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Stephen Craig Paddock (April 9, 1953 – October 1, 2017) was an American mass murderer who is known for being the perpetrator of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, in which he opened fire into a crowd of approximately 22,000 concertgoers attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Christopher Jordan Dorner (June 4, 1979 – February 12, 2013) was a Los Angeles police officer who, beginning on February 3, 2013, committed a series of shootings in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County, California.

The Hook, or The Hookman,[1] is an urban legend about a killer with a pirate-like hook for a hand attacking a couple in a parked car. The story is thought to date from at least the mid-1950s, and gained significant attention when it was reprinted in the advice column Dear Abby in 1960.[2] It has since become a morality archetype in popular culture, and has been referenced in various horror films.



The basic premise involves a young couple cuddling in a car with the radio playing. Suddenly, a news bulletin reports that a serial killer has just escaped from a nearby institution.[3] The killer has a hook. For varying reasons, they decide to leave quickly. In the end, the killer's hook is either found hanging from the door handle or embedded into the door itself. Different variations include a scraping sound on the car door. Some versions start the same way, but have the couple spotting the killer, warning others, and then narrowly escaping with the killer holding onto the car's roof. In another version, the woman sees a shadowy figure watching the couple from nearby. The man leaves to confront the figure, who then suddenly disappears. Thinking that his date just imagined it, the man returns to the car only to see that the woman has been brutally murdered with a hook.

In an alternate version, the couple drive through an unknown part of the country late at night and stop in the middle of the woods, because either the man has to urinate, or the car breaks down and the man leaves for help. While waiting for him to return, the woman turns on the radio and hears the report of an escaped mental patient. She is then disturbed many times by a thumping on the roof of the car. She eventually exits and sees the escaped patient sitting on the roof, banging the man's severed head on it. Another variation has the woman seeing the man's butchered body suspended upside down from a tree with his fingernails scraping against the roof. In another version of this variation, he's hanging right side up and either his blood is dripping on the roof or his feet are scraping against the roof. In other versions, the man does return to the car only to see his date brutally murdered with a hook embedded in her. Other tales have the woman leaving the car when her date doesn't come back, only to see his mutilated body (either on the car's roof, nailed on a tree, or just a few short stops away). As she starts to panic, she runs into the maniac and is also killed. In another variation of the story, the woman is discovered by police. While being escorted to safety, she is warned not to look behind her. When she does so, she sees the grisly aftermath of the man's murder.

A similar legend recounts that a young couple are heading back from a great date when their car breaks down (either from running out of fuel or a malfunction). The man then decides to head off on foot to find someone to help with the problem while the woman stays behind in the car. She then falls asleep while waiting and wakes up to see a hideous person looking at her through the window. Luckily, the car is locked, so the person can't get inside. But to the woman's horror, the person raises both of his arms to reveal that they are holding her date's severed head in one hand and the car keys in the other. The fate of the woman is never revealed.[2]


The origins of the Hook legend are not entirely known, though, according to folklorist and historian Jan Harold Brunvand, the story began to circulate some time in the 1950s in the United States.[1] According to Brunvand in The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, the story had become widespread amongst American teenagers by 1959, and continued to expand into the 1960s.[4]Snopes writer David Mikkelson has speculated that the legend might have roots in real-life lovers' lane murders, such as the 1946 Texarkana Moonlight Murders.[2]

The first known publication of the story occurred on November 8, 1960, when a reader letter telling the story was reprinted in Dear Abby, a popular advice column:

Dear Abby: If you are interested in teenagers, you will print this story. I don't know whether it's true or not, but it doesn't matter because it served its purpose for me: A fellow and his date pulled into their favorite 'lovers lane' to listen to the radio and do a little necking. The music was interrupted by an announcer who said there was an escaped convict in the area who had served time for rape and robbery. He was described as having a hook instead of a right hand. The couple become frightened and drove away. When the boy took his girl home, he went around to open the car door for her. Then he saw—a hook on the door handle! I will never park to make out as long as I live. I hope this does the same for other kids. —Jeanette[2][5]

Literary scholar Christopher Pittard traces the plot dynamics of the legend to Victorian literature, particularly the 1913 horror novel The Lodger by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes.[6] Though the two narratives have little in common, he notes that both are built upon a 'threefold relationship of crime, dirt, and chance... Such a reading also implies a reconsideration of the historical trajectory of the urban legend, usually read as a product of postmodernist consumer culture.'[7]


Folklorists have interpreted the long history of this legend in many ways. Alan Dundes's Freudian interpretation explains the hook as a phallic symbol and its amputation as a symbolic castration.[8]

Swedish folklorist Bengt af Klintberg describes the story as an example of 'a conflict between representatives of normal people who follow the rules of society and those who are not normal, who deviate and threaten the normal group.'[9]

American folklorist Bill Ellis interpreted the maniac in The Hook as a moral custodian who interrupts the sexual experimentation of the young couple. He sees the Hookman's disability as 'his own lack of sexuality' and 'the threat of the Hookman is not the normal sex drive of teenagers, but the abnormal drive of some adults to keep them apart.'[10]

In popular culture[edit]

A version of the story by author Alvin Schwartz appears in the 1981 collection of shorthorror stories for childrenScary Stories to Tell in the Dark.[11]

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In film, the Hook legend has occasionally appeared: in a 1947 film Dick Tracy's Dilemma. fictional Detective Dick Tracy pursues a murderous killer with a hook for a hand; the killer with a hook theme has also appeared in comedies; In Meatballs (1979), Bill Murray's character retells the Hook legend to campers around a campfire.[12] In Shrek the Halls (2007), Gingy tells an alternate version of this legend to his girlfriend Suzy in his flashback. The story has, however, most often been depicted and referenced in horror films.[13] Its prevalence, according to film scholar Mark Kermode, is most reflected in the slasher film, functioning as a morality archetype on youth sexuality.[14]He Knows You're Alone (1980) opens with a film within a film scene in which a young couple are attacked by a killer while in a parked car.[15] The slasher film Final Exam opens with a scene in which a couple are attacked in a parked car, and later, a student is murdered in a university locker room with a hook.[16]Campfire Tales (1997), an anthology horror film, opens with a segment retelling the Hook legend, set in the 1950s.[17]I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) features a killer stalking teenagers with a hook; at the beginning of the film, the central characters recount the Hook legend around a campfire. The Candyman films of the 90's, and the Jordan Peele update of the series that is scheduled to release in June of 2020, is centered around this legend as well.[18]Lovers Lane (1999), is a slasher film featuring a killer who murders teenagers at a lovers' lane with a hook.[19]

The story has also appeared in various television programs; 'The Pest House' (1998), the fourteenth episode of season 2 of the TV series Millennium, opens with a murder similar to that of the urban legend. Season one, episode seven of the TV show Supernatural features a hookman as the villain. It is the first story in the first episode of Mostly True Stories?: Urban Legends Revealed. The Canadian animated anthology series Freaky Stories (1997) has a segment in its first season based on the Hook, set in the 1950s.[20]

An attempted telling of the story by a 4chan user in broken English is itself a minor meme, specifically the ending when the woman in the car discovers the Hookman's hook stuck in the car, which is rendered simply 'man door hand hook car door.' This version has found its way into a re-working of the song 'Mr Sandman' by The Chordettes.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abBrunvand 2003, p. 49.
  2. ^ abcdMikkelson, David (2 December 1998). 'The Hook:An escaped killer interrupts a young couple's make-out session'. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^Brunvand 2004, p. 15.
  4. ^Brunvand 2003, pp. 49–50.
  5. ^Brunvand 2003, pp. 48–49.
  6. ^Pittard 2011, pp. 188–189.
  7. ^Pittard 2011, p. 188.
  8. ^Brunvand 2003, pp. 50–51.
  9. ^Brunvand 2001, pp. 200–201.
  10. ^Ellis 1987, pp. 31–60.
  11. ^Dietsch, T.J. (30 October 2015). '11 of the scariest stories to tell in the dark'. Retrieved 11 July 2019. Another widespread urban legend from the 80s and 90s, “High Beams” follows the misadventures of a young woman who seems to be in danger from the man driving the truck behind her car.
  12. ^Koven 2007, p. 101.
  13. ^Koven 2007, pp. 112–114.
  14. ^Koven 2007, p. 113.
  15. ^Everman 2003, p. 122. sfn error: no target: CITEREFEverman2003 (help)
  16. ^Armstrong 2003, p. 113.
  17. ^Koven 2007, p. 192.
  18. ^Koven 2007, p. 104.
  19. ^Harper 2004, p. 123.
  20. ^de Vos, Gail (2012). What Happens Next? Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 11.
  21. ^


  • Armstrong, Kent Bryon (2003). Slasher Films: An International Filmography, 1960 Through 2001. McFarland. ISBN978-0-786-41462-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Brunvand, Jan Harold (December 17, 2003). The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends & Their Meanings. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Brunvand, Jan Harold (2001). Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN978-1-59884-720-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Brunvand, Jan Harold (2004). Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN978-0-393-32613-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Ellis, Bill (1987). 'Why Are Verbatim Transcripts of Legends Necessary?'. In G. Bennett, P. Smith and J. Widdowson (ed.). Perspectives on Contemporary Legend II. Sheffield Acad. Press. ISBN978-1-850-75118-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Everman, Welch D. (200). Cult Horror Films: From Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Zombies of Mora Tau. Citadel. ISBN978-0-806-51425-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Harper, Jim (2004). Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies. Critical Vision. ISBN978-1-900-48639-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Koven, Mikel (2007). Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends. Scarecrow Press. ISBN978-0-810-86025-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Pittard, Christopher (2011). Purity and Contamination in Late Victorian Detective Fiction. Routledge. ISBN978-0-754-66813-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Brunvand, Jan Harold (1994). The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN978-0-393-31208-9.
  • De Caro, Frank (2008). An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends. Routledge. ISBN978-0-765-62129-0.

External links[edit]

  • The Hook at
  • The Hook at the Harold B. Lee Library folklore archive
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Sam Hyde
Birth nameSamuel Whitcomb Hyde
BornApril 16, 1985 (age 35)
Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, YouTube
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    (2003–04, transferred out)
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    (2004–07, Bachelor of Arts)
Years active2007 – present
GenresSketch comedy, anti-comedy, political satire, shock humor, surreal humor, post-irony
Subject(s)American politics, pop culture

Samuel Whitcomb Hyde (born April 16, 1985) is an American comedian, writer, performance artist and actor. He co-created the sketch comedy group Million Dollar Extreme (MDE) with Charls Carroll and Nick Rochefort.

Hyde is known for his involvement in several public pranks and internet hoaxes. His style of humor has been described as post-ironic, as he regularly blurs the distinction between himself and his characters.[1] Hyde's transgressive style has also garnered public controversy and he has been frequently associated with the alt-right. He has supported white supremacist causes, including monetary donations to The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin for legal fees,[2] support for conspiracy theories,[3][4] and mocking the Holocaust.[5]

Life and career

After graduating from Wilton High School, Hyde enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University for one year before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in film, animation and video.[6]

In mid-2014, Hyde started a web series titled Kickstarter TV, where he would find projects on Kickstarter and harshly ridicule both the projects and the people who made them.

In August 2016, Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, a television program Hyde co-wrote and acted in along with the other members of MDE, premiered on Adult Swim.[7] Four months later, it was announced that World Peace would not be renewed for a second season. Hyde attributed the show's cancellation to his vocal support for Donald Trump.[8]

In a December 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter in the aftermath of his series' cancellation, when questioned if he held a bias towards minorities, Hyde replied that he was 'probably as racist or as biased as the average regular white guy or the average regular black guy'.[3]

In 2017, Hyde reportedly pledged $5,000 towards the legal defense fund of Andrew Anglin, the founder and editor of white supremacist website The Daily Stormer.[2] The Southern Poverty Law Center sued Anglin for allegedly organizing a 'troll storm' against a Jewish woman in Montana. When Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times questioned Hyde about the donation, Hyde asked Pearce if he was Jewish and went on to say that $5,000 was 'nothing' to him. Hyde also stated: 'Don't worry so much about money. Worry about if people start deciding to kill reporters. That's a quote. For the reason why, you can say I want reporters to know I make more money than them, especially Matt Pearce.'[2]


Hyde lampooned the American animefandom in 2012 when he delivered a spurious presentation titled 'Samurai Swordplay in a Digital Age' under the pseudonym 'Master Kenchiro Ichiimada' at a convention in Vermont. During the presentation, an MDE affiliate blocked the exit to bar attendees from leaving Hyde's hour-long performance.[9] Similarly in 2013, Hyde, while dressed in a maroon-colored sweatsuit and clad in hoplite-esque breastplate and greaves, delivered a prank TEDx talk titled '2070 Paradigm Shift' at Drexel University.[10] The talk, described by Forbes as a satiric impersonation of a 'Brooklyn tech hipster,' received significant media attention.[11][10] When asked about the intent of the prank, Hyde stated his dislike for TED talks, calling them 'really self-congratulatory.'[12]In 2014, Hyde started a fake Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the creation of a 'pony dating simulator' for bronies, the adult male fans of the children's television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.[10] The Kickstarter page said the simulator would comprise 'a journey that spans multiple continents' and include 'deep RPG elements.'[13] Devotees of the show who ostensibly took the project seriously pledged a total of $4,161 to the phony fundraiser before Hyde cancelled it.[10][13]


Shooting hoaxes

Sam Hyde in 2016. This and similar photos have been used by internet trolls when reporting Hyde as the perpetrator of mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

Since 2015, Hyde has been frequently misreported as the perpetrator of numerous mass shootings and terrorist attacks by Internet trolls on websites such as 4chan and Twitter.[10][14] The hoaxes, which typically included photos of Hyde brandishing a semi-automatic weapon, reappeared so often on social media that The New York Times characterized 'Sam Hyde is the shooter' as 'an identifiable meme.'[15]The first instance of the prank was the Umpqua Community College shooting. CNN mistakenly included Hyde's image on their coverage of the shooting.[16] Hyde has also been erroneously blamed for many other shootings.[10][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]



  • How to BOMB the U. S. Gov't: The OFFICIAL Primo(tm) Strategy Guide to the Collapse of Western Civilization, by Sam Hyde, Nick Rochefort, Charls 'Coors' Carroll. COM98 LLC, 2016. ISBN0997917601 / ISBN978-0997917604.



  • Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace (2016, 6 episodes) – various, screenwriter, producer


  1. ^Television (December 12, 2016). 'Million Dollar Extreme's Show Is Collateral Damage Of Trump's Victory'. The Federalist. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ abcPearce, Matt (June 6, 2017). 'Neo-Nazi website raises $150,000 to fight Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit'. Los Angeles Times. ISSN0458-3035. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ ab'Sam Hyde Speaks: Meet the Man Behind Adult Swim's Canceled 'Alt-Right' Comedy Show (Exclusive)'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  4. ^'The Battle Over Adult Swim's Alt-Right TV Show'. The Atlantic. November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  5. ^'Gavin McInnes is Threatening to Sue WSN. Can He?'. February 7, 2017.
  6. ^Bernstein, Joseph (August 25, 2016). 'The Alt-Right Has Its Very Own TV Show On Adult Swim'. BuzzFeed News. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. ^'Adult Swim Announces New Shows, Specials, and Pilots from John Kraskinski, Brett Gelman, Dan Harmon, and More'. Splitsider. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  8. ^''Million Dollar Extreme' creators say Adult Swim canceled their show for supporting Donald Trump'. Fox News. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  9. ^'GamerGate's Archvillain Is Really A Trolling Sketch Comedian'. BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  10. ^ abcdef'How 4chan Tricked The Internet Into Believing This Comedian Is A Mass Shooter'. Forbes. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  11. ^'Comedian Gives Ridiculous Prank TED Talk'. Business Insider. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  12. ^'WATCH: TEDx Drexel Got Pranked This Weekend'. Philadelphia. October 7, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  13. ^ ab'Dark Skyes -- an EPIC brony dating sim (Canceled)'. Kickstarter. Kickstarter PBC. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  14. ^ ab'Don't Believe Any Breaking News That Names This Comedian As A Mass Shooter'. BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  15. ^ abBromwich, Jonah (November 6, 2017). 'Sam Hyde and Other Hoaxes: False Information Trails Texas Shooting'. The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  16. ^ abBell, Chris (October 2, 2017). 'Las Vegas: The fake photos shared after tragedies'. BBC News.
  17. ^Cox, Danny. 'Sam Hyde: Gunman Possibly Identified In Mass Shooting At Pulse Nightclub In Orlando Being Ruled A Hoax'. Inquisitr. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  18. ^Smith IV, Jack. 'Neither Robert Kinnison Nor Sam Hyde Killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana'. Mic. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  19. ^Smith, Anthony. 'Piedmont Park Hanging: No, Sam Hyde Did Not Lynch a Black Man in the Atlanta Park'. Mic. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  20. ^Mezzofiore, Gianluca (June 19, 2017). 'Never believe any breaking report on Twitter naming this comedian as the attacker'. Mashable.
  21. ^'WATCH: Rep. Vicente Gonzalez Says Sam Hyde Is Sutherland Springs Shooter'. Heavy. Heavy, Inc. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  22. ^'Fake news on YouTube shooting spreads, despite recent efforts to clamp down on misinformation'. CBS News. Retrieved April 6, 2018.

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