"The Hook" urban legend takes place on what people call Lovers' lanes which Lovers' lanes are secluded areas where you take your hunny and make out. It sounds romantic which most of the time it is but sometimes as legend has it, the young couple is terrorized. Let's explore the legend from the different variations to the truth behind it all.
"The Hook," urban legend is a cautionary that has been around according to most folklorists since the mid-50s and that dealt with teenage sexuality. Though would like to note there were some variations of tales like that before the 50s while it dealt more with someones paranoia. In the 40s there was a radio play that starred Cary Grant, his character and his wife were traveling in a dark road, their car breaks down but before that they know that a insane killer is on the loose which that starts off paranoia when they meet a stranger. So it has some theme similarities that have been around for awhile before "The Hook" story. (If you would like to listen to the radio show with Grant click here: "On An Old Country Road.")
The Different Variations:
The stories always have the same idea to them, while a young couple are making out their listening to the radio and are told that an escaped killer is on the loose. This is where there is a difference between stories, some say that the couple escapes and there is a hook on the window, others say that the boyfriend gets out of the car to use the bathroom, the girlfriend then sees her boyfriend hanging from the tree, others say that she sees the killer holding her boyfriend's head. One interesting one is that both escape thinking it was just their imagination but see the hook when they're home. One last darker one is where both girlfriend and boyfriend die, they see him then escape but then they don't know that he's on top of the car and it's too late. So that's just some of the different versions of the legend.
Dangers of Lovers' Lanes:
While this is just an urban legend there are some facts that one has to discuss. The first fact is some of the Zodiac Killer's victims were at Lovers' Lanes when they were murdered and the second fact is the Phantom Killer that terrorized Texarkana in the 40s. The killer was known to kill his victims in secluded areas.
So that's just a look at the creepy urban legend of the killer with the hook hand. It's truth and it's legend is both equally frightening!