The Sleepwalker is a scary story about a man who has a problem. Every night, he gets out of bed and goes for long walks in his sleep. His wife is worried that one day, he will leave the house and never come back. It is based on an episode from the TV series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and it is supposed to be a true story.
Leon Woodward had a beautiful little daughter and a happy marriage, but he never got a good night’s sleep. He was a chronic sleepwalker and it was starting to cause a lot of problems.
He was under a lot of pressure and struggling to keep his business from going under. His sleepwalking gradually got worse and worse and his wife was afraid he was going to break his neck.
One night, while he was sleepwalking, he tripped over his daughter’s dollhouse and broke it. The little girl loved it so much, she spent hours repairing and painting it with Leon.
Months passed and Leon’s sleepwalking got even worse. He started going on longer and longer walks. The doctors suggested he put bells on his wrist so his wife could hear him leaving the house.
Leon’s wife couldn’t take the stress anymore. She was so desperate for a solution that she tried everything, even taking her husband to see a fortune teller.
“Someone has put a hex on you,” the fortune teller said. “You are doomed to wander in the night for the rest of your life. You will leave your home one day and you will not return.”
“Don’t worry,” Leon told his wife. “I’m never going to leave you. I love you.”
For the next week, Leon’s wife barely slept a wink. She lay awake every night, making sure Leon was still there next to her. She even contemplated tying him to the bed, but he wouldn’t allow it. One night, exhaustion got the better of her and she fell asleep.
When she woke up the next morning, her husband was gone. She ran through the streets searching for him, but it was as if he had vanished into thin air. This time, Leon was gone for good.
His wife contacted the police and reported him as a missing person.
That evening, her daughter was playing with the dollhouse.
“Mommy,” she said. “I know where Daddy is.”
“Where?” her mother asked.
“He’s here,” she said, “In my dollhouse.”
The little girl picked up a doll and held it out to her mother.
“See,” she said. “It’s Daddy!”