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Oude Rode Ogen (Old Red Eyes in English), also known as the Beast of Flanders, the Necker and the Nikker (but Oude Rode Ogen is not aquatic) in his human form, is the Belgian Bogeyman (or Bogeydog). He is a bad-tempered giant black dog with red eyes, sharp teeth and the speed, intelligence and strength of the Dire Wolf who is feared for his uncontrollable anger, especially toward misbehaving children who stayed up way too late past their bedtime, but isn't above attacking teenagers and adults. He haunts Flanders, Belgium, starting from the late 17th Century and early 18th Century after reports of children going missing and believed to be victims of a cannibalistic shape-shifter. Witnesses claimed seeing a large naked darkness-black man running away after trying to steal a young girl from her bed. He was shot at and seen to change into a large black dog. A homeless black beggar was soon found living near Nekkerspoel and, without trial, was falsely accused of child kidnapping and child murder, and then lynched and skinned alive. The skin is said to be buried in the basement of St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen. During the early 18th century, and until the present day, a ghostly dark figure with fiery red eyes has been seen in Mechelen and the surrounding areas. It is said that he seeks for his skin to become whole again as the demonic figure he once was. During the 20th century, the ghostly being became known as the Nikker, or de Nekker in Dutch, a story told to children who stayed up past their bedtime that they'd be eaten alive if they didn't go to sleep.

Oude Rode Ogen was said to have been a 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) black man who changed into a large black dog with fiery red eyes. In more recent times, he has taken the form of a dark shadow figure with red eyes whose late evening appearance is usually followed by a menacing dog's growl. However, Oude Rode Ogen still sometimes takes his titular and memorable dog form in the present day. Sightings of Oude Rode Ogen were believed to have left people deaf, mute and blind, due to Oude Rode Ogen taking away people's abilities to hear, see and speak, according to the book Beast of Flanders by Vincent Menten.

Surprisingly, the Nikkers, also known as Nixes, are a different creature altogether, and their name comes from the Old Germanic verb "nigw", meaning "to wash". This refers to the creatures' aquatic nature. Not all Nikkers are evil; in fact, there can be neutral or even benevolent Nikkers.

Oude Rode Ogen
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