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HOOK STORY

ONE NIGHT AS A COUPLE WERE PARKED IN THE CAR AT BELLE ISLE, THE
RADIO ANNOUNCER BROUGHT IN A NEWS BULLETIN THAT A MENTALLY
DISTURBED CRIMINAL ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY INSTITUTION. THE GIRL
BECAME FRIGHTENED WHEN HEARING THAT TWO COUPLES HAD BEEN SEVERELY
TORTURED. THE ATTACKER WAS IDENTIFIED TO HAVE A HOOK IN PLACE OF
HIS RIGHT HAND. THE BOY DECIDED TO DRIVE HIS DATE HOME, SHE BEING
SO FRIGHTENED. UPON REACHING HER HOME, HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR TO
WALK HER TO THE DOOR. WHEN HE CLOSED THE CAR DOOR, HE OBSERVED A
HOOK COVERED WITH BLOOD ON IT. IT WAS A NARROW ESCAPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ; KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

BREAK THE ICE.

James Callow comment: ACTUALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS--CLIMATE--ALTHOUGH
I REALIZE YOU WANT LITERAL IDENTIFICATIONS--F.M. PAULSEN

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): CLIMATE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSATION STARTER? ; IDENTIFYING?

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT.

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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THERE WAS A PROMINENT FAMILY IN DEARBORN WHO HIRED THIS
GIRL TO BABYSIT FOR THEIR TWO CHILDREN. WHEN THE COUPLE
LEFT, THE PHONE RANG AND A MAN SAID, "I KNOW WHERE
YOU ARE AND AM GOING TO KILL YOU." THE GIRL GETS REALLY
SCARED, SO SHE CALLS HER MOTHER AND HER MOTHER TELLS
HER TO CALL THE POLICE IF SHE GETS THE CALL AGAIN AND
THEN LET HER (THE MOTHER) KNOW WHAT THEY SAID.
A LITTLE WHILE LATER, THE PHONE RINGS AGAIN AND THE MAN
SAYS "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU AND THE TWO KIDS." THE GIRL
IS REALLY SCARED NOW BECAUSE THE GUY KNOWS SO MUCH, SO
SHE CALLS THE POLICE. THE POLICE COME AND LOOK AROUND,
DON'T FIND ANYTHING; BUT TELL HER THEY WILL PUT A TRACER
ON THE PHONE. THEN THEY LEAVE.
THE PHONE RINGS AGAIN AND SAYS, "I'M COMING TO GET YOU."
THE OPERATOR CUTS IN AND TELLS THE GIRL TO KEEP HIM ON
THE PHONE LONGER, SO SHE CAN TRACE IT. 5 MINUTES LATER
THE PHONE RINGS AND THE GUY STARTS TO LAUGH AND SAYS,
"I'VE KILLED THE 2 KIDS, NOW I'M GOING TO KILL YOU."
AT THIS THE OPERATOR CUTS IN AND SAYS, "RUN OUT THE
FRONT DOOR, HE'S UPSTAIRS." IT SEEMS THE FAMILY HAD A
BUSINESS PHONE UPSTAIRS WHICH THE MAN WAS USING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SHE BELIEVED IT UNTIL SHE HEARD
DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF IT FROM DIFFERNT PEOPLE, EACH
CLAIMING TO HAVE READ IT IN THE NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

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THERE WAS A PROMINENT FAMILY IN DEARBORN WHO HIRED THIS
GIRL TO BABYSIT FOR THEIR TWO CHILDREN. WHEN THE COUPLE
LEFT, THE PHONE RANG AND A MAN SAID, "I KNOW WHERE
YOU ARE AND AM GOING TO KILL YOU." THE GIRL GETS REALLY
SCARED, SO SHE CALLS HER MOTHER AND HER MOTHER TELLS
HER TO CALL THE POLICE IF SHE GETS THE CALL AGAIN AND
THEN LET HER (THE MOTHER) KNOW WHAT THEY SAID.
A LITTLE WHILE LATER, THE PHONE RINGS AGAIN AND THE MAN
SAYS "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU AND THE TWO KIDS." THE GIRL
IS REALLY SCARED NOW BECAUSE THE GUY KNOWS SO MUCH, SO
SHE CALLS THE POLICE. THE POLICE COME AND LOOK AROUND,
DON'T FIND ANYTHING; BUT TELL HER THEY WILL PUT A TRACER
ON THE PHONE. THEN THEY LEAVE.
THE PHONE RINGS AGAIN AND SAYS, "I'M COMING TO GET YOU."
THE OPERATOR CUTS IN AND TELLS THE GIRL TO KEEP HIM ON
THE PHONE LONGER, SO SHE CAN TRACE IT. 5 MINUTES LATER
THE PHONE RINGS AND THE GUY STARTS TO LAUGH AND SAYS,
"I'VE KILLED THE 2 KIDS, NOW I'M GOING TO KILL YOU."
AT THIS THE OPERATOR CUTS IN AND SAYS, "RUN OUT THE
FRONT DOOR, HE'S UPSTAIRS." IT SEEMS THE FAMILY HAD A
BUSINESS PHONE UPSTAIRS WHICH THE MAN WAS USING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SHE BELIEVED IT UNTIL SHE HEARD
DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF IT FROM DIFFERNT PEOPLE, EACH
CLAIMING TO HAVE READ IT IN THE NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 10-29-1970

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RED AS A LOBSTER.

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-21-1968

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Proverb

Seeing is believing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BELIEF ; Believe ; Believing ; Maxim ; Proof ; PROVERB ; See ; Seeing ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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