And we really need to know—is it just an urban myth or is it based on a true story?
The legend begins with an old house in the middle of nowhere, a stranger lurking in the shadows, a landline and a Tinder account.
The tale has all the elements of an urban legend—it happened to a ‘friend of a friend’, the location changes depending on who’s telling it, and there’s no factual evidence to back it up.
But it's compelling, and it's plausible, and it's pretty much the worst nightmare of any woman who's ever found themselves alone in an unfamiliar place.
I first heard about it when a listener submitted a version of the story to the My Favorite Murder podcast. In this version the story was set in the Adirondacks, at a family cabin where the woman was spending a weekend to clear her head.
The legend always follows the same general story line. A twenty-something woman finds herself staying alone in a isolated house/cabin/ranch somewhere in the United States.
Not long after she moves in, the woman begins to hear odd noises, but chalks it up to being the standard 'settling' of the older house. Still, her unease persists and at this point she calls a relative—maybe her father, maybe an aunt, maybe her sister, for some piece of mind. They agree that it's probably nothing, but encourage her to call the police to check it out, just in case.
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So the woman, still alone in the creepy old house, calls 911 and explains her situation to the dispatcher, all while admitting that it's 'probably nothing'. The dispatcher asks if she's alone in the house, she answers yes, and the dispatcher agrees that it's probably paranoia, but promises to send an officer to the house to check it out. She says that it's a very busy night and it will probably be around 40 minutes before the officer arrives. In the meantime, the dispatcher agrees to stay on the line with the woman in case of an emergency.