Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Licked Hand
A woman is home alone with only her dog for company.
Listening to the radio she hears of a serial killer on the loose in her town.
She gets scared and locks all the doors and windows in the house. But the basement window is jammed so she just locks the basement door. After locking the house she goes to bed, taking her dog to her room with her and letting it sleep under her bed.
With the dog close to her, she feels much saver.
She wakes in the night and can hear a dripping sound in her room.
The bedside lamp won't work and she is too scared to get out of bed to turn on the main light.
She hides under the covers but to reassure herself that the dog is still under the bed she puts her hand down and feels a lick on her hand.
She lays awake for some time listening to the dripping sound and periodically puts her hand down to where she can hear heavy breathing and each time gentle licks on her fingers.
Eventually she can no longer stand the dripping and enters the bathroom.
She finds her dog hanging on the shower head, with its stomach ripped open and the blood dripping in the shower.
She looks at the mirror and finds "PEOPLE CAN LICK TOO" written in blood on the wall.
A version with an extra ending also has her parents dead in her closet.
She then attempts to call the police but is unable to. She then looks downstairs and sees the killer. This leads to a chase around the house while the killer attempts to kill her.
The police later come and find her dead and her body mangled.
In another version of the story, there is a man and his dog who go hiking.
Soon it is nighttime and the man goes to sleep. He wakes up and the dog is agitated. The dog licks his hand. Then the man falls asleep. The dog licks his hand again, but the man's eyes are closed. He feels something warm next to him and thinks it is the body warmers, then he falls asleep.
The dog keeps licking the man's hand. When the man wakes up his dog is gone and in the snow, it says: "People can lick too".
Another version has the main character an older, blind woman.
On the radio she hears that an escaped animal is on the loose. As before she goes into the house and locks all the doors. When the tap is dripping, she goes around the house, checking all the taps. As she tries each tap to find them not the source of the dripping sound. The woman feels licks on her hand, so she thinks her dog is telling her everything is all right.
Eventually she goes into the living room to find her dog nailed to the ceiling and blood dripping onto the floor.
The ending line is "so what was licking her hand?"
What is the truth?
A classic urban legend!
It is a typical campfire story too scare your friends with.
But is is possible?
I read this story was already going around in the year 1960 as some kind of chain mail.
And that is a year where a loth of urban legends were born.
What happened next? Did the girl died? Did the cops found who did it?
No one will ever now.
But if this would happen again in these modern time, it would be all over the TV and Internets.