Research Data

Post Type: Urban Legend

Type: Killer

Location: –

Date of sighting: –

Persons of interest: None

Results: Unsolved

The Hook – Urban legend.

The basic premise involves a young couple cuddling in a car with the radio playing. Suddenly, a news bulletin reports that a serial killer has just escaped from a nearby institution. The killer has a hook for one of his hands. For varying reasons, they decide to leave quickly. In the end, the killer’s hook is either found hanging from the door handle or embedded into the door itself. Different variations include a scraping sound on the car door.

In an alternate version, the couple drives through an unknown part of the country late at night and stop in the middle of the woods, because either the man has to relieve himself. In some other versions the car breaks down and the man leaves for help.

While waiting for him to return, the woman turns on the radio and hears the report of an escaped mental patient. She is then disturbed many times by a thumping on the roof of the car. She eventually exits and sees the escaped patient sitting on the roof, banging the man’s severed head on it.

The hook

Another similar Legend of the Hook

Another variation has the woman seeing the man’s butchered body suspended upside down from a tree with his fingers scraping the roof. In another version of this variation, he’s hanging right side up, and either his blood is dripping on the roof or his feet are scraping against the roof.

In other versions, the man does return to the car only to see his date brutally murdered with a hook embedded in her. In other versions, the woman gets out of the car when her date doesn’t come back, only to see his mutilated body (either on the car’s roof, nailed on a tree, or just a few short steps ways).

But as she starts to panic, she runs into the maniac and she too gets killed. In another variation of the story, the woman is discovered by police, and as she’s escorted to safety, the police tell her not to look behind, but she does so and sees the grisly aftermath of the man’s murder.

Yet another similar Legend of the Hook

There is also another similar legend. In the legend, the young couple is heading back from a great date but their car breaks down (either from running out of fuel or a malfunction). The man then decides to head off on foot to find someone or somewhere to help with the problem while the woman stays behind in the car. She then falls asleep while waiting and wakes up to see a hideous person looking at her through the window.

Luckily the car is locked so the person can’t get inside. But to the woman’s horror, the person raises both of his arms to reveal that they are holding her date’s severed head in one hand and the car keys in the other. The fate of the woman is never revealed.