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Remembering the Legend of “The Hook”

Updated on February 10, 2019
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The lunatic is still loose. Be wary, be very wary.

The scenario is always similar, regardless of who is telling the story. A lunatic escapes from a facility for the criminally insane. This man, known for his dastardly, horrible deeds, has lost a hand, and now sports a frightful steel hook to replace the missing appendage.

The local media broadcasts dire warnings to the public to be on the lookout for this escaped madman. Stay inside, lock the doors, and all that hoopla. Enter the typical High School couple: She the pretty cheerleader, he the handsome football star. After catching a movie, it’s off to the favorite secluded, wooded lane for a little passionate ‘parking’ session by the couple.

Right on cue, while the teens are embracing and kissing with vigor, the music on the radio is interrupted with another urgent warning: “The lunatic is still loose. Be wary, be very wary.” The girl gets spooked, and demands they leave. Boyfriend refuses, pooh-poohing the reports. Suddenly the car rocks, and scratching sounds are heard. Girl screams “Get me out of here”.

She gets out, slams the door, and looks back and screams.

Boy reluctantly starts car, floors it and spins the tires as he accelerates from Lover’s Lane. Once in front of the girl’s house, he is still mad and won’t open the door for her. She gets out, slams the door, and looks back and screams at the top of her lungs, and faints. Boy hops out, comes around the car, and sees a sharp, steel hook, complete with the bloody remnants of a shirt sleeve, hanging from the passenger side door handle.

Other versions of this widespread tale include the hook being found caught in the ripped convertible top of the boy’s car, or the girl seeing deep scratches on the side of the car, or both. This legend is found nationwide, in one form or another. Like all legends, when it is told, there seems to be credibility added, with references to 3rd or 4th person verification of the accuracy of the tale!

What is your area’s version of the frightening story of the near encounter of the teen lovers and the infamous Hook?

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