One night a babysitter was looking after a child in a nice suburban neighborhood. The little boy was asleep upstairs and she was watching some TV in the living room downstairs, waiting for his parents to come home, when the phone rang. “Hello, this is Anna. Who’s calling please?” she said as she picked up the phone, looking around for some paper and a pen to take down a message for the family. The caller didn’t answer but instead only breathed heavily on the other end of the line. The girl huffed in exasperation and rolled her eyes as she hung up and returned her attention to the show she was watching. The stranger called again and breathed into her ear as she asked who it was. She hung up more quickly this time and instead of being annoyed by the prank, the babysitter began to glance around herself in the dark room, getting freaked out in this painfully unfamiliar house.
After the third call the girl called the police. She felt a little foolish and thought she might be overreacting, but she couldn’t help being scared.
The officer listened to her story. He said, "Hang up the phone and the next time the phone rings we will trace the call."
She hung up and the heavy breather called again. She slammed the phone down and almost immediately it rang again. This time it was the police – they informed her that the call was originating from the same house.
She ran upstairs to check on the boy and found a man holding him with a knife under his chin. The police arrived in time and quickly arrested him.
Marcel Fontaine from Norwalk CT
Photo from the 2006 film When a Stranger Calls