Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On The Light?

Would You Turn On The Light?

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Here's how the story goes...

Jenny and Michelle are college dorm-mates with very opposite personalities. While Jenny is quite the social butterfly, to be found at a variety of social gatherings, Michelle is very studious and serious, and can mostly be found 'at home' - studying.

With mid-terms fast approaching, Michelle pays the most focused attention in classes, taking excellent notes, while Jenny uses the classtime for flirting with a young man she has her particular sights on. Jenny hardly notices the time pass by in class, knowing that later on, Michelle will share her well written notes and update Jenny on important details before exams.

After this important last-class-before-exams is over, Jenny tries to coax Michelle to join in on a big party that her latest male interest has invited them both to attend. Michelle, of course, turns down the invitation, in order to return to her dorm room for studying. Jenny departs for the party, believing she will have time during the next morning to cram quickly for exams and check on Michelle's notes.

A social-oriented person but still not ridiculously negligent concerning studies, Jenny leaves the party at a reasonable hour, after having a really exciting time. She believes that tho' the hour is late, she can still fit in an hour or so of study with Michelle who should be up a little later than normal on the night before midterm exams. In any case, it would still be early enough to grab Michelle's notes and go over them, even if Michelle would be turning in soon for the night.

By the time Jenny arrived back at their room, around 2am, the lights were out, the room completely dark, so Jenny re-thinks the decision to get Michelle's notes and study during the night. She figures that, with a decent rest overnight, she'll catch up with the notes and with Michelle in the morning by being able to wake up a little earlier to boot. She promptly heads to bed, herself, changing into her pajamas in the dark and slipping her headphones on so as to avoid disturbing Michelle's sleep.

In the morning, newly refreshed from a reasonable night's rest, Jenny peers across the very poorly lit dorm-room to Michelle's side, calling softly for Michelle to wake up or at least point her in the direction of the notes from last class. Jenny dresses quickly and, gaining no response from Michelle, goes to her bedside to gently rouse her and get the study notes.

At first, with a gentle prodding, Jenny gains no response from Michelle, who is laying on her front, so she grabs her more roughly, pulling at her shoulder to shake her. With still no response, Jenny gives a couple of quick, hard tugs, and rolls Michelle over to wake her up.

Then Jenny can plainly see, even in a room barely touched by the morning sun, the reason why Michelle isn't responding:

She's dead...

And covered with blood - with a look of terror frozen onto her face!

Jenny freaks out and hits the lights - to reveal a bloody mess all over Michelle's side of the dorm room. Blood on her blankets, blood on her books, etc. As Jenny sinks to her knees in horror, she tips her head upward so she can stop looking at Michelle and all the blood.

Written on the wall above Michelle's bed, in Michelle's blood:

"Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?"

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Variation: Murderer's Note

Another version of this story has the same studious female room-mate, paired with a similar socialite room-mate, but the circumstances differ quite a bit and results of behaviors are basically reversed.

Jenny, the socialite room-mate is quite more interested in the opposite sex than studious Michelle. On the eve of final exams, Jenny asks Michelle's permission to have some privacy in their dorm-room so that she can enjoy the company of an unnamed and new male friend. This is Jenny's payoff and stress-release effort for having studied hard for several days before exams.

Michelle reluctantly agrees to give up the dorm-room for several hours during the evening and takes her books to the library in order to study.

When the library closes around 11pm, Michelle packs up her books and heads home, hoping that her room-mate has finished 'visiting' with the new boyfriend.

Upon Michelle's return, she opens the door, and the room is without lights, but she hears some murmuring and rustling from Jenny's side of the room. Assuming that Jenny and her guy are still intimately involved, Michelle decides not to disturb them, but in order to get some shut-eye before exams and also to avoid hearing the couple nearby, Michelle puts her headphones on when she goes to bed. Since Michelle has been studying so diligently 'til such a late hour, she is exhausted and has little trouble falling asleep once she reclines with her headphones on, music playing softly.

When the alarm rings in the morning - from Jenny's side of the room - Michelle awakens and calls to Jenny to get up and shut off the alarm. Michelle gains zero response and the alarm continues to blare.

In the dim beginnings of daylight, with light just starting to enter the room through a single window, Michelle can see Jenny lying in her bed, on her side and facing away from Michelle, unstirred by the alarm clock. Michelle calls again - louder, "Jen, wake up, I said - Hit the snooze button if you want to sleep longer!"

Still, Michelle receives no response from Jenny. After another moment, Michelle hopes out of bed, quickly crosses the room over to Jen's side and reaches for the alarm clock...

AND SCREAMS!!!!!!!!!!

Jen is lying, lifeless...her hair matted with blood and with blood soaking in a great patch into her matress, eyes open and peering upward...

Michelle follows the lifeless gaze upward, and stifles another scream.

Written above Jen's headboard, in blood, are the words:

"Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On The Light?"

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Comments 27 comments

samantha  7 years ago

this one sucks to

nathan 7 years ago

THAT IS SO FREAKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Sorry to hear that you didn't like the hub, samantha

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

thx for your comment, nathan

tallgeese 7 years ago

eh i heard this story but it was a little bit different from what you say

Sallyisscared 6 years ago

scarryyyyyy....but i heard it before..

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Any mention of different story details you've heard are welcome in the comment area! I know there are TONS if variations on this urban legend.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hope you return to comment some more, juggalette

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RecoverToday 6 years ago from United States

Scary! Certainly held my attention.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hi RecoverToday...I'm glad this held your attention. You've probably heard this story before. I can listen to many different versions of this story and they all hold my attention.

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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

I like the way you tell a story!

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thank you, DustinsMom!

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hello saleheensblog. I'm glad you stopped by to read some urban legends. The ones on this hub are pretty common urban legend stories in North America but even though I've heard them many times and know they're stories, I still also find them disturbing to the emotions. I think some urban legends are supposed to make us feel scared or worried so we turn around and start paying attention to little details in our lives. Again, thanks for stopping by.

Lexi 6 years ago

Everytime I here this story, it just gets creepier and creepier, first time I ever read it, I never turned out the lights in my home.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hello Lexi, thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I tend to leave my lights on, too - both when I am writing about urban legends and reading about them... I go through a lot of light bulbs lol

Angel 6 years ago


excuse me but can anybody explain me? I don't understand why it says "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?"

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Angel - if the person had turned on the light, she would have seen the murder scene and possibly alerted the killer to her presence and been murdered, too... there is a double meaning in the title... the second concept is a sort of sarcasm - that if the person had turned on the light immediately, perhaps the crime-in-progress would have been found out and stopped... Things are a bit ambiguous, either way. This legend has other titles: "The Dead Room Mate," "Dorm Room Death," and others...

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KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

This could be made into budget horror, thriller movie :)

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hi KenWu... we should look around - this theme is probably in a lot of horror films, I think. The tale circulates a lot - it's pretty common as far as urban legends go... a lot of differing versions - neat stuff.

cant tell you 5 years ago

o my god

lalaland  5 years ago

wait, who killed the girl in aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light? or is that suppose to be a mystery? because i've read several different versions and they all end up with the one girl being dead, and with her blood written somewhere in the room, aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light, but who killed her and why, that's what i wanna know. anyway good stuff though good stuff

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

lalaland, most versions of this story end with no mention of who or why the girl is killed. I have no idea who killed the girl.

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wolfboy 5 years ago from lumsden,canada,sk

mamamia! how many urban legends are there?!

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

wolfboy - there are thousands upon thousands of urban legends out there. Some are being created this very day and will be told in a year, ten years, a hundred years from now. Cool, huh?

eliana 4 years ago

the one i heard was way shorter. there was a girl having a sleepover, she got up to go tho the bathroom in the middle of the night but didn't turn on the lights cuz it was dark. when she returned all her friends were dead. frieking out...she returned to the bathroom and turnes on the lights and there on the wall written in blood says good thing u didn't turn on the lights. this ones shorter but kinda more non sencible....

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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thanks for sharing another version of this story, eliana.

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