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The Hook Man
Transcript of The Hook Man
Lover's Lane By Riya Roy Setting & Morality Conclusion Life Cycle Reason for Persistence Citation Message/Moral Setting of Society What Influences/Investigation When: The legend started around the 1950's Many believe the Hook Man story is a variation of the real murders that happened on Lover's Lane, Texas. The murders began in 1946 when two teenagers were attacked in their car by a man wearing a white mask. An approaching car scared the attacker away before he could finish his job and the police were unable to identify a suspect. A month later another attack happened a mile away where victims weren't as lucky as the teenagers. they were brutally murdered. For three months after the initial Lover's Lane attack, there were reports of many other murders that happened around the area. The investigation was encouraged by the locals. The police concluded that at least three of the murders were related. At the time, the press gave this mystery killer the name "The Phantom." Then the killings suddenly stopped and the case was left unsolved. No one knows who added the bloody hook or the "unstable mental patient" to the story. The 1950s was a conservative time period. For the youth, getting in trouble was fun and seen as "cool." Also, pre-marital sex was common. All of this was closely associated with the communist background at the time. Some even made the connection about how the hook is very similar to the communist symbol. The earliest media mention of the Hook Man was in an old Dear Abby column in the newspaper. I t was send by a teenager who truly believed the Hook Man existed. After it's origination in the 1950s, the legend is not taken seriously these day. Parents tell it to their young kids in hope that the story scare them enough so that they won't fool around when older. Other than that, the legend is not told often. It is a lenged that everyone knows. Like many other urban legends, the Hook Man story is still being said today because it's an interesting and exciting tale. Real or not people enjoy such tales. It's a form of entertainment. Some just like the moral of the legend. Others think urban legends come from history and that they shouldn't be forgotten. So people tell others to keep the legend alive. Mikkelson, Barbara. "Snopes.com: The Hook." Snopes.com: The Hook. 30 May 2013 <http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/hook.asp>. Origin The legend takes place at Lover's Lane, the popular road where teenagers usually go to fool around. One night, a teenage boy and his girlfriend goes out there. Without warning the car radio stops mid song and an announcer comes on to warn people about a dangerous inmate who escaped from a mental institution. In the description the man is said to have a steel hook in the place of his right hand. The teenage girl gets upset and insists they go home, despite the boyfriend's protests. Angry, the the boy steps on the gas pedal and speeds away. When they get to the girl's house they find a bloody hook hanging on one of the door handles. Where: There are many theories on where this legend started, but most say Utah. The legend is consistent in Massachusetts too. The story takes place on Lover's Lane Texarkana, Texas Ramsland, Katherine. "Other Speculations." The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Case It's Based On Crime Library on truTV.com. 30 May 2013 <http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/texas_chainsaw_massa/5.html>. How: The legend is said to have been based off of many accidents that happened on Lover's Lane. Background Emery, David. "The Hook." About.com Urban Legends. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/horrors/a/the_hook.htm>. "Discovery Presents." Discovery Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/discovery-presents/videos/urban-legends-decoded-the-hook.htm>. The message of this legend is pretty easy to decipher. The moral is that teenagers shouldn't go out in the dark and fool around. Some say the message is show that it's the girl's responsibility to stop things from going too far. If the girl hadn't insisted they stop making out and go home, they would have both been killed. So obviously it was the girl's resistance that saved both their lives.