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THE HATCHET MAN

TWO GIRLS WENT TO THE BEACH FOR THE SUMMER WHERE THEY RENTED A
COTTAGE. PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA WARNED THEM ABOUT THE HATCHET MAN
WHO COMES OUT ON THE BEACH EACH SUMMER AND HAS ALREADY KILLED THREE
PEOPLE THIS SEASON. THE GIRLS FIGURED THEY WOULD BE ALRIGHT IF THEY
LOCKED THE DOORS EACH NIGHT. ONE NIGHT ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD A DATE
AND SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET THE GUY ON THE BEACH. TO BE SAFE, THEY
DECIDED TO WORK OUT A SIGNAL SO THAT THE GIRL LEFT INSIDE THE HOUSE
WOULD KNOW WHEN TO OPEN THE DOOR. LATER ON IN THE EVENING THE
GIRL HEARD SOME NOISES AT ONE OF THE WINDOWS. THEN THE NOISE WENT
AWAY. BUT AFTER A FEW MINTUES SHE HEARD THE NOISE AGAIN, THIS TIME
AT THE FRONT DOOR. SHE HEARD SOMETHING SCRATCHING AT THE DOOR AND
IT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER. SHE SCREAMED AND TOLD IT TO GO
AWAY. THE SCRATCHING SLOWLY FADED AWAY. AFTER A WHILE THE GIRL FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN SHE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND FOUND
DEEP SCRATCH MARKS IN IT, BLOOD ON THE PORCH AND HER GIRLDFRIEND,S
PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): INATTENTION TO WARNINGS-SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ; MURDER OF GIRL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR: ATTENTION-GETTER

SQUEAKIN' WHEEL GETS THE GREASE.

Submitter comment: SAYING OFTEN USED OFTEN BY INFORMANT'S MOTHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ATTENTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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Proverb

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ATTENTION ; Aware ; Chicken ; Fox ; Hunt ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Poultry ; SLEEP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

The squeaking wheel gets greased.

Submitter comment:

Heard this often as a child, also, when living in Missouri and Ohio.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; ATTENTION ; Grease ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Squeak ; VERSE ; Wheel

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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