadow man eventually slinked away, but Stacy never forgot the terrifying experience. A few years later, she was shocked to discover a neighbor had also seen the Hat Man prowling around.
Visitor in the Night
Yet another San Antonio woman encountered the Hat Man in her childhood home. This woman was a teen when the figure appeared in her room in the middle of the night.
“I woke up and I saw a shadow figure standing in the middle of my room,” she writes. “It was facing me, staring at me, yet I could see no face. I do remember he was wearing a trench coat and a fedora hat. I remember thinking it was my father for some reason, although my father didn’t own a trench coat or a fedora.”
Convinced the man was her father, the woman repeatedly called out. The figure didn’t respond, but instead turned and walked away before eventually vanishing in the hallway.
“At that point I started yelling ‘DAD, DAD!’ and both my parents ran in to ask what happened,” the woman recalls. “I was sweating profusely and shaking, and I told them there was a man in my room with a coat and hat on and he was staring at me. This was a very real episode and thankfully I never had another encounter with the shadow figure.”
Several other people commented on the Current article, writing about their own encounter with the infamous Hat Man. Intriguingly, most were children at the time of the sightings. A coincidence or a clue?
Hat Man on Tour
Though the stories listed above occur in or around San Antonio, a Hat Man-like figure has appeared in other places as well. I’ve found at least three photos showing a shadowy figure meeting the Hat Man’s description: one at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR, another in Tombstone, AZ, and a third in Australia. Is the Hat Man also a traveling man?
See also: Shadow People Photos
Have you encountered the Hat Man or something like him? Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org!